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Who Is Liza Powel O'Brien? Conan O'Brien Fell for His Wife after Spotting Her in Show Audience

Christell Fatima M. Tudtud
Aug 01, 2022
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Liza Powel O'Brien, Conan O'Brien's wife, has supported her husband through the ups and downs of his career and the changes that have transpired in their lives since their marriage. Find out how the famous TV presenter first got together with his wife.

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Conan O'Brien, a former TV writer, first gained significant prominence for his work as the host of the talk show "Late Night," and he went on to become known for his work as the host of "The Tonight Show and "Conan."

The achievements of Conan's career have carried over to his impressive marriage. Twenty years have passed since they tied the knot, and he and Liza Powel O'Brien continue to enjoy one another's company as husband and wife.

Liza Powel O'Brien attends the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014, in West Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images

Liza Powel O'Brien attends the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014, in West Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images

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WHO IS CONAN'S WIFE, LIZA POWEL O'BRIEN?

The 59-year-old TV personality and his wife, Liza, whom he married in 2002, seem to share an interest in writing. Liza is a successful screenwriter and advertising copywriter.

After receiving her MFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia University School of the Arts, she became a screenwriter. She had her screenplays staged at The Geffen Playhouse, The Blank Theatre, and Unscreened LA, among other venues.

Liza Powel O'Brien is seen on April 16, 2019, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

Liza Powel O'Brien is seen on April 16, 2019, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

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Liza has also worked on her husband's TV shows, such as "Conan O'Brien Can't Stop" and "Late Night With Conan O'Brien." She has also contributed scriptwriting for her husband's previous comic performances.

In addition, she just launched a non-fiction podcast with Conan titled "Significant Others." Released on July 20, their podcast dives into the backstories of well-known historical figures.

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Characters from the past will be brought to life by some of Hollywood's famous stars, including Lisa Kudrow and Rita Wilson. Liza said there would be segments in the podcast that blend brief historical teachings with commentary on the modern perspective.

Liza said that the idea for the show came from living with her comedian husband for the past twenty years. Her podcast comes after Conan launched his own, which has become an enormous success, "Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend."

Conan O'Brien and Liza Powel O'Brien attend the 2014 MTV Movie Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on April 13, 2014, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

Conan O'Brien and Liza Powel O'Brien attend the 2014 MTV Movie Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on April 13, 2014, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

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HOW DID CONAN MEET HIS WIFE, LIZA?

Conan and Liza met during a "Late Night" taping in 2002. He was filming the show, while Liza, who worked for an advertising firm that produced the part of the show, was part of the audience. Conan recalled:

"Somewhere, in the vault at NBC, there's footage of me literally falling for my wife on camera."

Liza has also caught his eye in some way. The funny guy said that his wife's beauty was the first thing that caught his attention. They also talked for a while on the phone, and Conan noted that she sounded intelligent and funny, which he likes as a partner.

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Liza Powel O'Brien and Conan O'Brien attend the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 22, 2015, in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images

Liza Powel O'Brien and Conan O'Brien attend the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 22, 2015, in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images

Conan became head over heels for Liza. They quickly became friends and formed a romantic relationship; he knew she was the woman with whom he wanted to spend the rest of his life.

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The couple ended up marrying two years later. Their union has been filled with both joy and heartbreak. Conan's career turned upside down after losing his dream job as host of "The Tonight Show" in January 2010 after just seven months in the position.

Conan O'Brien and Liza Powel O'Brien arrive at the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016, in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images

Conan O'Brien and Liza Powel O'Brien arrive at the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016, in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images

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Liza said that the news that Conan was no longer on the show came after his comedy tour was over. She said her husband felt miserable. She added that the scenario made Conan the "most depressed."

However, Conan hit the headlines in January 2014 after a 20-year-old man named Greg Keating claimed he was the comedy star's "illegitimate son."

Once Conan concluded his last episode on "The Tonight Show," which was his second-highest-rated episode, he told his wife that he felt like he was in an accident.

Conan O'Brien and Liza Powel O'Brien attend Children's Defense Fund-California 25th Annual Beat The Odds Awards at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on December 3, 2015, in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images

Conan O'Brien and Liza Powel O'Brien attend Children's Defense Fund-California 25th Annual Beat The Odds Awards at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on December 3, 2015, in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images

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Liza understands Conan's feelings since he is an overachiever who finds it challenging to accept loss or humiliation. Her husband, who came from a prominent family, was a brilliant student both in high school and college, where he earned recognitions.

On the other hand, Conan soon recovered from his failure, regained his reputation, and found more opportunities in the comedy scene. His comedy tours sold out in 30 cities, and he landed his self-titled talk show on TBS in 2010.

As he practiced, Conan grew funnier and more skillful at making people laugh. Liza is thrilled with her husband's achievements in the entertainment industry. She will always be there for him, no matter where his work takes him.

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Liza Powel O'Brien and Conan O'Brien attend the 2013 MusiCares Person Of The Year Honoring Bruce Springsteen at Los Angeles Convention Center on February 8, 2013, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

Liza Powel O'Brien and Conan O'Brien attend the 2013 MusiCares Person Of The Year Honoring Bruce Springsteen at Los Angeles Convention Center on February 8, 2013, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

DO CONAN AND LISA POWEL O'BRIEN HAVE KIDS TOGETHER?

Conan and Liza are the delighted parents of two children, daughter Neve and son Beckett, in addition to being successful in their careers. Neve,18, was born on October 14, 2003, and Beckett, 16, was born on November 9, 2005.

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Conan made an excellent remark regarding his role as a parent while their children were still little. He joked that being a father is "the greatest," except for putting toys together since he tended to break stuff before his kids could play with them.

However, Conan hit the headlines in January 2014 after a 20-year-old man named Greg Keating claimed he was the comedy star's "illegitimate son."

Conan O'Brien, daughter Neve, son Beckett, and wife Liza Powel O'Brien attend a basketball game between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on January 18, 2016, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

Conan O'Brien, daughter Neve, son Beckett, and wife Liza Powel O'Brien attend a basketball game between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on January 18, 2016, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

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A video of Greg asking Conan for tuition money went viral as he shared an uncanny resemblance with the famous TV show host. Keating was reportedly a student at Temple University and hailed from New Jersey.

Given the resemblance, fans called for Conan to have a paternity test. However, the comedian himself hilariously responded on Twitter, saying that he has only three children, which included Ronan Farrow.

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Conan's reply came after an article from Vanity Fair suggested that Ronan may be Frank Sinatra's son. Because of this, rumors about Ronan's parents' actress Mia Farrow and estranged filmmaker Woody Allen circulated.

Conan's joke made Farrow chuckle, and he later posted it on Twitter to share with his followers. While he may not be Conan's biological son, Greg said they might be distant cousins as he was also born into an Irish Catholic family in Massachusetts.

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