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In November, 2003 Elisabeth Hasselbeck was selected out of hundreds of contenders to permanently fill the fifth co-host chair on ABC's The View. Defining her own voice among co-hosts Barbara Walters, Meredith Vieira, Star Jones Reynolds and Joy Behar was a challenge Mrs. Hasselbeck didn't take lightly. Quick to express her conservative views, Mrs. Hasselbeck has proven herself not only as a strong young woman, but someone who won't let her voice be compromised, making her the perfect addition to the show. She is formerly known to television audiences as a participant on the wildly popular second edition of Survivor: The Australian Outback. While competing in Australia, Mrs. Hasselbeck used her competitive drive and survival skills to outwit her way to the final four. In August 2004, Mrs. Hasselbeck spoke at the Republican National Convention where she delivered a heartfelt speech that emphasized her continued effort in support of Breast Cancer prevention and research. In recent years, she has worked with the The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Making Memories Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, The World Scholar-Athlete Games and the Knowledge Now Organization. Since taking the coveted seat on The View, Mrs. Hasselbeck as been the focus of several major magazine covers and articles including People, TV Guide, Glamour and Us Weekly. In addition, she has been a guest on The David Letterman Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The CBS Early Show and Rock n' Roll Jeopardy.
Mrs. Hasselbeck exhibits her flair for fashion as host of the Style Network program The Look For Less, where she helps viewers find designer styles at bargain prices. She has also hosted programs on MTV as well as commercial work for companies including Reebok, Johnson & Johnson and Proctor & Gamble.
A 1999 Fine Arts graduate from Boston College, with a focus on large scale paintings and drawings, Mrs. Hasselbeck resides in New York City with her husband Tim Hasselbeck, an NFL quarterback for the Washington Redskins. While at Boston College Mrs. Hasselbeck captained her Division-1 softball team to back-to-back big east championships. She has been recently honored with the Boston College Distinguished Alumni Award.
Prior to her work in television, Mrs. Hasselbeck designed shoes for PUMA, working on their street lifestyle line. She does not stray far from the world of industrial design and focuses her time with off-camera painting and developing her own accessories line. A dedicated runner, she has completed the Boston Marathon, and has paced others for both the Boston and San Diego marathons.
Mrs. Hasselbeck grew up in Providence, Rhode Island and is the daughter of Kenneth Filarski and Elisabeth DelPadre. Mrs. Hasselbeck and husband Tim Hasselbeck are expecting their first child in March/April 2005. She made this announcement live on The View in September 2004.
Prior to her work on television, Ms. Hasselbeck designed shoes for PUMA, working on their street lifestyle design, while living in Boston. She does not stray far from the world of industrial design and fills her time painting, designing note cards and personalized planners, running, as well as relaxing with her husband, family and friends. She dedicated the winter of 1997 in Belize to teaching children in the rain-forest, and spent three weeks in Italy in 2000 developing her designs to completion.
She describes herself as intuitive, mildly impulsive, faithful and devoted. Ms. Hasselbeck enjoys the game of football (particularly when her husband is on the field), partaking in outdoor sports and listening to her brother Ken's music. She also dedicates her time to working with the youth of today in order to develop their self-esteem.
Kournikova, Duff Land 'View' Fill-In Gigs
With "The View" co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck rapidly approaching her March 29 due date, the show's producers have lined up some impressive guest hosts for her six-week maternity leave. The roster includes doubles tennis star and model Anna Kournikova, Food Network vixen Rachael Ray and ubiquitous master-of-all-media Hilary Duff.
"We're trying to pick people that are fun for our audience to see -- and we want to make sure everybody knows this is not a job audition," "View" executive producer Bill Geddie tells The New York Post.
"Survivor: Outback" star Hasselbeck, who won a lengthy on-air audition process to replace Lisa Ling, is married to quarterback Tim Hasselbeck, who spent last season on the Washington Redskins' bench, never taking a sack.
Other guest host lined up for Hasselbeck's absence include "Desperate Housewives" co-star Andrea Bowen, "That '70s Show" starlet Mila Kunis and Kaley Cuoco of "8 Simple Rules." Duff is reportedly confirmed for the week of April 4 and Kunis will join hosts Meredith Vieira, Star Jones, Joy Behar and Barbara Walters April 27 to 29.
