MAD­DOW MAX­IMS

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Age: Turns 40 on April 1

Re­la­tion­ship sta­tus: In a re­la­tion­ship with artist Su­san Mikula since 1999

Job: Host of “The Rachel Mad­dow Show” in the 9 p.m. week­night slot on MSNBC; au­thor

Hob­bies: Fancy cock­tails, col­lect­ing and wear­ing chunky glasses and col­or­ful sneak­ers, be­ing wicked smart Ed­u­ca­tion: PhD in po­lit­i­cal sci­ence from Ox­ford. Yes, that Ox­ford.

Early ca­reer: Ra­dio host for the show “Un­fil­tered” on Air Amer­ica, a lib­eral an­swer to con­ser­va­tive talk ra­dio that went belly up in 2010

Coming out story: In 1990 as a fresh­man at Stan­ford, she came out to the school pa­per as gay but made the news­pa­per prom­ise not to print the story un­til af­ter the week­end so she could tell her par­ents. But the pa­per (damned jour­nal­ists!) didn’t wait and an anony­mous per­son mailed the story to her mom and dad. Hard-core Catholics, her par­ents were at first pretty dis­turbed and up­set with hav­ing a gay daugh­ter. Now they’re cool — their kid is one of the most fa­mous les­bians in the world, af­ter all.

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