Nancy Grace
American lawyer and prosecutor
Nancy Grace
Nancy Ann Grace is an American legal commentator, television host, television journalist, and former prosecutor. She frequently discusses issues from what she describes as a victims' rights standpoint, with an outspoken style that has won her both praise and criticism. She is the host of Nancy Grace, a nightly celebrity news and current affairs show on HLN, and she was the host of Court TV's Closing Arguments.
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Why The Fake News Debate Gets It Wrong
Huffington Post - 2 months
Like a light switch, people in the media have woken up to the terrible fact that consumers are reading, sharing, and believing information that they get from the Internet that is often factually inaccurate, and sometimes purposely fake. Fake News isn't a problem that appeared overnight. But the results of the election have raised the specter that the Democrats brought a knife to a gun fight, trying to combat a Tweeting candidate - with old world television, rope line politics, and a well-financed ground game. How could it be that a sharp-elbowed, harshly combative candidate with an out of control campaign of endless accusations, high school bullying, and digitally empowered media missiles could distract the media away from the issues, and instead to a series of salacious Twitter taunts? And yet - here we are. The answer is painfully clear in the rear view mirror. Consumers - let's call them citizens - were subject to an endless barrage of unfiltered information. It beg ...
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WATCH: Nancy Grace Gives Her Take On Billy Bush, Kim Kardashian's Reported Lawsuits
ABC News - 5 months
Crime show host famous for solving crimes has a new book, show and more exciting news.
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How Donald Trump Bought, Squabbled And Sued His Way To Becoming A Force In Florida
Huffington Post - 6 months
Years before he cozied up to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, Donald Trump attempted to make similar inroads into the state’s top law enforcement office. On Oct. 3, 2006, the real estate mogul cut a $500 check to Walter “Skip” Campbell, the Democrat running for attorney general, according to campaign finance reports. Twenty-five days later, he reversed course, writing a $500 check to Campbell’s Republican opponent, Bill McCollum. As the election neared and McCollum’s prospects brightened, Trump gave a $1,000 check to the pro-McCollum group Citizens Speaking Out Committee, Inc. Three years later, when McCollum was making a run for governor, Trump was once again there to help. In January 2010, he held a $500-per-head fundraiser for McCollum’s gubernatorial campaign at his posh resort, Mar-a-Lago. The money that Trump gave McCollum was dwarfed by the $25,000 his foundation contributed to Bondi before she opted not to join a lawsuit against Trump University. But it still ...
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Banfield to take Nancy Grace spot
CNN - 6 months
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Nancy Grace To Leave HLN When Her Contract Expires This Fall
NPR - 8 months
Nancy Grace, the fiery advocate for victims of violent crime, is leaving the HLN network after a dozen years. She says she will reemerge on TV and digitally too.
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Nancy Grace will leave HLN in October
LATimes - 8 months
Nancy Grace will leave HLN when her contract expires in October. One of the most visible personalities on cable news, Grace, a former prosecutor, is known for her zealous coverage of high-profile, tabloid-friendly criminal cases. Her self-titled show has been a prime-time anchor for HLN, CNN’s...
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Twitter Jumps Dimensions
Huffington Post - 8 months
You unlock this door with the key of imagination... Those words meant a lot to me growing up. They were not just the words to the opening of my favorite television show, but they inspired me to think outside of the box. It's probably odd to say that one of my greatest comedic influences was The Twilight Zone, but the classic twist at the end of every episode turned out to be very similar to the rule of three used in comedy. In comedy, the third thing is the zinger, the twist, the thing you didn't see coming that makes you laugh. Same with the third act in The Twilight Zone however usually a lot more introspective and even scary at times. There was just something special about that show. Something that they have unsuccessfully tried to bring back many times but always lacked the magic. In 1983 there was a Twilight Zone movie which was mostly disappointing, but it did have a classic moment delivered by Dan Ackroyd: "Wanna See Something Really Scary?" A large portio ...
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Netflix: Is 'Making A Murderer' A New Genre In Film?
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Netflix has been in the original content business for three years. Yes, that's how long it's been since it released the entire season of House Of Cards all at once and created what we now commonly call "Binge" viewing. At the time, I wrote an article that criticized the practice -- and in doing so got so much negative feedback that I was forced to rethink the column, and in the end, retract it. So rest assured -- I won't make that mistake with Netflix new The Making A Murderer documentary series. Here's the thing about Making a Murderer - it's not like anything you've seen before. It's not a feature documentary -- as a filmmaker, I know that those come in a 90-minute long feature-length package. And it's not a "series" in the way we've come to know them. It's a 10-hour documentary -- immersive and addictive. Honestly, it starts so slowly, the footage is so old and poorly shot and the characters so unsympathetic, it's hard to believe anyone gets past the first four minutes. I b ...