ABC's 'The View' gets 'Desperate'
The ladies at "The View" are getting pretty desperate. During the week of Feb. 7, the five stars of "Desperate Housewives" will co-host ABC's "The View" while the show broadcasts from Los Angeles. Teri Hatcher, Eva Longoria, Nicollette Sheridan, Felicity Huffman and Marcia Cross will each join the daytime talk show for a day.
The Wisteria Lane residents will be filling in for "The View" moderator Meredith Vieira, who will not be making the trip from New York to Los Angeles due to family obligations.
Broadcasting live from Disney's El Capitan Theater, the week is a themed series called "The View Celebrates Los Angeles."
On Sunday, Hatcher won a Golden Globe for best actress in a TV comedy or musical. The ABC show also won for best comedy or musical TV series.
The other hosts of "The View" are Barbara Walters, Star Jones Reynolds, Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. The show airs weekdays on ABC.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck is expecting first child
On ABC's The View this morning, co-host Elisabeth Filarski Hasselbeck announced that she was expecting her first child at the end of March or the beginning of April, 2005.
Elisabeth, 27, first became widely-known shortly after graduating from Boston College, when she reached the "final four" on CBS's smash hit Survivor: The Australian Outback in the spring of 2001. She has been married to her college boyfriend, Washington Redskins backup quarterback Tim Hasselbeck, for just over two years.
In addition to her co-hosting duties on The View, Elisabeth -- a Rhode Island native who worked as a shoe designer in suburban Boston right after graduation -- has hosted The Look for Less on the Style Network.
To make the announcement, all four of Barbara Walters' co-hosts on The View -- Elisabeth, Meredith Vieira, Joy Behar and Star Jones -- came out wearing fake pregnancy bellies, and the audience was asked to guess which of the co-hosts was pregnant. After some wrong guesses (one audience member yelled out "Barbara"!), Elisabeth then revealed the truth. She said that she is at the end of the first trimester and is "nauseous, but I'm fine with that because it's all for a good cause."
Elisabeth also said that she and her husband had no interest in knowing the baby's gender before birth. No word yet on whether a boy would be named Rodger, but Elisabeth should have a much easier time with juggling her pregnancy and broadcast work than fellow co-host Meredith did back in 1991, when she was finishing her second year as a co-host of CBS's 60 Minutes.
When Meredith, who had joined 60 Minutes as the show's second woman reporter after a highly successful stint with Steve Kroft on the CBS news show West 57th, announced that she was pregnant with her second child, she asked the show's producers for a part-time schedule so that she could spend more time with her family. They wouldn't hear of it.
Meredith's subsequent acrimonious departure from 60 Minutes forced much of the TV news industry to re-evaluate its expectations and treatment of young female talent. Today, pregnancy announcement such as Lis' -- and even a possible request for some post-pregnancy time off or a part-time schedule -- would cause few problems for most news organizations.
Just another reminder of how much things have changed for women in the workplace in a relatively short time.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck's style ''The Look for Less''
As the host of Style Network's The Look for Less, Elisabeth Hasselbeck puts the fun in fashion as she helps women get the hottest looks without breaking the bank. Though she may be best known for surviving through the final four in CBS's hit show Survivor: The Australian Outback, Hasselbeck's background in design makes her a natural to helm this unique show.
As the only female footwear designer for Puma North America, Hasselbeck nabbed the opportunity to design for supermodel Christy Turlington's NUALA yoga footwear line. Hasselbeck has been working on her own line of greeting cards, bags, planners and shoes for the past five years.
Sure, it's easy to buy style when you have money; the real challenge is looking great when you don't. The Look for Less is the show for anyone who loves a bargain.
Whether it's this season's equestrian chic or the glossy, glamorous lip color from the runways, host Elisabeth Hasselbeck tells you all about the hottest trends and shows you how to get the same looks without breaking the bank.
We scour the sale racks at the coolest boutiques, dig through vintage-store bins and find hidden treasures at the local drugstore. Then we put it all together for you, offering creative tips and clever ideas. The Look for Less puts the fun in fashion--and makes bargain shopping a sport.
Hasselbeck is a Boston College graduate and recently married her college sweetheart, Tim Hasselbeck. She splits her time between Brookline, Massachusetts, and Los Angeles.