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Liza Powel and Conan O'Brien Marriage Profile

Love at First Sight


Conan O'Brien and Liza Powel

Liza Powel and Conan O'Brien in Los Angeles, California on August 29, 2010.

Photo: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images

Here's information about the celebrity marriage of Liza Powel and Conan O'Brien.

Fast Marriage Facts - Liza and Conan
Met: 2000.
Engaged: 2001.
Married: January 12, 2002.

Did You Know?
Ordained as a minister online through the Universal Life Church (ULC), Conan officiated a same-sex wedding on his show in 2011 in New York City.



Conan Christopher O'Brien: April 18, 1963 in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Elizabeth Ann "Liza" Powel: November 12, 1970 in Bainbridge Island, Washington.


How Liza and Conan Met:

Liza and Conan met in 2000 when she appeared on his show in a skit about advertising. It was love at first sight for Conan and he "instantly" fell in love with Liza. Conan and Liza became engaged in July 2001.

Conan: "So you get engaged on the first Sunday of the break," O'Brien begins, using the second person to create a sense of emotional distance, "and then you have a whole week to call her friends, to call her friends' friends, and to call my friends. A week to get used to the idea. And to describe 60 times how I got the ring made and who made it." (For the society-page set: The fabled ring is a tasteful, custom-made, cushion-cut diamond set on a platinum band.)"
Source: Walter Shapiro. "Life of O'Brien." Details Magazine. 9/2001.


Wedding Date and Info:

Liza and Conan were married on January 12, 2002 in Seattle, Washington in an afternoon ceremony at St. James Cathedral. The officiant was Conan's Harvard roommate and friend, Father Paul O'Brien. Their wedding reception was at Union Station in Seattle.
Conan and Liza Wedding Photo


"The bride ... wore a [Vera Wang] white, empire-waisted gown which was covered by a lace floor length coat. She carried a matching purse and red roses. O’Brien wore a dark suit, white shirt and cream tie."
Source: "Conan O'Brien Weds Ad Exec Liz Powel." Buzzle.com. 1/17/2002.
Conan: "... my wife is from Seattle. So we planned the wedding in Seattle in January, so we knew it would rain. There was no, I hope it doesn't rain. We decided it's going to rain. Let's make sure it rains. Let's just plan it to rain, and then we won't be disappointed. And it rained. Thank you, God ... I found the right person. It's the right time in my life. I'm thrilled. I'm very happy."
Source: CNN Larry King Live. "Interview With Conan O'Brien." Cnn.com. 4/11/2002.



Conan and Liza have two children, a daughter and a son.

  • Neve O'Brien: Born 2003.
  • Beckett O'Brien: Born 2005.



Conan O'Brien: Talk show host, comedian, writer, producer, actor.

Liza Powel: Advertising executive, copywriter.



Conan and Liz have several residences:

  • Brentwood, Los Angeles, California
  • Norfolk, Massachusetts -- summer home
  • Washington, Connecticut -- an octagonal country retreat


Quotes About the Marriage of Liza Powel and Conan O'Brien:

Liza: “He was in the house all the time,” Powel recalls. “I said, ‘This can’t last – it’ll drive us crazy!’ Literally every 10 minutes, he’d poke his head in the room and say, ‘I don’t wanna bother you, but do you know where the Band-Aids are?’ ‘I don’t wanna bother you, but do you know how to use the phone?’ He was so sweet about it, and I felt like such a jerk. But seriously, I almost rented an office for him.”
Source: Mark Binelli. "Conan O'Brien Comes Clean." RollingStone.com. 10/27/2010.

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