Jul. 4th, 1943
Brooklyn, New York, USA
5' 9 1/2"
Geraldo Rivera's Main TV Roles
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- Children: Isabella Holmes (b. 7 November 1992) and Simone Cruickshank (b. September 1994) by C. C. Dyer; Gabriel Miguel (b. 2 July 1979) by Sherryl Raymond; Cruz (b. 1987) by a previous relationship; Solita Liliana (b. August 2005) by Erica Levy.
- His mother, Lilian Friedman, is of Russian-Jewish ancestry; and was born in New Jersey. His father, who converted to Judaism when marrying Lilian, was a Puerto Rican of Spanish ancestry and raised Roman Catholic. Lilian and Cruz moved to Florida, where Cruz died due to heart attack in 1987. The widowed Lillian Rivera still lives in Florida, and is close to her children; whom she raised Jewish. She appeared with Craig on one episode of 'Geraldo at Large' from Florida, via satellite. Meanwhile, Geraldo named his child, Solita Liliana, in honor of his Judaism and his mother.
- Exposed deplorable conditions in "Willowbrook State School", an institution for people with developmental disabilities, in early 1972. Publicity from the class-action lawsuit against the state of New York that soon followed was a major contributing factor in the passing of a federal law called "Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act of 1980."
- His fourth wife, C.C. Dyer, did not take his last name when they married.
- Listed on his birth certificate as Gerald Michael Riviera, born to Allen and Lillian (Friedman) Riviera. In his autobiography "Exposing Myself," Rivera said that he believed his mother was attempting to deflect future discrimination from her children by misspelling their surname on their birth certificates, as they were the products of a mixed marriage.
- (1991) Chosen by People magazine as one of the "50 Most Beautiful People" in the world.
- In his autobiography, he revealed his affairs with 'Bette Midler' (qv), 'Liza Minnelli' (qv), 'Judy Collins (I)' (qv), 'Chris Evert (I)' (qv), 'Margaret Trudeau' (qv), 'Marion Javits' (qv), and at least 1000 other women. He first made a name for himself as a lawyer defending Harlems's largely Hispanic Young Lords gang. His brother is newscaster 'Craig Rivera' (qv), who previously gained experience as Geraldo's producer at ABC News.
- Geraldo Rivera and Erica Levy welcomed daughter Solita Liliana August 2005.
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