Meet Deirdre Coleman Imus. Deidre is the wife of Don Imus, a popular radio talk show host and “shock jock.” Read her biography and see photos and a video below.
Deidre Coleman Imus
Deirdre Imus is an author, actress, an entrepreneur, environmentalist and a philanthropist. She and her husband, Don Imus, recently announced that Don has been diagnosed with Stage II prostate cancer. Deirdre and Don have both said that his prognosis is excellent, and both have said his treatment will be based on the “best wiener warranty” they can find. You can listen to the statement here. Deirdre is a frequent guest on her husband’s show, Imus in the Morning.
Deirdre Coleman was born in 1964 and spent her girlhood in Waterbury, CT. Her brother, Ed Coleman, is a radio personality and sportscaster with WFAN in New York City.
She graduated Villanova University in Pennsylvania. She began her acting career in the late 1990’s, appearing in Form, Space & Murder, Watchers Reborn, One Tough Cop and Directing Eddie.
Deirdre is a celebrated environmentalist and has written numerous books with an environmental theme, including the Green This! series.
The Imus’ are co-founders of the Imus Cattle Ranch for Kids with Cancer, a charitable organization located in Ribera, New Mexico, about 50 miles southeast of Santa Fe. The goal of the ranch, founded in 1999, is to provide children with a healthy lifestyle, and confidence-building experience by living and working on a functioning cattle ranch. The children reside at the ranch for seven days when school is out-of-session. They have chores to do, such as feeding animals, gathering eggs, planting and watering plants. Interaction with horses is one of the highlights for the kids. Corporations are significant donors. Reader’s Digest, General Motors and Wrangler Jeans are among the funders.
Every Spring, WFAN Radio features a Radiothon to raise money for the ranch. A line of organic cleaning products and foods, marketed under the “Imus Ranch Foods” label are sold in supermarkets and online to benefit the charity. After-tax profits are donated to the ranch. The after-tax profits from Dierdre Imus’ book, The Imus Ranch: Cooking for Kids and Cowboys, also helps fund the ranch.
The Imus family volunteers their time with the children at the ranch between Memorial Day and Labor Day each year. The ranch guests also includes the brothers and sisters of SIDS victims.
Deirdre Imus is the founder and president of the Deirdre Imus Environmental Center for Pediatric Oncology, which is a part of the Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. In 2007, she was named to the Board of Directors. The Center received the “Quality New Jersey’s Environmental Award” in 2006.
She has received numerous distinguished awards, personally. She was given an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Pace University in recognition of her advocacy on behalf of children’s environmental health. She was one of four women recipients to receive the National Audubon Society’s Rachel Carson Award for Women in Conservation, for which she was cited as “a pioneer inspiring parents and schools to clean using non-toxic products.” She was Spectrum magazine’s Person of the Year, named a “Champion for Autism” by the Autism Education Foundation, and the U.S.O of Metropolitan New York honored her as their “Woman of the Year” in 2008. Her husband was a former Marine.
Deidre Coleman married Don Imus on December 17, 1994. She is 24 years younger than her husband. They have one son together, Frederick Wyatt, born in 1998. They share their time among three residences: Manhattan, Westport, CT and the New Mexico Ranch. (Click the photos below to enlarge.)
Deirdre Coleman Imus and Don Imus (Video)