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    >>> back now at 8:10, kim kardashian shocked the world when she announced she was splitting with her new husband after just 72 days of marriage and while some have questioned whether it was all for the cameras, kim insisted last night, "i did it for love." kim 's mother, kris jenner , is joining us to tell us what may have happened and also out with a new book called " kris jenner and all things kardashian." good morning to you.

    >> good morning.

    >> tough for your family.

    >> yes.

    >> did you know your daughter was going to file for divorce on monday?

    >> i knew a few days before of course because kim and i are really close. she had, she felt what she felt she had for whatever reason a really difficult thing to do on monday and it's just our job now to wrap our, i wrap my arms around her and there for her through thick and thin, no matter what. that's how our family always has been.

    >> part of the thick is the reaction to this filing.

    >> to the decision.

    >> what is your reaction to this reaction that this idea that this may have all been a sham for money?

    >> right, it makes me feel sad that some people are reacting that way, of course. certainly wasn't a sham. certainly wasn't something for tv. we have enough going on, you know, on our show that we don't have to make things up. i mean she really felt like she was in love with him and you know, it was an amazing time, and for this to be, you know, for all of us that were watching, i had no idea there was a problem at the time, and you know, it saddens all of us, it saddens me to think that one of the rumors is that we sold the television rights for millions of dollars, not true. we profited, you know or she profited from the wedding , absolutely false.

    >> they did not make $20 million?

    >> absolutely not.

    >> how much did they make?

    >> they made money for the pictures that were sold and things like that. at the end of the day that money went towards the wedding and kim had to pay a great deal of money, you know, at the balance that was owed for the wedding which she was delighted to do because that was her fairytale wedding .

    >> are you saying she actually owed money for the wedding , she did not make any money, in other words the net was she actually paid for the wedding ?

    >> absolutely, yes. we don't tell television rights . our network has been amazing to us. we have a great relationship with them, but we were all paid to do our television show just like any other episode. so this notion that's written everywhere -- sometimes when people write things down or put things on the front page of a newspaper or tabloid, you know, people, that's the truth to them. and you know, i'm here to say it's not, and that that notion, and kim did, and is going to do a lot more wonderful give-back things that she's, you know, has in store, which she does often, by the way, very quietly. she's a very generous girl who's got a big heart and would never do anything to disappoint anybody, and i think that's part of the problem, she feels like she's let a lot of people down. she's sick about it, and you know, she just had to come out and say look, i made a mistake, and i feel terrible.

    >> in the interests of full disclosure, about how much money did she make for the photographs?

    >> i don't know what the end result was, but it was, it was less than $1 million. and probably more than half a million dollars and all that went into the wedding .

    >> what went wrong in this marriage? how does such a public marriage end in 72 days?

    >> that's something that kim is going to have to address. you know, i'm not here to be her personal spokesperson for sure. because she's, you know, i just felt there was so much going on and so much swirling around, you think your daughter's happy. i trusted her heart. she trusted her heart, and i think she got so, you know, it's really her personal decision and something she's going to have to talk to her fans about, but she's had this enormous, you know, fan base who has come out to support her and she feels really grateful for that and we want to thank everybody for the wonderful e-mails and tweets and notes and everybody's been really supportive and understanding so far and we hope that continues because she feels terrible.

    >> no hope for reconciliation?

    >> that's a kim and kris question. i have no idea. she's in australia right now and we've been e-mailing and sort of talking back and forth but the time difference is a little tricky. i just got to new york yesterday, and you know, we'll just see what happens, but in the meantime, you know, i told kim , you're not the first person to ever get a divorce and you won't be the last, even as short as it was, it's a terrible situation, but she's, you know, here to say i made a mistake and i'm sorry and you know, try and put it back together.

    >> any regrets about this being played out on, in live television , given that kim herself has said that it didn't create the conditions that were to be ideal. she said the conditions were not ideal at the beginning of her marriage.

    >> you know what? i don't have any regrets, because this is what we do. we have people that have sort of invested in our lives from day one, season one, and we enjoy what we do. i feel so blessed and grateful for the tv show . we've given, you know, kourtney's given birth and khloe got married in nine days, everyone said that's not real. two years later i've never seen two people more in life. bruce and i met and married within five months and 20 years later, you know, we're still married, and i had no reason to believe that kim , after six months, wouldn't work out, because the rest of us have kind of done it that way.

