Fawn Hall

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Fawn Hall
Fawn Hall entering room at White House Christmas Party for NSC staff, 1984.jpg
Hall attending a White House Christmas party in 1984
Born (1959-09-15) September 15, 1959 (age 62)
Alma materAnnandale High School (1977)
EmployerU.S. National Security Council (1983–87)
Known forIran-Contra affair
Spouse(s)Danny Sugerman
(m. 1993-2005,
his death)
Partner(s)Rob Lowe
Arturo Cruz Jr.

Fawn Hall (born September 15, 1959) is a former secretary to Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North and had a small role in the Iran-Contra affair by helping North 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 VGA high school.[1] After graduating, she began working full-time for the Navy at the Pentagon.

Involvement in Iran-Contra[edit]

Hall was detailed from the Navy to work at the National Security Council on February 26, 1983 as Oliver North's secretary. She worked for North until she was fired on November 25, 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 the Iran-Contra affair.

In one mishap, Hall 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]

In June 1987, Hall, herself, began two days of testimony in front of the United States 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 November 25, 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] Journalist Bob Woodward recorded that her legal defense justification was summarized in her words: 'We shred everything'.[6] In 1989, in exchange for her testimony against North for Iran-Contra affair, she was granted immunity from prosecution.[7]

Life after the Iran-Contra affair[edit]

After the Iran-Contra affair broke, Hall briefly went back to work for the Navy in 1987 for less than 6 months. She was invited to the 1987 White House Correspondents' Dinner by journalist Michael Kelly.[8] After her congressional testimony in June 1987, she left government service and signed with the William Morris Agency[9] 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.[10] In April 1993, she married Danny Sugerman, former manager of The Doors.[10][11]

The Sugermans lived in the Hollywood Hills.[10] 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. Afterward, she went into rehab.[10] Sugerman died in 2005 of lung cancer, and in 2007 Hall listed the house for sale for almost $2.5 million.[10][12]

Since 2012 Hall has lived a quiet life in West Hollywood, working at a bookstore and staying out of the public eye.[10]


  1. ^ a b Meet Iran Affair's 'Mystery Woman', Philadelphia Inquirer, February 25, 1987.
  2. ^ Reeves, Richard. President Reagan: Triumph of Imagination. New York City: Simon & Schuster, 2005, p. 367.
  3. ^ "BRUNEI REGAINS $10 MILLION". The New York Times. July 22, 1987. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  4. ^ Hall Details Effort To Hide North's Role Destroyed Documents On Contra Aid, The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 9, 1987
  5. ^ a b "washingtonpost.com: Hall Testifies of Necessity 'To Go Above Written Law'". The Washington Post. June 10, 1987. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  6. ^ Bob Woodward: Veil: the Secret Wars of the CIA 1981-1987, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1987, p. 501
  7. ^ Hall, North Trial Testimony, 3/22/89, pp. 5311–16, and 3/23/89, pp. 5373–80, 5385–87; Chapter 5 Fawn Hall 147
  8. ^ Green, Joshua (July 6, 2017). "The Remaking of Donald Trump". Bloomberg News. Ever since 1987, when, in the wake of the Iran-Contra scandal, the journalist Michael Kelly brought one of its central figures, Fawn Hall, the documenting-shredding secretary to Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North [...]
  9. ^ "Fawn Hall Signs With Superagent". Los Angeles Times. August 19, 1987. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  10. ^ a b c d e f Al Kamen (April 18, 2012). "Catching up with Fawn Hall". Washington Post. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  11. ^ "Daily News - Google News Archive Search". April 12, 1993. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  12. ^ "The Real Estalker: Fawn's Swan Song". February 7, 2007. Retrieved December 27, 2015.


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