Giuliana Rancic is the epitome of a fiery Italian: She’s opinionated, intelligent, and sure knows how to rock a red carpet! The entertainment journalist was born in Naples, Italy on August 17, 1974, and her family moved to the United States when she was a little girl. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland and later received a Master’s Degree in journalism from American University. While attending American University, Rancic worked for Capitol Hill News Bureau, covering stories related to the Pentagon, Supreme Court, and the White House. In 2002, the bubbly star joined the E! News team as a correspondent, and in 2005, she became a solo anchor and managing editor for the show, taking it from one of the lowest-rated shows on television to one of the most popular in just one year!

The host met now-husband Bill Rancic during an interview for E!, and the celebrity couple was married in Italy in 2007. They co-authored the book I Do, Now What? and scored their own reality TV show Giuliana & Bill, which now airs on E!. When they were ready to have a baby, they had trouble conceiving and turned to in vitro fertilization, which is when Giuliana Rancic found out she had early stage breast cancer. True to her positive nature, she fought the cancer and decided to get a double mastectomy; she even filmed her experience for her reality TV show. She has been cancer-free ever since and uses her story to inspire others. She created Fab-U-Wish, a program that grants fashion, celebrity, and beauty-themed wishes to women battling breast cancer.

She didn’t let breast cancer dampen her dream of becoming a mother either: The Hollywood couple decided to use a surrogate, and they now have a son named Edward Duke, born in July 2013. In 2014, they tried for a second child, but unfortunately, their surrogate had a miscarriage.

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