    >> the $2 million ring, who gets it?

    >> first of all, i mean come on it wasn't a $2 million ring. you write it down, you say it out loud, and suddenly it's a fact.

    >> so i just said something that was inaccurate.

    >> that's right. it was not $2 million. it was less than half of that. i don't really know the exact price. i didn't buy the ring, but some of these reports are so outrageous, and everybody gets so carried away .

    >> you don't know who gets the ring at this point?

    >> well, it's none of my business, to be honest with you because it was a gift, but i don't know and i'm sure they'll work that out as soon as they get back and i know that kim just plans on making very generous contributions to a really deserving charity when she gets home and trying to make that right because she feels really bad about that.

    >> i want to get to the book because in this book, it's a pretty comprehensive book, you write about your childhood. you write about all the way up to your decision to create this, you're waving at somebody outside, people waving to you, this reality empire and i wonder if looking back has revealed something about your life to you, given, takes us through your children, takes us through your divorce.

    >> i think looking back it gives you another perspective on what you, you have to sit back and think about your life and what you've been through and how for me, i feel just completely blessed that i was married and i have been married to two of the greatest guys, the two loves of my life, i mean to be married to robert was an amazing time. i feel like i've had nine lives and a really wonderful life , where i've had and overcome a lot of adversity, been through a lot of crazy things in my life and come out on the other end with a lot of great experiences, and learned a lot of lessons, you know, and you can share some of those things with other people and maybe one person takes something away that might help them get through something similar, that makes me happy.

    >> so you're hopeful that people can take something away from this book?

    >> absolutely.

    >> kris jenner , thank you so much for joining us.

    >> thank you.

    >> i know it's a tough time for your family so we wish you well with that, and the book is called " kris jenner and all things kardashian."

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updated 11/1/2011 4:07:42 PM ET 2011-11-01T20:07:42

How did the Kardashians become who they are today? Much of their success is due to the multitasking skills of mom and manager Kris Jenner. In this thoughtful memoir, Kris Jenner talks about marriage, divorce, motherhood and faith. Here's an excerpt.

I know this sounds crazy, but this is exactly where I’m supposed to be: screaming through the streets of Paris in a chauffeur-driven Mercedes with my daughter Kimberly, on our way to see the Mona Lisa in the Louvre. How I got here has been a long, wild, and winding road, which we will get to in a moment. For now, I’m going to ask you to sit back and experience the ride.

It was September 2010, and Kim and I were in Paris to meet the international media to celebrate the fifth season of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, the hit reality show about our family, shown in many languages in 150 countries around the world.

The show’s producers, E! and Comcast Entertainment Group, flew us to Paris first-class on British Airways. From Paris we were flown in a shiny, sexy private jet (which looked just like a beautiful black Chanel handbag), along with our glam squad, to eight European cities for the media tour. The jet was stocked with my favorite champagne, Kim’s favorite snacks, and all our favorite blankets and movies. Fabulous.

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Our show is the most-watched series in E! history, and by the end of 2010, Kim would be among the world’s most-searched people on the Internet. Her Twitter account, with almost ten million followers, as of this writing, would be among the five most followed in the world, along with those of President Barack Obama and Lady Gaga. And Kim would be named one of People magazine’s Most Beautiful People.

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As for me, I’m a unique combination of mother and manager. I’ve actually trademarked the term “Momager,” which is what I am. I spend endless eighteen-hour days creating, nurturing, and juggling the insanely busy careers, endless personal appearances, and business enterprises of my six children—Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, Rob, Kendall, and Kylie—my husband, Bruce Jenner, my son-in-law Lamar Odom, and myself. Some of the many hats I wear include those of producer, creator, and star of our reality television series for E!, from which we have launched three spin-off hit television series. There are brand endorsements to run along with our own clothing lines, including the Kardashian Kollection for Sears. I also oversee several businesses, such as our skin care line, PerfectSkin; our diet and nutrition supplement business, Quick Trim; the fragrances Kim Kardashian, Kim Kardashian Gold, and Reflection, along with Khloé and Lamar’s fragrance, Unbreakable. Oh, and did I mention I have my own clothing line launching on QVC this fall, the Kris Jenner Kollection? And I finally launched my very own blog, www.OfficialKrisJenner.com. Whew!

