Sally Jessy Raphael Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 29 Jan, 2021
Facts of Sally Jessy Raphael
Date of Birth: 1935 , February-25
Age: 86 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Height: 5 Feet 2 Inch
Name Sally Jessy Raphaël
Birth Name Sally Lowenthal
Father Jesse Lowenthal
Mother Zelda Lowenthal
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Easton, Pennsylvania, USA
Profession Tabloid Talk Show Host
Net Worth $40 Million
Married to Karl Soderland (1962 - 6 August 2020)
Children 3
Divorce Andrew Vladimir (1953 - ?)
Education Easton Area High School, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Puerto Rico
Awards Daytime Emmy Award
TV Show Sally Jessy Raphael, Sesame Street, Diagnosis Murder, Touched by an Angel, Jokers Wild
Siblings 1 (brother)
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Sally Jessy Raphael, born Sally Lowenthal, is a retired American tabloid talk show host. She is most known as the host of her self-titled Daytime Emmy Award-winning tabloid talk show Sally, originally The Sally Jessy Raphaël show.  

Sally Jessy Raphael: Short Bio

Sally Jessy Raphael was born Sally Lowenthal on February 25, 1935, the older of two and the only daughter of business owner Jesse Lowenthal and his wife, Zelda Lowenthal, an art gallery owner. 

Born and raised in Easton, Pennsylvania, Lowenthal attended Easton Area High School in nearby Palmer Township. She started dabbling in broadcasting when she was a teenager and attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and later, the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

CAPTION: Sally Jessy Raphael and her late husband, Karl Soderland SOURCE: Getty Images

She went on to graduate from Columbia University in NYC.  

Broadcasting and Talk Show Career 

Sally began her career in broadcasting upon graduating from Columbia. She worked as a Spanish and English-language news correspondent for the Associated Press and United Press International.

She found widespread success as the host of her self-titled tabloid talk show, Sally (originally The Sally Jessy Raphaël show) that ran on syndication from October 1983, to May 2002.

Sally Jessy Raphael on the Sally Jessy Raphael show SOURCE: Pinterest

Sally was nominated for four Daytime Emmy Awards in the "Outstanding Talk/Service Show Host" category, winning one in 1989. 

She went on to have appearances in TV series like Sesame Street, Diagnosis Murder, Touched by an Angel, and Jokers Wild

Most-Asked Questions About Sally Jessy Raphael Answered

What is Sally Jessy Raphael's Age and Height?

 Sally Jessy Raphael was born on February 25, 1935, and as of January 2021, she is 85 years old. She is billed at a height of 5 feet 2 inches (1.57 meters). 

Is Sally Jessy Raphael Married? Does She Have Children?

Sally Jessy Raphael has been married twice in her life. She married her first husband, Andrew Vladimir, in 1953, when she was 18. They went on to have two daughters, Allison and Andrea. Their marriage ended in 1958.

She married for the second time in 1962 to Karl Soderlund and had a son with him, Jason. She was married to Soderland right up until his death on August 6, 2020.   

What is Sally Jessy Raphael Most Known For? 

Sally Jessy Raphael is most known for her self-titled tabloid talk show Sally, originally The Sally Jessy Raphaël show, that ran from 1983 to 2002.  

How Much is Sally Jessy Raphael Worth?

According to, Sally Jessy Raphael has a net worth of a whopping $40 million, courtesy of her decades-long career in broadcasting and television.