Within the last week, famed environmental activist Erin Brockovich started her own investigation into the medical mystery that's caused Tourette-like outbursts among teenagers in Le Roy, New York.
She felt as though the diagnosis of “conversion disorder” by some doctors was rendered rather quickly, without ruling out all other possible factors, including environmental.
Many people know Brockovich as the woman who linked cancer cases with toxic drinking water in California, which resulted in the hit 2000 movie “Erin Brockovich” starring Julia Roberts. The movie catapulted Brockovich into overnight stardom, but it only scratches the surface of her story.
"This gutsy broad doesn’t apologize for who she is. She has always loved going head to head with the big boys and was never intimated by their bravado," reads the biography on her website. "She learned how to come out on top from her tight-knit mid-western family in Lawrence, Kansas."
The youngest child of an engineer father and journalist mother, Brockovich's path to environmental crusader didn't happen overnight.
After attending various colleges, Brockovich started working as a management trainee for K-Mart. She wasn’t too fond of the job, so she ended up moving to California, where in 1981, entered the Miss Pacific Coast beauty pageant … and won the title, according to her website.
Erin made her big mark on history when she "crossed paths" with attorney Ed Masry, who hired her as a file clerk at his law firm.
"It was while organizing papers on a pro bono real estate case that Erin first found medical records that would explode into the largest direct action lawsuit in US history," her site said.
Years later, she began working on her first television project, “Challenge America With Erin Brockovich.” In this ABC special, she helped rebuild a downtown Manhattan park that was falling to pieces.
Erin later hosted a series on Lifetime, “Final Justice With Erin Brockovich” for three seasons. The show highlighted women who celebrated their successes after overcoming tremendous adversity in life. Soon after, Brockovich came out with the New York Times Business best-seller, “Take It From Me. Life’s A Struggle, But You Can Win”.
Today, she is the president of Brockovich Research & Consulting. Erin lives in Southern California with her husband and three children.
For more on Erin’s life you can visit her official website here.