Lauren Wendy Sánchez
December 19, 1969
Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
(m. 2005; div. 2019)
|Partner||Jeff Bezos (2019–present)|
Lauren Wendy Sánchez (born December 19, 1969) is an American media personality who gained fame as an entertainment reporter and news anchor. She has been a guest host on The View, co-host on KTTV Fox 11's Good Day LA and anchor on the Fox 11 Ten O'clock News, and anchor and special correspondent on Extra. Sánchez has also been a regular contributor on shows including Larry King Live, The Joy Behar Show and Showbiz Tonight.
Sánchez began her career as a desk assistant at KCOP-TV in Los Angeles. She also held positions as an anchor and reporter at KTVK-TV in Phoenix before joining the syndicated entertainment show Extra as a reporter. From there, Sánchez moved to Fox Sports Net, where she earned another Emmy nomination as anchor and correspondent for the sports magazine Going Deep and entertainment reporter for FSN's Best Damn Sports Show Period.
In 1999, Sánchez returned to KCOP-TV to anchor UPN 13 News, where she won an Emmy Award. Sánchez also landed the entertainment reporting gig for FOX 11's 10 p.m. news on KTTV in L.A. She was the runner-up in the nationwide hosting competition during season 2 of The View in February 2000. The position was ultimately given to Lisa Ling. In 2005, Sánchez became the original host of FOX's popular dancing competition So You Think You Can Dance. Sánchez left the show after one season to have her second child. In 2009, Sánchez returned to Extra as weekend anchor and special correspondent. Sánchez continues to occasionally work on Good Day LA, Extra and other TV shows.
In 2016, she founded Black Ops Aviation, the first female-owned aerial film and production company. Sánchez now focuses on film and television projects which allow her to use her skills as a licensed pilot of airplanes and helicopters.
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Lauren Wendy Sánchez was born to a second-generation Mexican-American family in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Sánchez has a son, Nikko, born in 2001, from her relationship with former NFL tight end Tony Gonzalez. In August 2005, she married Patrick Whitesell, a Hollywood agent and founding partner of Endeavor talent agency. Sánchez has a son and daughter with Whitesell: Evan, born 2006, and Ella, born in 2008.
In February 2019, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos published a blog post alleging that National Enquirer publisher American Media, Inc. had attempted blackmail and extortion in connection with Bezos' alleged affair with Sánchez. In April 2019, Sánchez and Whitesell filed for divorce, which was finalized in October of that year. In 2020, Sánchez was commonly described as Bezos' girlfriend.
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Sánchez has also made cameo appearances in films and television series, including in the following:
|1999||Fight Club||Channel 4 Reporter||Credited as W. Lauren Sanchez|
|2003||Hollywood Homicide||Chopper Newscaster|
|2004||The Day After Tomorrow||International Newscaster|
|Cellular||News Anchor No. 2|
|2005||Fantastic Four||KCOP / KTTV reporter|
|The Longest Yard||Herself|
|2006||Akeelah and the Bee||Reporter|
|2007||Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer||Fox News reporter|
|2008||College Road Trip||News anchor|
|Killer Movie||Margo Moorhead|
|2010||The Big Picture||Layla|
|2011||We Bought a Zoo||TV Anchor|
|2012||Celeste and Jesse Forever||News reporter|
|2013||White House Down||Reporter|
|2015||Ted 2||Boston Newscaster|
|1997||Babylon 5||Newsanchor||Episode: "Epiphanies"|
|2001||Girlfriends||Anchorwoman||Episode: "A Full Court Conspiracy"|
|2002||The Agency||Newsanchor||Episode: "Finale"|
|2005||Eve||Aramanda De La Cruz||Episode: "Brit Better Have My Money"|
|2008||Dirt||Entertainment Anchor No. 1||Episode: "Dirty, Slutty Whores"|
|Gotham Tonight||Lydia Filangeri||3 episodes; web series that served as a prequel to The Dark Knight|
|2010||NCIS||NCIS Agent Sanchez||Episode: "Double Identity"|
|Days of Our Lives||Cece Chavez||2 episodes|
|2014||Rake||News Anchor No. 1||Episode: "Serial Killer"|
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- "Lauren Sanchez Good Day L.A.", YouTube, archived from the original on December 21, 2021, retrieved March 3, 2020
- "Sanchez tapped news anchor at UPN 13". Variety. December 27, 1999. Retrieved April 2, 2020.
- "With 7 Wins, KTTV Is No. 1 at the L.A. Emmys". Los Angeles Times. June 25, 2001. Retrieved April 2, 2020.
- "Who is Lauren Sanchez, the new woman in Jeff Bezos' life?". Rediff. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
- "Meet the TV Anchor Turned Pilot Who Now Flies Helicopters for Movies". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
- "Inside Lauren Sanchez's Life Before Jeff Bezos". E! Online. January 18, 2019. Retrieved January 1, 2023.
- "Dance Host Sanchez Weds Hollywood Agent". Lauren Sanchez : People.com. March 20, 2008. Archived from the original on August 9, 2009. Retrieved January 1, 2023.
- "Dance Host Lauren Sanchez Has a Boy". people.com. May 17, 2007. Archived from the original on June 2, 2009. Retrieved January 1, 2023.
- "Lauren Sanchez and Patrick Whitesell Welcome a Girl". people.com. March 14, 2008. Archived from the original on February 4, 2009. Retrieved January 1, 2023.
- Weise, Karen (February 7, 2019). "Jeff Bezos Accuses National Enquirer of 'Extortion and Blackmail'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
- "Lauren Sanchez Files for Divorce After Bezos Split Finalized". Bloomberg.com. April 6, 2019.
- Murphy, Helen (October 19, 2019). "Lauren Sanchez and Ex Patrick Whitesell Reach Divorce Agreement Months After Filing". People. Retrieved April 2, 2020.
- "Jeff Bezos' Girlfriend, Former LA TV Anchor Lauren Sanchez, Cannot Be Deposed Over Nude Photo Leak". NBC Los Angeles. November 4, 2020. Retrieved January 4, 2021.
- Hartmans, Avery (December 26, 2020). "Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his girlfriend, Lauren Sanchez, have weathered a tabloid scandal, a lawsuit, and maybe even interference from a foreign government. Here's where their relationship began and everything that's happened since". Business Insider. Retrieved January 4, 2021.
- Ramey, Joe Palazzolo and Corinne (January 25, 2020). "WSJ News Exclusive | Prosecutors Have Evidence Bezos' Girlfriend Gave Texts to Brother Who Leaked to National Enquirer". Wall Street Journal – via www.wsj.com.
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