Kendra Wilkinson is Best Known For Being Hugh Hefner lady and appearing on The Girls Next Door (2005-2009).
Born Name Kendra Leigh Wilkinson
Nick Name K-Dub
Occupation TV personality, author, businesswoman, glamour model
Years active 2004–present
Born: June 12, 1985, 34 years and 4 months, San Diego, California, United States
Sun Sign Genini
Hair Color Blonde
Eye Color Blue
Height 5 ft 1½ in or 156 cm
Measurements 39-25-36 in or 99-63.5-91.5 cm
Bra size 34E
In 2003, she graduated from Clairemont High School.
Father – Eric W. Wilkinson (Founded numerous Biotechnology companies)
Mother – Patti Wilkinson (Was cheerleader for the Philadelphia Eagles)
Siblings – Colin Wilkinson (Younger Brother)
Others – Gloria Wilkinson (Grandmother) (Died in December 2004)
Kendra has Irish, English, Polish, German, and Ukrainian ancestry.
Kendra Leigh Baskett is known for being one of Hugh Hefner girlfriends and for her role on the E! reality television series The Girls Next Door, on which her life in the Playboy Mansion was documented. Although not a Playboy Playmate, she has appeared in three nude pictorials with her Girls Next Door co-stars and fellow Hefner girlfriends Holly Madison and Bridget Marquardt. Her first reality series, Kendra, debuted in June 2009 and ended in November 2011.
Born in San Diego, California, 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 15. 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 on March 25, 1994, when Kendra was eight years old. Her grandmother, Gloria Wilkinson, died in December 2004.
Baskett was and raised in San Diego Clairemont neighborhood, and played softball for six years with the Clairemont Bobby Sox. When she left high school, she began working as a glamour model, and also briefly worked as an administrative assistant in a dentist office.
2004–09: 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 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 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 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 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 Celebrity Rap Superstar which debuted on August 30, 2007. She rapped to Ludacris’ Fantasy, in response to the question asked by the show 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 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
2009–11: Kendra, marriage, and motherhood
On August 13, 2008, the Wall Street Journal reported that Baskett was Olive Garden Biggest Celebrity Fan. Wilkinson has described Olive Garden 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 endorsements with mixed feelings, and something on which it was reluctant to comment since the restaurant emphasizes its family-friendly nature.
On September 22, 2008, the International Business Times reported that Wilkinson was engaged to then-Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Hank Baskett. Wilkinson initially denied this, but she later admitted she was in a relationship with Baskett on October 7, 2008 in an interview with Chelsea Handler on Chelsea Lately. On November 6, 2008, E! Online announced Wilkinson and Baskett were engaged, after he proposed the previous Saturday at the Space Needle in Seattle, Washington.
Wilkinson married Baskett on June 27, 2009, at the Playboy Mansion. Although it was initially announced that Hugh Hefner would give the bride away, Kendra brother Colin walked her down the aisle. Wilkinson family was in attendance, as well as former Girls Next Door stars Holly Madison and Bridget Marquardt. On the wedding episode of Kendra, she said that she would be taking Baskett last name. They lived in Calabasas, California.
On June 11, 2009, Wilkinson announced her first pregnancy. The baby, a boy, was born in December 2009. Wilkinson friends hosted a baby shower on September 9, 2009. She told E! News that Hefner will be the child godfather but later denied.
In an interview after the birth of their son, 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 the 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. 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 on June 7, 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 premiere of The Anna Nicole Show. The show 33rd and final episode, the third season finale, debuted on January 9, 2011. The show was not renewed for a fourth season.
In 2007, Baskett appeared on an episode of WWE Raw with Bridget Marquardt.
In 2010 she published a memoir, Sliding Into Home.
Baskett was a contestant in the twelfth season of Dancing with the Stars, partnered with Louis Van Amstel. She was eliminated in the seventh week, on May 3, 2011. 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.
On March 17, 2010, Baskett E! True Hollywood Story premiered 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 18.
2012–present: Kendra on Top and divorce
After parting ways with E! in 2011, Baskett and her family started a new reality show on WE tv, Kendra on Top. It premiered June 5, 2012. The show ended in 2017.
On February 26, 2013, Baskett appeared on an episode of Celebrity Wife Swap with Kate Gosselin. On April 20, 2013, she was involved with another vehicle in an automobile accident on a California freeway. Her injuries included having a minor hemorrhagic stroke. On October 31, 2013, Baskett announced that she was pregnant with her second child. She gave birth to a daughter in May 2014.
In November 2014, Baskett was a contestant on the 14th series of the UK reality TV series hit I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, finishing in sixth place.
On April 28, 2017, Baskett and her mother were one of the families featured on the WE reality show Marriage Bootcamp: Family Edition.
On April 3, 2018, she filed for divorce from Hank Baskett.
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In April 2004, she started dating Playboy founder Hugh M. Hefner. She was present at his 78th birthday party in just body paint and nothing else. They remained an item until November 2008 and in 2009, Kendra stepped out from Playboy mansion.
First TV Show
In 2005, Kendra appeared in just 1 episode of the crime drama series Las Vegas for her role as a Mystique Waitress. Her role was uncredited.
Kendra does exercises (apart from a healthy diet) to stay in shape. She eats a portion-controlled diet. See her sample diet plan.
She has also worked with trainer Nicky Holender in the past. Kendra also plays a variety of sports to keep herself active.
Kendra Wilkinson Favorite Things
Color – Blue
Fragrance – Escada
Music Genre – Country
All-Time Favorite Song – The Gambler (By Kenny Rogers)
Kendra Wilkinson Facts
Kendra is a big fan of hip-hop (aka rap) music.
She was 8 when her parents divorced on March 25, 1994.
With Clairemont Bobby Sox, Kendra has actively played softball for 6 years.
While modeling, she has also worked as an administrative assistant at the dentist office.
Kendra had dogs named, Rascal (Pembroke Welsh Corgi) and Martini (Jack Russell Terrier).
Around 2004 (when she just graduated from high school), Kendra was Hugh Hefner wild flame. She was present in body paint (fully n*de and just accessories) at Hefner 78th birthday party.
In 2011, she appeared in the reality dancing competition Dancing with the Stars where she was partnered with Louis Van Amstel. She was eliminated in the 7th week.
At 18, Kendra also worked as a bartender before she joined the Playboy mansion.
While Kendra worked as a stripper as a young glamour model, she earned $500,000 in just 6 months.
She published a memoir Sliding Into Home in 2010.
At 18, she had breast implants.