NBA Wives and Girlfriends (WAGS)

11/04/14

Kenny Smith's Wife Gwendolyn Osborne Smith

 

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Kenny Smith's wife Gwendolyn Osborne Smith knows what Price Is Right. She's a model on the the show The Price is Right, and she has got the great smile to show off the various prizes that contestant try to win. New cars, dining sets, chairs, tables, televisions. She makes them look better and makes the contestants look worse.

Kenny married his lovely wife Gwendolyn back in 2006, and since then they've had a son named Molloy and a daughter named London. They've also got some kids from other marriages, which makes their family a bit of a madhouse sometimes, according to TBS. The channel will be airing an unscripted show (reality show) called The Smiths next year, and have ordered 6 episodes to be filmed. The show will basically be The Osbornes only starring Kenny, Gwen, and their kids. Here's what TBS has to say about their kids: "The older kids - Kayla, Monique and KJ - are excelling and have careers in music, sports and entertainment, and little Malloy and London prove daily that they are hot on the heels of their siblings." Okay, well I'm a bit skeptical about the whole thing because-- why would Kenny want to allow a television crew into his home? But I guess TBS made him a sweet deal, even though he's reportedly worth a cool $15 million according to therichest.com.

Kenny's wife Gwendolyn has also been in a few movies. Apparently she was in Any Given Sunday, Snow Dogs, and Jack and Jill. She's also been on the shows Charmed, Huff, and Ocean Ave. I guess she recorded an album as well. She was born in Bath, UK, so she's still got a slight British accent. I watched a video of her explain a little about her job on The Price Is Right and how they organize each segment and stuff. She's got a great personality and I hope her new show with Kenny goes over well.

11/03/14

Ernie Johnson's Wife Cheryl Johnson

 

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Ernie Johnson's wife Cheryl Johnson is a saint, and Ernie himself is a great guy. Back in 1991, Cheryl told Ernie she needed to go to Romania to try and help out with their exploding orphan child population. She had it in her mind that she would try and find a very young child (under a year) without any permanent handicaps. Instead, she found a three year-old boy with a host of just about the worst handicaps you can imagine, and she felt pity and worry over his future. She told Ernie about him over the phone, and Ernie told her to "bring him home." Ernie and Cheryl Johnson are heroes.

Their son Michael is now 26. He suffers from severe muscular dystrophy, which is a hellish disease that causes one's muscles to atrophy and dissolve away. That means every muscle-- like the muscles you use to play guitar, the muscles you use to speak, the muscles you use to breathe. Think about that the next time you want to feel sorry for yourself. He uses a wheelchair and permanent ventilator with a tracheostomy tube, but he's received all kinds of treatments and care that he certainly would not have had in Romania. Since there is no cure for muscular dystrophy, his disease gets worse every year. Ernie says of his son that "every day is a blessing." Michael is just one of four adopted children of Ernie and his wife Cheryl. The couple also have two biological children, one them, Maggie, was inspired by her parents to become a special education teacher.

Ernie says of adoption: "Every child has the right to a home. Any time I can, I speak to the benefit of adoptions for both parents and children, I never hesitate. At the same time it wouldn't be an honest portrayal if people thought I was preaching something that was all blue skies." Cheryl met Ernie when she was the drive-in teller at a bank back in 1979. Ernie was a news anchor for a station in Macon, Georgia. He somehow managed to start dating the bank teller. That's pretty impressive. I mean, I guess you just sit in the car and talk to her during the banking exchange or whatever. Anyway, Cheryl and Ernie are awesome.

11/02/14

Charles Barkley's Wife Maureen Blumhardt Barkley

 

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Charles Barkley is the man. He speaks his mind, and he's not afraid to talk about things that many shy away from. Charles Barkley's wife Maureen Blumhardt has been married to him for 25 years, and their daughter was also born the same year they were married. At the time, Barkley was playing for Philadelphia, and apparently the marriage was unpopular in some areas of Philly because it was a mixed-race marriage. Maureen and Charles never had a moment's doubt about that though.

At the time of Charles and wife Maureen's marriage, Barkley mused to the Philly Inquirer about how marriage changes a guy's life. He explained how he would hang out with friends and play golf more often when he was single, but after he got married he had to vacuum and do household chores. He said he was scared of marriage since he'd never seen a successful one, but obviously he's pretty good at it, looking back. Interestingly, his agent at the time stole a lot of money from him and was fired, then the guy filed for bankruptcy. Better let Maureen handle the finances, Chuck.

Maureen is a funny woman. When she had their daughter, she had a different memory of Charles' emotional state than he did. A reporter asked him if he was nervous, and when he said not at all, she asked him what he was talking about and said, "Charles was white if that's any indication." Their fear of a media circus led them to a very private wedding in front of a judge. I'm not sure if that's even considered a wedding, but I like that they didn't do the whole song and dance-- it seems way overrated in America. According to Maureen, Charles is actually a neat freak. She was quoted by the Inquirer: "Last week, Charles got up in the middle of the night and started vacuuming. I told him he was going a little overboard." I would never have pegged Barkley as a neat freak.