Socialite, manager and American living room favourite, Kris Jenner has made her name known in the vast world of celebrities. Some might even say that she has cut a niche for herself in the television industry. She has dragged her family along with her to the walls of fame that have led to her consequently rise to the top in the celebrity world and earn a substantial amount of money.
Kristen Mary Jenner, formerly Kris Kardashian is a television personality and an American citizen. The root of her fame was the hit TV show Keeping Up with the Kardashians which shows on E!.
She was born to Mary Jo Shannon (her mother) and Robert Houghton who is her father and an engineer. Many people can’t tell what her descent is but Kris Jenner is of Irish, Scottish, Dutch and English descent which gives her a twist from most other people.
Kris was born in San Diego, California and when she was seven years old, her mother and father went through a divorce that caused her mother to raise her and her sister on her own. A few years later, Kris’s mother married businessman Harry Shannon but three months after they had moved to Oxnard California, Harry’s business partner left with all their family’s capital.
This caused them to move back to San Diego where Jenner attended Clairemont High School. She graduated in 1973 and later worked as a flight attendant for a year in 1976.
Kris Jenner has been married twice. Her first marriage was to Robert Kardashian who is a lawyer. They had four children together; Kourtney, Kim, Khloe and Robert. Robert Kardashian her ex-husband was involved in the trial of the century (the OJ Simpson trial) which went on from 1994 to 1995. He was one of the lawyers in the dream team of lawyers that OJ Simpson had. She later got married to Olympic Games champion and television personality Bruce Jenner, who is now known as Caitlyn. They have two daughters, Kylie and Kendall Jenner. From her marriage to Bruce, she also had four step children, Burt Casey, Brandon and Brody.
Sensing that she could be a manager early in her life, she felt that there was more to husband Bruce Jenner and landed him deals with high end clients. Some of these clients were Visa and Coca Cola. At the time, Bruce was just a motivational speaker and she sensed that she could be able to broaden his audience; and it was at that time that she was able to make a workout video with her husband that they called Super Fit with Bruce and Kris Jenner. It was sold on infomercials. She continued to manage later in her life, managing her daughter Kim Kardashian and later on the rest of her children.
Kris Jenner did not do anything major early on in her life but she has definitely made great strides in her career over the years. She has proven to be better than most people predicted her to be and every day she climbs up the ladder of success.
In the year 1976, Kris worked as a flight attendant for a whole year. She did not do much recognizable work until she married her then husband, Bruce Jenner. Bruce was a professional athlete and an Olympics champion. He was going round giving motivational talks and Kris, being the business minded go getter, saw it as an opportunity to make money.
She boosted her husband’s career as his publicist and manager. Before long, he was signing with high paying clients like Coca Cola and Visa. It was only a matter of time before his motivational talks were given a well-deserved boost. His motivational talks garnered a broader audience and this enabled the couple to sell their workout video. The video was titled Super Fit with Bruce and Kris Jenner and it sold on infomercials.
In 2004, together with her daughter Kourtney, they opened a children’s boutique called Smooch that was open for six years. It was closed in 2009.
In 2007, after Kim Kardashian’s (her daughter) sex tape leaked, Kris felt like it was a great opportunity to capitalize. She decided to have a meeting with Ryan Seacrest so that they could produce the reality TV show Keeping Up with the Kardashians. After this deal was landed, she was able to manage the rest of her children and she still manages them today.
In 2010, after Keeping Up with the Kardashians became a hit, Kris was able to use the publicity her children had gotten so that she could forge new deals for them. She worked on a partnership with Sketchers Shape Ups where Kim Kardashian’s face was used in the Sketcher’s advertisements. In 2010 she was also able to work with The Sugar Factory that started producing Kardashian lollipops. Each lollipop was worth 25 dollars.
It was in the year 2011 that she worked with Silly Bandz and formed a partnership. In the same year, the Kardashian-Jenners launched The Kardashian Kollection for Sears. Kris continued getting her family more deals. She was even able to get her daughter Kim Kardashian, who does not drink, a deal with Midori liqueur. They also hosted several events and appeared in many magazines. She was also able to get video game deals and book deals, showing how much of a go-getter Kris is.
