Marianne Williamson

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Marianne Williamson
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Born Marianne Deborah Williamson[1]
(1952-07-08) July 8, 1952 (age 66)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Nationality American
Education Bellaire High School
Alma mater Pomona College
Occupation Inspirational Author and Speaker
Political party Independent
Parent(s) Sam Williamson
Sophie Ann Williamson

Marianne Deborah Williamson (born July 8, 1952)[2] is an American spiritual teacher, author, and lecturer. She has published twelve[3] books, including four New York Times number one bestsellers.[4] She is the founder of Project Angel Food, a meals-on-wheels program that serves homebound people with AIDS[5] in the Los Angeles area, and the co-founder[6] of The Peace Alliance, a grassroots campaign supporting legislation to establish a United States Department of Peace. Williamson serves on the Board of Directors of the RESULTS organization, which works to end poverty in the United States and around the world. Williamson also produces the Sister Giant Conferences, highlighting the intersection of spirituality and politics.[7]

Press and TV

She has been a guest on television programs such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, Charlie Rose, and Real Time with Bill Maher. In December 2006, a Newsweek magazine poll named her one of the fifty most influential baby boomers. According to Time magazine, "Yoga, the Cabala and Marianne Williamson have been taken up by those seeking a relationship with God that is not strictly tethered to Christianity." Williamson bases her teaching and writing on a set of books called A Course in Miracles, a self-study program of spiritual psychotherapy, based on universal spiritual themes.[8]


Williamson ran for the seat of California's 33rd congressional district in 2014. She finished fourth with 14,335 votes for 13.2% of the vote. On August 2, 2018, The Guardian reported that she was exploring the possibility of a presidential run in 2020. [9]


Williamson has published 12 books, with the most recent one; Tears to Triumph: The Spiritual Journey from Suffering to Enlightenment published in 2016 and sold a combined total of more than 3,000,000 books,[10]which led The New York Times reporter Mark Leibovich to label her a "self-help guru".[11] Some of Williamson’s publications have been translated from English into other languages such as Spanish.[12]



“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” - Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love

“Each of us has a unique part to play in the healing of the world.” ― Marianne Williamson, The Law of Divine Compensation: Mastering the Metaphysics of Abundance[13][14]

Appearances & Lectures

Williamson regularly does lectures via online streaming platforms, and occasionally does live appearances and lectures[15] at events throughout the United States.[16]

Personal life

Williamson was born to a Jewish family in Houston, Texas, in 1952.[17][18][19] She is the youngest of three children of Samuel "Sam" Williamson, an immigration lawyer,[19][20] and his homemaker wife, Sophie Ann (Kaplan).[21][22] After graduating from Houston's Bellaire High School, Williamson put in two years studying theater and philosophy at Pomona College in Claremont, California[21] before dropping out in her Junior year and moving to New York City to pursue a career as a cabaret singer.[19][20][21]

In 1979, Williamson returned to Houston, where she ran a metaphysical bookstore.[21] In 1987 she helped found the Los Angeles Center for Living, a support facility for those with life-threatening illnesses. Two years later she began Project Angel Food, to deliver meals to AIDS patients.[18][19] In 1990 Williamson had her only child, India Emmaline. She refuses to identify or discuss the father of her daughter, and instead chose to raise India alone as an "unwed Jewish mother."[10][19][20][21]


  1. ^ "Person Details for Marianne Deborah Williamson, "Texas, Birth Index, 1903-1997" —". 
  2. ^ Knapp, Gwenn (2006). "StarBios Report for Marianne Williamson". MOTTASIA Inc. Archived from the original on 2006-10-18. Retrieved 2006-07-12. 
  3. ^ "Books by Marianne Williamson". Good Reads. Retrieved 2018-02-05. 
  4. ^ "Religion, Spirituality and Faith". New York Times. Retrieved 2018-02-05. 
  5. ^ "Our History". Project Angel Food. Retrieved 2018-02-08. 
  6. ^ "History". The Peace Alliance. Retrieved 2018-02-08. 
  7. ^ "MEET MARIANNE WILLIAMSON". Free and Equal. Retrieved 2018-02-08. 
  8. ^ "Marianne Williamson on What's Wrong—and Right—with the World". Oprah. 2012-12-29. Retrieved 2018-02-08. 
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  10. ^ a b Aron, Hillel. "Marianne Williamson Aims to Defeat Henry Waxman, and Save Washington's Soul", LA Weekly, 2014 January 16
  11. ^ Leibovich, Mark. "The Real House Candidates of Beverly Hills", The New York Times Magazine, 2014 April 24
  12. ^ "Volver al amor ( Return to Love)". Barnes & Noble. Retrieved 2018-02-08. 
  13. ^ "Books by Marianne Williamson". Good Reads. Retrieved 2018-02-05. 
  14. ^ "Instant Harmony: 13 Lessons from a Spiritual Teacher". Oprah. Retrieved 2018-02-05. 
  15. ^ "Marianne Williamson at Middle Church. Every. Week". Middle Collegiate Church. 2016-04-27. Retrieved 2018-02-05. 
  16. ^ "Lifestyle guide for the modern yogi". Yogi Times. 2016-04-27. Retrieved 2018-02-05. 
  17. ^ Munson, Zack. "God Help Us", The Weekly Standard, Vol. 19, No. 22. 2014 February 17
  18. ^ a b Merl, Jean. "Marianne Williamson's spiritual path into political realm", Los Angeles Times, 2014 January 13
  19. ^ a b c d e Appelo, Tim. "Love Prophet", Entertainment Weekly, 1992 March 06
  20. ^ a b c Pristin, Terry. "COVER STORY : The Power, the Glory, the Glitz : Marianne Williamson, an ex-nightclub singer, has attracted many in Hollywood with her blend of new-time religion and self-help--and alienated more than a few.", "Los Angeles Times," 1992 February 16
  21. ^ a b c d e Schindehette, Susan. "The Divine Miss W" Archived 2015-10-22 at the Wayback Machine., People, 1992 March. 09
  22. ^ "Jewish Herald-Voice". 

External links

  • Official Web Site
  • Marianne Williamson, article and shows at
  • Marianne Williamson on "Politicking with Larry King"
  • Williamson interview
  • Sister Giant
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