Kate Gosselin: Snapshot

Kate Gosselin
Date of Birth
March 28, 1975
Birth Place
Wernersville, Pa.
She's carried two sets of multiples, commandeered a hectic household and dealt with the end of her marriage – all while the TLC TV cameras rolled – but Kate Gosselin insists she's just your average suburban mom.

The Pennsylvania native, with her signature do and no-nonsense parenting style, shot to fame with husband Jon Gosselin on their reality hit Jon & Kate Plus 8, which followed the clan as they raised their twin daughters (Cara and Mady) and sextuplet toddlers (Alexis, Hannah, Aaden, Collin, Leah and Joel).

In 2009, Kate's life turned into tabloid fodder when Jon reportedly had an affair with a younger woman. Although he denied cheating on Kate, the couple ultimately decided to end their marriage.

Kate Gosselin: Five Fun Facts

  1. Kate Gosselin may be experienced in raising multiples, but the famous taskmaster confessed to PEOPLE in 2008, "We still want to know what 'one' is like."
  2. Kate Gosselin received a free tummy tuck thanks to a Jon & Kate Plus 8 viewer who was married to a plastic surgeon.
  3. Kate Gosselin's celebrity crushes include Matt Damon, Patrick Dempsey and Tiger Woods.
  4. A costume store created a wig resembling Kate Gosselin's signature hairstyle, named the "Eight Is Too Much" wig.
  5. On her estranged husband Jon Gosselin's womanizing and partying behavior, Kate Gosselin told PEOPLE, "Aliens have taken him away."

Kate Gosselin: Biography


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First Comes Love

At a picnic, Kate Kreider, a registered nurse, meets Jon Gosselin, a network engineer. "Everything clicked," Jon says. "It sort of felt together like it never felt before." On June 12, 1999, the couple marries in a friend's back yard in Wyomissing, Pa.


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Then Comes Twins…

The newlyweds, desperate to have children, begin fertility treatments due to Kate's polycystic ovary syndrome. Their intrauterine insemination (IUI) results in the birth of their twin daughters, Cara Nicole and Madelyn Kate, on Oct. 8, 2000.


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And Septuplets!

Hoping to add one more baby to their family, the Gosselins begin fertility treatments again. "We figured we would have twins again," Kate tells PEOPLE. But she ends up pregnant with sextuplets. On May 10, 2004, Jon and Kate welcome Alexis, Hannah, Aaden, Collin, Leah and Joel. "I've fought through a pregnancy where every minute was a battle," Kate says. "I will not fail my kids."

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Photo Credits

Top Left: Nigel Parry

BIOGRAPHY (top to bottom): Courtesy of The Gosselins; Courtesy of The Gosselins; Courtesy of The Gosselins

Edited by Julia Wang

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