Mother, author, and former talk show host Cristina Ferrare opens up her home, introducing viewers to her family, friends and favorite foods on her new show on OWN, Cristina Ferrare's Big Bowl of Love.
Cristina is an accomplished author, with her New York Times bestseller, Okay, So I Don't Have a Headache, and bestseller Cristina Ferrare's Family Entertainmen and Cristina Ferrare Style and her fourth and most recent book Realistically Ever After, a humorous view of finding happiness when he's not Prince Charming, you're not Snow White and life is not a fairy tale. The success of her books attest to her expertise in the areas of women's health, well being, culinary arts, stylistic design, as well as her great zest for life and her humor. She has just completed her fifth book, a new cookbook due out in May 2011, A Big Bowl of Love. .
In the early 80's, Cristina co-hosted "AM Los Angeles," which was the #1 rated morning television show during her five year tenure. Among her many TV appearances, she has hosted her own shows: "Cristina and Friends" and a two hour live show from Universal Studios' "Home and Family". She was a substitute co-host on "Good Morning America" and co-hosted numerous times with Regis Philbin on "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee." Her primetime series for CBS, "Shame on You," was one of the first magazine format shows that featured consumer fraud and awareness. It set the stage for other prime time magazine formats that followed. For NBC, she co-hosted "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus" with Dr. Drew Pinsky. At one time, Cristina had three shows on the air at the same time: the aforementioned live morning talk show, "AM Los Angeles," "The Home Show," and the primetime series "Incredible Sunday" all for ABC. In feature films, she starred opposite David Niven in "The Impossible Years" and the critically acclaimed "J.W. Coop" with Oscar winner, Cliff Robertson. .
In addition to being a regular on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," Cristina has hosted a series of webisodes for Oprah.com, and is a regular blog contributor. .
Cristina's new show on OWN, "Cristina Ferrare's Big Bowl of Love" features celebrity guests along with members of her family and friends serving up great ideas for all kinds of situations that happen in real life! .
In 2006, Cristina, along with her partners Brian Thorson and Tim Hosier, started a line of home accessories through their newly formed "Ferrare With Company." The pieces are sought after by top interior designers around the country and sells to over 60 stores including Bergdorf Goodman and Barneys. They have expanded their business to include clients from France, Turkey, Istanbul, Dubai, and Saudi Arabia. .
Cristina is a sought after speaker and has spoken at various conventions around the country including the 2004 "The Women's Conference" where she monitored a session about women's health and sexual well being. In 2007 she hosted, along with Chef Art Smith, a session on cooking for 300 women! She sits on the Board of Directors for "The Women's Conference" which is headed by California's First Lady Maria Shriver. .
Cristina lives in Los Angeles with her husband, entertainment executive Tony Thomopoulos. They have a blended family of seven children and four grandchildren.