What are some biographical facts about Elisabeth Hasselbeck?


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Elisabeth Hasselbeck, born May 28, 1977, in Cranston, Rhode Island, first appeared on television on the reality TV show "Survivor" in 2001. Before competing on "Survivor" she graduated from Boston College in 1999 and then designed shoes for Puma.

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Following her stint on "Survivor," Hasselbeck hosted a show on the Style Network called "The Look for Less" and continued on to co-host "The View" from 2003 to 2013. Hasselbeck provided a conservative viewpoint to counter her cohosts' liberal leanings, and the women participated in frequent arguments on the show about subjects such as the Iraq War and abortion. As of 2015 Hasselbeck works as a cohost on Fox News' Fox and Friends. After she joined the show, ratings increased by 9 percent, and viewership in the 25 to 54 year old demographic went up by 10 points.

Hasselbeck suffers from celiac disease and has published a number of books about eating a healthy, gluten-free diet. Her first book stirred up some controversy when a woman sued her in court, claiming Hasselbeck plagiarized the woman's own self-published book. The judge ultimately dismissed the lawsuit after the plaintiff's lawyer agreed that while some plagiarism had occurred, monetary compensation would not be warranted.

Hasselbeck met her husband, sports analyst and former professional football player Tim Hasselbeck, while the two studied together at Boston College in 1997. The two tied the knot in 2002 and as of 2015 have three children, Grace, Taylor and Isaiah.

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