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Cheryl Saban (/səˈbɑːn/; born April 30, 1951) is an American psychologist, author, television writer, and philanthropist. She is a former Senior Advisor to the United States Mission to the United Nations. She is the author of several children's books, a novel, self-help books, numerous gift books, and many teleplays. She is the president of the Saban Family Foundation, and the founder of the Cheryl Saban Self-Worth Foundation for Women & Girls. She is the owner and designer of Cheryl Saban Designs, where she sells her hand-blown glass and hand-made gemstone jewelry. A portion of every sale is donated to charity.

Cheryl Saban
Cheryl Lynn Flor

(1951-04-30) April 30, 1951 (age 68)
ResidenceBeverly Hills, California, U.S.
California Coast University
Alma materSan Diego State University
OccupationPsychologist, author, philanthropist
Board member ofClinton Foundation
Ray Lenhart (m. 1971)
Bobby Ocean (m. 1975)
Haim Saban (m. 1987)
Children4, including Tifanie Lenhart Chaney and Heidi Lenhart Stills

Early life and educationEdit

Cheryl Saban was born as Cheryl Lyn Flor[1] on April 30, 1951 in San Diego, California.[2] Her father worked for the local telephone company.[3] Saban worked as a telephone solicitor, waitressed at a barbecue-pit restaurant, and worked summers as a lifeguard at a Navy training center.[3]

Saban attended San Diego State University.[3] In 2005 she earned a doctorate in psychology from California Coast University.[4]


Saban started her career as a model in San Francisco, California in 1973 and Los Angeles in 1975.[3] She recorded her first album in 1978 under the name Flower.[3] In April 1979, Playboy included her in a nude pictorial titled “Disco Queens".[3]

Saban accepted a job as an assistant for Israeli-American Haim Saban, a self-made millionaire who later became her husband, in 1986.[3] She wrote for television multiple times, including 19 episodes of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, produced by Saban. She is the author of four children's books, a thriller, and several self-help books. She is a member of the American Psychological Association.[5]

Saban was nominated as Senior Advisor to the United States Mission to the United Nations by President Barack Obama in September 2012.[6][7]


Saban serves as the president of Saban Family Foundation.[2] She and her husband both donate through the foundation, which typically focuses on children, education and women's health. As of May 2018, they are supporting the building of a museum in Los Angeles.[8] Through a $10 million donation, Saban established the Cheryl Saban Self-Worth Foundation for Women & Girls in 2009.[2] The foundation will provide micro-financing programs to women in the U.S. and in Israel.[3] Saban formerly served on the board of the Westside Children’s Center,[9] where she pledged $250,000 to fund foster-parenting programs.[3] With her husband, she donated $10 million to the Los Angeles Free Clinic, where she was a patient in her years of financial difficulty, and it was renamed the Saban Free Clinic in 2008.[10]

Saban serves on the board of directors of the Clinton Foundation.[5] She also serves as an honorary member of the board of trustees of the Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.[11] She received an honorary doctorate from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel in 2014.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

Saban has been married three times. She married her first husband, Ray Lenhart, at the age of 20.[4] They had two daughters, Tifanie Lenhart Chaney and actress Heidi Lenhart Stills, and divorced soon after.[4] She later married and divorced Bobby Ocean. He was a music producer, and struggled to provide for her children.[3]

Saban married her third husband, Egypt born Israeli-American billionaire Haim Saban in 1987.[13] They had two children through a surrogate (Saban had previously had a hysterectomy): son Ness (Hebrew for Miracle) and daughter Tanya. Ness was the eighth surrogate-born baby in the world and Tanya was the fortieth.[14] Although Cheryl follows Lutheranism, she agreed to raise the children Jewish. The family always puts up a Christmas tree and celebrates Shabbat weekly. Saban told the rabbi who married them: "Think of me as a Christian who believes in Judaism.”[3] They reside in Beverly Hills, California.[2]


