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Deborah Anne Norville (August 8, 1958) is an American TV journalist and businesswoman who is the host of Inside Edition.

She is married to Karl G. Wellner and they have three children.

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  • Beauty Contest: She won her town's local Junior Miss contest, a beauty contest for high school senior girls and represented Georgia in the 1976 America's Junior Miss pageant.
  • The Cameo: A brief glimpse of Norville on a billboard, during her time at WMAQ-TV in Chicago can be seen in the background in the film Running Scared (1986).
  • Career Resurrection: Inside Edition quite obviously became this following her brief but controversial tenure on Today and her stint as radio host for ABC and correspondent for CBS News.
  • Daddy's Girl: Norville has routinely posted photos of her father on social media in lieu of Veterans Day.
  • Dumb Blonde: An aversion in Norville's case as she graduated summa cum laude from the University of Georgia with a degree in journalism and a perfect 4.0 grade point average.
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  • Eagle-Eye Detection: In 2019, Norville underwent surgery to remove a cancerous thyroid nodule that was brought to her attention by an eagle-eyed viewer.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: When Norville was selected as being Jane Pauley's successor on Today, NBC's brass hoped that her youthful, glamorous persona would lure back viewers who had strayed to ABC's Good Morning, America.
  • Excuse Plot: Norville's pregnancy leave in 1991 was essentially used by NBC as a means of easing her out of her co-anchor's spot on Today and replacing her with Katie Couric.
  • Fantastic Nature Reserve: Her father owned a menagerie complete with camels, ostriches, and llamas.
  • The Fashionista: Norville once filmed a segment for Inside Edition where she worked as a model for famed photographer Victor Skrebneski. Norville would also regularly upload photos on her Facebook and Instagram accounts, detailing the outfits that she wore on Inside Edition for that particular day.
  • Improbable Age: She began her broadcasting career at WAGA-TV in Atlanta while still a student at the University of Georgia.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Laura Blumenfeld of The Orlando Sentinel wrote when describing Norville in October 1997, that she was "Tall, thin, blond, and had blue eyes chipped from the sky".
  • Hellhole Prison: In February 2000, Norville spent a week in the Davidson County Jail, billed as the "toughest in America".
  • High-Heel Power: Norville notably sported black Christian Louboutin pumps when she moderated a post-presidential election townhall on Anderson Live in November 2012. The look was complemented by Proper Tights with a Skirt.
  • Long-Runners: In March 2015, Inside Edition celebrated Norville's 20th anniversary on the program, noting that she had become the longest-serving female anchor on national television.
  • Married to the Job: Averted as Norvile discontinued her MSNBC program Deborah Norville Tonight in 2005, citing the challenge of juggling her Inside Edition and MSNBC duties along with her family responsibilities.
  • The Mentor: Joan Rivers took Norville under her wing, when she was 31. Their friendship lasted for 25 years, until Rivers's passing in 2014.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Norville was named as having the "Best Newscaster's Lips" in the January 1987 issue of Playboy magazine in an article titled "The Best" that awarded top ratings for everything from car magazines to pinball machines (1987).
  • New Job as the Plot Demands: Among the side-jobs that Norville has been assigned to during her time on Inside Edition included being a peanut seller, flight attendant, toll taker, dish washer, short order cook, fruit picker, and nanny.
  • Oktoberfest: For Halloween in 2016, Norville sported an Oktoberfest themed costume on Inside Edition.
  • Older Than They Look: While appearing as a guest on The Doctors in 2010, Norville credited her youthful appearance despite already being over 50, to putting egg whites on her face.
  • Paying It Forward: In 2007, Norville released the book Thank You Power: Making the Science of Gratitude Work For You.
  • Pregnant Badass: She once anchored Inside Edition from a hospital maternity ward after giving birth to her third child.
  • Ratings Stunt: When Norville served as the anchor for NBC News at Sunrise from 1987-89, ratings jumped 40 percent. This earned her the news reader's job on Today, where she was universally praised.
  • Replacement Scrappy: This was pretty much how Norville was depicted in the media regarding her tumultuous year and a half tenure as Jane Pauley's successor on Today.
  • Scout-Out: Norville was a member of the Girl Scouts.
  • Self-Empowerment Anthem: Norville once wrote and performed a song called "Keep On Movin", set to music written by noted producer Junior Vasquez.
  • Southern Belle: Norville is from Dalton, Georgia (U.S.A.) and is a former Georgia Junior Miss America pageant winner.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Norville is listed as standing at 5'8".
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: Norville loves to knit and sew, a passion she inherited from her mother, who died from rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Think Happy Thoughts: Norville authored a Chicken Soup for the Soul book called Think Positive, Live Happy: 101 Stories About Creating Your Best Life.