Kendra Leigh Wilkinson formerly Baskett; born June 12, 1985 is an American television personality and model.

She is known for being one of Hugh Hefner's 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.

It was followed by Kendra on Top which ran on WE tv until 2017.

Born in San Diego, California, Wilkinson 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 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.

Wilkinson was raised in San Diego's 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's office.

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