  • Saban, Cheryl (1993). Miracle Child: Genetic Mother, Surrogate Womb. Far Hills, New Jersey: New Horizon Press. ISBN 9780882821221. OCLC 28394531.
  • Saban, Cheryl (1995). Griffin's Day at the Zoo. New York: Modern Publishing House. ISBN 9781561446032. OCLC 36659026.
  • Saban, Cheryl (1995). Griffin's Busy Day. New York: Modern Publishing House. ISBN 9781561446025. OCLC 35559271.
  • Saban, Cheryl (1995). Griffin's Shopping Trip. New York: Modern Publishing House. ISBN 9781561446049. OCLC 35865589.
  • Saban, Cheryl (1995). Griffin's Play Group. New York: Modern Publishing House. ISBN 9781561446056. OCLC 35762814.
  • Saban, Cheryl (1997). Sins of the Mother. Los Angeles, California: Dove Books. ISBN 9780787112684. OCLC 37023348.
  • Saban, Cheryl (2002). 50 Ways To Save Our Children: Small, Medium & Big Ways You Can Change a Child's Life. New York: Harper Trophy. ISBN 9780064490382. OCLC 48046056.
  • Saban, Cheryl (2005). Recipe For a Good Marriage: Wise Words and Quirky Advice for Happy, Long-lasting Relationships. New York: Ryland Peters & Small. ISBN 9781841727868. OCLC 57685783.
  • Saban, Cheryl (2007). Recipe for Good Parenting: Words of Wisdom for Parents of all Ages, From Parents of All Ages. New York: Ryland Peters & Small. ISBN 9781845975104. OCLC 81860720.
  • Saban, Cheryl (2008). New Mother's Survival Guide. New York: Ryland, Peters & Small. ISBN 9781845977139.
  • Saban, Cheryl (2009). What Is Your Self-worth? A Woman's Guide to Validation. Carlsbad, California: Hay House. ISBN 9781401923952. OCLC 262892445.
  • Saban, Cheryl (2010). Recipe For a Happy Life. New York: Ryland Peters & Small. ISBN 9781845979454. OCLC 465368297.
  • Saban, Cheryl (2011). All About My Mother. New York: Ryland Peters & Small. ISBN 9781849750875. OCLC 666246749.
  • Saban, Cheryl (2013). Soul Sisters: The Special Relationship of Girlfriends. New York: Ryland Peters & Small. ISBN 9781849753555. OCLC 851655723.
  • Saban, Cheryl (2014). The Gift of Grandparenting: Sharing the Delights of Being a Grandparent: A Treasure Trove of Stories and Memories About People We Hold Most Dear. New York: Ryland Peters & Small. ISBN 9781849755122. OCLC 857880296.


  1. ^ Saban, Cheryl What Is Your Self-Worth? ISBN 978-1-4019-2603-8 - Publisher: Hay House, Inc. - Publication date: January 5, 2009 | p. 114
  2. ^ a b c d Adeniji, Ade (April 9, 2015). "What Cheryl Saban Is Doing to Empower Women and Girls". Inside Philanthropy. Retrieved October 18, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Hoffman, Allison (June 17, 2009). "MORPHED: Cheryl Saban's journey from beach bunny to philanthropist". Tablet. Retrieved October 18, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c Cheryl Biography Archived October 18, 2012, at the Wayback Machine retrieved October 4, 2012
  5. ^ a b "Board of Directors". Clinton Foundation. Retrieved October 18, 2016.
  6. ^ "Statement by Cheryl Saban, Senior Advisor, U.S. Mission to the United Nations, to the UN General Assembly's Sixth Committee (Legal) on Measures to Eliminate International Terrorism". U.S. Mission to the United Nations. Retrieved October 13, 2016.
  7. ^ "Major Dem Donor Saban to U.N. Gen. Assembly". Washington Free Beacon. September 19, 2012. Retrieved March 1, 2013.
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  9. ^ "Board of Directors: EMERITAE". Westside Children's Center. Retrieved October 19, 2016.
  10. ^ Saban, Cheryl (July 27, 2012). "Cheryl Saban, Once Broke, Recounts Her Visit to a Free Clinic Later Named for Her and Her Husband". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 19, 2016.
  11. ^ "Board of Trustees: Honorary Members". Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Retrieved October 18, 2016.
  12. ^ Torok, Ryan (June 11, 2014). "Moving and Shaking: Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. Retrieved October 19, 2016. During the same event, BGU recognized social activist, philanthropist and psychologist Cheryl Saban with an honorary doctoral degree.
  13. ^ Upstart Business Journal: "Haim Saban, Power Ranger' by Amy Wallace August 13, 2008
  14. ^ What is Your SELF-WORTH? - A Woman's Guide to Validation By Cheryl Saban[permanent dead link] retrieved July 17, 2013