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Marcia Clark

Marcia Clark
Marcia Clark at the 2011 Texas Book Festival
Born Marcia Rachel Kleks
(1953-08-31) August 31, 1953
Berkeley, California, United States
Occupation Attorney
Spouse(s) Gabriel Horowitz (1976-1981; divorced)
Gordon Tolls Clark (1981-1995; divorced; 2 children)

Marcia Rachel Clark (born Marcia Rachel Kleks; August 31, 1953) is an American prosecutor, author, and television correspondent who gained fame as the head prosecutor in the O. J. Simpson murder case.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Bibliography 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Clark was born in Berkeley, California. She graduated from Susan E. Wagner High School, a public high school in the Manor Heights section of Staten Island.[1] She graduated from UCLA in 1976 with a degree in Political Science, then earned a J.D. at Southwestern University School of Law. She was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1979.[2]


Clark was a prosecutor for the State of California, County of Los Angeles, best remembered for her involvement in the O. J. Simpson murder case along with Christopher Darden.[3] Prior to the O. J. Simpson murder trial, her highest-profile prosecution was in 1991, when she prosecuted Robert John Bardo for the murder of television star Rebecca Schaeffer.[4][5]

With Teresa Carpenter, she authored a book, Without a Doubt, about the Simpson case, in a deal reported to be worth $4.2 million.[6] Clark was on leave from her job following Simpson's acquittal in 1995, and officially resigned in 1997, before the release of her book.

In the years following the Simpson trial, Clark has made numerous appearances on television including being a "special correspondent" for Entertainment Tonight, where she provided coverage of high-profile trials and reported from the red carpet at awards shows such as the Emmy Awards. She was a guest attorney on the short-lived television series Power of Attorney and was also featured on Headline News (HLN) to weigh in on the Casey Anthony trial.[7] In July 2013, Clark provided commentary for CNN on the George Zimmerman murder trial in Florida.

In addition, Clark contributes a column for The Daily Beast,[8] and has written four novels, Guilt By Association (2011), Guilt By Degrees (2012), Killer Ambition (2013), and The Competition (2014) published by Mulholland Books (US and UK).[9]

In August 2013, Clark appeared as Attorney Sidney Barnes on Pretty Little Liars in the episode "Now You See Me, Now You Don't".[10] Clark was also parodied on the Emmy-nominated online sitcom Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, in which she was portrayed by Tina Fey, who was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for her portrayal of Clark.

Personal life

Clark was married to Gabriel Horowitz from 1976 to 1981. They had no children. She married her second husband, Gordon Clark, in 1981. They were divorced in 1995, and have two sons, Trevor Clark and Travis Clark.[11]


  • Without a Doubt with Teresa Carpenter (1997). New York: Viking Press. ISBN 0-670-87089-7
  • Guilt By Association (2012). New York: Hachette Book Group London: Mulholland Books. ISBN 0-316-19896-X
  • Guilt By Degrees (2012). New York: Hachette Book Group London: Mulholland Books. ISBN 0-316-12953-4
  • Killer Ambition (2013). New York: Hachette Book Group: Mulholland Books. ISBN 978-0-316-22094-1
  • The Competition (2014) published by Mulholland Books. ISBN 978-0-316-22097-2


  1. ^ Staten Island on the Web: Famous Staten Islanders at the Wayback Machine (archived June 17, 2008)
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  10. ^ "@imarleneking thank you so much for letting me play Sidney Barnes, it was SUCH incredible fun! Great to meet you! #PLLROCKS". July 29, 2013. Retrieved July 16, 2013. 
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External links

  • Marcia Clark at the Internet Movie Database
  • Interview in SHOTS Crime and Thriller Ezine June 2011
  • California State Bar Entry for Marcia Clark
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