Birth date: January 17, 1964
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Birth place: Chicago, Illinois
Birth name: Michelle LaVaughn Robinson
Father: Fraser Robinson, water filtration worker
Mother: Marian (Shields) Robinson
Marriage: Barack Obama Jr. (October 3, 1992-present)
Children: Sasha, Malia
Education: Princeton University, B.A., 1985; Harvard University, J.D., 1988
Graduated magna cum laude with a sociology degree from Princeton.
Met Barack Obama when she was assigned to be his mentor at Sidley & Austin, a Chicago law firm.
Her father suffered from and eventually died of multiple sclerosis.
1988-1991 - Associate attorney at Sidley & Austin in Chicago.
1991-1992 - Assistant to Chicago Mayor Richard Daley.
1992-1993 - Assistant Commissioner of Planning and Development.
1993-1996 - Founding executive director of Public Allies Chicago.
1996-2002 - Associate Dean of Student Services for the University of Chicago and director of the University Community Service Center.
2002-2005 - Executive Director for Community Affairs for University of Chicago Hospitals.
2005-2007 - Member of the board of Tree House Foods, a food supplier for Wal-Mart stores.
2005-January 2009 - Vice President of Community and External Affairs for University of Chicago Hospitals.
January 20, 2009 - Becomes the First Lady of the United States.
April 2009 - "Michelle Obama: In Her Own Words" is published.
February 2009 - Appears on the March cover of Vogue magazine.
February 9, 2010 - Launches the national campaign, "Let's Move!," to reduce childhood obesity.
April 2011 - Launches the national veterans' campaign, "Joining Forces," with Dr. Jill Biden.
June 20, 2011 - Travels to Africa for a week to focus on youth leadership, education, health and wellness.
June 21, 2011 - Visits former president of South Africa Nelson Mandela at his home.
May 29, 2012 - "American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America" is published.
February 24, 2013 - Presents the Academy Award for best picture at the Oscars.
March 13, 2013 - Along with other high profile celebrities and politicians, Obama's financial information is hacked and posted online. Her student loan information and credit report are posted.
March 14, 2013 - Is on the cover of April's edition of Vogue. This is the second time she has appeared on the cover.
May 2014 - Launches the national campaign, "Reach Higher," a higher education initiative.
March 2015 - Launches the national campaign, "Let Girls Learn," a global focus on girls' education.
July 2015 - Guest edits "More" magazine. Obama is the magazine's first guest editor as well as the first First Lady to guest edit an entire issue of "More."
November 10, 2016 - The First Lady hosts the soon-to-be first lady, Melania Trump, for tea and a tour of the White House residence, Press Secretary Josh Earnest says in a White House briefing.
November 11, 2016 - Is on the cover of December's edition of Vogue. This is the third time she has appeared on the cover.
January 13, 2017 - Gives her final White House remarks thanking her supporters and saying, "being your first lady has been the greatest honor of my life and I hope I've made you proud."
September 27, 2017 - Remarks that "any woman who voted against Hillary Clinton voted against their own voice" during an appearance at the Inbound 2017 conference in Boston.
May 21, 2018 - Netflix announces the Obamas have signed a multi-year production deal that in which the two will work both in front of and behind the camera.
November 13, 2018 - Obama's memoir "Becoming" is published, shooting to No. 1 on the Amazon Best Sellers list.
December 27, 2018 - Is voted the woman most admired by Americans this year, knocking Hillary Clinton from the top spot for the first time in 17 years, according to Gallup's annual survey.