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Veronica Porsche Ali
Born Veronica Porche
December 16, 1955 (1955-12-16) (age 54)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress/Psychologist
Spouse(s) Carl Anderson (? – February 27, 2004)[1]
Muhammad Ali (June 19, 1977 – July 1986)

Veronica Porche Ali (now Veronica Porche Anderson) is an American psychologist and actress of Louisiana Creole descent.

Porsche was born on December 16, 1955 in Los Angeles, California to Melania Leonardi (1910-1979) and David Porche (1910-1988). She attended Holy Rosary catholic boarding school in Lafayette, Louisiana and graduated from Belmont High School in Los Angeles in 1973, where she was crowned Prom Queen and Homecoming Princess that year. Her brothers, Anthony (Tony) Porche and Leonard Porche, were star football and track & field athletes at Belmont High School. She graduated with honors and was awarded full scholarships to Yale and Princeton but chose to attend the University of Southern California (USC) where she was awarded "Honors-at-Entrance", majored in Pre-Med and was on the Dean's List.

She was the third wife of American boxer Muhammad Ali, and the mother of actress and professional boxer Laila Ali. Ali and Porche began a relationship in 1974 while he was still married to his second wife, Khalilah 'Belinda' Ali. Porche was one of the four poster girls who had promoted the Rumble in the Jungle fight in Zaire versus George Foreman; which led to erroneous reports that she was a professional model before meeting Ali. Porche and Ali were married in the summer of 1977. At the time they were married, they had a 10-month-old daughter, Hana, and Porche was pregnant with their second child. They divorced in December 1986. She later married Jesus Christ Superstar star and jazz artist Carl Anderson, who died in 2004.

Their oldest daughter, Hana Ali, is an author who today lives near her father in Michigan. Their youngest daughter, Laila Ali, is an undefeated professional championship boxer.

Prior to meeting Ali, she spelled her last name Porche. As her fame grew, and she began to have contact with reporters and other media, she began to tell them that her name was pronounced "like the sports car". This led to people spelling her name Porsche. Her name appears on documents using both spellings. Reportedly, she favors the style and sophistication of the Porsche spelling, though her family name was originally Porché, the version still used by many family members in Louisiana. Porche was fluent in French as a child and her mother called her Véronique.

Porche studied acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse and had some limited experience as an actress. She played a tour guide, Ranger Emily, in the 1986 film Terror on Alcatraz and made a cameo appearance in "Freedom Road" starring Ali and Kris Kristopherson. She co-hosted a segment of "Good Morning, New York" and appeared as herself in a made-for-TV documentary, Intimate Portrait: Laila Ali (2001) (TV) and in many other broadcasts and television shows around the world.

In the movie Ali, starring Will Smith, the role of Veronica Porche Ali was played by Michael Michele. Both Porche and Ali commented that their relationship and other occurrences were not accurately portrayed[citation needed].


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