In a 2006 TV Guide/Bravo poll, she was named the TV personality who would make the best real-life housewife with 72% of the vote, far surpassing runner-up Teri Hatcher from Desperate Housewives (2004).
Honorary Chair of Feminists for Life - a nonsectarian, nonpartisan, grassroots organization established 30 years ago which opposes domestic violence, child abuse, infanticide, and abortion - the cause to which she was most passionately drawn.
Her brother, Michael Heaton, writes columns for the Cleveland Plain Dealer under the heading of "Minister of Culture".
Told Entertainment Tonight (1981) she was considering adopting a child. She already has four sons (none adopted). All four of her sons appear with her in the latest Jewel commercial when she's at home going over details of a party and her sons are all watching TV and checking off items she lists. [November 2001]
Spoke at Loyola Marymount University with Serrin Foster as a representative of Feminists for Life and as a guest of the Respect Life Club of Loyola Marymount University. [January 2006]