Fawn Hall

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Fawn Hall
Born 1959
Annandale, Virginia.
Nationality United States
Alma mater Annandale High School (1977)
Occupation Secretary
Employer U.S. National Security Council (1983-1987)
Known for Iran-Contra affair
Spouse(s) Danny Sugerman (April 1993- January 2005) (his death)
Partner(s) Rob Lowe (1988)
Arturo Cruz, Jr. (1985-1986)
Parent(s) Ronald C (stepfather) and Wilma G Hall

Fawn Hall (born 1959) was a secretary to Lt. Colonel Oliver North and a notable figure in the Iran-Contra affair, helping him shred confidential documents.

Early life[edit]

Born in Annandale, Virginia in 1959, Hall graduated from Annandale High School in 1977. She began working part-time in a clerical position for the United States Navy, beginning in January 1976 while she was in high school.[1] After graduating, she apparently began working full-time at the Pentagon for the Navy.

Involvement in Iran-Contra[edit]

She was detached from the Navy to work at the National Security Council on 26 February 1983 to work for Oliver North. She worked for North until being fired on 25 November 1986 at the height of the scandal.[1] Hall's mother, Wilma Hall, was secretary to Robert McFarlane,[2] Reagan's national security advisor, North's superior and a major player in Iran-Contra.

In one mishap, she transposed the digits of a Swiss bank account number, resulting in a contribution from the Sultan of Brunei to the Contras being credited to a Swiss businessman's bank account instead of the intended account.[3] During the scandal, it was reported that she dated Contras politician Arturo Cruz, Jr.. It was also alleged that Hall and Jonathan Scott Royster had an affair. Much about Royster is still classified today due to his involvement and will remain classified until 2050.

In June 1987, she began two days of testimony in front of Congress. She confessed to altering, shredding a large number of documents (So much was destroyed, she said, that the office shredder jammed), and smuggling others, in her boots and inside her clothing and giving them to North on 25 November 1986, who was fired after his role in orchestrating potentially illegal aid to the Nicaraguan contras became public.[4][5] Among her other testimony was a claim that, "Sometimes you have to go above the law."[5] In 1989, in exchange for her testimony against North for Iran-Contra Scandal, she was granted immunity from prosecution.[6]

Life after Iran-Contra[edit]

After the Iran-Contra affair broke, Hall briefly went back to work for the Navy in 1987. After her congressional testimony in June 1987, she left government service and signed with the William Morris Agency[7] and unsuccessfully pursued a media career in the Washington D.C. area. She later moved to Los Angeles, California and pursued a modeling career for several years.[8] In April 1993, she married Danny Sugerman, former manager of The Doors.[8][9]

The Sugermans lived in an affluent section of Los Angeles called the Hollywood Hills.[8] It was reported that Sugerman introduced Hall to crack cocaine shortly after their marriage. She developed an addiction and suffered a non-lethal overdose in 1994. Afterwards, she went into rehab.[8] Sugerman died in 2005 of lung cancer, and in 2007 Hall listed the house for sale for almost $2.5 million.[8][10]

Since 2012 Hall has lived a quiet life in West Hollywood, working at a bookstore and staying out of the public eye.[8]



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