Iyanla Vanzant Biography

Iyanla Vanzant

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Birth Name: Iyanla Vanzant
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Birth Country: United States
Height: 5 Feet 6 Inch
Birth Sign: virgo
Age: 64 Years
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Iyanla Vanzant is an American lawyer, author, inspirational speaker, as well as television personality, well-known for her books and Talk shows. She was born to single mother, in the backseat of a cab in Brooklyn. She attended Medgar Evers College and went to Virginia University, also holds Juris Doctor Degree from the City University of New York School of Law. Regarding her Nationality, she is American and belongs to African Ethnicity.

Vanzant has published several books such as Interiors, The spirit of a man, Peace from Broken Pieces, Acts of Faith, Yesterday I Cried, etc. which named as one of the 100 most influential Black Americans and 100 most spiritually influential living people. She also made her appearances on Oprah Prime, Anderson Live, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and also hosted TV series Lyanla, Starting over as life Coach.

Moreover, Lyanla is currently hosting Oprah’s Life class and Fix My Life which broadcast from Oprah Winfrey Network. Being inspirational speaker she has earned wide recognition and appreciation from people through different tours and TV shows. She is also an honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.

Moving towards his personal life, Vanzant has been through ups and downs many times since her childhood. When she was two years old, her mother died of cancer, she was an alcoholic as well. In her hard time, Lyanla also became a rape victim but one cared at that time.

Lyanla got married for three times in her life. She was married to Kirk with whom she gave birth to a child in her teenage but divorce after a year of their marriage. She again married to Charles Vanzant and gave birth to another child but divorced after a year. Later she got married with Adeyemi Bandele with whom she has three children, Nisa, Damon and Gemmia. They are living happily with each other along with children and the couple show no sign of divorce till now.

Lyanla Vanzant earns the huge amount of money from her career by appearing in the different TV show and as an author. The big chunk of her income comes from her acting career. Moreover, her current NNet worth is estimated to be around $ 200 thousand.

Iyanla Vanzant

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Born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York

1953 13th of September

Iyanla was born on September 13th, 1953 as Rhonda Eva Harris. She was born to an alcoholic single mother and she was given birth at the back of the cab in Brooklyn. She had to face hard time since her childhood as her mother died when she was two years old.


Died breast cancer


Lyanla had an awful childhood as her mother was diagnosed with the breast cancer when she was just two years old. She was born from her mother's extramarital affairs by which she had to face lots of problem as her mother died.


Raped by her own uncle


After her mother’s death by the breast cancer, she was left to her father but he didn't look after her and frequently left her and her brother to his relatives. Once when she was nine years old, she was raped by her own uncle.


Married to Kirk


Lyanla became the mother of the child when she was just sixteen. She then married to Kirk in 1971. Their relation was not that good enough as he was an alcohol addict and used to do harmful things to her. They finally got divorced the same year.


Married to Charles Vanzant


After being a single mother of her child for two years from 1971 to 1973, she finally married Charles Vanzant in 1973. They also have one child together. Till that time she was the mother of three children. This relation was also not that good enough for her which led them to divorce again.


Divorced with her husband, Charles Vanzant


She bonded with Charles Vanzant into a married life in 1973. However, this married life was full of sorrow as she attempted to suicide for several times. He was infidel, abusive and also not a loving husband. They finally got divorced in 1979.


Graduated from Medger Evers College


After struggling several years raising her children, she finally joined Medger Evers College. She graduated from there is 1983. She was also enrolled at Queens College and from there she received her degree in law in 1986.


Published her first book


Her struggle made her a writer. When she was pregnant with her daughter when she was just 16, she used to live in her friends basement. During that time she got a chance to express her feelings and finally in 1988, she published her first book titled A Path to Self Empowerment to Black Women.


Married to Adeyemi Bandele


Nearly after two decades, she married Adeyemi Bandele in 1997. They have three children together and they are still together with each other living a happy married life. She is not involved in any kind of extra marital affairs since this married life.


Was named the most influential Black Women


In 2000, she received the best possible honor she could ever receive. She was listed among the top 100 most influential Black Women in America. She was also listed in several others listings like women of passion, several vision and purpose.


Host Different Shows.


Lyanla had hosted some of the popular TV series such as Lyanla in 2001, Starting over as Life Coach in 2004. She also appeared in different TV shows such as Tavis Smiley, The Oprah Winfrey Show, etc. She earned wide recognization and love from millions of people which brings her in Limelight.


Won Daytime Emmy Awards


From her acting role she has been nominated in various prestigious awards. And to name one of them, Daytime Emmy Awards comes first. She was nominated in this award for the first time in 2005 for outstanding special class series and she was also so lucky to win it the same time. She was also nominated in this award the following year.


Hosting Shows.


Lyanla has been hosting shows like, Oprah's Lifeclass as Lifeclass Teacher from 2011 to till now. She is also been hosting the popular TV series Lyanla, Fix My Life from 2012 on the Oprah Winfrey Network till now.


Current Net worth.


Lyanla Vanzant earns the huge amount of money from her career. Her income came from different TV series and from the books she published. The big chunk of her Net worth has been estimated as $ 700 thousand.

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