Lauren Fox Biography & Facts
Lauren Wendy Sánchez (born December 19, 1969) is an American news anchor, entertainment reporter, media personality, actress, producer, pilot and entrepreneur. Sánchez is a frequent guest host on The View, former co-host on KTTV Fox 11's Good Day LA and anchor on the Fox 11 Ten O'clock News, and anchor and special correspondent on Extra. Sánchez has also been a regular contributor on shows including Larry King Live, The Joy Behar Show and Showbiz Tonight.
Sánchez began her career as a desk assistant at KCOP-TV in Los Angeles. She also held positions as an anchor and reporter at KTVK-TV in Phoenix before joining the syndicated entertainment show Extra as a reporter. From there, Sánchez moved to Fox Sports Net, where she earned another Emmy nomination as anchor and correspondent for the sports magazine Going Deep and entertainment reporter for FSN's Best Damn Sports Show Period.
Sánchez returned to KCOP-TV in 1999 to anchor UPN 13 News, where she won an Emmy Award. Sánchez also landed the entertainment reporting gig for FOX 11's 10 p.m. news on KTTV in L.A. She was the runner-up in the nationwide hosting competition during season 2 of The View in February 2000. The position was ultimately given to Lisa Ling. In 2005, Sánchez became the original host of FOX's popular dancing competition So You Think You Can Dance. Sánchez left the show after one season to have her second child. In 2009, Sánchez returned to Extra as weekend anchor and special correspondent. Sánchez continues to occasionally work on Good Day LA, Extra and other TV shows.
Sánchez has been featured in People magazine's “50 Most Beautiful” issue and Us Weekly's “Hot Bodies” issue.In 2016, she founded Black Ops Aviation, the first female-owned aerial film and production company. Sánchez now focuses on film and television projects which allow her to use her skills as a licensed pilot of airplanes and helicopters.
Sánchez has a son Nikko, born in 2001, from her relationship with former NFL tight end Tony Gonzalez. In August 2005, Sánchez married Patrick Whitesell, a Hollywood agent and founding partner of William Morris Endeavor Entertainment. She has a son and daughter with Whitesell: Evan, born 2006, and Ella, born in 2008.In February 2019, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos published a blog post alleging that National Enquirer publisher American Media, Inc. had attempted blackmail and extortion in connection with Bezos' alleged affair with Sánchez. In April 2019, Sánchez and Whitesell filed for divorce, which was finalized in October of that year. As of 2020, Sánchez is commonly described as Bezos' girlfriend.
In addition to her reporting and hosting duties, Sánchez makes cameo appearances in films and television series, including in the following:
Lauren Sánchez at IMDb
Official website (2014 archive)
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