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Leifer, Carol (b. 1956)  
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When Leifer took part in the Celebrity Apprentice show (2010), she was eliminated early on but refused to go without a ten thousand dollar check from Donald Trump for the organization that she was representing, the North Shore Animal League, a no-kill shelter.

In a 2007 auction to benefit the Humane Society, Leifer bid successfully for the apology letter written by professional football player Michael Vick after his conviction for animal abuse involving dog-fighting. Her contribution of over ten thousand dollars was generous, but, she told Richard Freedman of the Benicia Vallejo Humane Society, she has plans to extract even greater good from the document. "I fully plan to put it up for auction again and give all the money raised to the Humane Society," she declared.

Leifer has become an activist for glbtq rights as well. Both she and Wolf campaigned vigorously against California's 2008 Proposition 8, which rescinded the right to marriage equality, and they were, she stated to Danielle Cantor of Jewish Woman magazine, "devastated by the result."

"We'd definitely like to be married," she added, "but we're real hold-outs—we'd like to wait until it's legal on a federal level."

Meanwhile, Leifer and Wolf continue to nurture their child, practice their faith, succeed in their careers, devote themselves to charitable work for animal welfare, and work for equality for glbtq people.

Linda Rapp

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Cantor, Danielle. "Carol Leifer." Jewish Woman (Spring 2009):

Dowd, Rachel. "Carol Leifer on the LAM." The Advocate (May 28, 2009):

Freeman, Richard. "Comedian Carol Leifer Headlines Benefit for BV Humane Society October 18." Four Paws Press (Benicia Vallejo Humane Society) (September/October 2008): 1-2:

Leifer, Carol. When You Lie About Your Age, the Terrorists Win. New York: Villard, 2009.

Lyman, Rick. "Touching Moments with Leifer? Get Real!" New York Times (September 7, 1997): 12, 3.

Reed, Susan, and Sue Croswell. "Tense and Nervous? If Carol Leifer's Stand-Up Comedy Doesn't Loosen Your Laugh Track, Her Giggle Will." People Weekly 30.22 (November 28, 1988):,,20100609,00.html.


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    Author: Rapp, Linda  
    Entry Title: Leifer, Carol  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
    Publication Date: 2010  
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