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Trisha Goddard Biography

A brief snapshot of the daytime talk show host


Talk Show Host Trisha Goddard
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In 2012, American audiences will be treated to another famous talk show host from across the pond when The Trisha Goddard Show debuts on U.S. television. She follows in the footsteps of daytime host Jeremy Kyle, who launched the U.S. version of his talk show in 2011.

But stateside viewers already know a little bit about Goddard, born Patricia Goddard two days from Christmas in December 1957. Goddard spent much of the 2011-2012 season as a substitute host for Maury Povich. Funny, because she was once criticized from stealing much of Maury's format when she broadcast her show in England.

So how did she get from there to here?

Citizen of the globe
Goddard was born in London, England, in 1957, but was brought up along the English countryside and in East Africa's Tanzania. She attended school in both Tanzania and Norfolk County, England. She was also a student of Sir William Perkins's School a private school in Certsey, Surrey, England. After graduating from university, Goddard took work as a flight attendant.

Goddard's experience traveling around the world opened up the opportunity to share her experiences as a travel writer, which she did for a host of travel magazines in the late '70s and early '80s. And after retiring from work as a flight attendant, Goddard settled in Australia where she quickly found success on television.

Because she had experience as a travel journalist, some of the first broadcasting work Goddard found was as a reporter for the Australian news magazine, 7:30 Report. Audiences found her knowledgeable and, more importantly, watchable. That screen presence led to a primetime feature newsmagazine in Australia, titled Everybody.

Everybody allowed her to launch her own production company, along with producers Mark Greive and Phil Gerlach. Goddard eventually married Greive, but the couple was divorced after some time.

Turning to talk
The success of Everybody encouraged Goddard to create and produce her own talk show, which she called Live it Up. The daytime talker ran for more than 400 episodes before it was cancelled.

After the show left the air, Goddard left the country, choosing to move back to England from Australia. The success of Live it Up paved the way from Goddard's next venture into daytime talk, The Trisha Goddard Show.

Goddard's original program ran from September 1998 to December 2010. It followed a simple format from the outset - light debate about soft taboo subjects. It was a format and style Goddard inherited from a previous talk show host, Vanessa Feltz, who kicked off the program and of which Goddard took over.

But as tabloid talk shows like The Jerry Springer Show and Geraldo proved successful in the U.S., Goddard's show became a bit rougher around the edges, taking on weightier topics and more taboo subjects. Like so many tabloid talk shows before, paternity issues and lie detector tests became both classic and overused tropes.

After nearly a dozen years on the air, The Trisha Goddard Show closed shop. And Goddard once more decided to leave the country. This time she opted for America.

Where will the American version of Trisha Goddard take her? And will the U.S. be the next country she conquers? It's little doubt that Goddard would say, "We'll see" and "Yes."

Fast Facts:

  • Was host of the Australian children's program Play School.
  • Was chairperson of the Australian Government's National Community Advisory Group on Mental Health.
  • Was happy to parody herself in two scenes from the zombie comedy Shaun of the Dead.
  • Is a breast cancer survivor.

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