Marcia Clark

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Marcia Clark
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Marcia Clark at the 2011 Texas Book Festival
Born Marcia Rachel Kleks
(1953-08-31) August 31, 1953 (age 62)
Berkeley, California, United States
Occupation Prosecutor, author, television correspondent
  • 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[edit]

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 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.[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.

Clark is played by Sarah Paulson in the first season of American Crime Story surrounding the OJ Simpson trial.

Personal life[edit]

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 and Travis.[11]



  1. ^ Staten Island on the Web: Famous Staten Islanders at the Wayback Machine (archived June 17, 2008)
  2. ^ The State Bar of California. "State Bar of CA :: Marcia Rachel Clark". Retrieved 6 February 2016. 
  3. ^[dead link]
  4. ^ "WME Entertainment". Retrieved 6 February 2016. 
  5. ^ "Obsessed Fan of Actress Was 'Sick,' Doctor Says". latimes. Retrieved 6 February 2016. 
  6. ^ "CNN - Marcia Clark resigns as prosecutor - Jan. 9, 1997". Retrieved 6 February 2016. 
  7. ^[dead link]
  8. ^ "Marcia Clark - The Daily Beast". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 6 February 2016. 
  9. ^ ABC News. "Marcia Clark, O.J. Simpson Prosecutor, Writes Book 'Guilt By Association' - ABC News". ABC News. Retrieved 6 February 2016. 
  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. 
  11. ^ "Marcia Clark". Retrieved 6 February 2016. 

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