Veronica Porsche Ali
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December 16, 1955
|Spouse(s)||Carl Anderson (1992 – February 23, 2004)
Muhammad Ali (June 19, 1977 – July 1986)
Veronica Porsche Ali is an American actress and the former wife of boxing legend Muhammad Ali.
Porsche was born in Louisiana on December 16, 1955 to Ethel and Horace Porche and is of Louisiana Creole descent. She attended Holy Rosary Catholic boarding school in Lafayette, Louisiana before moving with her parents to Echo Park, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. She graduated from Belmont High School in Los Angeles in 1973 and attended the University of Southern California (USC), majoring in Pre-Medicine.
She was the third wife of American boxer Muhammad Ali, and is the mother of his two daughters, actress and undefeated professional boxer Laila Ali and author Hana Yasmeen Ali. They were married at the Presidential Compound in N'Sele according to the Islamic tradition.. Ali and Porsche began a relationship in 1974 while in Kinshasa, Zaire when Porsche was 18 years old. Porsche was one of the four poster girls who had promoted the Rumble in the Jungle fight in Zaire versus George Foreman. Porsche and Ali were then married in Los Angeles in the summer of 1977. They divorced in December 1986.
Porsche studied acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse to overcome shyness and had 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 Kristofferson. 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).
In the movie Ali, starring Will Smith, the role of Veronica Porsche Ali was played by Michael Michele. Both Porsche and Ali commented that their relationship and other occurrences were not accurately portrayed.
In 1992, Porsche-Ali married jazz artist and stage actor Carl Anderson. Anderson was probably most noted for his portrayal of Judas Iscariot in the hit musical Jesus Christ Superstar and the 1973 movie of the same name. Veronica and Carl traveled together in the mid 1990s when Carl reprised his role and toured the United States. Anderson died of leukemia in 2004. In May 2007, Veronica appeared with her two daughters, Laila and Hana, on the American TV series Dancing with the Stars.