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The books that touched the lives of headliners in the music industry, television, movies, law, publishing, and sports are the subject of a survey released February 22, 2001 by the National Education Association.

We asked our respondents about their favorite children's book and their favorite adult book.

Laila Ali's favorite books:

  1. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

    Book Cover: The Color Purple by Alice Walker
    (literature and fiction)

  2. The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz By L. Frank Baum

    Book Cover: The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz By L. Frank Baum
    (children books (Ages 9-12), children books, sci-fi, children books series, literature and fiction)

  3. Source:

Laila Ali who?

Laila is a boxer and entrepreneur. She is the daughter of Veronica Ali and legendary boxer Muhammad Ali. Laila went to college at University of California for business and went to Santa Monica College to earn her Degree in Business Management. She owned her own nail salon in California before becoming a professional boxer.

Boxing aside, Laila has made several TV appearances. Most notably, she was a contestant on the fourth season of Dancing with the Stars. Also, in January 2008, she began hosting American Gladiators alongside Hulk Hogan.

On July 22, 2007, Ali married former NFL player Curtis Conway. The couple has a son, Curtis Muhammad Conway, Jr.


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