Iyanla Vanzant Biography

Updated On May 29, 2019 Published On Aug 27, 2015
Facts of Iyanla Vanzant
Date of Birth: 1953 , September-13
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 5 Feet 6 Inch
Name Iyanla Vanzant
Birth Name  Rhonda Eva Harris
Father Horace Harris
Mother Sarah Jefferson
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Brooklyn, New York
Ethnicity Black
Profession Author
Working For Oprah Winfrey Network
Net Worth $400,000
Married Yes (three times)
Married to Adeyemi Bandele, Charles Vanzant, Krik
Children Damon Vanzant, Nisa Vanzant, Gemmia Vanzant
Divorce Adeyemi Bandele (m. 1997–2007), Charles Vanzant (m. 1973–1979)
Education Medgar Evers College and Virginia Union University,  City University of New York School of Law
Online Presence Facebook,Twitter,Instagram
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Iyanla Vanzant is an American inspirational speaker, lawyer, New Thought spiritual teacher, author, life coach, and television personality. Iyanla is currently hosting Oprah’s Life class and Fix My Life which broadcast from Oprah Winfrey Network.

Iyanla Vanzant's early life and education

Iyanla Vanzant was born as Rhonda Eva Harris on September 13, 1953, in the back of a taxi in Brooklyn, New York. Her mother is Sarah Jefferson, a railroad car maid, and father Horace Harris, a petty criminal, who was largely absent from her life. 

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She attended Medgar Evers College and Virginia Union University. Vanzant holds a Juris Doctor degree from the City University of New York School of Law. 

Iyanla Vanzant's career

Iyanla Vanzant is mostly famed for her inspirational stories and books. Vanzant has published several books such as Interiors, The spirit of a man, Peace from Broken Pieces, Acts of Faith, Yesterday I Cried, etc. which named as one of the 100 most influential Black Americans and 100 most spiritually influential living people.

She also made her appearances on Oprah Prime, Anderson Live, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and also hosted TV series Lyanla, Starting over as life Coach.

She is also an honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.

Iyanla Vanzant's personal life

Moving towards his personal life, Vanzant has been through ups and downs many times since her childhood. At the age of 2, her mother died in 1955 due to breast cancer.

Then she was raised by her paternal parents, though one of them raped her at the age of 9.

Lyanla got married three times in her life. She was married to Kirk in her teenage but divorced later. She again married Charles Vanzant in 1973 and gave birth to another child but divorced in 1979.

Later she got married to Adeyemi Bandele in 1997. She has 3 children: Nisa (born in 1974), Damon (born in 1970) and Gemmia (born in 1972). Though the couple later divorced in 2007. Her daughter Gemmia, died from a rare form of colon cancer on Christmas Day in 2003.

Iyanla Vanzant's net worth

Lyanla Vanzant earns a huge amount of money from her career by appearing in the different TV show and as an author. The big chunk of her income comes from her acting career.

Moreover, her net worth as of 2018 is estimated to be around $400,000. 

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Born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York

September 13 , 1953

Iyanla Vanzant  was born on September 13th, 1953 as Rhonda Eva Harris. She was born to an alcoholic single mother and she was given birth at the back of the cab in Brooklyn. She had to face hard time since her childhood as her mother died when she was two years old.  

Mother Died of breast cancer

1955

Iyanla Vanzant  had an awful childhood as her mother was diagnosed with the breast cancer when she was just two years old. She was born from her mother's extramarital affairs by which she had to face lots of problem as her mother died.

Raped by her own uncle

1962

After her mother’s death by breast cancer, Iyanla Vanzant  was left to her father but he didn't look after her and frequently left her and her brother to his relatives. Once when she was nine years old, she was raped by her own uncle.

Married to Kirk

1971

Iyanla Vanzant  became the mother of the child when she was just sixteen. She then married to Kirk in 1971. Their relation was not that good enough as he was an alcohol addict and used to do harmful things to her. They finally got divorced the same year.

Married to Charles Vanzant

1973

After being a single mother of her child for two years from 1971 to 1973, Iyanla Vanzant  finally married Charles Vanzant in 1973. They also have one child together. Till that time she was the mother of three children. This relation was also not that good enough for her which led them to divorce again.

Divorced with her husband, Charles Vanzant

1979

Iyanla Vanzant  bonded with Charles Vanzant into a married life in 1973. However, this married life was full of sorrow as she attempted to suicide for several times. He was infidel, abusive and also not a loving husband. They finally got divorced in 1979.

Won Daytime Emmy Awards

2005

From her acting role Iyanla Vanzant  has been nominated in various prestigious awards. And to name one of them, Daytime Emmy Awards comes first. She was nominated in this award for the first time in 2005 for outstanding special class series and she was also so lucky to win it the same time. She was also nominated in this award the following year.

Married to Adeyemi Bandele

1997

Nearly after two decades, Iyanla Vanzant  married Adeyemi Bandele in 1997. They have three children together and they are still together with each other living a happy married life. She is not involved in any kind of extra marital affairs since this married life.

Graduated from Medger Evers College

1983

After struggling several years raising her children, she finally joined Medger Evers College. Iyanla Vanzant  graduated from there is 1983. She was also enrolled at Queens College and from there she received her degree in law in 1986. 

Published her first book

1988

Iyanla Vanzant 's struggle made her a writer. When she was pregnant with her daughter when she was just 16, she used to live in her friends basement. During that time she got a chance to express her feelings and finally in 1988, she published her first book titled A Path to Self Empowerment to Black Women.

Was named the most influential Black Women

2000

Iyanla Vanzant received the best possible honor she could ever receive. She was listed among the top 100 most influential Black Women in America. She was also listed in several others listings like women of passion, several vision and purpose.

Host Different Shows.

2004

Iyanla Vanzant had hosted some of the popular TV series such as Lyanla in 2001, Starting over as Life Coach in 2004. She also appeared in different TV shows such as Tavis Smiley, The Oprah Winfrey Show, etc. She earned wide recognization and love from millions of people which brings her in Limelight. 

Hosting Shows.

2011

Iyanla Vanzant has been hosting shows like, Oprah's Lifeclass as Lifeclass Teacher from 2011 to till now. She is also been hosting the popular TV series  Lyanla, Fix My Life from 2012 on the Oprah Winfrey Network till now. 

Current Net worth.

2018

Iyanla Vanzant earns the huge amount of money from her career. Her income came from different TV series and from the books she published. The big chunk of her Net worth has been estimated as $400,000.