My favorite hat, though, will always be “Mom.” In the midst of our media blitz through Europe, Kim and I were still a mother and daughter in Paris, and I kept insisting that we see the city. “We’re in Europe. We must do things that are really special,” I told her. “We can’t come all this way and not do a little sightseeing. We have to remember to always experience life and live it to the fullest.”

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So I arranged a special trip to see the Mona Lisa at the Louvre. We awoke that morning with a special surprise planned by the general manager of the famous Ritz Hotel, Omer Acar.

“Before you visit our beautiful Louvre, I’ve planned something truly spectacular that I know you will both love,” he told us.

As Kim and I left our luxurious suite, we were escorted to another floor at the Ritz. The next thing I knew, we were inside the suite where Coco Chanel lived until her death in 1971. The day before, we had been taken to Azzedine Alaïa’s atelier with him in the trendy Marais district. Now to be in Madame Chanel’s suite! Kim and I were pinching ourselves.

As we exited the Ritz, I sadly remembered the last picture the world saw of Princess Diana before her fatal car accident—in the exact place where we were walking. Kim and I were taken aback by the blinding flash of dozens of photographers outside the hotel, as uniformed security guards hurried us to a waiting Mercedes. The cameramen climbed onto their motor scooters as we drove off in the Mercedes, and with police escorts in front and behind, their sirens blaring, we raced the paparazzi to the Louvre. Arriving at the famous museum’s pyramid, we were greeted by a team of escorts and security. They led us through private tunnels, up some stairs, then down some others. A door suddenly opened and we were standing behind a velvet rope, beyond which stood the world’s most famous woman: Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece of beauty and mystery, the Mona Lisa. Oh my God, pinch us again!

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The curator of the Louvre whispered in my ear, “We do not allow pictures with the Mona Lisa except on special occasions.” Then she gave us the okay to take a picture or two. So Kim and I stood to the side of the velvet rope as a large crowd gathered, whispering our names and waving to us wildly. We took pictures alongside the famous painting, as everyone else began taking pictures of us. Incredible!

When we left through the same side door we had entered, a crazy, chaotic crowd had gathered. It wasn’t until we were ushered away from the Mona Lisa that I realized I was numb, floating.

As I walked toward the car, my mind wandered back to 1978 when I stood in the exact same place in the exact same city on the other side of the same velvet rope, holding hands with my husband, Robert Kardashian. We were on our honeymoon and I was a twenty-two-year-old American Airlines flight attendant. I thought, Who could have imagined that I would be back thirty-something years later, and this would be my life? I had come full circle. Now, the road I had traveled was nothing I had ever expected or planned.

I know: the Mona Lisa will be here long after the Kardashians are gone. As I always tell my kids, “You’re going to meet the same people on the way down as you did on the way up. So be grateful and humble for the blessings that have been given to you.” Still, I had to admit that trip to the Louvre was one of the headiest experiences of my life.

I kept thinking: This is where I’m supposed to be.

I am a wife and a mother (believe it or not, I always dreamed of having six kids). I’m not only living that dream, I’m lucky enough to be living it on a huge stage. I’ve been blessed.

I made it through adversity, through personal storms, tremendous personal loss, a devastating divorce, and seemingly insurmountable tragedy, and managed to pick myself up and find love and happiness without ever losing my true self or my motivation to do something with my life and become the best person that I could be.

My mother told me I could do anything I set my mind to, and she taught me to set the bar high. She taught me to dream big and showed me through her strength and perseverance. My grandmother always said: “Do your best!” no matter how big or how small the job. And, of course, my lifelong motto is: “If someone says no, you’re talking to the wrong person.” Yet I would live two distinctly different lives—the first derailed by turmoil, tragedy, and wasted opportunities, the second as a wife and mother who not only reclaimed her power and lifelong love of family but went on to build the unlikely empire called the Kardashians.

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Coming from humble yet wonderful beginnings in Southern California, I was lucky to meet a man who should have been the love of my life, a young and successful lawyer named Robert Kardashian. He transported me into a Beverly Hills dream life and helped me foster a close relationship with God. Then I threw it all away for a crazy love (or lust) affair that left me flattened. I lost my husband, my friends, my home, and nearly my mind, only to reassemble my life and my family with my second husband, the Olympic champion Bruce Jenner.

