Kourtney Kardashian

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Kourtney Kardashian
Kourtney Kardashian 2 2009.jpg
Kourtney Kardashian in 2009
Born Kourtney Mary Kardashian
(1979-04-18) April 18, 1979 (age 36)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Residence Calabasas, California
Alma mater University of Arizona
Occupation
  • Television personality
  • model
Years active 2004–present
Religion Armenian Orthodox
Partner(s) Scott Disick (2006–present)
Children 3
Parent(s)
Relatives

Kourtney Mary Kardashian (born April 18, 1979) is an American television personality and model. In 2007, she and her family were commissioned to star in the reality television series Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Its success led to the creation of spin-offs including Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami and Kourtney and Kim Take New York.

With sisters Kim and Khloé, Kourtney is involved in the retail and fashion industries. They have launched several clothing collections and fragrances, and additionally released the book Kardashian Konfidential in 2010.

Life and career[edit]

1979–2002: Early life and childhood[edit]

Kourtney was born in Los Angeles, California on April 18, 1979, to parents Robert and Kris (née Houghton).[1] She has two younger sisters, Kim and Khloé, and a younger brother, Rob.[2] After their parents divorced in 1991, Houghton remarried to the 1976 Summer Olympics decathlon winner Bruce Jenner in 1991.[citation needed] Through their marriage, Kardashian gained stepbrothers Burton "Burt", Brandon, and Brody; stepsister Casey; and half-sisters Kendall and Kylie.[3]

As a teenager she attended Marymount High School, a Roman Catholic all-girls school in Los Angeles.[citation needed] Following graduation, she moved to Dallas, Texas, to attend Southern Methodist University for two years. Kourtney then lived in Tucson, Arizona, where she graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts and a minor in Spanish. Her classmates included Nicole Richie and Luke Walton.[4] In 1994, her father garnered public attention as an additional defense lawyer for football player O.J. Simpson during his murder trial.

2004–08: Career beginnings[edit]

Kourtney first became known to reality-television audiences on the 2004 series, Filthy Rich: Cattle Drive, on which she earned money for charity. In February 2007, a sex tape made by her sister Kim and Kim's former boyfriend Ray J in 2003 was leaked, which largely contributed to her rise to prominence.[5][6] Later that year, Kourtney, in addition to her mother Kris; her stepfather Bruce; her siblings Kim, Khloé, and Rob; and half-sisters Kendall and Kylie were commissioned to star in the reality television series Keeping Up with the Kardashians.[7] The series proved successful for E!, the network on which it is broadcast, and lead to several spin-offs, including Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami, Khloé & Lamar, and Kourtney and Kim Take New York .[8]

Kourtney and her mother opened children's clothing boutiques called Smooch in the Los Angeles area and New York City; the boutiques carry the brand Crib Rock Couture. With sisters Kim and Khloe, Kardashian co-owns and operates D-A-S-H, a clothing boutique in Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, and the Hamptons.[4]

2009–present: International success[edit]

In the spring of 2010, Kourtney and her sisters released a clothing line for Bebe.[9][10][11] In August 2010, Kourtney announced that she and her sisters were working on another clothing line called K-Dash, sold on QVC.[12] Kardashian and her sisters created a sunless tanner called Kardashian Glamour Tan in 2010.[13] Kardashian wrote the book Kardashian Konfidential with her sisters Khloe and Kim; it was released in November 2010.[14]

Kourtney made her acting debut with a guest appearance on the ABC soap One Life to Live on March 28, 2011, appearing as attorney Kassandra Kavanaugh.[15] Kardashian, who had grown up watching the soap opera and described her appearance as the realization of a "lifelong dream", had reservations about her acting debut, stating: "I'd thought I'd have two lines. But my script is so long... I'm not an actress."[16][17] Her performance was not met with positive reviews from critics.[18] In September 2012, she and younger sister Kim created another spinoff reality television series, Kourtney and Kim Take Miami, which began airing in January 2013. It features their mother Kris Jenner and sister Khloé Kardashian.[19]

Kourtney, Khloé, and Kim are spokeswomen for the diet supplement Quick Trim, for weight loss.[20][21] In March 2012 the three sisters were named in a $5 million class-action lawsuit against QuickTrim.[22] The complaint, filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, accused the Kardashians, along with QuickTrim's manufacturer Windmill Health Products; the retailer GNC; and others in the sales and marketing chain, of false and deceptive marketing. The plaintiffs, from several states, brought claims under their respective states' consumer protection laws.[23]

Kardashian also represents the skincare line PerfectSkin with her sisters, which was developed by Dr. Ron DiSalvo for Perfect Science Labs.[24] The three sisters also released a 20-piece collection of jewelry line for the company Virgins, Saints, and Angels, in March 2010. The jewelry is reflective of the Kardashians' Armenian heritage.[25]

Personal life[edit]

Kourtney began dating Scott Disick in 2006, when they met at friend Joe Francis' house party in Mexico. The couple have had an on-again, off-again relationship, all throughout the filming of the show. Kourtney gave birth to their first son, Mason Dash Disick, on December 14, 2009. Mason's birth, by Beverly Hills doctor Paul Crane, was filmed and aired during the 4th season of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.[citation needed]

