• Susan Mikula is a photographer and artist, partner of Rachel Maddow.
• She has established a style that often involves instant film and Polaroid cameras.
• Has a net worth of $5 million earned from her art and photography.
• Met Rachel Maddow in 1999 and they have been together for 18 years.
• Openly expressed her lesbian sexuality and intend to adopt one day.

Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthApril 1, 1973
MarkTowering height
FactHer paternal grandfather was from a Jewish family from Ukraine and Lithuania, while her paternal grandmother was of Dutch (Protestant) descent. Her mother, whose family is from Newfoundland, Canada, has English and Irish (Catholic) ancestry.

Who Is Susan Mikula?

Susan is a photographer and artist, also known for being the partner of television host, author and political commentator Rachel Maddow. Susan has done numerous art exhibitions over the course of her career since the 1990s, and has also joined in various competitions. She has since expanded to photography since the mid-2000s. She has established a style that often involves instant film and Polaroid cameras. She doesn’t use any image editing or manipulation, nor does she crop any of her photos. This has led her work to be critically acclaimed, and described as complex as well as beautiful. She presents a lot of exhibits and collections on landscape photography.

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Art as Wealth – Susan’s Net Worth

How rich is Susan Mikula? As of early-2018, sources inform us of a net worth that is at $5 million, mostly earned through success in art, as she’s sold high valued art and photographs. She’s also done high valued commissioned work over the course of her career. As she continues with her career, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.

Fame as an Artist and Photographer

To make ends meet, Susan started off working as an accountant, while doing art work which was often shown as a part of group exhibitions. Her popularity started to increase over the years, and soon her work started to flourish, leading to the first significant increase of her net worth thanks to a solo exhibition. She then forayed into learning photography, and decided not to pursue any formal education in the art, mainly teaching herself, and many believe that this lack of formal education allowed her style to grow without any inhibitions. She started to make take what were initially deemed as strange photos, but which also started to capture her art critics.

She focused on using Polaroid cameras which is known to be a difficult camera to master, due to its unpredictability, however, she mentions that this is the essence of her method.  She brought her first Polaroid SX-70 camera in 2007, and has continued using similar cameras, specifically depending on the subject or project in mind. She doesn’t use any artificial light nor does she make any changes to her work. When doing a project, the installation, printing and even the position of her camera become extremely important due to the fact that she does not apply any post processing. She has mentioned that it is difficult to find film for Polaroid cameras, leading her to explore various avenues such as eBay, junk stores and yard sales. One of her most notable projects is called “9 Portraits”, which was later showcased at the Northampton Fairgrounds in 2006. Two years later she released her first book of photographs entitled “Susan Mikula: Photographs”. She’s also published as a part of collections in other photographic magazines, including a collection on abandoned industrial sites called “American Bond”, and another collection entitled “u.X’ which has subjects consisting of plastic toys of the past, as well as cave paintings in France.

Mikula’s work is often seen in various exhibitions around the US, including in New York, Miami, San Francisco and Los Angeles. In 2017, she did work for the US Consulate in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, being hired specifically by the Art in Embassies program. She also promotes her work online as a part of an official website. Her website displays her latest works, and some selected work as a part of her portfolio. She also displays recent news on her work, but her site hasn’t been updated since June 2017.

Away from the Lens – Susan’s Early Days and Romance

What is Mikula’s Age? She was born in 1958, in New Jersey USA. Before pursuing a career in art, she studied at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts where she completed courses in color theory. She met her current partner Rachel Maddow in 1999, while Rachel was doing her doctoral dissertation. According to them, their meeting was very “Desperate Housewives” themed, and their first date was during an event entitled “NRA Ladies’ Day on the Range”. The couple have been together for 18 years and are known to spend their time primarily in two locations, which are a pre-civil war farmhouse located in Berkshire, Western Massachusetts, and an apartment in New York City. They enjoy spending weekends at Berkshire and they own a pet Labrador. They’ve also spent a significant amount of money to maintain the originality of their old home.

She has openly expressed her lesbian sexuality, and mentions that she enjoys life together with Rachel. They have also stated their intention to adopt one day.

General Info

Full NameRachel Maddow
Date Of BirthApril 1, 1973
Height1.8 m
ProfessionAuthor, Commentator, Actor, Radio personality
EducationUniversity of Oxford, Stanford University, Castro Valley High School, Lincoln College, Oxford


ParentsElaine Maddow, Bob Maddow
SiblingsDavid Maddow
PartnerSusan Mikula, Susan Mikula


AwardsNews & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding News Discussion & Analysis, Shorty Award for Best Journalist
NominationsGLAAD Media Award for Outstanding TV Journalism - Segment, TCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in News and Information, 45. Episode 45, 44. Episode 44, 43. Episode 43
TV ShowsThe Rachel Maddow Show

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#Marks / Signs
1Short hair
2Towering height


1If you're someone people count on, particularly in difficult moments, that's a sign of a life lived honorably.
2I think the [George W. Bush] administration has essentially been like, I mean, I like vegans, but it's like hiring a vegan to be your butcher. Like, if you have somebody who is really against the idea of providing you the service you've hired them for, they're going to be bad at providing that service.


