Debora Fator – A Prophetess and Judge
Terry Fator is a ventriloquist known for winning America’s Got Talent Season Two and performing regularly in Las Vegas, making himself an audience favorite with his amazing ability to bring characters alive onstage – including voice roles for Mickey Mouse!
Marie Fator Sligh alleges in her lawsuit that her son used his wealth to “defame, bully, torment, harass and intimidate” her. She seeks $1.4 Million as damages for elder abuse and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Early Life and Education
Debora (also spelled Deb or Debbie), in Hebrew, means “bee.” Debora was a prophetess and judge in both the Tanakh (Jewish Old Testament) and Christian Old Testament who led an army against Canaanite King Jabin of Canaan and Sisera’s military commander Sisera in Judges 4. Her story can be found both therein as well as Jael’s Song of Deborah as victory hymn to her victory and its lyrics telling the tale. Your daughter might enjoy learning more about who she was as she’s named.
Fator first made his mark as part of Texas the Band, later finding great success combining comedy and ventriloquism into his act. While performing with them he would also occasionally sing but it isn’t his singing talent which propelled his popularity.
He entered America’s Got Talent’s second season and won, garnering standing ovations from all three judges. Following this success, he received an offer to perform at Las Vegas’ Mirage hotel nightly; an opportunity that has led to many contracts since.
He has opened for such artists as Garth Brooks and Reba McEntire as well as performed for General Motors (GM) and AT&T (AT&T). Additionally, he serves on the Ronald McDonald House Charities celebrity board and was previously married to Melinda (from 1991-2010) and Taylor Makakoa (2010-15). Presently he is in a relationship with Angela Fiore.
Achievement and Honors
In the early 1980s, children from over 80 nations traveled to Deborah for care through Deborah Hospital’s Children of the World program. Its founder Dora Moness Shapiro laid the cornerstone for its new Main Building to replace wooden cottages which once housed its women’s ward.
Ventriloquist Terry Fator made waves when he auditioned for America’s Got Talent with his puppet Emma singing Etta James’ At Last – an act which truly stunned judges of America’s Got Talent. Following this audition he performed his show at The Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Lynn B. McGrath, MD became the first surgeon ever to reach this milestone of open-heart surgeries and received the Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons Gold Medal award. Deborah Specialty Physicians opens in Burlington, NJ to provide care to patients; an annual Red Tie Gala fundraiser supports heart, lung and vascular care at Deborah.
Debi was an inspirational figure despite her life of difficulty and heartache, always looking for ways to see good in everything that happened around her. Her positive energy inspired those she encountered.
Fator first gained fame as the lead singer of Texas the Band, touring schools with showband and puppets during the late ’80s. He made his television debut on America’s Got Talent in 2007.
Marie Sligh claims her son abused and financially cut her off when she needed assistance for medical bills. She wants the court to dissolve their relationship and order him to donate $200,000 to an organization supporting abuse victims as restitution, while providing funds for 24-hour protection so she can live out her remaining years free from fear and worry.
Born June 10th 1965 to Jephtha Wesley and Edith Marie Clifton (later Marie Sligh), Fator has an older brother Jephtha Jr and younger sister Deborah; all attending Liberty University in Lynchburg Virginia for studies.
He has used his talent and performances to raise over $150 Million for various charitable causes, which has contributed significantly to an estimated net worth of about that.
Ventriloquist Terry Fator shot to prominence after winning America’s Got Talent’s second season in 2007. Since then, he has performed at his own show at the Mirage on the Las Vegas Strip, impersonating prominent people such as Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks and James Taylor in his acts. Fator has also appeared in movies and television shows before being married three times; currently to Angie Fiore.