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From Girl Next Door to Kendra on Top: Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett’s Crazy Life Story

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

From Girl Next Door to Kendra on Top: Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett’s Crazy Life Story

Can’t get enough Kendra on Top? Neither can we! Which is why WE thought we’d give you the rundown of how Kendra went from a middle-class California girl to a Playboy model to a reality star, and even found time to get married and have a baby along the way!

June 12, 1985: Kendra Leigh Wilkinson is born in San Diego, Calif.

March 25, 1994: Kendra’s parents, Patti, a former cheerleader for the Philadelphia Eagles, and Eric, a founder of biotechnology companies, divorce.

2003: Kendra, a softball player, graduates from Clairemont High School in Clairemont, a middle-class San Diego suburb.

April 2004: Kendra meets Playboy founder Hugh Hefner at his 78th birthday party, where she was hired to be a “painted girl” (meaning nude except for painted-on accessories). Hefner, who had said he wanted to meet Kendra after seeing her photo, asks her to be one of his girlfriends, and she moves into the Playboy Mansion.

Aug. 7, 2005: The Girls Next Door debuts, featuring Hef, Kendra and Hef’s two other girlfriends, Holly Madison and Bridget Marquardt.

December 2005: Kendra gets a gig as a columnist for the Philadelphia Eagles’ website, the team her mom cheered for and her future husband will play for.

2006: Kendra appears in the Playboy Special Editions Sexy 100.

April 14, 2006: Scary Movie 4 is released; Kendra has a cameo role.

Late 2007: Kendra raps on MTV’s Celebrity Rap Superstar. She comes in second place, losing to Shar Jackson (Britney Spears’ ex-husband’s ex-girlfriend).

2007: Kendra appears on an episode of WWE Raw with one of Hef’s other girlfriends, Bridget Marquardt.

Aug. 13, 2008: Kendra is named the Olive Garden’s “Biggest Celebrity Fan” after calling the chain restaurant’s cuisine “my soul food.”

Oct. 7, 2008: Kendra admits to dating NFL wide receiver Hank Baskett on Chelsea Lately.

Late 2008/early 2009: Kendra ends her relationship with Hef and moves out of the Playboy Mansion to pursue a relationship with Hank.

Nov. 6, 2008: Hank proposes to Kendra at the Space Needle in Seattle.

June 2009: Kendra confirms that she is pregnant on her website: “hi everyone!!!! so the rumors are true…i am pregnant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

June 7, 2009: Kendra’s Girls Next Door spin-off, Kendra, premieres.

June 27, 2009: Kendra marries Hank at the Playboy Mansion.

Sept. 9, 2009: Hef, Bridget Marquardt and Hef’s other ex, Holly Madison, throw Kendra a baby shower with a “pickles and ice cream/Candyland” theme.

Dec. 11, 2009: Kendra gives birth to her first child, a boy named Hank Baskett IV, at 12:37 a.m. in Indianapolis, by Caesarian section.

March 17, 2010: Kendra’s E! True Hollywood Story Premiered

July 6, 2010: Kendra publishes her memoir, Sliding Into Home.

March 21, 2011: Kendra makes her debut on season 12 of Dancing with the Stars, with dancing partner Louis Van Amstel.

May 3, 2011: Kendra is eliminated from Dancing, coming in sixth place.

Sept. 20, 2011: Kendra releases her new book, Being Kendra: Cribs, Cocktails, and Getting My Sexy Back.

June 5, 2012: Kendra on Top premieres on WE tv. And the best is yet to come!

June 12, 2012: Kendra celebrates her 27th birthday, reportedly at PURE Nightclub at Caesars Palace in Vegas.

Sept. 4, 2012: Hank turns 30!

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