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Shortly after Bruce and I were married, tragedy struck again: My dear friend Nicole Brown Simpson was found stabbed to death on the front steps of her home, and O.J. Simpson—another close friend whom I had known since Robert Kardashian and I were married and with whom I would be reunited during my marriage to Bruce Jenner—went on trial for her murder.

Through the grace of God, I landed on my feet with a second life, a second chance. Standing before the Mona Lisa in the Louvre, I could reflect on it all and what we had accomplished: turning the life and times of a Southern California family into a business, an international brand, that connects with millions of people around the world through our laughter, craziness, and, most important, our love for one another.

Yet, like the famous lady in the frame, to many we remain a mystery.

How did we get here? What is the mystique, the magic, the story behind the smiles? Who am I to manage my family as a business and produce a hit television series, which has spawned, as of this writing, three hit spin-off series, all supported by a seemingly endless stream of endorsements, modeling contracts, clothing and fragrance lines, magazine covers, and TV appearances?

It has taken me half a lifetime to live the story in these pages, one that I hope will show people you can follow your dreams—no matter how big—and still become whatever it is you set your mind to through hard work and perseverance, no matter your age or circumstances. And, as with any story worth telling, I have to start at the beginning . . .

Reprinted from "Kris Jenner...And All Things Kardashian" by Kris Jenner © 2011 by Kris Jenner. Used with permission of the publisher, Gallery Books/Karen Hunter Publishing, a division of Simon & Schuster.

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  1. Ripped from the headlines

    Bruce and Kris Jenner appear on the cover of Us Weekly in October 2013. The "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" family matriarch and her Olympic gold medal athlete husband have separated, the couple said in a joint statement to celebrity outlet E! News on Oct. 8, 2013. (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Posing in Paris

    Kim Kardashian and her rapper boyfriend Kanye West pose prior to the Givenchy 2014 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection fashion show in Paris on Sept. 29, 2013. (Pierre Andrieu / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Just watch

    Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick attend a cocktail reception to celebrate the launch of a new watch for Audemars Piguet in Miami Beach, Fla., on Sept. 27, 2013. (Alexander Tamargo / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. The long and short of it

    Kendall Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian and Kylie Jenner attend the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sept. 21, 2013. (David Becker / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Baby talk

    Kanye West joins host Kris Jenner during a taping of her talk show "Kris," in Culver City, Calif., on Aug. 19, 2013. West proclaimed his love for Jenner's daughter, Kim Kardashian, and their new baby girl, North, in the interview. (Barry J. Holmes / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. She's got his back

    Rob Kardashian and his mom, Kris Jenner, during the unveiling of his new Arthur George collection at Neiman Marcus in Las Vegas on May 25, 2013. (Denise Truscello / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Her divorce reality

    Kim Kardashian is surrounded by Los Angeles County Sheriff Deputies as she leaves the Stanley Mosk Courthouse after attending her divorce hearing from Kris Humphries on April 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. Kardashian was seeking an annulment of her 10-week marriage, claiming it was based on fraud. On April 19, 2013, a settlement for the divorce battle was reached after 536 days. (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Lady in red

    Kris Jenner wears Badgley Mischka on the runway during The Heart Truth 2013 Fashion Show held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York on Feb. 6, 2013. (Jennifer Graylock / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Court jesters

    Khloe Kardashian and Kylie Jenner laugh alongside their mom at an NBA basketball game between the New Orleans Hornets and Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Nov. 26, 2012. (Andrew D. Bernstein / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Young love

    Kim Kardashian and Kanye West attend an NBA game between the L.A. Lakers and Denver Nuggets in May, 2012 in L.A. Though the pair had been friends for years, their dating relationship was considered to have gone public when West sang about her in his song "Theraflu" (now called "Way Too Cold"). (Noel Vasquez / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Up front and personal

    Kourtney, Khloe and Kim Kardashian join Kris Jenner on stage during E!'s upfront at New York's Gotham Hall in April, 2012. (Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Dead to rights

    Kim Kardashian makes an appearance with April Bowlby in the season four premiere of Lifetime's "Drop Dead Diva." She plays Nikki, the new business partner of Bowlby's character, in a multiple-episode arc that begins airing June 3. (Bob Mahoney / Sony Pitcures via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Political ambitions

