Elizabeth Smart bio, Career, Early life, Personal life, Net worth, Facts
Who is Elizabeth Smart?
Elizabeth Smart is the little girl of a homemaker Lois Smart (mother) and real estate developer Edward Smart (father). She is an American child safety activist and contributor for ABC News.
In the Early Life of Elizabeth Smart
Elizabeth Ann Smart-Gilmour was born on the 3rd November 1987, in Salt Lake City, Utah USA, and is a child safety activist and advocate but is probably still best recognized from spending nine months in captivity after being abducted from her home at the age of 14.
She is also known as a special contributor for ABC News as well as an author of the book entitled “My Story”. Her career has been active since 2006. To talk about her early life, Elizabeth Smart spent her childhood with five siblings in a Mormon family in her hometown.
As a five-year-old girl, Elizabeth started playing the harp, which became her greatest passion, and from middle school, she performed at various events, including weddings and funerals as well as at the annual fall concert in Salt Lake City. She went to Bryant Middle School and later to East High School in Salt Lake City. Upon matriculation, she enrolled in Brigham Young University, graduating with a Bachelor of Music in Harp Performance.
In the Career of Elizabeth Smart
Fig: Elizabeth Smart a child safety activist
This traumatic experience led Elizabeth to become a child safety activist and advocate after she was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey and Katie Couric. In 2008, she wrote a part of the US Department of Justice’s survivors guide entitled “You Are Not Alone: The Journey From Abduction To Empowerment”. Three years later, she established the Elizabeth Smart Foundation, which helps the victims of abduction, and started collaborating with other organizations including The Adam Walsh Child Protection & Safety Act, and The National AMBER Alert among many others.
During the same year, she was rewarded with the Diane von Furstenberg Award, and was chosen to work as a special contributor for ABC News. Furthermore, the crime committed against her became the subject of the 2003 film entitled “The Elizabeth Smart Story”, which is based on her father’s book with the same title.
Her father also wrote the book “Bringing Elizabeth Home”, while her uncle co-wrote, along with Lee Benson, the book entitled “In Plain Sight: The Startling Truth Behind The Elizabeth Smart Investigation”. Elizabeth published the memoir "My Story" in October 2013, where she made the kidnapping popular. In 2017, on the 15th anniversary of her abduction, the TV film “I Am Elizabeth Smart” was aired on the Lifetime channel, in which Alana Boden portrayed Elizabeth, while Brian David Mitchell was played by Skeet Ulrich. To speak further about her accomplishments, she published her second book entitled “Where There’s Hope: Healing, Moving Forward, And Never Giving Up” in 2018. Thus, her net worth is certainly rising.
How much is the net worth of Elizabeth Smart?
Fig: Elizabeth Smart in a show
She is also known as a journalist and author of two books. So, if you ever wondered how rich Elizabeth Smart is, it has been estimated by authoritative sources that the size of her net worth is over $1.7 million.
In the Personal Life of Elizabeth Smart
Fig: Elizabeth Smart with her husband Matthew Gilmour
Elizabeth Smart has been married to Matthew Gilmour since 2012. She met her future husband, a native of Aberdeen, Scotland, while she was serving as a Mormon mission in Paris, and they started dating. Their wedding ceremony was held in the Mormon Laie Hawaii Temple on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. In 2015, Elizabeth gave birth to their first child, a daughter named Olivia Gilmour, and two years later, they welcomed their second child, a son named James Gilmour. In 2018, the couple is blessed with their third child a daughter Chloe Gilmour.
Facts of Elizabeth Smart
On the 4th June of 2002, about an hour after midnight when Elizabeth was in the bedroom which she shared with her younger sister, Mary Katherine, she was abducted from her family house by Brian David Mitchell. She was forced to walk for hours through the forest with him until they arrived in a camp, where his wife, Wanda Ileen Barzee, was waiting for them. As already mentioned, Brian believed that he was a prophet, who realized a wedding ceremony and declared Elizabeth to be his wife, after which he raped her daily, along with his wife. They also drugged her and threatened her with death if she tried to escape. The abuse lasted for the next nine months until her abductors were arrested.
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