Barbara Carlson

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Barbara Carlson
Minneapolis City Council, 7th Ward
In office
Personal details
Barbara Duffy

(1938-06-21)June 21, 1938
Mitchell, South Dakota, U.S.
DiedJuly 9, 2018(2018-07-09) (aged 80)
Political partyRepublican (until 1986)
Independent (after 1986)
(m. 1965; div. 1977)
Pete Anderson
(m. 1983)

Barbara Carlson (June 21, 1938 – July 9, 2018) was an American politician and radio host from Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Her father, Harry Duffy, made a successful business of running the local lumber yard in Anoka, Minnesota. She was married to Minnesota Representative Arne Carlson from 1965 until they divorced in 1977. Arne Carlson was later elected Governor of Minnesota in 1991. They are the parents of two children: Tucker and Anne.[1] Carlson married Martin "Pete" Anderson in 1983.

Carlson, a self-described conservative, served on the Minneapolis City Council as an Independent-Republican, and later as an Independent. She ran a campaign as a candidate for mayor of Minneapolis against Sharon Sayles Belton in 1997.

Carlson was a radio talk show host on KSTP.[2] She wrote two books, including her 1996 autobiography, This Broad's Life.[3] She died of lung cancer on July 9, 2018, aged 80.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Gov. Arne Carlson is a significant figure in "This Broad's Life," despite his written warning to the author - his ex-wife.; Governor had reason to worry". Star Tribune. 1996-06-14. Archived from the original on 2012-11-04. Retrieved 2010-08-16.
  2. ^ "Nothing's off limits for Barbara Carlson; New book has little sympathy, and no privacy for governor". Star Tribune. 1996-06-16. Archived from the original on 2012-11-04. Retrieved 2010-08-16.
  3. ^ Carlson, Barbara; Cagle, Jess (September 1997). This Broad's Life: Raucous Riveting Autobiography of the Most Outrageous Radio Talk-Show Host. Pocket Books. ISBN 978-0671523046.
  4. ^ Walsh, James (July 9, 2018). "Barbara Carlson, former talk radio host, politician and bon vivant, dies at 80". Star Tribune. Retrieved July 10, 2018.
  5. ^ Horner, Sarah (July 9, 2018). "Barbara Carlson, flamboyant politician, radio host and governor's ex-wife, dies at 80". Pioneer Press. Retrieved July 10, 2018.