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Caitlyn Jenner

Olympian / TV Personality
Date Of Birth:
28 October 1949
Place Of Birth:
Mount Kisco, New York
Best Known As:
The Olympic decathlete who transitioned from man to woman

Name at birth: Bruce Jenner

Caitlyn Jenner is the Olympic gold medalist whose male-to-female transition made her one of the leading American news stories of 2015. Caitlin Jenner first came to fame as Bruce Jenner, a male athlete who was the gold medalist in the decathlon at the 1976 Summer Games in Montreal. The victory coincided with the American bicentennial celebration, and a healthy blend of good looks and modest demeanor helped make Jenner a Wheaties-box symbol and celebrity. Jenner used that celebrity to carve out a career as a media personality -- including a few film appearances and a long-standing gig with NBC as a sports commentator -- and to embark on various entrepreneurial projects. Jenner pulled away from the spotlight during the late 1980s, but resurfaced in the 2000s with a new career on reality television shows, from I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! to Dancing with the Stars. Jenner gained much more exposure as a regular on the long-running TV series Keeping Up With the Kardashians, which launched in 2007; Jenner's third wife, Kris Kardashian, is the mother of super-celeb Kim Kardashian and her sisters. Jenner's fame took a further twist in 2015, when People.com reported on rumors that at age 65, Jenner was "transitioning into a woman." She then appeared on the June 2015 cover of Vanity Fair magazine, posing in a one-piece swimsuit with the headline "Call Me Caitlyn." Speaking of the cover photo shoot by Annie Leibovitz, Jenner told the magazine, "This shoot was about my life and who I am as a person. It’s not about the fanfare, it’s not about people cheering in the stadium, it’s not about going down the street and everybody giving you ‘that a boy, Bruce,’ pat on the back... This is about your life.” The day the photo was released online, Caitlyn Jenner tweeted, "I'm so happy after such a long struggle to be living my true self. Welcome to the world Caitlyn. Can't wait for you to get to know her/me." The E! Online cable network then announced that Caitlin Jenner would star in a documentary series, I Am Cait, which would " illustrate the star living her life as a transgender woman and telling her intimate story as she seeks out her 'new normal.'" That show ran for two seasons before being canceled in 2016.
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As Bruce Jenner, she also competed in the decathlon at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, finishing 10th… Kris Kardashian is the ex-wife of Robert Kardashian, one of the lawyers who represented O.J. Simpson in his 1994 murder trial… Jenner has been married three times: to the former Chrystie Crownover from 1972 until their divorce in 1980; to actress Linda Thompson from 1981 until their divorce in 1986; and to Kris Kardashian from 1991 until their divorce in 2015. With Chrystie she has two children, Burt (b. 1978) and Cassandra (b. 1980); with Linda she has two sons, Brandon (b. 1981) and Brody (b. 1983); and with Kris she has two daughters, Kendall (b. 1995) and Kylie (b. 1997)… Caitlyn Jenner’s sons, Brandon and Brody Jenner, starred in the short-lived 2005 TV show The Princes of Malibu.

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