1Her paternal grandfather was from a Jewish family from Ukraine and Lithuania, while her paternal grandmother was of Dutch (Protestant) descent. Her mother, whose family is from Newfoundland, Canada, has English and Irish (Catholic) ancestry.
2Her MSNBC documentary "The Assassination of Dr. Tiller" won a Gracie award in 2011. It covered the May 31, 2009, murder of Kansas abortion provider George Tiller, one of the nation's few late-term abortion providers, by Scott Roeder, 52, of Kansas City, Missouri.
3Maddow was honored by the Interfaith Alliance with the 2010 Walter Cronkite Faith and Freedom award.
4Maddow was named MSNBC political analyst in January of 2008.
5She first gained national prominence as a host on Air America Radio, where she worked from its inception in 2004. Prior to joining AAR, she worked for WRNX in Holyoke, Massachusetts, and WRSI in Northampton, Massachusetts.
6"The Rachel Maddow Show" has been nominated by the Television Critics Association for "Outstanding Achievement in News and Information", and TRMS received a GLAAD award in 2010.
7Maddow received a bachelor's degree in public policy from Stanford University. She earned her doctorate in political science at Oxford University, which she attended on a Rhodes Scholarship.
8Partner since 1999 of photographer Susan Mikula. Their first date was celebrated at a gun range.




Brother Nature2016Rachel Maddow
The Jim Gaffigan Show2015TV SeriesRachel Maddow
Alpha House2014TV SeriesRachel Maddow
House of Cards2014TV SeriesRachel Maddow
30 Rock2012TV SeriesRachel Maddow
The Ides of March2011Rachel Maddow


When I Came Home2006Documentary special thanks


Hating Breitbart2012DocumentaryHerself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Today2011-2012TV SeriesHerself
Meet the Press2011-2012TV SeriesHerself - MSNBC / Herself - Host, 'The Rachel Maddow Show'
Save KLSD: Media Consolidation and Local Radio2012DocumentaryHerself
Howard Stern on Demand2012TV SeriesHerself
Day of Destruction, Decade of War2011TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Onion News Network2011TV SeriesHerself
Miss Representation2011DocumentaryHerself - Host MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show
The Assassination of Dr. Tiller2010DocumentaryHerself - Host
The McVeigh Tapes: Confessions of an American Terrorist2010TV MovieHerself - Host
Blueprint for Accountability: Working the Dark Side2009TV Movie documentaryHerself
Charlie Rose2009TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien2009TV SeriesHerself
A Tribute to Arianna Huffington: Newhouse Mirror Awards2009ShortHerself
Ugly Betty2009TV SeriesHerself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2008TV SeriesHerself
Buzz: AT&T Original Documentaries2008TV Series documentaryHerself
Hardball with Chris Matthews2008TV SeriesHerself
Countdown w/ Keith Olbermann2007TV SeriesHerself
Paula Zahn Now2007TV SeriesHerself
The Advocate Newsmagazine2006TV SeriesHerself - Correspondent
Tucker2005TV SeriesHerself
American Morning2005TV SeriesHerself
America Undercover2005TV Series documentaryHerself
The View2009-2017TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2015-2017TV SeriesHerself
Late Night with Seth Meyers2014-2016TV SeriesHerself
The Rachel Maddow Show2009-2016TV SeriesHerself - Host / Herself
The Place for Politics 2016: MSNBC Election Night Coverage2016TV MovieHerself - Anchor
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert2016TV SeriesHerself
20 Stories That Shook the World in 20 Years2016TV Movie documentaryHerself - Host
Jeopardy!2016TV SeriesHerself - Video Clue Presenter
CBS News Sunday Morning2016TV SeriesHerself
First in the South Democratic Candidates Forum on MSNBC2015TV SpecialHerself - Moderator
The Meredith Vieira Show2015TV SeriesHerself
The Daily Show2009-2015TV SeriesHerself
The Wendy Williams Show2012-2015TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest / Herself - MSNBC Hostess
Late Show with David Letterman2009-2015TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
WWE Tribute to the Troops2014TV SpecialHerself
Vote 2014: MSNBC Election Coverage2014TV MovieHerself - Host
P.O.V.2014TV Series documentaryHerself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2009-2013TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
The Simpsons2013TV SeriesHerself
The Muslims Are Coming!2013DocumentaryHerself
All In with Chris Hayes2013TV SeriesHerself - Host, The Rachel Maddow Show
Watch What Happens: Live2012-2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself
All the President's Men Revisited2013TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)
Now with Alex Wagner2013TV SeriesHerself
Real Time with Bill Maher2009-2013TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2008-2013TV SeriesHerself
The Colbert Report2008-2012TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
Katie2012TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Media Buzz2014-2016TV SeriesHerself - Hostess, The Rachel Maddow Show / Herself - Hostess, Rachel Maddow Show / Herself - MSNBC Anchor / ...
Democracy Now!2016TV SeriesHerself
Red River Bible & Prophecy Conference2014TV SeriesHerself
After Tiller2013DocumentaryHerself (on Rachel Maddow Show)
Greedy Lying Bastards2012DocumentaryHerself
Occupy Unmasked2012DocumentaryHerself
Game Change2012TV MovieHerself (uncredited)
The O'Reilly Factor2008TV SeriesHerself
Motherhood by Choice, Not Chance2004Documentary shortHerself
The Fragile Promise of Choice: Abortion in the United States Today1996DocumentaryHerself


Won Awards

2014Wilde Wit of the YearGay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA)
2012GracieGracie Allen AwardsOutstanding Host - News/Non-Fiction
2011Wilde Wit of the YearGay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA)
2011EmmyNews & Documentary Emmy AwardsOutstanding News Discussion & AnalysisThe Rachel Maddow Show (2008)
2010Savage Wit of the YearGay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA)

Nominated Awards

2016Wilde Wit of the YearGay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA)
2015Wilde Wit of the YearGay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA)
2013GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Spoken Word AlbumFor the album "Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power."
2013EmmyNews & Documentary Emmy AwardsOutstanding News Discussion & AnalysisThe Rachel Maddow Show (2008)
2012Wilde Wit of the YearGay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA)
2012EmmyNews & Documentary Emmy AwardsOutstanding News Discussion & AnalysisThe Rachel Maddow Show (2008)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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