When it comes to fame and becoming a celebrity, there are different ways to achieve the highly coveted status. Sometimes, it is gotten through talent, sometimes through relationships, either biological or romantic. In the case of Virginia Donald, she got it through a romantic relationship she had with Shepard Smith, an established media personality.
Virginia Donald’s relationship with Shepard Smith went beyond romantic relationship as they also got married, which cemented Virginia’s position in the extremely long roster of popular women. Although the marriage did not achieve the happily ever after it hoped to achieve, Virginia has remained in the news with fans of the TV personality looking to learn more about his ex-wife.
To satisfy that curiosity, here is an article about everything you need to know about Virginia Donald. Read on.
Virginia Donald’s Biography
Despite being the ex-wife of one of the most popular news anchors on television, Virginia Donald has kept a majority of her background information away from the media, and as a result, details such as her date of birth is unknown. However, we do know that the ex-wife of the journalist was born in Mississippi into a religious family that raised her to be a Christian. She attended high school and after the completion, headed over to the University of Mississippi where she studied acting and journalism.
She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Ole Miss and set out to pursue a career as an actress, having been encouraged by her classmates and teachers who were convinced of her talents. However, her pursuit to become an actress was halted when she got married to Shepard Smith, choosing instead to become a housewife. Since the marriage ended, not much has been known of Virginia Donald’s professional career.
On the other hand, her ex-husband, Shepard Smith has crafted a career in the world of journalism since he left the University of Mississippi. He began his career in local television as most broadcast journalists do, working at WJHG-TV in Panama City Beach, Florida.
He spent a couple of years working for local stations across America before he was recruited by Fox News Channel in 1996, where he has remained as a journalist to date. In his time with Fox News, Shepard Smith has covered major stories like the events of Hurricane Katrina and has had his show, The Fox Report with Shepard Smith.
Relationship with Shepard Smith
Virginia Donald and Shepard Smith attended the same university, the University of Mississippi which is where they met (at the Meek School of Journalism, where they both studied journalism) and while Virginia Donald went on to try her hands at acting, Shepard Smith went off in pursuit of a career in journalism.
They began dating as Shepard developed the courage to ask her out after months of crushing on her. Following an extensive period of dating, Virginia Donald and Shepard Smith got married in 1987 and remained married for six years before getting divorced in 1993.
The circumstances of her divorce from Shepard Smith was vague and left those who had an interest in the couple surprised. However, it was revealed in 2017, years after they got divorced, that Smith is gay.
Since he came out as a gay man, Shepard Smith has been in a public relationship with Giovanni Graziano, a Fox News production assistant whom Shepard had reportedly been in a relationship with since 2011.
Virginia Donald, on the other hand, had retreated away from the spotlight since the divorce and very little is known about her relationships.
Other Facts You Need To Know
Virginia Donald is believed to be worth an estimated $1 million, which she earned through her ventures and hard work. Her ex-husband, Shepard Smith, on the other hand, has a net worth of $10 million from his work as a TV personality, including working as a news anchor for Fox News Channel.
Following her divorce from Shepard Smith, Virginia, who decided to take a break from pursuing an acting career and become a housewife instead, resumed her efforts at becoming an actress but has so far been unable to find her big break.
Despite being together for six years, Virginia Donald and Shepard Smith never shared any children.
The journalism school both Virginia and Shepard attended, Meek School of Journalism, was named after Ed Meek, a former student of the school who went on to become a reputable journalist and photographer.