Best of Masters: Leeza Gibbons

Gibbons, Leeza


Emmy Award winner Leeza Gibbons is one of the best‐known pop‐culture icons on the air. In addition to her impressive background in the field of entertainment and news media, Leeza is an instrumental advocate for healthcare, wellness, and caregiving.

She is a wife, mother, businesswoman, and New York Times bestselling author. Leeza’s on‐camera hosting credits range from the popular entertainment news show Entertainment Tonight to her award‐winning daytime talk show, Leeza.


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In 2015, she won NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice, raising over $700,000 for her foundation and becoming the second woman to win the long-standing competition show. Recognized as a social entrepreneur, Leeza has become one of the leading voices for issues facing family caregivers. When her mother and grandmother were struggling with Alzheimer’s disease, she created what she wished she and her family had and started the Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation. Her training as a journalist united with her compassion and business savvy when she opened the foundation’s signature programs Leeza’s Place and Leeza’s Care Connection, offering free services for family caregivers encouraging them to call on their courage and summon their strength for the long journey ahead.

Interviewed by Winn Claybaugh in 2004, Leeza relates her mother’s and grandmother’s experiences with Alzheimer’s disease and how it led her to form a caregiver support network (known today as Leeza’s Care Connection).

“Leeza is probably the first celebrity I interviewed for MASTERS. It was a ‘stomach butterflies’ day for me, but Leeza's niceness and humility charmed me into what has now become a beautiful friendship. She is known as the nicest woman in Hollywood, not to mention a HUGE supporter of the beauty industry. Enjoy!” – Winn Claybaugh

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About: Winn Claybaugh is the author of Be Nice (Or Else!) and “one of the best motivational speakers in the country,” according to CNN’s Larry King, who wrote the foreword for the book. A national speaker for major corporations and abusiness owner for more than 30 years with over 16,000 people in his organization, Winn is the founder, co-owner, and dean of hair care giant Paul Mitchell’s school division. Under Winn’s leadership and in keeping with their unique culture of giving back and building self-esteem, the 100-plus schools in the nationwide network have donated countless volunteer hours and raised more than $15.2 million for multiple charitable organizations.