She became an executive producer for Keeping Up with the Kardashians in 2012 and the spin shows that came after it. Some of these shows were Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami, Khloe and Lamar and Kourtney and Khloé Take New York. The show was so good that she was reportedly able to sign a one hundred million deal with E! to continue with the show for another four years.
Kris Jenner heads her own production company, Jenner Communications. It is based in Los Angeles and aside from her many achievements, she has managed to promote her cook book that is filled with Kardashian favorite recipes.
Unfortunately, not all of her ventures were a success. She hosted a day time pop culture talk show called Kris. The show was given a six week trial run on several Fox owned stations. Unfortunately this trial summer run was not extended.
Kris Jenner is admired and hated in equal measures. Over the years she has been accused of trading her family and sexualizing their bodies for money and the fame. She is the reason behind the highly successful TV series Keeping Up with The Kardashians. She has earned a reputation as a momager who is always willing to do anything to maintain the brand name of their family.
In 2012 she was accused by several online papers that she brokered the sale of her daughter Kim Kardashian’s sex tape in 2007. The rumors were first reported by TMZ after Kim’s separation from Kris Humphries who trashed Kim and her entire family when texting his previous girlfriend. TMZ accused Kris of instructing Kim to shoot a sex tape and reshoot it because she didn’t think the first tape was good enough. TMZ reported that sources close to the Kardashians revealed that Kris negotiated with Ray J for Kim’s sex tape.
The sex tape had been shot in 2003 but was released in 2007 by vivid entertainment. The sex tape is believed to have earned Kim almost half a million dollars. Kim later sued the company and dropped her suit and reached a settlement of 5 million dollars. Kris has been accused of feeding body issues to young girls who follow her family brand. She has put her name on a lot of products to enhance the female body.
In her memoir she underwent a plastic surgery to enhance her breasts two times and she has used the Botox procedure countless times. In 2001, before Kim’s wedding to Kris Humphries, Kris had a face lift. She allowed it to be videotaped as she was recovering from the procedure and it was aired on Keeping up With Kardashians. She said that she needed to freshen up so that she would look great for the wedding. She was also quoted saying that “a girl’s got to do what she’s got to do”
Kris’s first marriage was to Lawyer Robert Kardashian who became famous for his legal representation of O.J Simpson. They have four children with Robert, Kourteney, Kim, Khloe and a son Rob. Robert and Kris divorced in 1991 but remained close friends until Robert’s death from cancer in 2003. Kris has confessed that when she was married to Robert, she had an affair with former soccer star Todd Waterman. In her book, she gave Todd the name Ryan but Todd revealed that it was him. He made an appearance on Keeping up with Kardashians and they encountered each other while Kris was having a tennis lesson.
In 1991 after she divorced Robert, she married her second husband Bruce Jenner who was a retired olympian. Bruce completed a gender change in 2015 and took the name Caitlyn. They have two daughters together, Kendall and Kylie. Bruce had four children who she became step mom to; Burt, Cassandra, Brandon and Brody. The two children Kendall and Kylie have followed their older sisters in the socialite and entrepreneurship. In her biography, she explained that she named her daughter Kendall Nicole after the late Nicole Brown Simpson.
Jenner and Kris announced that they were separating, citing irreconcilable differences. She filed for divorce on September 22 2014. The divorce was finalized on March 23, 2015 because the state required a six month period. She later termed the divorce as a passive aggressive action. She said that she never knew her husband used hormones and that she did not know he had gender issues. From 2014, she has been dating Corey Gamble.
Her relationship with Corey Gamble has suffered a lot of publicity and they have had an on and off relationship before. There have also been rumors that Kris is not sure whether she will marry Corey. When she appeared on the Ellen show, she said that she had been married before and it had not worked out great.
Some people also refer to Corey Gamble as Kris Jenner’s ‘toy boy’ because she reportedly provided him with financial support. He is reportedly given stipend and lives off of the Kardashians.
Kris and her family said that they suffered emotional stress during the OJ Simpson trial because they were friends with O.J’s ex-wife Nicole Brown. Jenner’s first husband Robert was one of OJ’s dream team of defense lawyers during the trial. In 2016, Kris was portrayed by actress Selma Blair in the television series American Crime Story. Kris and Pastor Brad Johnson founded the California Community Church in 2012; the church is located in Agoura Hills California and was initially called the Life Change Community Church.
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Written by: Emily Smith