Cristina Ferrare – mother, wife, New York Times best selling author, television host, actress, model, lecturer, and best friend to her tens of thousands of followers on social media.That's Cristina on the left, and me on the right - just a few weeks after she underwent her stem cell transplant! She was on house arrest until her blood counts were healthier, but that didn't stop me from making her lunch and dishing away the afternoon!
A bit more about Cristina:
At the early age of sixteen, Cristina started a career with Ford modeling agency in New York. Max Factor put her under contract as their spokesperson while still a teenager. During that time her career took off as she graced the covers and pages of every major fashion magazine including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Ladies Home Journal and traveled the world as a sought-after international cover girl. During this time she soon became a trusted spokesperson and endorsed numerous commercial products. Her career as a super model spanned over twenty-five years.
In the early 80’s, Cristina co-hosted “AM Los Angeles,” which became the #1 rated morning television show during her five year tenure. Between many TV appearances, she hosted her own shows: “Cristina and Friends”, and a two hour live show from Universal Studios - the original “Home and Family”.
Cristina was a substitute co-host on “Good Morning America” and co-hosted numerous times with Regis Philbin as his permanent substitute co-host on “Live with Regis and Kathie Lee.”
Her primetime series for CBS, “Shame on You,” was one of the first magazine format shows that featured consumer fraud and awareness. It set the stage for other prime time magazine formats that followed. For NBC, she co-hosted “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus” with Dr. Drew Pinsky. At one time, Cristina had three shows on the air at the same time, “AM Los Angeles,” “The Home Show,” and the primetime series “Incredible Sunday” all for ABC.
November of 2012, Cristina was named co-host of the newly revamped daily two-hour talk show Home and Family on the Hallmark Channel for 4 seasons. During her tenure the show was nomintated twice for an Emmy.
In feature films, she starred opposite David Niven in “The Impossible Years” and the critically acclaimed “J.W. Coop” with Oscar winner, Cliff Robertson.
Cristina is an accomplished author, with her New York Times bestseller, Okay, So I Don’t Have a Headache, and bestseller Cristina Ferrare’s Family Entertainment, Cristina Ferrare Style and Realistically Ever After, a humorous view of finding happiness when he’s not Prince Charming, you’re not Snow White and life is not a fairy tale. Her fifth book “A Big Bowl of Love”, received rave reviews from bloggers across the country. Oprah Winfrey highly endorsed the book and gave her a cooking show on her newly launched OWN network using the same name. Cristina completed a series of Kellogg commercials for OWN and appeared with her Kellogg recipes and image on over 20 million Kellogg cereal boxes. Though she appeared on hundreds of covers for fashion magazines she said having her picture on the back cover of the Kellogg’s box was her very favorite cover and highlight for her.
The success of her books attests to her expertise in the areas of women’s health, well-being, culinary arts, stylistic design, as well as her great zest for life and her humor.
Cristina is currently working on her 6th book titled, “Food For Thought” (with Maria Shriver) which focuses on the importance of brain and body health. A project that is extremely close to their hearts, both Maria and Cristina lost a parent to Alzheimer”s Diseae (KIDDOCJJ - and my mom has been affected for 30 years). Maria is in the forefront, hard at work with her foundation, WAM, “Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement”, its goal to find a cure for the Alzheimer’s with promising results. Cristina is contributing her expertise on the importance of proper nutrition through diet to prevent disease of the body including Alzheimers.
Cristina and Maria do a bi-weekly “facebooklive” addressing those issues and it has been a huge success right out of the box. It attracts millions of viewers who turn in to see what the two are cooking up along with up to date research.
Cristina has been able to harness all the experience she has had over the years interviewing different types of people including entertainment executives, major motion picture and television stars, directors, producers, writers, medical professionals, politicians, designers, and chefs and let it fuel her entrepreneurial spirit into starting her own design business. In 2006, Cristina, started a line of home accessories through their newly formed “ Ferrare With Company.” It included picture frames, napkin rings, lamps, scented candles, candle sticks, accessories for the table, and show stopping, one of a kind mirrors and chandeliers using only the finest materials. Swarovski crystals and semi-precious stones, pearls, shells, and metals are placed by hand, piece by piece, onto each object and are true works of art and are sought after by top interior designers around the country.
Today, Cristina writes weekly blogs for her own web site, Cristinaferrarecooks.com, and shares many or her own recipes, great finds, cooking tips including health, decorating, table settings, floral arrangements and money saving ideas on all forms of social media.
In 2016, she was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. Today, after a year of intense treatment she is in remission and working at full tilt completing her latest book “ Food for Thought” to be released fall of 2018 by Post Publishing.
Her focus and goal is to continue to work to help with the fight against Alzheimer’s through food and nutrition and the Multiple Myeloma Foundation to help raise awareness and funds.
Cristina lives in Westlake Village with her husband, entertainment executive Tony Thomopoulos. Together, they have seven children and 4 grandchildren.
WHEW!!! What a life! and now, on to my interview with Cristina.