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Kendra Wilkinson
Celebrity Profile
Birth Date 12 June 1985 (1985-06-12) (age 39)
Hometown San Diego, California
Known For Model & reality television star

Dancing with the Stars 12

Partner(s) Louis van Amstel
Placement 6th
Highest Score 25 (Samba)
Lowest Score 18 (Cha-cha-cha & Viennese Waltz)
Average Score 21.4

Kendra Leigh Baskett is a celebrity from Season 12 of Dancing with the Stars.

Early Life[]

Baskett is of English, Irish, and Ukrainian descent. She has a younger brother named Colin. Her mother, Patti, was originally from Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and had been a cheerleader for the Philadelphia Eagles. Her father, Eric, was raised in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania and Ocean City, New Jersey, before moving to San Diego, California at age fifteen. He received a degree in biochemistry from the University of California, San Diego, and went on to found several biotechnology companies before retiring at the age of 48. Patti and Eric married on November 5, 1983. They divorced 25 March 1994, when Kendra was eight years old. Her grandmother, Gloria Wilkinson, died in December 2004.

Baskett was born in San Diego, California, and raised in its middle class community Clairemont. She played softball for six years with the Clairemont Bobby Sox. She attended Clairemont High School, graduating in 2003. When she left high school, she began working as a glamour model, and also briefly worked as an administrative assistant in a dentist's office.


Playboy and The Girls Next Door[]

Baskett met Hugh Hefner at his 78th birthday party in April 2004, where she was hired to be one of the "painted girls" (women who are nude except for painted-on accessories). Hefner had seen a photo of her shot by Kim Riley, on a fax machine at the Playboy Mansion and wanted to know who she was. Shortly after they met, Hefner asked Wilkinson to be one of his girlfriends, and he moved her into the Playboy Mansion along with her dogs Rascal (a Pembroke Welsh Corgi) and Martini (a Jack Russell Terrier). In a 2014 interview, Wilkinson explained, "I was like, 'Hell yeah, I'm here!' I was living in this small-ass apartment with this ugly-ass bitch. I was praying for anything to get me out of there. I moved in and weeks went by and I didn't know that sex was involved. I knew nothing about Playboy, I'd just graduated high school."

She was featured on the E! reality television series The Girls Next Door, which followed the lives of Hefner's then-girlfriends: Wilkinson, Holly Madison, and Bridget Marquardt. She moved out of the Playboy Mansion in 2009 after meeting her future husband, Hank Baskett, and filmed her own spin-off reality show for E! called Kendra. The first season was about her living on her own and planning her wedding.

Baskett has made several cameos on different programs such as Las Vegas and Entourage. She also appeared in Akon's music video "Smack That". While on the set of the video, Eminem poured a bottle of water on her head, though the two later reconciled. In 2006, she appeared in the Playboy Special Editions Sexy 100. In 2007, she appeared in Nickelback's music video of "Rockstar", along with Madison and Marquardt. They also had a cameo role in the 2006 film, Scary Movie 4. Wilkinson also showed her creative side as a rapper on MTV's Celebrity Rap Superstar which debuted 30 August 2007. She rapped to Ludacris' "Fantasy", in response to the question asked by the show's host, "Can Kendra move her mouth as fast as she moves her booty?" She went on to take second place, losing to Shar Jackson.

Baskett's stated career goal is to become a massage therapist or sports announcer. In December 2005, she became a regular blogger columnist at the website of the Philadelphia Eagles, a team for which her mother had been a professional cheerleader, and for which her husband played professionally.

Kendra, Marriage, and Motherhood[]

The Wall Street Journal reported 13 August 2008 that Baskett was Olive Garden's "Biggest Celebrity Fan". Wilkinson has described Olive Garden's cuisine as "my soul food." The newspaper emphasized that her repeated enthusiastic public endorsements of the family restaurant were genuine, personal and were not tied to any payment from Olive Garden. In fact, the company was reported as viewing Baskett's endorsements with "mixed feelings," and something on which it was reluctant to comment since the restaurant emphasizes its family-friendly nature.

The International Business Times reported 22 September 2008 that Wilkinson was engaged to Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Hank Baskett. Wilkinson initially denied this, but she later admitted she was in a relationship with Baskett on 7 October 2008 in an interview with Chelsea Handler for Chelsea Lately. E! Online announced 6 November 2008 Wilkinson and Baskett were engaged, after he proposed the previous Saturday at the Space Needle in Seattle, Washington.

