Stern, Melissa

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Stern, Melissa Gender: F
born on 27 March 1986 at 13:32 (= 1:32 PM )
Place Long Branch, New Jersey, 40n18, 74w0
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 06°48' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 29°03 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 11°43'


American news figure, the child of a surrogate mother who kept her. Her mother, Mary Beth Whitehead, was the surrogate mother by contract for a 40 year-old and childless father, William Stern, and his wife. Melissa was named Sara by her surrogate mother, but removed by court order to the temporary custody of her father who filed suit for breach of contract. Lasting for two years and bitterly fought, the custody case went all the way to the New Jersey State Supreme Court. When all was said and done, Stern was awarded custody on 3/31/1987. The case was a precedent-setting trial for the legal and moral questions of surrogate parenting. Stern's victory was not total, though, as Whitehead was granted visitation rights twice a month to her "daughter." Melissa has been raised with full knowledge of the story and calls both her surrogate and biological mothers, "mom." At two, the little girl could not say Melissa so gave herself the name of Sassy. She lives with the Sterns a majority of the time but visits with her mom and half brothers often. The two families are civil, but not really friendly.

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  • Crime : Trial dates 31 March 1987 (Landmark legal case on surrogate parenting)
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Source Notes

People magazine 10/20/1986, article by her mother. Brick Township was the home of her mother and Tenafly the home of the father. Helen Michalowski gave Long Branch, NY as the precise location of birth, in MH 7/1987.


  • Family : Childhood : Sibling circumstances (Half siblings with surrogate mother)
  • Personal : Birth : Unusual circumstances (Surrogate)
  • Personal : Misc. : Changed name (Nickname Sassy)
  • Notable : Famous : Newsmaker
  • Notable : Book Collection : Profiles Of Women