Carole DiFalco Radziwill was born in 1963 in New York City, NY. She grew up in Suffern, NY. After studying English at Hunter College in New York City, she began her career in journalism at ABC as an intern for the show 20/20. In 1994, she married her co-worker, Anthony Radziwill, who came from a Polish royal family. After a five-year battle with cancer, her husband died in 1999 at the age of 40.