    Kris Jenner, "Modern Family's" Sofia Vergara and Kim Kardashian attend the 2012 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in April, 2012 in Washington. (Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Mother and child

    Kourtney Kardashian arrives with her son Mason at Villa Pacri in New York for lunch. (Jackson Lee / Splash News) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Lucky seven

    The family (Kendall Jenner, Rob Kardashian, Scott Disick, Kourtney Kardashian, Lamar Odom, Khloe Kardashian Odom, Kim Kardashian, Bruce Jenner, Kris Jenner, Kylie Kardashian) poses for a photo for season seven of their E! series, "Keeping Up With the Kardashians." (E! Entertainment) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Family dinner

    Kourtney Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner, Kris Jenner and Kim Kardashian attend the RYU restaurant grand opening in April 2012 in New York. The restaurant is owned by Scott Disick. (Simon Russell / Getty Images Contributor) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Selling out

    Kim and Khloe promote The Kardashian Kollection at the Woodfield Mall in April, 2012 in Schaumburg, Ill. (Timothy Hiatt / Getty Images Contributor) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Revolting masses

    Kim Kardashian's estranged husband, Kris Humphries, takes it on the chin from Atlanta Hawks fans, who taunt him over his failed marriage while he shoots a foul shot at an NBA basketball game in March, 2012 in Atlanta. (David Goldman / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Take a powder

    While walking the red carpet at her "True Reflection" fragrance launch in London on March, 2012, Kim Kardashian is hit with white powder by a woman. Kardashian was unharmed and returned to the carpet shortly thereafter. The woman was detained by hotel security. (Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Total Khaos

    Scott Disick, Robert Kardashian Jr., Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Kris Jenner and Kendall Jenner arrive at the grand opening of the Kardashian Khaos store at the Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Dec. 15, 2011. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Separate ways

    Kim Kardashian and Khloe stay tight while promoting their Kardashian Kollection Handbag launch in Sydney, Australia, just two days after Kim filed for divorce from Kris Humphries. (Tracey Nearmy / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Fashionable family

    Kendall Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, Kris Humphries and Brody Jenner attend the Abbey Dawn by Avril Lavigne Spring 2012 fashion show during Style360 at New York's Metropolitan Pavilion on Sept. 12, 2011. (Jerritt Clark / Getty Images Contributor) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. The next generation

    Kendall Jenner, 15, half-sister to Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian, walks the runway at the Evening Sherri Hill Spring 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at New York's Trump Tower Grand Corridor on Sept.14, 2011. (Jeff Schear / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Ballroom blitz

    Rob Kardashian performs on a 2011 episode of "Dancing With the Stars." Sister Kim performed in 2008 but only made it to week three. Rob said he hoped to lose weight while on the show. (ABC) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. The bride cuts the cake

    Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries cut their wedding cake, reportedly modeled after that of Prince William and Kate Middleton, on Aug. 20, 2011, in Montecito, Calif. The 6-foot-tall cake reportedly cost around $20,000. (Albert Michael / Startraksphoto) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Animalistic

    Khloe Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Kris Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, and Kendall Jenner arrive on the red carpet of the Kardashian Kollection Launch Party on Aug. 17, 2011, in Hollywood, Calif. (Jason Merritt / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Slam dunk

    Kim Kardashian, right, and New Jersey Nets basketball player Kris Humphries make their first public appearance as an engaged couple at the charity Amber Lounge Fashion show in Monaco on May 27, 2011.

    Humphries put a ring on it in grand style, opting for a 20.5 carat bauble that reportedly set him back $2 million. (EPA, Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. Up and coming

    Kendall and Kylie at the premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' "Prom" at the El Capitan on April 21, 2011, in Los Angeles. The teen girls are the daughters of Kris and Bruce Jenner. Kendall is a model signed with Wilhelmina Models, while youngest child Kylie is hoping to follow in her sister's modeling footsteps. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. One and only

    Rob Kardashian and Audrina Patridge arrive at the launch of her new VH1 reality show "Audrina" in Los Angeles on April 13, 2011. Rob is the only son of Kris and her first husband, the late Robert Kardashian. (Michael Buckner / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  30. The stars

