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Victoria Osteen was born Victoria Iloff in Huntsville, Alabama on 28th March, 1961.
Her father, Donald Iloff who is a mathematician with General Electric was a member of GE’s Saturn rocket project team led by German rocket scientist Wernher von Braun.
She grew up in a southern suburb of Houston, near the Manned Spacecraft Center (now known as the Johnson Space Center).
Victoria while growing up attended the Church of Christ, where her mother, Georgine Iloff, taught Sunday school and her father served as a deacon.
She attended the University of Houston where she studied psychology though she did not graduate from the school.
She met Joel Osteen while working in her mother’s jewelry store in 1985 when he came in to buy a new watch battery.
Victoria Osteen’s first book, entitled Love Your Life: Living Happy, Healthy, and Whole debuted at number 2 on the New York Times Bestsellers list with 750,000 copies.
In December 2005 while on a Continental Airlines flight from Houston to Vail, a flight attendant accused Osteen of shoving her after a request was made about liquid on her armrest and the flight attendant Sharon Brown subsequently filed a civil suit against Osteen, seeking $405,000 in damages which was later dismissed.