Marcia Clark, an American writer, and television personality who also happens to be a prosecutor gained notoriety when she was the lead prosecutor in the 1995 trial of NFL player and actor O. J. Simpson, who was charged with the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her boyfriend Ron Goldman. Prior to that, however, she began her career as a public defender with the California State Bar, then became a prosecutor, and finally left the prosecution.
Marcia Clark has also had several appearances in television series, including a small role in the sitcom Pretty Little Liars, Now You See Me, and the documentary sitcom O.J: Made in America. She can refer to numerous books, including Guilt by Association of 2011, Guilt By Degrees, published in 2012, The 2013 Killer Ambition, and the book The Competition, published in 2014.
Background Info – Who Is Marcia Clark?
Marcia Clark was born on August 31, 1953, the daughter of Rozlyn and Abraham Kleks in Alameda, a town in California, and grew up in a Jewish family alongside her brother, who is now an engineer. Her father worked as a chemist in the US Federal Food and Drug Administration, which is part of the Health and Human Unit.
She received her high school education at a public high school called Susan E. Wagner High School in Manor Heights, Staten Island, New York City. Later, Marcia went to the University of California, Los Angeles, to study Political Science, where she graduated in 1976. After graduating in political science, she earned a doctorate in law from Southwestern University School of Law.
Marcia Clark began her career when she joined the California State Bar in 1979. However, before becoming a prosecutor, she worked as a public defender in Los Angeles. She also served as an assistant district attorney in Los Angeles County, California, and was the lead prosecutor in the trial of Robert John Bardo, who was convicted of the murder of actress Rebecca Schaeffer.
After leaving the prosecution, Marcia Clark ventured into sitcoms and began appearing in television series such as Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, where she was parodied, The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story, and O.J: Made in America, a short documentary sitcom. Clark also wrote a preproduction screenplay for the sitcom Borderland, which allegedly contained very sensitive and unethical truths about her former job, the D.A.’s office, but it was never aired, even though it was bought up by FX television. The attorney has also written on crime-related topics for The Daily Beast, and she has several books for which she is known.
What Is Her Net Worth?
According to sources, Marcia has accumulated a huge amount of money, with her net worth estimated at about $4 million. However, the amount she earns as her base salary is not known to the public.
Relationship With O.J. Simpson
As for her private life, in 1976 Marcia married an Israeli man named Gabriel Horowitz, who plays backgammon on a professional level. The two met during their time at UCLA, but their relationship did not last long, as they separated after four years.
After the failure of their first marriage, Marcia married Gordon Clark, who worked for the Church of Scientology, the same year. The union was blessed with two children, but the marriage ended in divorce after fifteen years.
Marcia Clark, along with Assistant District Attorney Christopher Darden, headed the prosecution in the Orenthal James Simpson murder case that allegedly killed his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, Nicole’s boyfriend, in a very gruesome manner in 1994. However, O.J. was acquitted of all charges in 1995, and during the course of the trial, Clark faced great public hostility, which even ridiculed her to such an extent that her sense of dress was a tabloid issue. She was even held responsible for the acquittal of O.J. Simpson on the grounds of incompetence by former American lawyer Vincent Bugliosi.
There is no personal relationship between Marcia and Simpson, but since O.J. Simpson was a famous person as a sportsman and actor, which attracted media attention, Clark was eventually brought into the limelight as lead prosecutor.