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Confessions Of A Fitbit Fanatic
The Huffington Post - about 1 year
Last night as I was polishing off a pint of Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey and a couple of leftover holiday cookies, I decided that I should send my Fitbit on vacation. Nothing sucks the merry out of Christmas and the happy out of New Year's like realizing that no matter how many steps I take between mid-December and mid-January, I'll be wearing the excess calories around my thighs well into 2016. Then, just as I was loosening the elastic on my sweatpants to make room for a few more Snowballs (you know, those irresistible butterball confections dusted in powdered sugar), I came to the even more disturbing realization that the difference between Fitbit and Fatbutt is a mere three letters. Teetering on the precipice of total gluttony, I wrestled my hand back from the pumpkin pie, hoping to somehow register a few steps in the process, and vowed to remain faithful to my merciless Fitbit. I've been wearing the activity tracker practically non-stop since last Christmas but I haven't ...
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<i>Making A Murderer</i> Filmmakers Accuse Media of 'Demonizing' Steven Avery
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The producers of Netflix's controversial Steven Avery documentary series Making A Murderer fired back Sunday at critics who say their indictment of the criminal justice system is distorted and paints Avery in too favorable a light. "This is history repeating itself," co-director Laura Ricciardi told TV writers in Pasadena. "The media is demonizing this man to prove his guilt." Making a Murderer, which has caused a media storm in the month since its release, traces the story of Avery, a Wisconsin man who served 18 years for a 1985 rape, was exonerated by DNA evidence in 2003 and two years later was arrested for and convicted of murder. He is now serving life on that second conviction. Ricciardi said Avery has asked the warden for permission to see their series and it was denied. The documentary series, which Ricciardi and co-director Moira Demos spent close to a decade filming, suggests the justice system made numerous errors, some seemingly intentional, in both the cas ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Nancy Grace
    FIFTIES
  • 2014
    Age 54
    It is widely acknowledged, by the media and by Grace herself, that the character of Ellen Abbot in the 2014 film Gone Girl is based on Grace.
    More Details Hide Details In an interview with actress Missi Pyle, who played Abbot in the film, Grace told pundits she was "very flattered" and that she "laughed out loud at it," calling Gone Girl her new favorite portrayal.
    Following WWE Hall of Famer The Ultimate Warrior's April 8, 2014 death, Nancy Grace invited retired wrestler Diamond Dallas Page on her show to discuss Warrior.
    More Details Hide Details Unbeknownst to Page, the subject of the episode was deaths in the sports entertainment industry caused by steroids. Grace claimed that "rumors of steroid and drug use are swirling" in the case of Ultimate Warrior's death, although an autopsy had concluded that Warrior had died of natural causes with neither drugs nor alcohol in his system at his time of death. During the segment Grace made several mentions to a list of wrestlers who had died young, linking their deaths to drug abuse. The list included wrestlers whose deaths were unrelated to drug abuse. After the segment aired, a petition on Change.org requesting that CNN remove Nancy Grace from television received over 10,000 signatures within twenty four hours. #CancelNancyGrace became a trending topic on Twitter following the episode's airing. Page released a statement after episode aired, stating that he was under the assumption that he would be sharing stories in Warrior's memory and did not know that steroids would be the only topic discussed. WWE subsequently asked past and present WWE talent to not appear on Grace's HLN show. Nancy Grace responded to criticism by telling Radar Online that she would welcome any WWE personalities to come onto her show to "correct all of my misconceptions".
    Grace made statements such as users were "fat and lazy" and that anyone who disagreed with her was "lethargic, sitting on the sofa, eating chips" to CNN's news correspondent Brooke Baldwin during a segment covering legalization in Colorado on January 6, 2014.
    More Details Hide Details During the 2002 Elizabeth Smart kidnapping case, when suspect Richard Ricci was arrested by police on the basis that he had a criminal record and had worked on the Smarts' home, Grace immediately and repeatedly proclaimed on Court TV and CNN's Larry King Live that Ricci was guilty, although there was little evidence to support this claim. She also suggested publicly that Ricci's girlfriend was involved in the cover-up of his alleged crime. Grace continued to accuse Ricci, though he died while in custody. It was later revealed that Smart was kidnapped by Brian David Mitchell and Wanda Barzee, two individuals with whom Ricci had no connection. When Court TV confronted Grace seven months later to ask whether she was incorrect in her assertion that Ricci was guilty, and whether or not she felt bad about it in any way, she stated that Ricci was "a known ex-con, a known felon, and brought suspicion on himself, so who could blame anyone for claiming he was the perpetrator?" When Larry King asked her about the matter, she equated criticism of herself with criticism of the police in the case. She said: "I'm not letting you take the police with me on a guilt trip."
    In January 2014, she again ignited controversy for her wildly negative depiction of recreational marijuana users.
