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Girl Beneath The Crown: A Glimpse Into Former Miss America Gretchen Carlson's 23-Year Marriage

Date January 20, 2020 13:27

What kind of life does a beauty queen live decades after wearing the crown? For Gretchen Carlson, at least, she has settled into a pretty quiet family life since she emerged winner of the Miss America contest many years ago.

A befitting crown

In 1989, the world cheered as Gretchen Carlson, all decked out in a blue, floor-length, glittery dress was named as the winner of the Miss America pageant.

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The beauty, who represented Minnesota at the event, had a big smile on her face as she waved to the crowd and accepted the crown.

Right from the moment Gretchen stunned the world with her amazing violin performance during the talent show portion of the competition, people fell completely in love with her. She proved that she wasn't just an airheaded beauty but one with impressive talents as well.

Gretchen was very proud of the fact that her violin skills helped her win the pageant. She once revealed to CBN that she enjoyed performing and would practice for hours every day.

I would have never been Miss America, much less Miss Minnesota, were it not for my violin.

The crowning of the Gretchen as Miss America was a pretty big deal for many reasons. One of them was in consideration of some of the challenges she faced in the past.

The Minnesotan beauty opened up about what it felt like to be chubby as a child. She revealed that she didn't realize how big a deal that was until she was a 10th grade and a boy she liked wouldn't ask her out due to her size.

That was the time I went on a diet and lost 30 pounds.

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She has absolutely come a long way since then.

Gretchen Carlson's husband and children

Where's Gretchen Carlson now? If you're a fan of this beauty, you may have wondered about this every once in a while. But don't fret, we have an answer for you.

Since becoming a beauty queen, Gretchen has delved into the world of TV journalism. According to her bio, she worked as the co-host of the CBS's The Early Show and in 2005, she got a pretty sweet gig as one of the hosts of the morning show Fox & Friends.

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As for her personal life, Gretchen is happily married to sports agent Casey Close and they have two children. The TV personality and her beloved husband tied the knot in October 1997 making them a happily married couple for over 22 years.

Gretchen and Casey are parents to two children Kaia and Christian. While speaking to CelebrityBabyScoop, Gretchen revealed that her children are "very musical" which meant they took after her considering her own love for music and the violin.

She went on to add that Kaia was into piano and Christian was falling in love with the instrument as well.

Gretchen also gave an insight into her marriage, revealing that the respect she and Casey had for each other enabled her to successfully juggle a thriving career and motherhood. It also helped that they had some things in common, which made it possible for them to understand one another.

He and I have this common bond, in the sense that I spent so much of my time as a child practicing my music, and there was a lot of personal sacrifice practicing 4 or 5 hours a day. And he has that same understanding of a solitary goal, because he was a gifted baseball player and spent hours of his childhood honing that skill.

Other facts about Gretchen's husband

  • He's super successful as a sports agent: According to Forbes, Casey is worth up to $63 million. In 2019, he was number 6 on the ranking for wealthy sports agents.
  • They met on a blind date: In the interview with CelebrityBabyScoop, Gretchen revealed that she met Casey on a blind date and they felt a connection almost instantly.
  • He was a baseball player: He played for the New York Yankees, Albany-Colonie Yankees and more. He eventually made the tough decision to leave his baseball career behind.

What's Gretchen Carlson doing today?

The famous beauty still remains in the world of on-air broadcasting. She has also published a book titled Be Fierce: Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back and continues to spread messages of empowerment.

She expressed her excitement about being a part of the series of documentaries including; Beyond the Headlines: Escaping the NXIVM Cult with Gretchen Carlson and Beyond the Headlines: The College Admissions Scandal with Gretchen Carlson in 2019.

In addition to all of these, Gretchen also talked about having Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman play her in the miniseries The Loudest Voice. The series is based on Gretchen's experience of filing a harassment lawsuit against Fox News CEO Roger Ailes.

Even though the lawsuit meant she couldn't talk to the actress about the production, Gretchen considered it "an honor" for her to be represented by such a successful and influential star.

Gretchen Carlson has had very fascinating experiences. From being a pageant queen to exploring the world of TV broadcasting and while also keeping her passion for music alive, she has certainly achieved a lot.

In addition to all of this, she's doing a swell job at also being a wife and mother, basically making her a superwoman. She has made headlines for many reasons and it's nice to know that she's still out there, doing her thing.

What's your favorite thing about Gretchen Carlson?

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