Iyanla Vanzant Biography
Iyanla Vanzant is an American inspirational speaker, lawyer, spiritual teacher, author, and TV personality who is best known for hosting Iyanla: Fix My Life, on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. She is also known for her books, her eponymous talk show, and her appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
In 2000, Ebony magazine named her one of the “100 most influential Black Americans. In 2012, she was listed at #7 on Watkins’ Mind Body Spirit magazine’s list of the 100 most spiritually influential living people. Vanzant was a co-speaker on Oprah’s the “Life You Want Weekend” tour in 2014, which traveled to eight cities and also featured Deepak Chopra, Elizabeth Gilbert, Mark Nepo, and Rob Bell. In 2016, she was named to Oprah Winfrey’s SuperSoul100 list of visionaries and influential leaders.
Iyanla Vanzant Education
Vanzant attended and graduated from Medgar Evers College and Virginia Union University. She Vanzant holds a Master’s degree from the University of Santa Monica (USM), Center for the Study and Practice of Spiritual Psychology, and a Juris Doctor degree from the City University of New York School of Law.
Iyanla: Fix My Life / Iyanla: Fix My Life Final Season
Vanzant is the host of Iyanla: Fix My Life, an American reality television series on OWN. She goes behind closed doors and deep inside people’s lives for emotional, riveting conversations. Secrets are revealed, truths uncovered and emotions come out as Iyanla teaches them how to pull back the curtain on what is broken in their lives. The show has been the highest-rated unscripted series in OWN history across all key demos.
On March 17, 2021, it was announced that the eleventh and final season will premiere on April 10, (9/8c). It was also announced that a two-hour farewell special will premiere on Saturday, May 22, at 9 pm ET/PT.
Iyanla Vanzant Age
Vanzant is 67 years old as of 2020. She was born Rhonda Eva Harris on September 13, 1953, in New York City, United States. She celebrates her birthday on the 13th of September every year.
Iyanla Vanzant Height
Vanzant stands at a height of 1.68m tall.
Iyanla Vanzant Family
Vanzant is the daughter of Sarah Jefferson, a railroad carmaid, and Horace Harris, who was largely absent from her life. Her mom died in 1955 from breast cancer when she was two. Vanzant was then raised by paternal relatives, one of whom raped her at the age of nine.
Iyanla Vanzant Husband
Vanzant has been divorced twice. She was first married to Charles Vanzant from 1973–1979. She left him because he was physically abusive, taking her three children. Currently, she resides in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
In 1997, Vanzant got married to Adeyemi Bandele and the couple divorced in 2007.
Iyanla Vanzant Children
Vanzant has three children, a son named Damon Vanzant (born in 1970), and two daughters, Gemmia Vanzant (born in 1972), and Nisa Vanzant (born in 1974). Gemmia died on Christmas Day in 2003 from a rare form of colon cancer.
Iyanla Vanzant Net Worth
Vanzant has an estimated net worth of $4 million dollars which she has earned through being an inspirational speaker, lawyer, spiritual teacher, author, and TV personality.
Iyanla Vanzant Movies and Tv Shows
- Iyanla (TV Series), Host (2001-2002)
- Starting Over, Life Coach (Seasons 2 and 3) (2004–2006)
- Oprah’s Lifeclass, Lifeclass Teacher, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (2011–2014)
- Iyanla, Fix My Life, Host, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (2012–present)
Iyanla Vanzant Books
- Yesterday, I Cried: Celebrating the Lessons of Living and Loving
- In the Meantime: Finding Yourself and the Love You Want
- Acts of Faith: Meditations for People of Color
- Value in the Valley: A Black Woman’s Guide Through Life’s Dilemmas
- Until Today. Hay House Inc, 2002.
- Tips for Daily Living Cards: A 50-Card Deck. Hay House Inc, 2002.
- Tapping the Power Within: A Path to Self-Empowerment for Women
- Peace from Broken Pieces: How to Get Through What You’re Going Through
- Faith in the Valley: Lessons for Women on the Journey to Peace