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Thursday, September 15, 2011

San Francisco's "Miraculous Mary," Ashley Wyrick, Featured on Anderson Debut Week

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Behold the power of the first name. Oprah, Ellen, make room for Anderson.

Anderson Cooper, host of Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN, kicked off his daytime talk show career this week. His clout landed him a high-profile, full-hour interview Monday on his New York set with Amy Winehouse's parents, stepmother, great aunt, and boyfriend, making for one crowded couch.

Tuesday, giggly Anderson returned to form when he kicked it around the house with close gal pal Kathy Griffin and went spray tanning with the Jersey Shore's one-name powerhouse Snooki.

But it was San Francisco's Ashley Wyrick and Miami's Alison Dolan who stole the show -- at least in its first three days.

The two women met for the first time on Wednesday's episode -- both abandoned at birth, discovered hours later and dubbed "Miraculous Mary" and "Baby Jane Doe" in the papers. Wyrick, 23, was found in 40-degree temperatures in December 1987 in a desolate Redwood City area off Interstate 280. Dolan, 24, said she was "left for dead" until two Bronx neighborhood boys found her in an alleyway in a Budweiser six-pack crate.

Both girls' adopted parents later separated, and the parents with sole custody -- Wyrick's dad and Dolan's mom -- died from cancer.

Aside from just pointing out the freaky similarities between the pair, Cooper wanted to reunite them with the people who saved their lives -- and help them learn about their ancestry.

Wyrick's godfather, former California Highway Patrol officer Steve Gibbons, found her after fatefully getting out of his car for a stretch. When Wyrick graduated high school, he gave her what she called her "first baby blanket" -- the uniform jacket Gibbons used to wrap her in on the way to the hospital. Cooper's researchers, unfortunately, were unable to find Carlos Rosado and Jose Lopez, the two boys who stumbled upon Dolan.

During the last segment of the show, Cooper brought out Dr. Joanna Mountain from 23andMe, Inc. to tell the women the results of their DNA tests. Dolan discovered she was Puerto Rican with Native American lineage, and Wyrick, a Catholic, learned she was at least 25 percent Jewish.

Wyrick told Cooper she now works in San Francisco as a recruiter for technology company Salesforce.com. Dolan does voice work for dubbed TV shows in Florida.

Check out a clip from the show:

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