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Marilu Henner

2006 NFHOF Inductee

“Healthy American Fitness Leader”

Born: April 4, 1952

Hometown: Chicago, IL



Marilu Henner was born on April 6, 1952, in Chicago, Illinois.  She won a role on the hit television program Taxi (1978-83) and after the show had a successful run on TV, Marilu entered the realm of health and fitness when she became a bestselling author, having written books such as Total Memory Makeover (2012) and Healthy Life Kitchen (2002).

Marilu has written and co-authored several books, including a book on child rearing, entitled I Refuse to Raise a Brat: Straightforward Advice on Parenting in an Age of Overindulgence (1999), and published two bestselling guides on health and beauty—The 30 Day Total Health Makeover (1999) and Healthy Life in the Kitchen (2000).  Outside of her bestselling books, she has also taken her stance on leading a healthy lifestyle to both the government and the classroom.

In 2010, Henner presented Congress with a dietary plan for children as part of the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act of 2010.  She has also spoken at various schools and organizations, encouraging others to speak out to the government against unhealthy living and eating habits.  After the release of Total Health Makeover, Henner went on a book tour and appeared on several talk shows, including The View and Good Morning America, to further promote her healthy lifestyle lessons.