PROFILE
Name:
Donna Hanover
Birth Date:
February 13, 1950
Birth Place:
Oakland, California, USA
Nationality:
American
Famous for:
Actress-and-journalist turned First Lady of New York City in 1994
BIOGRAPHY
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First Lady of New York City

Background:

Actress and broadcast journalist Donna Hanover received a degree of prominence in 1994 as the wife of New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. During her tenure as First Lady, she sponsored a number of health and educational causes around the city and was active in the city’s civic life. Married in 1984, Hanover’s marriage to Giuliani started to end after reports of her husband’s affairs. The couple finally divorced in 2002 shortly after Giuliani left office. Hanover and Giuliani have two children.

As actress, Hanover, who made her debut in the 1986 Sidney Lumet-directed Power, has been frequently cast as journalist like in films Running on Empty (1988), The Dream Team (1989), Ransom (1996), Celebrity (1998), Light It Up (1999) and Jus Kiss (2002). She also has played various characters in such movies as The Siege (1998), Superstar (1999), Keeping the Faith (2000), Someone Like You... (2001) and Noel (2004). On the small screen, the Oakland native is perhaps known for her roles in such series as “Another World” (1997), “As the World Turns” (1999), “One Life to Live” (2000) and “Law & Order” (1997-2004). A former radio and television reporter in Florida and Pennsylvania, Hanover is now the morning show co-host for WOR radio in New York.

The former First Lady of New York City is currently the wife of Edwin Oster, a college boyfriend whom she wed in 2003. The two were reunited when Oster contacted Hanover to ask if she planned to attend their 30th college reunion. In 2004, Hanover wrote a book titled “My Boyfriend’s Back,” about how she was reunited with Oster after almost 30 years apart. Her marriage life has also been linked to Stanley Hanover.


Giuliani’s Ex

Childhood and Family:

The oldest of four girls, Donna Ann Kofnovec, who would later be popular as Donna Hanover, was born on February 13, 1950 in Oakland, California, to Bob, a Czech immigrant and lieutenant commandant in the Navy, and Gwen Kofnovec. She studied political science at Stanford University and went on to pursue her education at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Donna was once married to Stanley Hanover before tying the knot with American politician Rudy W. Giuliani on April 15, 1984. The two have two children, son Andrew (born January 30, 1986) and daughter Caroline (born 1989). After reports of Giuliani’s affair with Judith Nathan and suspected affair with Cristyne Lategano, Donna and her New York City mayor husband became estranged in 2000 and eventually divorced on July 10, 2002 soon after Giuliani left office. She is currently married to college sweetheart Edwin Oster, a partner in the law firm of Barger and Wolen in Newport Beach, CA. The couple got married on August 3, 2003.


Journalist-Actress Turned First Lady

Career:

A graduate of Stanford University and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, Donna Hanover was a radio and television reporter in Florida and Pennsylvania when she decided to move with her politician husband, Giuliani, to New York in the 1980s. Continuing her journalism career, she found herself becoming the lead newscaster for the 10 p.m. news bulletin on WPIX channel 11 in New York during the 1980s, but had to leave that role during Giuliani’s failed 1989 bid for mayor. Meanwhile, Hanover irregularly appeared as an actress in films like Sidney Lumet’s Power (1986, as a commentator) and Running on Empty (1988, as a reporter) as well as Howard Zieff’s comedy The Dream Team (1989, as a field reporter).

In 1994, Hanover became famous for being the First Lady of New York City. As the wife of New York mayor, she supported a variety of educational and health causes around the city and was actively involved in the city’s municipal life. Aside from her duties as First Lady, she was an anchor on the Food Network and a features journalist for local station WNYW (channel 5). She also appeared in many films such as the biopic The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996), costarring with Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love and Edward Norton, Ron Howard’s Ransom (1996), in which she appeared as a WNYW reporter opposite Mel Gibson, Lumet’s Night Falls on Manhattan (1997, as TV Newsperson #1), Woody Allen’s Celebrity (1998, as Manhattan Moods Anchor Woman), the Denzel Washington vehicle The Siege (1998, as District Attorney), the Andy Garcia-Andie MacDowell romance Just the Ticket (1999, as Realtor ), the comedy Superstar (1999, portrayed Mrs. Corrigan) and the drama Light It Up (1999, as Fox News Anchor). On the small screen, Hanover
could be seen as Judge Ellen Landregan in “Another World” (1997) and Claire Wentworth in “As the World Turns” (1999). She also guest starred in an episode of “Sex and the City” (1998).

Entering the new millennium, Hanover appalled some portions of the nation by receiving the lead role in the controversial Off-Broadway play by Eve Ensler “The Vagina Monologues” (2000) whose topic range from childbirth to orgasm to rape. The budge raised eyebrows not only due to the subject matter, but also because the playwright is a close friend and supporter of Hillary Rodham Clinton, who was running for the U.S. Senate against Giuliani. She delayed her performance days after her husband publicized he has prostate cancer.

After appearing in a 2000 episode of “Ally McBeal,” Hanover took on small roles in films the comedy The Intern (2000), Another Woman’s Husband (2000, TV), director-actor Edward Norton’s Keeping the Faith (2000), Love Lessons (2000, TV), Series 7: The Contenders (2001), Julie Johnson (2001), Someone Like You... (2001, starred Ashley Judd, Greg Kinnear and Hugh Jackman) and Just a Kiss (2002). She simultaneously appeared on episodes of “Family Law” (2001), “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (2001), “The Practice” (2002), and had a regular role, as Dr. Elyse Hanson, on “One Life to Live” (2000). She also played Judge Deborah Burke in several episodes of “Law & Order” (1997-2004). Hanover returned to filmmaking in 2004 to join Susan Sarandon, Paul Walker and Penélope Cruz for the drama film Noel, helmed by Chazz Palminteri.

56-year-old Hanover is currently the morning show co-host for WOR radio in New York.


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