Marcia Clark is a U.S. Attorney, TV correspondent, and author who came into the spotlight because she handled several high-profile murder cases such as the Robert John Bardo case and the well-publicized trial of O.J. Simpson, who was accused of killing his ex-wife and boyfriend Ron Goldman.
She is also an author, and most of her books are based solely on criminal and court cases (fictional and non-fictional), and some are excerpts from her career as a prosecutor with the challenges she has faced.
Marcia was born Marcia Rachel Kleks on August 31, 1953, in Alameda, California, the daughter of Jewish parents – RozslynKleks and Abraham Kleks. As she grew up, her family moved around a lot due to her father’s work as a chemist in the Federal Food and Drug Administration under the Health and Human Unit.
Clark attended Susan E. Wagner High School and then the University of California, where she earned a degree in Political Science. She moved to the Southwestern School of Law where she earned a law degree. After college, she began her career as a public defender in L.A. before becoming a state attorney in 1981. As a prosecutor, she handled and won several high-profile cases such as the Robert John Bardo case, which Marcia Clark put behind bars in 1991 for the murder of the young actress Rebecca Schaeffer.
She was also responsible for the widely publicized trial of former NFL player O.J. Simpson for the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown. The trial of O.J. Simpson brought a challenging and difficult time in her life, as it involved so much investigation and backlash from the media and the public. After the case, she resigned from the law firm and moved on to writing. She is the author of several books including Snap Judgment, Guilt by Degree, Blood Defense, The competition, Without a Doubt (which she co-authored with Teresa Carpenter in the Simpson case). The books all focus on crime and court cases.
In addition to being a writer, she has appeared in numerous television series that focuses on her career as a prosecutor, including The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Criminal History and O.J.: Made in America, the unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Who Is Marcia Clark’s Ex-Husband, Gordon?
During the time when Marcia Clark was leading the charge against O.J. Simpson, she also fought a personal battle; she was at the height of her divorce from husband Gordon Clark and fought for custody of her two sons.
Marcia and Gordon were married in 1980; Marcia was five years younger than Gordon, who was a computer programmer and a member of the Church of Scientology. Gordon was reportedly a Church employee before their marriage, and the two married because the Church hired them if Gordon was to keep his job with the Church while he was in a relationship with Marcia. Together they have two sons.
After almost fourteen years together, Marcia filed for divorce in June 1994. Just days before she was assigned to the Simpson case, she asked for custody of her children, but Gordon argued that because of the long hours Marcia had to work on the case, he should get custody of the children and that he would be home at 6 pm every day.
Marcia Clark’s marriage to Gordon was not her first, she was married to the Israeli backgammon professional Gabriel Horowitz, but they were divorced in 1980 after four years and they had no child together.
Did Marcia Clark Have An Affair With Chris Darden?
There were many controversies surrounding the O.J. Simpson trial, and one of them was Marcia Clark’s alleged intimate relationship with a co-defendant in the Christopher Darden case.
The couple was reported to have been in an intimate relationship during the trial, but according to Darden, “they were more than friends” and there was no intimacy between them. As the trial grew stronger and harder, they spent more time working together on the case, and during the trial, Darden once became a beacon of support for Marcia as she went through her divorce while fighting for custody of her children.
Her Net Worth
Clark does not reveal her current salary, but the book series she has written and her involvement in television series has certainly earned her a good fortune, her net worth is estimated at about $4 million.