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  • 2013
    Age 53
    Much of Grace's dialogue from the sketch was lifted directly from an interview she conducted on January 6, 2013, with Brooke Baldwin on CNN's News Room, in particular the phrase 'I've got a sneaking suspicion that you are pro-pot.
    More Details Hide Details And I don't like it.' A recurring sketch on the CBC prime-time sketch comedy series This Hour Has 22 Minutes features Cathy Jones as Betty Hope, an obvious send-up of Grace. During the episode 'Disaster Show' of series Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip, Grace is impersonated by Sarah Paulson as part of a sketch on the titular show within a show. In the episode, Paulson's character, Harriet Hayes, is performing a parody of the Nancy Grace show.
  • 2012
    Age 52
    In early April 2012, Grace appeared on the 2 last episodes of the second season of the TV show Raising Hope playing herself.
    More Details Hide Details It was the first time Nancy Grace was seen playing a comic character on television. On May 22, 2007, Grace appeared in the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Screwed" the season 8 finale, playing herself opposite Star Jones. Grace has a cameo appearance in the film Hancock, starring Will Smith. Grace had a brief cameo as herself in the episode The Dickensian Aspect, interviewing a newspaper reporter about a serial killer. The Law & Order programs often base their fictional stories on real-life events and have featured stories based on Grace on several occasions. In the episode "Haystack" of Law & Order: SVU, an overzealous reporter named Cindy Marino (played by Kali Rocha) causes the mother of a kidnapped son to commit suicide. On Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Grace has also been compared to a character named Faith Yancy (Geneva Carr) who hosts a similar talk show (Inside American Justice) that sensationalizes whatever case the main characters are working on and makes it difficult for them to gain access to key witnesses. Although, the character could be based on any number of individuals with this type of show. The character has appeared on the episodes "In the Wee Small Hours" (original air date November 6, 2005), "Masquerade" (original air date October 31, 2006), "Albatross" (original air date February 6, 2007), "Neighborhood Watch" (original air date August 10, 2008), and "Lady's Man" (original air date June 28, 2009).
    In 2012 Grace's show wrongly reported that DNA evidence linked Michael Skakel to the murder of Martha Moxley.
    More Details Hide Details HLN retracted and settled a lawsuit in October 2013. Grace's first work of fiction, The Eleventh Victim, also published by Hyperion, was released on August 11, 2009. The mystery thriller follows a young psychology student, Hailey Dean, whose fiancé is murdered just weeks before their wedding. She goes on to prosecute violent crime and is forced to reckon with what she left behind. Publishers Weekly described it as "less than compelling." A second novel, Death on the D-List, was published on August 10, 2010. Grace has also helped staff a hotline at an Atlanta battered women's center for 10 years.
  • 2011
    Age 51
    On November 22, 2011, Toni Annette Medrano accidentally killed her 3-week-old son, Adrian Alexander Medrano, while she was sleeping on the couch with him.
    More Details Hide Details According to the criminal complaint, Medrano told police she had consumed almost an entire fifth of vodka the night before her son died and fell asleep with him on a couch. The following morning, she woke up and found her infant son unresponsive and cold to the touch. While Grace was covering the case, she infamously dubbed Medrano "Vodka Mom". During one of her shows, Grace brought a bottle of vodka onto her set and poured shots to demonstrate how much Medrano had drunk the night of her son's death. In June 2012, Medrano was charged with two counts of second-degree manslaughter. If convicted on both counts, Medrano would have faced a maximum of ten years in prison. "The baby is dead because of vodka mommy," Grace said during her June 11 show on HLN. "I don't care if she was driving a car, holding a pistol or holding a fifth of vodka. It doesn't matter to me. The baby is dead at the hands of the mommy." During the show, Grace said the charges filed against Medrano weren't harsh enough. "I don't see how this whole thing was an accident and I want murder charges," Grace said.
    In a 2011 New York Times article, David Carr wrote, "Since her show began in 2005, the presumption of innocence has found a willful enemy in the former prosecutor turned broadcast judge-and-jury".
    More Details Hide Details He criticized her handling of the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart, the Duke lacrosse case, the Melinda Duckett interview and suicide and the Caylee Anthony case. George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley told Carr that Grace, as an attorney and reporter, "has managed to demean both professions with her hype, rabid persona, and sensational analysis. Some part of the public takes her seriously, and her show erodes the respect for basic rights."
    Grace was a contestant on the thirteenth season of Dancing with the Stars, which began airing on September 19, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details She was partnered with pro-dancer Tristan MacManus. The couple lasted for 8 weeks and placed 5th overall in the competition before being eliminated on November 8, 2011, just one week shy of the semi-finals.
    In September 2011, Judge Jackie Glass, who is known for presiding over the O. J. Simpson robbery case, took over Grace's place.
    More Details Hide Details The show continued for one more season and ceased production in 2012.
