Persian and French.
Jarrett graduated from Northfield Mount Hermon in 1974. She earned a BA in Psychology from Stanford Univ in 1978, and a Juris Doctor from the Univ of Michigan Law School in 1981.
In 1983 Jarrett married Dr William Jarrett, son of famed Chicago Sun-Times reporter Vernon Jarrett. She attributes her switch from a private to a public career to their daughter Laura's birth and her own desire to do something that would make the daughter proud.
To one reporter's e-mailed question about her divorce, she replied, "Married in 1983, separated in 1987, divorced in 1988. Enough said."
In a Vogue profile, she further explained, "We grew up together. We were friends since childhood. In a sense, he was the boy next door. I married