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Byline: ANNE ROBINSON

Image: Fearsome, leather-clad interrogator Best known for: Her no-holds-barred approach to presenting Early life: Born Anne Josephine Robinson in Crosby, Liverpool, on September 26, 1944. She was educated at a Catholic boarding school, but claims she learned more working on her mother's market stall, where the biggest-selling item was chickens. Her father taught remedial classes. Robinson began her journalism career at the Liverpool Daily Post before moving to the Mirror in London.

Career: In the early 1980s she became the Mirror's assistant editor, becoming the first woman to regularly edit a national newspaper. Early TV appearances came on Countdown and Points of View, but she became famous for fronting Watchdog from 1993 to 2001. She now largely concentrates on TV work, hosting such shows as Test the Nation, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? and, most famously, The Weakest Link, which led to further work in the US. Despite her hectic TV schedule, Robinson also writes columns for various national newspapers. She has now returned to Watchdog. Love life: Divorced her second husband, John Penrose, two years ago. She remains on good terms with her first spouse, Charlie Wilson. They have a daughter, Emma, who is also a TV presenter. Don't mention: Her alcoholism - she picked herself up more than 20 years ago. Also, her controversial comments about Wales on spotlight on... ANNE ROBINSON Room 101 in 2001, although she later redeemed herself by appearing in adverts for our tourism board.

Quote: "I know my worth and I make it my business to ensure that I'm rewarded at an appropriate rate." Tonight: Watchdog, BBC One, 8pm.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Apr 17, 2010
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