Kate Gosselin: Celebrity, Mother, Author

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Kate Gosselin is a wife, mother and author who became a celebrity once she began taping the TLC show "Jon and Kate Plus Eight." Kate and her husband, Jon Gosselin, are parents to eight children -- fraternal twins Cara and Madelyn, born in 2000, and sextuplets Alexis, Hannah, Aaden, Collin, Leah and Joel, born in 2004.

Kate Gosselin was born Katie Irene Kreider on March 28, 1975, in Hershey, Penn. The second of four children born to Kenton and Charlene Kreider, Kate Gosselin graduated from the Reading Hospital and Medical Center School of Nursing as a registered nurse.

Kate Gosselin met Jon Gosselin in 1997, and the couple married on June 12, 1999. In 2000, after Kate was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome, the couple turned to fertility treatments to have a child.

After the birth of twins Cara and Madelyn, the couple decided to have another child and again underwent fertility treatments. In 2003, Kate Gosselin learned she was pregnant with seven embryos and doctors suggested selective reduction. She refused and on May 10, 2004, Kate Gosselin gave birth to six children.

Kate Gosselin and her husband Jon made their first television appearance in 2004 on an NBC special called "Home Delivery." Other specials followed and in April 2007, "Jon and Kate Plus 8" began airing as a regular series on TLC.

"Jon and Kate Plus Eight" continued for eight seasons until 2009. At that time, Kate Gosselin and Jon Gosselin announced on the show that their marriage was over and that divorce proceedings had begun. After the couple separated, "Jon and Kate Plus 8" continued filming with a new focus on Kate Gosselin's life as a single mother to eight children. On September 29, 2009, production of the show was halted indefinitely after Jon Gosselin demanded that TLC cease and desist filming at the couple's Pennsylvania home.

In addition to the reality series and various other television appearances, Kate Gosselin is the author of three books, "Multiple Blessings," "Eight Little Faces," and "Love is in the Mix: Making Meals into Memories."

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