Nancy Grace and Her Miracle Babies
By Kate Coyne
Tough-talking newswoman Nancy Grace lets down her guard about the man she
finally married, her struggle to become a mom, and why these babies are her
Television journalist Nancy Grace is holding her infant twins, and it's
getting hard to stop the crying. As she sits in a rocking chair in her
Manhattan apartment, she cradles little John David in her right arm and Lucy
Elizabeth in her left. Luckily, both babies seem oblivious to the waterworks;
they're still soundly sleeping. It's Grace who can't keep from sobbing.
"Oh, I'm so sorry," she says, sniffling. "I just...I still can't
believe they're here, you know? I can't believe they're mine and that this is
my life. I just never believed this could happen to me."
In fact, given Grace's professional reputation, most of her fans would be
surprised by the cozy domesticity of this scene. Born in Macon, GA — and
speaking with a drawl that turns her last name into "Gryce" — Grace has
always been more steel magnolia than Southern belle. A former special
prosecutor in her home state, Grace, 48, eventually found a new career on
cable, hosting a current-affairs show in which she tackles breaking legal news.
But what has made her truly famous, first on Court TV and now on CNN, is her
on-air demeanor, which ranges from aggressive to accusatory as she delves into
high-profile cases. An outspoken media fixture during Michael Jackson's trial,
Natalee Holloway's disappearance, and Anna Nicole Smith's death, she has made
headlines for her willingness to condemn alleged perpetrators before they've
been found guilty. But her hard-edged style has won her as many fans as
detractors. Her intensity, she says, stems from a deep and personal connection
to crime victims. When Grace was 19, her world was shattered when her fiancé,
Keith Griffin, was brutally shot and killed by a coworker. The experience
inspired her to go to law school and crusade for victims' rights. But, she says
now, it also led her to shut down emotionally.
"After I lost my fiancé, it seemed like it would be better to always be
alone than to risk being hurt again," she says. "So I felt being a wife
and mother just wasn't going to happen for me. I thought God had closed that
door and given me my career instead. But then someone came into my life, and I
realized: This is worth the risk."
That someone was David Linch, 49, an Atlanta-based investment banker whom
Grace first met in the 1970s when they both attended Mercer College in Atlanta.
Over the years, the two had kept in touch, but it was only a little more than a
year ago that they became romantically involved and then, somewhat impulsively,
decided to wed. "I told my family only two days before the wedding,"
says Grace. Red-eyed now from tears and tiredness, she hands off the twins to a
nanny and sips from a cup of coffee. "I just never dreamed I could love
someone so much — and have someone love me back so much."