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E. Jean Carroll biography: 13 things about journalist born in Detroit, Michigan


Elizabeth “E.” Jean Carroll is a journalist and an author born in Detroit, Michigan, United States to Thomas F. “Tom” Carroll, Jr. and Betty McKinney Carroll. Tom was an inventor while Betty was a politician in Allen County, Indiana, USA.

Raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, E. Jean attended Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana where she was a cheerleader. She is Miss Indiana University 1963 and Miss Cheerleader USA 1964.

E. Jean is 6 years younger than her former husband John Johnson. Here are 13 more things about her:

  1. In 1965, she appeared in “To Tell the Truth“.
  2. In the mid-1980s, she wrote for “Saturday Night Live“.
  3. In 1987, she was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program.
  4. From 1993 to 2020, her Ask E. Jean column appeared in Elle. From 1994 to 1996, a segment with the same title aired on the NBC show “America’s Talking”.
  5. In 2002, she and her sister Cande Carroll co-founded GreatBoyfriends, which was acquired by The Knot Inc. in 2005
  6. She and Kenneth Shaw founded Tawkify, an online dating website launched in January 2012.
  7. In June 2019, she released her memoir “What Do We Need Men For?: A Modest Proposal” accused Les Moonves and Donald Trump of sexually assaulting her in the mid-1990s. Both men denied the allegations.
  8. In November 2019, she filed a defamation lawsuit with the New York Supreme Court in New York City, New York, USA accusing Trump of damaging her reputation, substantially harming her professionally and causing emotional pain.
  9. In February 2020, she was fired from Elle.
  10. On November 24, 2022, she sued Trump for battery and made a renewed claim of defamation.
  11. On April 13, 2023, she disclosed that LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman funded part of her legal expenses.
  12. On May 9, 2023, a jury of six men and three women found Trump liable for sexual assault, battery and defamation and she was awarded $5 million in damages.
  13. She was 79 years old when her lawyers filed an amended lawsuit on May 22, 2023 in Manhattan, New York seeking at least $10 million more to hold Trump liable for remarks he made after the verdict on May 9, 2023.

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