Marcia Clark at the 2011 Texas Book Festival
|Born||Marcia Rachel Kleks
August 31, 1953
Alameda, California, U.S.
Gordon Tolls Clark
(1980–1995; 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.
Clark was born in Alameda, California, the daughter of Rozlyn Kleks (née Masur) and Abraham Kleks, who was born and raised in Israel and worked as a chemist for the Food and Drug Administration. She was raised in an Orthodox Jewish family.
She graduated from Susan E. Wagner High School, a public high school in the Manor Heights section of Staten Island. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1976 with a degree in political science, then earned a Juris Doctor degree at Southwestern University School of Law. She was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1979.
She is best remembered for her involvement in the O. J. Simpson murder case along with Christopher Darden. 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. In his book Outrage: The Five Reasons Why O.J. Simpson Got Away with Murder, Vincent Bugliosi blames the acquittal of O. J. Simpson on Marcia Clark's prosecutorial incompetence.
Alan Dershowitz, one of the members of Simpson's defense team, wrote in his book, Taking the Stand, "Marsha Clark may not have been the most sophisticated prosecutor I ever encountered, but she certainly was among the most resourceful, employing everything she had to her advantage." Dershowitz wrote that Johnnie Cochran told him that just as he was about to make his closing arguments, Clark came over and whispered to him, "When you're up there, I want you to think of only one thing: I'm not wearing any underwear." Dershowitz called Clark and asked her if it was true. Clark said, "Absolutely true." Dershowitz then asked her, "Which part of it is true: that you told him you weren't wearing underwear or that you weren't, in fact, wearing any underwear?" Clark replied, "That's one thing you'll never know."
Resigning after the O. J. Simpson case, Clark left trial practice behind. With Teresa Carpenter, she authored a book, Without a Doubt, about the Simpson case, in a deal reported to be worth $4.2 million.
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. 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, 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).
In popular culture
In August 2013, Clark appeared as Attorney Sidney Barnes on Pretty Little Liars in the episode "Now You See Me, Now You Don't". 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.
Clark was played by Sarah Paulson in the first season of American Crime Story, which focuses on the OJ Simpson trial. Her performance as Clark earned wide acclaim and she has earned a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for her role as well.
When she was 17 years old on a trip to Israel, Clark said that she was raped. She said that it was an experience that she didn't deal with until much later, and that it informs much of why she became a prosecutor.
In 1976, Clark married Gabriel Horowitz, an Israeli professional backgammon player. They were divorced in 1980. They had no children. Horowitz was briefly in the news after he sold topless photos of Clark to the National Enquirer during the O. J. Simpson trial.
- 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
- "Blood Defense" (2016) published by Thomas and Mercer. ISBN 9781503936195
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