Marianne Williamson

American writer and politician

Marianne Deborah Williamson (born July 8, 1952)[1] is an American spiritual teacher, author, and lecturer. She has published twelve[2] books, including four New York Times number one bestsellers. [3] She is the founder of Project Angel Food, a meals-on-wheels program that serves homebound people with AIDS [4] in the Los Angeles area, and the co-founder[5] of The Peace Alliance.

Marianne Williamson
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Williamson in November 2019
Personal details
Marianne Deborah Williamson

(1952-07-08) July 8, 1952 (age 67)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Other political
Independent (2014)
EducationPomona College

Williamson is on the Board of Directors of the RESULTS organization, which works to end poverty in the United States and around the world.

In January 2019, Williamson launched her presidential bid for the Democratic primaries in the 2020 election. She ended her campaign on January 10, 2020.

Early lifeEdit

Williamson was born in Houston, Texas, in 1952.[6][7][8][9] Williamson studied theater and philosophy at Pomona College in Claremont, California for two years[8] before dropping out in her Junior year and moving to New York City to be a cabaret singer.[8][9] In 1979, Williamson returned to Houston, where she ran a metaphysical bookstore.[8]


In 1997 Williamson published her book Healing the Soul of America (hardcover originally titled The Healing of America) and began a more energetic political engagement. In this book, Williamson laid out plans to “transform the American political consciousness and encourage powerful citizen involvement to heal our society.”[10]

She has been a guest on television programs such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, and Real Time with Bill Maher. In December 2006, a Newsweek magazine poll named her one of the fifty most influential baby boomers. She is known for her book A Course in Miracles, a non-religious self-study program of spiritual psychotherapy.[11]

2014 U.S. House raceEdit

Williamson ran and lost in the election for the seat of California's 33rd congressional district in 2014.

Famous elected and public officials endorsed her campaign, including former Governors Jennifer Granholm and Jesse Ventura; former Congressmembers Dennis Kucinich and Alan Grayson; and Van Jones, among others.[12] Alanis Morissette wrote and performed her campaign theme song, entitled Today.[13]

2020 presidential campaignEdit

On August 2, 2018, The Guardian reported that she was exploring the possibility of a presidential run in 2020.[14] On January 28, 2019, Williamson formally announced her campaign in Los Angeles.[15] After only appearing in one of the debates and low poll numbers, Williamson ended her campaign on January 10, 2020.[16]

Personal lifeEdit

Williamson is Jewish, and was briefly married. In 1990, Williamson had her only child, India Emma.[17]


  1. Knapp, Gwenn (2006). "StarBios Report for Marianne Williamson". MOTTASIA Inc. Archived from the original on 2006-10-18. Retrieved 2006-07-12.
  2. "Books by Marianne Williamson". Good Reads. Retrieved 2018-02-05.
  3. "Religion, Spirituality and Faith". New York Times. Retrieved 2018-02-05.
  4. "Our History". Project Angel Food. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  5. "History". The Peace Alliance. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  6. Munson, Zack. "God Help Us", The Weekly Standard, Vol. 19, No. 22. 2014 February 17
  7. Merl, Jean. "Marianne Williamson's spiritual path into political realm", Los Angeles Times, 2014 January 13
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Schindehette, Susan. "The Divine Miss W" Archived October 22, 2015, at the Wayback Machine, People, 1992 March. 09
  9. 9.0 9.1 Appelo, Tim. "Love Prophet", Entertainment Weekly, 1992 March 6
  10. "Healing the Soul of America - 20th Anniversary Edition". Simon and Schuster.
  11. "Marianne Williamson on What's Wrong—and Right—with the World". Oprah. December 29, 2012. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  12. "Marianne Williamson".
  13. "Alanis Morissette cuts campaign song for Calif. candidate". The Hill. May 6, 2014.
  14. Jacobs, Ben (2 August 2018). "New Age author Marianne Williamson 'looking into' 2020 presidential run" – via
  15. Williamson, Marianne (28 January 2019). "Join me tonight as I formally announce my candidacy for the Democratic nomination for president. Live in Los Angeles, the Saban Theatre 8440 Wilshire Blvd. 7:30PM, or livestream at". External link in |title= (help)
  16. Astor, Maggie (January 10, 2019). "Marianne Williamson Drops Out Of 2020 Race". New York Times. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  17. "The New Age of Marianne Williamson Los Angeles Magazine". Los Angeles Magazine. May 27, 2014.

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