Inside the Girlfriends’ Guide
Step behind the scenes and witness the inspiration behind the bestselling Girlfriends’ Guide. Illustrating her discussion with colorful anecdotes from her own life, Vicki Iovine talks about her journey to motherhood and the joys along the way.
The author of five books in the Girlfriends’ Guide series, Vicki’s first, Girlfriends’ Guide to Pregnancy, has been reprinted 41 times in 12 languages. Keeping pace with her own reproductive timeline, she followed with Girlfriends’ Guide to Surviving the First Year of Motherhood, Girlfriends’ Guide to Toddlers, and for her peers attempting to reenter the working world, The Girlfriends’ Guide to Getting Your Groove Back. A chronically overwhelmed mother of four, family issues are always close to Vicki’s heart. Her latest book in the series, Girlfriends’ Guide to Teenagers, is on its way to bookstores now. Today, there are more than 4 million copies of the Girlfriends’ Guide books in print.
Vicki has been widely published as a columnist for newspapers, magazines, and online publications. Her writing appeared in a weekly advice column in The Los Angeles Times, and a monthly column for Child Magazine. For Redbook, she contributed a bi-monthly column as an expert on personal relationships, and her work regularly appears in Oprah’s O Magazine, Working Mother Magazine, and George. Her frequent commentaries are a welcome feature of the online news website, The Huffington Post. In the entertainment arena, Vicki’s screenplay, Ghost Wife, co-written with Academy Award winner Ron Bass, was sold to 20th Century Fox studio.
Among her numerous television appearances, Vicki was a contributor on parenting issues for the Today show. She has been a frequent guest host on Later Today, appeared on Good Morning America, and, has joined Oprah Winfrey as a guest on her landmark television talk show three times. Vicki is an Executive Producer of Bravo’s first scripted show, Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce, which was inspired by the Girlfriend’s Guide book series.
Vicki has served on the Board of Directors of Special Olympics International, the sports training program for people with mental retardation, and her ongoing humanitarian efforts on the behalf of the handicapped won her the prestigious Florence Crittendon Woman of the Year award. Married for 24 years to music industry legend Jimmy Iovine, she is the mother of two boys and two girls, a testament to her commitment to balance in all things.
A Southern California native, Vicki Iovine graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the school of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. She then proceeded to receive an Ll.B degree in Public International Law from Cambridge University, England. Iovine also earned her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law and is currently a member of the California Bar Association. She was Miss September in Playboy in the famous issue “Women of the Ivy League,” but she refuses to divulge the year it appeared or her maiden name.