Vicki Iovine is the happy and chronically overwhelmed mother of four children under the age of thirteen. Iovine was raised in Southern California and graduated Summa cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. She attended law school at the University of California, Hastings College of Law, with some time off to study at Cambridge University in England. After receiving an L.L.B. degree in Public International Law from Cambridge, she returned to Hastings to earn her J.D. She is a member in good standing of the California Bar Association.
During her brief stint as a reporter with the now defunct Los Angeles Herald Examiner, she was assigned to write a story about the women who were competing to be Playboy’s 25th Anniversary Playmates. “Having more brains than breasts, I didn’t win the contest, but I was asked to be Miss September,” says Iovine. “Not only did I agree to show my naked body, but I wrote my own story to accompany the pictures.” This was the first time Iovine was paid and published as a writer.
While raising four kids is full-time work, Iovine, 46, finds time to write a monthly column for Child magazine that addresses mothering concerns, and a bi-monthly column for Redbook on marriage and relationships. She is the parenting contributor for “Today,” a frequent guest host on “Later Today”, and has appeared several times on “Oprah,” “Good Morning America,” and Barbara Walters’ “The View.” Iovine also serves on the Board of Directors of Special Olympics International, the sports training program for people with mental retardation. She was named the Florence Crittendon Woman of the Year for 1995 in recognition of her work for teenage mothers and for girls with mental retardation in South Central Los Angeles. Iovine is also the author of the top-selling The Girlfriends’ Guide to Getting Your Groove Back, The Girlfriends’ Guide to Toddlers, The Girlfriends’ Guide to Surviving the First Year of Motherhood, The Girlfriends’ Guide to Pregnancy, as well as The Girlfriends’ Interactive Guide to Pregnancy CD ROM and The Girlfriends’ Guide to Pregnancy Daily Diary.
Iovine’s husband, Jimmy, is a former record producer who is now co-chairman and co-founder of Interscope Records, one of the nation’s fastest growing—and most cutting edge—independent record companies, which records best-selling rap and rock groups Dr. Dre, Nine Inch Nails, Black Street, No Doubt, Bush, Snoop Doggy Dogg, and the Wallflowers.
As prolific as they were in their professional lives, however, Vicki and Jimmy’s first three and a half years of trying to start a family were decidedly unproductive. Eventually, with the help of fertility treatment, Vicki got pregnant with their first son. They clearly got the hang of it after that, having three more children in five years the good old-fashioned way. Now, two boys and two girls later, the Iovines live a “rowdy and chaotic life” with Sunday football games on their front lawn and endless ferrying of children to t-ball games, birthday parties, tap dance rehearsals and assorted playdates.
“For the time being, knock wood, life is perfection,” says Iovine. “I am getting to be what I always wanted to be when I grew up: a mother, a writer, and a teamster.”