    Grace had been covering the Casey Anthony story for years. After the controversial verdict finding Casey Anthony not guilty, her show on HLN had its highest ratings ever in the 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. hour slots on Tuesday, July 5, 2011.
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  • 2010
    Age 50
    Grace also hosted Swift Justice with Nancy Grace premiering September 13, 2010, and running until May 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Grace left the show due to productions moving from Atlanta to Los Angeles.
  • FORTIES
  • 2007
    Age 47
    She did her last show on Court TV on June 19, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Grace has a distinctive interviewing style mixing vocal questions with multimedia stats displays. The Foundation of American Women in Radio & Television has presented Nancy Grace with two Gracie Awards for her Court TV show.
    On May 9, 2007, Grace announced that she would be leaving Court TV to focus more on her CNN Headline News Program and charity work.
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    In April 2007, Grace married David Linch, an Atlanta investment banker, in a small private ceremony.
    More Details Hide Details The two had met while she was studying at Mercer University in the 1970s. Grace, who had given up on marriage after the death of her fiancé, said, "We've been in touch all these years, and a lot of time, we were separated by geography and time. It was a spur-of-the-moment decision to get married. I told my family only two days before the wedding." On June 26, 2007, an emotional Grace announced on her HLN talk show that her life had "taken a U-turn" in that she was pregnant and expecting twins due in January 2008. Lucy Elizabeth and John David were born in November 2007. In March 2006, an article in the New York Observer suggested that in her book Objection!, Grace had embellished the story of her college fiancé's 1979 murder and the ensuing trial to make it better support her image. Grace has described the tragedy as the impetus for her career as a prosecutor and victims' rights advocate, and has often publicly referred to the incident. The Observer researched the murder and found several apparent contradictions between the events and Grace's subsequent statements, including the following:
  • 2006
    Age 46
    In September 2006, 22-year-old Melinda Duckett committed suicide following an interview conducted by Grace concerning the disappearance of Duckett's 2-year-old son Trenton.
    More Details Hide Details Grace interviewed Duckett less than two weeks after the child went missing, questioning her for her alleged lack of openness regarding her son's disappearance, asking Duckett "Where were you? Why aren't you telling us where you were that day?" Duckett appeared confused and was unable to answer whether or not she had taken a polygraph test. When Grace asked her why she could not account for specific details, Duckett began to reply, "Because I was told not to," to which Grace responded, "Ms. Duckett, you are not telling us for a reason. What is the reason? You refuse to give even the simplest facts of where you were with your son before he went missing. It is day twelve." According to the CNN transcript, Duckett replied, "(INAUDIBLE) with all media. It's not just there, just all media. Period." Grace then moved on to a psychologist who asserted that Duckett was "skirting around the issue."
  • 2005
    Age 45
    In 2005, she began hosting a regular primetime legal analysis show called Nancy Grace on CNN Headline News (now HLN) in addition to her Court TV show.
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    As well, a 2005 federal appeals opinion by Judge William H. Pryor, Jr. found that Grace "played fast and loose" with core ethical rules in a 1990 triple murder case, including the withholding of evidence and allowing a police detective to testify falsely under oath.
    More Details Hide Details The 1990 murder conviction was upheld despite Grace's prosecutorial misconduct. After leaving the Fulton County prosecutors' office, Grace was approached by and accepted an offer from Court TV founder Steven Brill to do a legal commentary show alongside Johnnie Cochran. When Cochran left the show, Grace was moved to a solo trial coverage show on Court TV.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1997
    Age 37
    While a prosecutor, Grace was reprimanded by the Supreme Court of Georgia for withholding evidence and for making improper statements in a 1997 arson and murder case.
    More Details Hide Details The court overturned the conviction in that case and found that Grace's behavior "demonstrated her disregard of the notions of due process and fairness and was inexcusable."
  • TEENAGE
  • 1977
    Age 17
    Grace graduated from Macon's Windsor Academy in 1977.
    More Details Hide Details She attended Valdosta State University, and later received a B.A. from Mercer University. As a student, Grace was a fan of Shakespearean literature, and intended to become an English professor after graduating from college. But after the murder of her fiancé Keith Griffin when she was 19, Grace decided to enroll in law school and went on to become a felony prosecutor and a supporter of victims' rights. Grace received her Juris Doctor from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer, where she was a member of the law review. She went on to earn a Master of Laws in constitutional and criminal law from New York University. She has written articles and opinion pieces for legal periodicals, including the American Bar Association Journal. She worked as a clerk for a federal court judge and practiced antitrust and consumer protection law with the Federal Trade Commission. She taught litigation at the Georgia State University College of Law and business law at GSU's School of Business. As of 2006, she is part of Mercer University's board of trustees and adopted a section of the street surrounding the law school.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1959
    Born
    Born on October 23, 1959.
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