Wilkinson married Baskett 27 June 2009, at the Playboy Mansion. Although it was initially announced that Hugh Hefner would give the bride away, Kendra's brother Colin walked her down the aisle. Wilkinson's family was in attendance, as well as former Girls Next Door stars Holly Madison and Bridget Marquardt. Us Weekly paid the couple $120,000 for the wedding pictures. On the wedding episode of Kendra, she said that she would be taking Baskett's last name. They reside in Calabasas, California.

Wilkinson announced 11 June 2009 that she and Baskett were expecting their first child together. The child, a boy named Hank Baskett IV, was born 11 December 2009 at 12:37 a.m. in Carmel, Indiana, by Caesarian section, weighing in at 9 pounds 5 ounces (4.2 kg). Wilkinson's friends hosted a baby shower 9 September 2009. She told E! News that Hefner will be the child's godfather. "He was like, 'Oh my god!' and then he cried... Hef will be the godfather," Wilkinson said, but she later denied this in an interview in OK! magazine.

In an interview after the birth of Hank IV, Baskett revealed she had suffered post-partum depression. "After giving birth, I never brushed my hair, my teeth, or took a shower," said Baskett. "I looked in the mirror one day and was really depressed." After the birth she weighed 140 pounds, according to a E! interview. She attributed her depression to moving to Indianapolis where her husband played so soon after Hank IV's birth and feeling isolated.

Baskett starred in a spinoff of Girls Next Door titled Kendra, which focused on her life after leaving the Playboy Mansion and getting engaged to then Philadelphia Eagles receiver Hank Baskett. The Girls Next Door executive producer Kevin Burns serves in the same capacity on the series. Kendra is produced by Prometheus Entertainment, Fox TV Studios, and Alta Loma Entertainment. Kendra premiered 7 June 2009, and had record breaking numbers for E! with 2.6 million viewers, and was the highest-rated reality debut for the network since 2002's premiere of The Anna Nicole Show. The show's third-season finale, and 33rd episode, on E! debuted 9 January 2011. The show was not renewed for a fourth season.

In 2007, Baskett appeared in an episode of WWE Raw with Bridget Marquardt.

In 2010, she published a memoir, Sliding into Home.

Kendra launched her personal website KendraWilkinson.com in November 2011. The digital community offers space for Kendra to answer all her fans questions, and connect with each other while talking about family, friends and laughter.

Baskett's E! True Hollywood Story premiered 17 March 2010 on E! Entertainment Television. During the hour-long episode, she discussed her rocky road to stardom. In May 2010, a video recording of Wilkinson having sex with a then-unidentified man surfaced. The recording was acquired by Vivid Entertainment, who planned to distribute the tape as Kendra Exposed. Wilkinson contested the release and threatened to sue should it be released. RadarOnline reported that in 2008, Wilkinson herself set up a company Home Run Productions LLC, through which she made several attempts to sell sex tapes. Sources have reported that Wilkinson was paid $680,000 for the film that was made by her high school boyfriend Justin Frye when she was eighteen.

Kendra on Top[]

After parting ways with E! in 2011, Baskett and her family started a new reality show on WE tv, Kendra on Top. It premiered 5 June 2012.

Baskett appeared 26 February 2013 in an episode of Celebrity Wife Swap with Kate Gosselin.

She was involved with another vehicle in an automobile accident on a California freeway 20 April 2013. Her injuries included having a minor hemorrhagic stroke.

Baskett announced 31 October 2013 that she was pregnant with her second child via a Twitter photo. Baskett announced 16 May 2014 via Twitter that she gave birth to a baby girl named Alijah Mary Baskett.

In November 2014, Baskett was a contestant in the 14th series of the UK reality TV series hit I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, finishing in sixth place.

Dancing with the Stars 12[]

Baskett was a contestant in the twelfth season of Dancing with the Stars, partnered with Louis van Amstel. She was eliminated 3 May 2011 in the seventh week.


Week # Dance/Song Judges' Scores Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-Cha-Cha/"When Love Takes Over" 6 6 6 No elimination
2 Quickstep/"Gotta Work" 7 6 6 Safe
3 Rumba/"You and Me" 8 7 8 Safe
4 Viennese Waltz/"Time to Say Goodbye" 6 6 6 Safe
5 Foxtrot/"Yankee Doodle Dandy" 8 7 7 Safe
6 Samba/"Livin' la Vida Loca" 8 8 9 Safe
7 Team Cha-Cha-Cha/"We R Who We R"

1 The additional scores of 7 and 8 were awarded by guest judge Donnie Burns.