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Charlie Moonves Is Julie Chen's Son — Everything to Know about the TV Host's Only Child

Christell Fatima M. Tudtud
Jul 08, 2022
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Although Charlie Moonves has yet to achieve worldwide fame, many people know him as the only child of long-time "Big Brother" host Julie Chen. Let's take a closer look at the boy's life.

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Julie Chen Moonves is a household name in America. She is widely recognized as the host of the U.S. edition of the CBS reality series "Big Brother" since the show's debut more than two decades ago.

She also co-anchored CBS's "The Early Show" from 2002 until 2010. Besides her thriving career, she is a doting mother to a charming boy named Charlie Moonves.

Julie Chen, Charlie Moonves, and Les Moonves attend the 58th Grammy Awards on February 15, 2016, in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

Julie Chen, Charlie Moonves, and Les Moonves attend the 58th Grammy Awards on February 15, 2016, in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

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WHEN WAS CHARLIE BORN?

Brimming with excitement, Julie revealed her pregnancy with Charlie in May 2009, much to the delight of her family, friends, and supporters. The well-known television personality was ecstatic to start a fresh chapter in her life.

As many people wished them well on their new adventure as a couple, Julie and her husband, CBS President and CEO Les Moonves, remained tight-lipped about their child's gender.

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Julie went on "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" and revealed that she and Leslie were expecting a son. On September 24, 2009, CBS announced that Leslie and Julie had given birth to their first child in Los Angeles at 9:40 in the morning.

His date of birth meant that Charlie is a Libra, a Zodiac sign associated with balance and harmony. In 2012, Julie said that her son was still at the age where he didn't care about gifts.

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When Charlie was turning one, Julie wondered how they would celebrate his first birthday. She and her husband decided to write letters to their son. They intend to keep the letters until Charlie is 21 or older, when he will be able to appreciate them fully. Julie said:

"What do you get for a 1-year-old? Toys? Whatever. Our letters are our gift."

Julie and Leslie decided to make it a tradition and did the same thing for Christmas. Now that Charlie is older, perhaps his parents give him wrapped presents while still writing him letters every year.

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WHO ARE CHARLIE'S PARENTS?

Charlie was born into a wealthy and distinguished family. Julie, his mother, is a well-known television personality, a hard-hitting news anchor, a former journalist, and a CBS producer.

Before tying the knot with her husband, Julie, who was focused on her career, once revealed that marriage and having children were not her priorities in life.

Charlie's mother is a brilliant woman, born on January 6, 1970, in Queens, New York City. She got her double bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism and English from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles in 1991.

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Julie's hosting abilities do not stop with the news; she is also the longest-serving host of "Big Brother," a successful reality television show in the United States.

She was also a co-host and moderator on another CBS show, "The Talk," for eight seasons. The daytime program launched in 2010 is now hosted by many celebrities, such as Jerry O'Connell, Sheryl Underwood, and Amanda Kloots.

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Before joining CBS, Julie began her career as a production associate at ABC News' Los Angeles bureau from 1990 to 1991. She then worked as an ABC NewsOne producer for five years. She subsequently spent three years as a reporter for WDTN-Dayton.

Charlie's father is a celebrity in his own right, much like her mother. Leslie, born in New York City on October 6, 1979, is a media executive and former chairman and CEO of CBS Corporation from 2003 until his resignation in September 2018.

Leslie Moonves attends the 2018 Simon Wiesenthal Center National Tribute Dinner at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 22, 2018, in Beverly Hills, California | Source: Getty Images

Leslie Moonves attends the 2018 Simon Wiesenthal Center National Tribute Dinner at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 22, 2018, in Beverly Hills, California | Source: Getty Images

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Previously, Leslie worked at Lorimar Television, now known as Warner Bros. Television. At the time, he was in charge of greenlighting TV programs, including the 1994 sitcom "Friends" and the drama series "ER."

Charlie is not Leslie's only son; he has three children with Nancy Wiesenfeld, his first wife — daughter Sara and sons Adam and Michael. It's unclear if Leslie and his three children have a good relationship.

Leslie Moonves and Nancy Wiesenfeld attend the 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 14, 1997, in Pasadena, California | Source: Getty Images

Leslie Moonves and Nancy Wiesenfeld attend the 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 14, 1997, in Pasadena, California | Source: Getty Images

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After 26 years of marriage, Leslie and her first wife divorced in 2004. That same year, he married Julie in a private ceremony in Mexico. The family resides in Beverly Hills, California.

Before tying the knot with her husband, Julie, who was focused on her career, once revealed that marriage and having children were not her priorities in life. Her thoughts changed when Charlie was born.

Julie Chen and Leslie Moonves attend the premiere of CBS's "Star Trek: Discovery" on September 19, 2017, in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

Julie Chen and Leslie Moonves attend the premiere of CBS's "Star Trek: Discovery" on September 19, 2017, in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

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In a 2015 BuzzFeed interview, the acclaimed TV presenter shared that her family is now important to her. She said she could not imagine life as a foreign news correspondent while also being a mother and wife. She added:

"I can't imagine being a mother of sound mind who is thousands of miles away from her child. I couldn't do both things well. So I am more than fine not being a '60 Minutes' correspondent because I'm pretty lucky to have what I have."

Julie Chen and Leslie Moonves attend the 89th Annual Academy Awards on February 26, 2017, in Hollywood, California | Source: Getty Images

Julie Chen and Leslie Moonves attend the 89th Annual Academy Awards on February 26, 2017, in Hollywood, California | Source: Getty Images

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CHARLIE DOES NOT APPEAR ON SOCIAL MEDIA OFTEN

Unlike his mother and father, who are used to public attention, Charlie is seldom seen in public. Julie prefers to keep him out of the limelight.

Julie sometimes gives her fans a glimpse of Charlie on Instagram. She once shared a snap of her and her charming boy smiling while holding a potato masher.

In another adorable photo, Charlie can be seen hugging his grandmother in Julie's Mother's Day tribute. With his fluffy dark brown hair and bright eyes, the young boy gave a big smile. Fans who saw the picture noted it was a priceless moment.

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