Marla Martenson says, “Love yourself first!”
This Valentine’s Day, of course we are thinking about love. But what about loving ourselves? We are re-releasing Kathleen’s talk with Marla Martenson to remind ourselves that self-love is important.
Marla Martenson is a former model and actress turned matchmaker. She’s introduced many couples who have subsequently gotten married and continues to inspire and help those looking for their life’s companion. Her recommendation: love yourself first.
Marla Martenson was born in Tacoma, Washington, the “City of Destiny.” She has a natural flair for acting and a deep interest in reading and writing poetry and short stories. At the age of sixteen, Marla was living in Iran with her family, learning to speak French and Persian, when the revolution forced their return to Washington State. After a year of college here, the pursuit of an acting career drew her to Hollywood and a stint in television commercials and print modeling.
Restless and eager for new challenges, in the early nineties it was on to Chicago, where she discovered that she could use her personal dating experiences to help others. She subsequently turned this talent into a career as a matchmaker back in Los Angeles, where, since 2001, her skills have led many couples to matrimony. She found and married her own, musician and composer Adolfo Jon Alexi, in Mexico City in 2002. A world traveler and culture nut, Marla describes herself as having a French flair, a Persian heart, Italian fire, and Mexican taste buds Marla also works as a life coach and inspirational speaker inspiring people and giving them hope that they too, can find their soul mates.
Marla is the author of three memoirs, Diary of a Beverly Hills Matchmaker, Hearts on the Line, and The Buddha Made Me Do It. She has been interviewed on the Today Show, WGN Chicago Morning News, San Diego Living, Urban Rush, CTV Calgary, Better TV, KUSI San Diego Morning Show, and over 100 radio shows including Coast to Coast AM with George Noory.
Marla and Adolfo reside in blissful harmony in Los Angeles, where she continues to bring her considerable matchmaking expertise to bear on the singles population of star-studded Southern California while her talented husband serenades them with his own songs and music.
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