Lawyer Biography: Jerry Springer Life Story

Biography Of Jerry Springer

Jerry Springer is British-American host of "The Jerry Springer Show," a violent, confrontational, infamous television talk show. He was also journalist, lawyer and politician... Read his short biography below.
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Jerry Springer was born Gerald Norman Springer on February 13, 1944, in London, England. His parents, Margo and Richard Springer, were Polish Jews who escaped from Germany during the Holocaust. Springer's birth came shortly after the family's emigration in UK and, by the time Springer was five years old, his family had moved again - this time to the Queens area of New York City. Springer's college years took him south to New Orleans, Louisiana, where he earned his bachelor's degree in political science at Tulane University in 1965. He then received his law degree from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. Shortly after earning his Juris Doctor in 1968, 

Jerry Springer Political Career

After graduating from law school, he worked as an aide to Robert F. Kennedy but joined a Cincinnati law firm after his boss was assassinated. In the 1970s, Springer was elected to local government, serving as a city councilman until a scandal forced him to resign in 1974. (He patronized a prostitute and was caught because he paid for her services by check!) But a few years later, he spun his illegal activities into a campaign platform of honesty, was reelected councilman and later served as the city's mayor. During the 1980s, he traded politics for journalism, becoming a popular newscaster and radio personality. In 1991, he went national with the syndicated Jerry Springer Show. Although it started out as a subdued, serious Donahue clone, the host spiced things up in order to improve the ratings and he ended up becoming an international entertainment icon simply by sitting back and letting his guests behave badly. No matter how violent or outrageous the episode, he always closed the show with his incongruous catchphrase, "Take care of yourself, and each other." Springer's fame led to a plethora of TV and film cameos, a starring turn in the thinly veiled autobiographical 1998 film Ringmaster and a country album. A ubiquitous pop-culture punch line---there's even an opera named after him---Springer has a more serious side as a high-profile Democratic fund-raiser, activist and political commentator. In 2006, the so-called Sultan of Salaciousness melted viewers' hearts when he signed on to Dancing with the Stars so he could learn to waltz for his physically challenged daughter's wedding. He took his dancing shoes to the stage in 2009, playing Billy Flynn in the musical "Chicago" in London and on Broadway.

Jerry Springer Life Facts:

  • Parents fled Nazi Germany in 1939, moving to London.
  • College: Tulane University, New Orleans, LA (BA in Political Science, 1965); Northwestern University Law School, Chicago, IL (JD, 1968)
  • First job out of law school was as a campaign aide to Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in 1968.
  • Elected mayor of Cincinnati in 1977 by the largest plurality in the 20th century of that city's history.
  • Won seven local Emmys for his commentaries on Cincinnati's WLWT-TV.
  • Recorded a country album in 1995 called Dr. Talk.
  • Popular on the speaking circuit, the Northwestern Law School grad was the controversial choice as the law school's 2008 commencement speaker.

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