In early 2010, the couple temporarily moved to Miami with their son and Kourtney's sister Kim. During this time, Kourtney believed Disick had an alcohol problem. After regularly attending therapy and temporarily giving up alcohol, Disick and Kourtney reconciled and they continued their relationship in mid-2010.[26]

In 2011, during the final episode in the first season of Kourtney and Kim Take New York, Disick purchased an engagement ring and planned to propose to Kourtney during an evening meal in New York City. However, when Disick asked Kourtney's opinion on marriage, she said that she responded with "if things are so good now... why would we want to change that?", so he did not propose.[27] On July 8, 2012, Kourtney gave birth to their second child, daughter Penelope Scotland Disick.[28]

In June 2014, it was announced that the couple were expecting their third child together.[29] Kourtney gave birth on December 14, 2014, to their third child, a son, Reign Aston Disick, on Mason's fifth birthday.[30]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 One Life to Live Kassandra Kavanaugh TV series (1 episode)

As herself[edit]

Year Title Notes
2005 Filthy Rich: Cattle Drive TV series
2007–present Keeping Up with the Kardashians TV series
2009–2010 Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami TV series
2010-2011 Kourtney and Kim Take New York TV series
2011–2012 Khloé & Lamar Guest star, 4 episodes
2013 Kourtney and Kim Take Miami TV series
2014–present Kourtney and Khloé Take The Hamptons TV series

See also[edit]

Additional reading[edit]

  • Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian (November 2010). Kardashian Konfidential St. Martin's Press. ISBN 9-78031262-807-9.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Nick Sagimbeni (January 10, 2013). "Kourtney, Kim, Khloe, Robert, Kylie and Kendall Kardashian". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved August 17, 2013. 
  3. ^ Jeff Mayish (May 1, 2013). "Ex-nanny to the Kardashians reveals Kris Jenner's temper and an O.J. Simpson trial kidnap scare". Daily News. Mortimer Zuckerman. Retrieved August 17, 2013. 
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  5. ^ "Kim Kardashian on Sex Tape: 'A Tape Does Exist'". Extra. NBCUniversal. February 7, 2007. Retrieved August 17, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Ray J Sends 'Love & Congratulations' To Kim Kardashian & Kanye West". Access Hollywood. NBCUniversal. July 8, 2013. Retrieved August 17, 2013. 
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  9. ^ Dziemianowicz, Joe (October 21, 2009). "Kardashian Sisters Team Up with Bebe to Create Clothing Line". New York Daily News. Retrieved August 30, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Kardashian Sisters Get Stylish and Sexy with Bebe". The Houston Chronicle. May 13, 2010. Retrieved August 30, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Kardashians Show Off Legs in Bebe Collaboration". Palm Beach Post. February 16, 2010. Retrieved August 30, 2010. 
  12. ^ "The Kardashians Collaborated With Janie Bryant on a Clothing Line". New York Magazine. August 27, 2010. Retrieved August 30, 2010. 
  13. ^ Quenqua, Douglas (June 2, 2010). "'Jersey Shore,' Without the Sun". The New York Times. Retrieved August 30, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Kim, Khloe and Kourtney to Write a Book: Kardashian Konfidential". UsMagazine.com. 
  15. ^ Marc Malkin (November 10, 2010). "Kourtney Kardashian's New Job: Drama Queen!". ca.eonline.com. Retrieved November 14, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Kourtney Kardashian Acting Debut on One Life to Live". People. Time Inc. March 30, 2011. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  17. ^ Schuttle, Lauren (March 29, 2011). "Kourtney Kardashian Makes 'One Life to Live' Debut". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Kris Jenner Defends Kourtney Kardashian's Acting Debut". Access Hollywood, NBCUniversal. March 31, 2011. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  19. ^ Vena, Jocelyn (September 17, 2012). "'Kourtney & Kim Take Miami' Returns With New Kardashian Additions". MTV News, Viacom. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
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  21. ^ "Quick Trim FAQ". QuickTrim.com. Retrieved February 7, 2011. 
  22. ^ "Kardashian Sisters Sued over Endorsement of Weight-Loss Product - ABC News". Abcnews.go.com. 2012-03-05. Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
  23. ^ "In Time for Bikini Season, Kardashians Face Lawsuit Over Endorsement of Diet Aids". The National Law Review. Ifrah Law. July 8, 2012. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  24. ^ "PerfectSkin". PerfectSkinnow.com. Retrieved February 7, 2011. 
  25. ^ Moore, Booth; Critic, Fashion (May 2, 2010). "Celebrities and Jewelry: Learning Their Lines". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 30, 2010. 
  26. ^ Gina Serpe (30 November 2011). "Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick: Anatomy of a Baby-Making Duo!". E!. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  27. ^ "Life & Style Exclusive: Scott Disick Buys An Engagement Ring!". Life and Style Magazine. 26 October 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  28. ^ Stephen M. Silverman (9 July 2012). "Kourtney Kardashian & Scott Disick Have a Baby Girl". People. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  29. ^ "Kourtney Kardashian Is Pregnant, Expecting Third Baby With Scott Disick!". Yahoo!. 4 June 2014. 
  30. ^ "Instagram". Instagram. 

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