Chelsea Handler is a mix of provocative and quirky. She commands a place in pop culture while poking fun at it. She’s starred on the practical-joke-reality-TV show “Girls Behaving Badly” and struck out on her own in 2006 with “The Chelsea Handler Show” and “Chelsea Lately,” a late-night talk show, aired from 2007 to 2014. And those are just some of the highlights. Time magazine included her on its list of the 100 Most Influential People in 2012.
This blonde’s personality-split between the serious and ridiculous is easily shown in an interview with The New York Times in 2007: “I was raised half Jewish/half Mormon. I was the youngest of six. At five years old, I was asked to pick,” Chelsea said. “My sister was like, “Jew, Jew, pick Jew.’ So I went with the dreidel.”
She initially wanted to be an actress—she has dabbled in playing various roles in TV and web series—but eventually shifted to a career in standup.
Chelsea appeared on the December 2009 Playboy cover. She revealed the cover on the Jay Leno show, saying she “trained” hard for the shoot by quitting drinking “for like a day and a half.”
Chelsea dated Comcast Entertainment Group CEO Ted Harbert for years. Their relationship ended in 2010. She since has dated rapper 50 Cent and property manager Andre Balazs. Rumors of a long-ago-recorded sex tape swirled in 2010, and although Chelsea confirmed it existed, it was not released.
Chelsea is a longtime proponent of LGBT rights and supporter of GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) and the Human Rights Campaign. Her mother, Rita, died of cancer, and Chelsea also supports Susan G. Komen For The Cure. “I think it’s important to be involved with charities that don’t necessarily reflect what you’re dealing with in your life,” she told NBC. “So, for the gay and lesbian community, even though I’m not gay, I think it’s really important to speak out for people that aren’t necessarily dealing with the same circumstances you’re dealing with.”