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Orman, Suze (b. 1951)  
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An engaging speaker, Orman continued her association with QVC by becoming the host of the program Suze Orman's Financial Freedom. She has also appeared on specials for the Public Broadcasting Network (PBS) and is one of their most successful fundraisers during pledge drives. For her efforts on PBS, she won Daytime Emmy Awards in 2004 and 2006.

She also provides advice on the weekly Suze Orman Show on CNBC, which is among the highest-rated on the network, and also airs on XM and Sirius radio. Her work on the program has made her a five-time recipient of Gracie Awards, which honor America's "best radio, television, and cable programming for, by, and about women." The Suze Orman Show was named the outstanding talk show in 2003, 2007, and 2008. Orman herself won awards for individual achievement as a program host in 2005 and 2006.

In addition, she has been a frequent guest on such television shows as Larry King Live, The Oprah Winfrey Show, the Today Show, and The View and has offered her expert opinions on many news broadcasts.

Orman has been especially concerned with the difficulties of same-sex couples in achieving equity, particularly when one of the partners die. She has been a strong supporter of establishing trusts in lieu of wills.

As she has written, "A trust gives the trustee the legal authority to distribute assets immediately to the beneficiaries based on the terms of the trust. No court is involved. No public notice of death is required as it is with a will. All that is required is a death certificate and a trust document that describes how things are to be distributed through the trust. Because a trust bypasses the court system, or probate, there are no fees, and there is no public record of the value of your estate, protecting your privacy."

Orman came out publicly as a lesbian in a February 2007 interview with the New York Times Magazine, acknowledging a seven-year relationship with her partner, Kathy Travis. Orman took the occasion to decry the financial losses incurred by surviving same-sex partners due to the inequality of marriage laws.

Linda Rapp

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Solomen, Deborah. "She's So Money." New York Times Magazine (February 25, 2007): 19.


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