Giuliana Rancic (; née DePandi; born August 17, 1974) is an Italian-American entertainment reporter
and television personality. She is a co-anchor of ''E! News
'' and resides in Chicago
and Los Angeles
Rancic was born in Naples
and immigrated to the United States
with her family at age seven.
Her father was a tailor who owned a store in White Flint Mall
, and they lived nearby in Bethesda, Maryland
; Rancic went to Walt Whitman High School
, where she was a cheerleader.
She had surgery to correct her scoliosis
when she was 21. She received a bachelor's degree
from the University of Maryland, College Park
, and a master's degree
in journalism from American University
During this time, she worked for a Capitol Hill
news bureau covering stories related to the U.S. government.
Rancic also graduated from Barbizon Modeling and Acting School
Rancic joined E!
network's ''E! News
'' as a reporter in 2002 and became an anchor in 2005.
Over the years, she has shared co-hosting responsibilities with Ryan Seacrest
, Terrence J
, and Jason Kennedy
Additionally, she co-hosts E!'s ''Fashion Police
'' and often co-hosts red carpet
events for award shows, such as the Golden Globes
and the Academy Awards
She is the creator and executive producer of MTV's ''Celebrity Rap Superstar
'', which premiered in 2007.
She and her husband, Bill Rancic
, star in the reality-television
show ''Giuliana and Bill
'' which aired on E!. She appeared in the movie ''Bring It On: Fight to the Finish
'' in a brief scene. Rancic also has hosted the Miss USA
and Miss Universe
beauty pageants on NBC.
Rancic won the 2014 Daytime Emmy
Award for Fan Favorite.
In February 2015, Rancic faced backlash over her controversial comments about synthetic dreadlocks worn by Zendaya
at the Oscars, remarking that the hair looked like it smelled of "patchouli and weed".
On July 10, 2015, Rancic announced that after nearly a decade, she would be leaving her position as co-anchor on ''E! News
'', yet would continue to be the host of ''Fashion Police
''. On September 4, 2018, the personality returned to the role of anchor.
In August 2011, Rancic and her husband announced plans to open a restaurant in partnership with Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises
. The restaurant was named ''RPM Italian'', with a menu including dishes inspired by Rancic's mother, "Mama DePandi", and it opened in the River North
district of Chicago
in February 2012. The partnership opened several more restaurants, including ''RPM Steak'' in Chicago, another ''RPM Italian'' in Washington, D.C.
, and a planned ''RPM On the Water'' opening in 2019 in Chicago. The restaurants have been popular with celebrities, including President Barack Obama
and First Lady Michelle Obama
In 2013, Giuliana launched her clothing line, G by Giuliana, on HSN
. She also launched a wine line, Xo, G.
In 2013, Rancic, who has a history of breast cancer, founded Fab-U-Wish, a charity that grants wishes to women undergoing breast cancer treatment.
On December 15, 2006, Giuliana and Bill Rancic
announced their engagement. They were married on September 1, 2007, in a ceremony on Capri
at Sancta Sophia Church in Anacapri
The two have publicly discussed their fertility issues on television talk shows, having tried to conceive since approximately the beginning of 2009.
The couple began in vitro fertilization
(IVF) in March 2010,
and Rancic got pregnant in the spring of 2010, but she miscarried at nine weeks. She had an IVF transfer for a second time in November 2010; however, the procedure did not result in a pregnancy. When the couple decided to try for a third round of IVF, her doctor recommended a mammogram
, which is how she found out she had breast cancer. Despite her condition, the couple were still motivated to have a baby, so they continued with the egg retrieval and found a surrogate.
On October 17, 2011, during an interview on ''Today
'', Rancic announced she had been diagnosed with early stage breast cancer
, for which she would be treated with a double lumpectomy
, followed by radiation treatment
. She underwent surgery in mid-October 2011 and returned to work at E! News about a week later. On December 5, 2011, Rancic disclosed she had decided to undergo a bilateral mastectomy
On April 23, 2012, Giuliana and Bill announced on ''The Today Show'' that they were expecting their first child via a gestational surrogate
. Their son was born in late August 2012.
The Rancic family owns homes in Chicago
, and Brentwood, California
, and a vacation home on Lake Coeur d'Alene
In September 2020 she had to pull out of co-hosting E!
's Live From the Red Carpet virtual pre-show for the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards
, having tested positive for COVID-19
Rancic was ranked #93 on the ''Maxim
'' Hot 100 Women of 2004. She was also featured in ''People'' magazine
's 100 Most Beautiful of 2006 issue. Giuliana was nominated Favorite TV Celebreality Star for the 2012 People's Choice Awards
In June 2014, Rancic was named "Fan Favorite" during the Daytime Emmy
Awards. She dedicated the award to her six million followers on social media.
Giuliana Rancic (official site)
Giuliana Rancic on E! Online
Category:American women journalists
Category:American University School of Communication alumni
Category:Italian emigrants to the United States
Category:University of Maryland, College Park alumni
Category:People from Bethesda, Maryland
Category:Participants in American reality television series
Category:American political journalists
Category:American women bloggers
Category:Beauty pageant hosts
Category:21st-century American non-fiction writers