Kendra Wilkinson: Snapshot

Name
Kendra Wilkinson
Date of Birth
June 12, 1985
Birth Place
San Diego, Calif.
Kendra Wilkinson's life changed the moment Hugh Hefner spotted the body-painted blonde at his 78th birthday party in 2004. The sex icon went on to add the pretty, young hottie to his bevy of live-in girlfriends at the Playboy Mansion.

From there, the San Diego native became one-third of E!'s The Girls Next Door, where–with Holly Madison and Bridget Marquardt –Wilkinson entered TV sets across the nation (and the pages of Playboy!). With her tomboy sex appeal and infectious laugh, Wilkinson became an instant fan-fave. But after meeting hubby, NFL star Hank Baskett, she kissed her bunny ears goodbye, nabbed her own eponymous E! reality show, and became a mom. Wilkinson went on to pen a memoir and compete on Dancing with the Stars, and welcomed her second child, daughter Alijah Mary, on May 16, 2014.

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The reality star describes her new life with her "dream come true," 6-month-old son Hank

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Kendra Wilkinson: Five Fun Facts

  1. Kendra Wilkinson stays in pin-up shape thanks to her stripper pole. "It's strictly workout," she said. "I’m like a little monkey and love to swing around on things."
  2. When Kendra Wilkinson mailed her first letter at 23, she forgot to include a stamp. She called the blunder "the biggest blonde moment of my life."
  3. Kendra Wilkinson was kicked out of high school dances for her risqué moves. "I was like, the freaker of the dance floor," she told Celebuzz.com.
  4. Kendra Wilkinson's love of the Olive Garden has drawn mixed reactions from the family-friendly eatery, which doesn't endorse the Playboy centerfold.
  5. Kendra Wilkinson put her rapping skills to the test on MTV's Celebrity Rap Superstar. She placed second to the show's winner, former Moesha star Shar Jackson.

Kendra Wilkinson: Biography

1985

Kendra Wilkinson

June 12

Mommy & Me

Kendra Wilkinson is born in San Diego, Calif., to Patti, a former cheerleader, and Eric, who eventually leaves the family. "My mom is my best friend and the most important person in my life," she writes on her blog in 2009. "I have more respect for her than I can even put in words and I don't know where I would be without her."

2004

Kendra Wilkinson

April

Becoming Hef's Girl

Dressed only in body paint, Wilkinson–a dental assistant–attends Hugh Hefner's 78th birthday party at the Playboy Mansion. She makes an impression on the sex icon, who is more than 50 years her senior. Before their first date, Hef asks Wilkinson to move in and join Holly Madison and Bridget Marquardt as his live-in girlfriend. "Hef was kind of like my best friend, but a sugar daddy at the same time," she later tells the New York Daily News. "Hef made me feel beautiful."

2005

Kendra Wilkinson

August 07

Girls Next Door

With Madison and Marquardt, Wilkinson gives viewers a glimpse into life at the Playboy Mansion on E!'s reality series, The Girls Next Door. "It's a hoot! Thanks, in large part, to Kendra," PEOPLE TV critic Tom Gliatto says. "The blondest of the girlfriends has the most infectious laugh on television–think Cameron Diaz or Julia Roberts but louder–and impeccable (though likely unintentional) comedic timing."

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Photo Credits

Top Left: Courtesy of E!

BIOGRAPHY (top to bottom): kendrawilkinson.celebuzz.com; John Sciulli/WireImage; amazon.com

Edited by Julia Wang

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