Greta Van Susteren:  A bowling prodigy  who dreams of a  Kim Jong Un interview
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Greta Van Susteren’s a “generally pretty happy” person, as long as you don’t douse yourself in Chanel No. 5 before boarding a plane with her.

“Women wearing strong perfume,” is the Fox News “On the Record” host’s pet peeve. “It gives me a headache, and it is inescapable some places,” the lawyer-turned-TV personality says.


The Wisconsin native who was “always in trouble” as a kid is celebrating more than two decades on the air. “On the Record” just scored a ratings win, closing out the first year in its new time slot at 7 p.m. as No. 1 for cable news.

Although Van Susteren, 60, loves her “great job,” she reveals she has a fear of extending her time on the small screen too long, saying, “I just want to do other things, too.”

We wanted to know more about the outspoken author and news veteran, so we asked her to answer these questions:

Grew up in: Appleton, Wisconsin

College attended: University of Wisconsin-Madison (BA/Economics) Georgetown Law Center (JD and LLM)

What did you want to be when you were a kid? Lawyer — I was always in trouble and feared I would need a lawyer when I grew up and that I could not afford one … so I had to become one.

Favorite hobby/activity: Reading in front of the fireplace.

Most embarrassing moment/Most memorable moment: Guest hosting for Larry King at CNN and the guest was the president of Romania, and they neglected to give me the interpretation in my [earpiece]. Hence, I did an entire segment interviewing him with no idea what he was answering. Viewers at home had the translation, but I did not.

Favorite movie: “Waking Ned Devine”

Biggest pet peeve: Women wearing strong perfume — it gives me a headache, and it is inescapable some places.

I’m happiest when: I am generally pretty happy.

What you like/dislike about D.C.: I love D.C. because it has so many trees and not a lot of tall buildings that can overwhelm you.

My celebrity crush is: None. I have been around too many celebrities in my life that I don’t get wowed by celebrity. I admire people you don’t know — the ones who work in refugee camps around the clock, etc. There are so many people who do so much for others who are so worthy of our admiration.

I have a fear of: Staying too long on TV. I have been doing this for 22 years, and I have a long list of other things I want to do in life. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job, and it is a great job — but I just want to do other things, too.

Dream guest for my show is: [North Korean leader] Kim Jong Un.

Something that few know about you: I have a bowling trophy from 7th grade.