    Kim, Khloe and Kourtney pose together at the Unbreakable fragrance launch party in Los Angeles on April 4, 2011. The three oldest children of Kris and Robert Kardashian are the most recognizable faces of the family. They co-own a women's fashion boutique called D-A-S-H, which has locations in MIami, New York and their hometown of Calabasas, Calif. (Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  31. Courting Kourtney

    Kourtney Kardashian poses with Scott Disick, who has appeared on all of the family's reality shows and was shown getting help for his alcohol and anger issues after Kourtney left him for a time. The two have a son named Mason and a daughter, Penelope. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  32. Spinning dreams

    Khloe and her husband, L.A. Laker Lamar Odom, are the stars of the family's latest E! spin-off, "Khloe and Lamar." The pair wed in 2010 just one month after they met. In 2013, the couple faced breakup rumors. (James White / E!) Back to slideshow navigation
  33. Daytime leap

    Kourtney made her acting debut when she guest starred on the ABC soap opera "One Life to Live." Her episode aired on March 28, 2011. (Heidi Gutman / ABC) Back to slideshow navigation
  34. Makes scents

    Kim launched her newest fragrance, Kim Kardashian, at Macy's Glendale Galleria on Feb. 22, 2011, in Glendale, Calif. Kim first shot to fame in 2007 when a home sex tape of her with then-boyfriend Ray J was released by Vivid. (Toby Canham / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  35. A dude in cougar's clothing

    The Kardashian sisters appear as presenters at the 2010 Teen Choice Awards on Aug. 8 in Universal City, Calif. Comedian George Lopez joined the trio in drag as Kougar Kardashian. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images ) Back to slideshow navigation
  36. A high note

    Kim attends the 53rd annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 13, 2011, in Los Angeles. The reality star debuted her single "Jam (Turn It Up)" on Dec. 31. 2010. She said her pals Ciara and Kanye West forced her into doing a song. Her decision to do the single and the recording process was featured on an episode of "Kourtney and Kim Take New York." (Chris Pizzello / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  37. Close ties

    Kourtney, Kim and Khloe join their mom Kris at the Famous Cupcakes Launch Party on Oct. 7, 2009, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  38. Dismissed

    Kim Kardashian and her professional dance partner, Mark Ballas, were eliminated in October of 2008 from ABC's popular dancing competition, "Dancing with the Stars."

    "Today, five years ago, my father passed away, and I just know he's really happy and watching over me, and I made him proud," Kardashian, daughter of late attorney Robert Kardashian, said after her dismissal. (Kelsey Mcneal / ABC) Back to slideshow navigation
  39. Sneak peek

    A poster promoting "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" from the first season. The show was described as "a peek inside the private family life of 20-something socialite Kim Kardashian." (E!) Back to slideshow navigation
  40. Famous friends

    Kim Kardashian, left, Paris Hilton, center, and Nicky Hilton attend the after party following the premiere of HBO's "Entourage" at the Hollywood Social on June 1, 2006, in Hollywood, Calif.

    In a Harper’s Bazaar interview, Kim said she traveled the world with Paris in the mid 2000's. "We had so much fun," Kim said. "I had never traveled the world like that. It was so neat, all the things we did. I think I learned a lot from her." (Stephen Shugerman / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  41. Blast from the past

    Khloe Kardashian, left, Kourtney Kardashian, Bruce Jenner, Kris Kardashian, Robert Kardashian and Kim Kardashian in 1995. Jenner, a gold medal Olympic athlete, married Kris Kardashian in 1991.

    "I've been very blessed with 10 children and its been a lot of fun over the last couple of years," Jenner said in an interview with Stylelist. "There's nothing better for a parent than watching your children do well in what they're trying to accomplish." (Ron Galella, Ltd. / WireImage) Back to slideshow navigation
  42. Legal legacy

    In a 1995 file photo, murder defendant OJ Simpson, right, consults with friend Robert Kardashian, center, and attorney Alvin Michelson, during a hearing in Los Angeles. Kardashian, a businessman and lawyer who was a key figure in the Simpson saga and part of his legal "dream team," died in Los Angeles from cancer of the esophagus on Oct. 2, 2003. He was 59.

    Son Robert Kardashian got a large tattoo of his father’s face covering the whole of his left forearm in tribute. (Vince Bucci / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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