Giuliana Rancic

Active - 2007 - 2010  |   Born - Aug 17, 1974 in Naples, Italy  |  

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One of the preeminent anchors of the E! Entertainment Network's News Division, Giuliana Rancic (occasionally billed by her maiden name of Giuliana DePandi) also served as its managing editor. A native of Naples, Italy, Rancic immigrated to the District of Columbia with her family at the age of six, and immediately came face-to-face with her desire to be a broadcast journalist. With a family too financially strapped to afford a professional tutor, Rancic learned English exclusively from watching television, and after high school earned her BA in journalism from the University of Maryland and her master's in journalism from the American University in D.C., then moved to Los Angeles. Drifting squarely in the direction of entertainment news coverage, Rancic held posts as an anchor for Load Media and an entertainment journalist for the website of Detour Magazine before E! tapped her to serve as one of its correspondents. That led, in turn, to the said promotion to anchor and managing editor, a dual tenure that commenced in January 2005.

Rancic also appeared as herself in a few films, including the Jamie Kennedy comedy Malibu's Most Wanted (2003), the Mel Gibson-produced vigilante yarn Paparazzi (2004), and the superhero fantasy Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007).

Factsheet

  • Immigrated to the United States from her native Italy at age 7.
  • Learned to speak English as a child by watching TV.
  • Rigged the homecoming-queen votes in high school to make herself a nominee.
  • In graduate school, she was a features correspondent for the university TV station and covered stories at the White House, Pentagon, Supreme Court, State Department and Capitol Hill.
  • Moved to Los Angeles after completing her master's on the advice of a professor who felt her strengths were in feature-oriented journalism. 
  • Became correspondent for E! News in 2002, and in 2005 became anchor and managing editor for the program.
  • Wrote the relationship-advice book Think Like a Guy: How to Get a Guy by Thinking Like One (2006).
  • Married original Apprentice winner Bill Rancic in a televised 2007 ceremony.