Who is Gina Kimmel?
Although she’s famous for being the ex-wife of popular talk show host, Jimmy Kimmel, Gina is a force to be reckoned with on her own. From her movie appearances to owning and running her fashion line, there is more to her than mere celebrity status.
Her Birthplace and background
She was born Gina Maddy under the Sagittarius star sign on 13 December 1964, in Illinois, USA; she is an American and Caucasian. Aside from being raised in Illinois, Gina hasn’t revealed any information about her parents, or if she has any siblings.
She is said to have attended high school in her birth state, and thereafter in 1983 enrolled at Northern Illinois University, before making the switch to Arizona State University to study Journalism.
It was during this period that she met and became friends with Jimmy Kimmel, her now ex-husband.
Her professional life
Though her degree was in communications, Gina started as an actor. Her debut was in “The Man Show”, after which she featured in the movies “Party Like the Queen of France”, “Party Like the Rich and Famous”, and “The Man Show”. After her brief acting career, Gina switched to designing costumes. With the fame she had gathered as an actor along with the connections she made in the movie industry, she was able to turn her trade into a successful business.
While in Chicago, she discovered that it was quite difficult to find night clothing, and so the idea of her clothing line was conceived.
Up to $16,000 was provided for Gina to launch her clothing line in Chicago, by an institution in Brooklyn named Kickstarter, and which she named Maddy James Vintage Inspired Loungewear, after her father, James Maddy. Her business designs nightwear and undergarments fashioned after the vintage era between the 1920s – ‘60s.
Her marriage, divorce and children
While at University, Gina and Jimmy began dating in 1988 after being friends for a while, and married before the end of the year. James Christian ‘Jimmy’ Kimmel was born on 13 November 1967, in New York City, USA. He is an American with ancestry that can be traced to Italy and Germany. Jimmy and his two brothers were raised in a Catholic home, and later moved to Nevada, but little is known about their parents’ identity except that his mother is of Italian descent.
He attended Ed W. Clark High School, and after matriculation, enrolled into the University of Nevada then moved to Arizona State University. He never graduated, but was awarded an honorary degree in 2013 from the first University he attended.
Growing up, young Jimmy loved to watch the famous talk show host ‘David Letterman’, and decided to follow in his ways. He began working with radio stations, and continued with his University’s station KUNV in Las Vegas. His first professional job was in 1989, when he co-hosted at the KZOK-FM station in Washington, but was fired from the show and also his next job at WRBQ-FM in Florida.
He persisted, and finally landed a job in Los Angeles where he worked for five years before moving to television.
He worked on several shows such as “Win Ben Stein’s Money”, “The Man Show”, “The Andy Milonakis Show” among others, then launched his own show entitled “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in 2003 which has since become one of the biggest talk shows in the US.
Gina and Jimmy married in a low-key wedding with friends and family in attendance; Gina was 22 at the time and had just graduated from college. She once stated that she chose to follow in her mother’s footsteps, who married quite young at just 19 years. Their marriage lasted till 2002 before the couple decided to call it quits. They have two children together, a daughter Katherine fondly called “Katie” who was born in 1991, and their son Kevin, birthed two years later. Jimmy is still very present in his children’s lives. and encourages them in their various career pursuits.
They co-parent even though they are said to still not be on friendly terms. After the divorce, Gina moved to Chicago to study fashion design at ‘Harper College’.
Katie has also followed in her parent’s artistic ways and is an artist, while Kevin was a contestant in 2000 on the reality TV Shows “Big Brother” and “Survivor”. He has also featured on shows such as “The Man Show”, and has been his father’s plus one to celebrity events on multiple occasions.
There were rumours about their divorce being linked to the talk show host’s former girlfriend Sarah Silverman; the pair eventually started dating but later settled to be acquaintances. In 2013 he re-married to Molly McNearny, a writer on his show, and their union has produced two children. Gina has also moved on, and is rumoured to be in a relationship with a man named Chris Jones.
She retained her ex-husband’s famous surname Kimmel, and has custody of their children.
Gina’s hobbies and favourites
The designer has been very focused on her work, revealing little detail about what she does in her free time. Her social media activities may indicate that Gina likes to travel, whether for work or pleasure.
Awards and recognition
No awards or recognition have been linked to her, but with her work ethics and hard-working nature, it may not be too long before she is rewarded. Her ex-husband has received several awards for his contribution to television including two Emmy Awards.
Scandals and Controversies
Although Gina has not been directly involved in any scandal, her ex-husband Jimmy has been quite a regular face on tabloids.
The talk show host was involved in some controversy around his divorce, as the comedian’s relationship with his colleague, Sarah Silverman, began at around the period of his divorce, leading many to speculate about the possibility of the two dating each other even when the actor was still married to Gina. Jimmy and Sarah had worked on several projects together, and according to details from ‘FOX News’ as much as the two tried to keep their affair low-key, it was known throughout Hollywood with Sarah even referring to the actor as her boyfriend on several occasions.
In 2004, Jimmy made some sensitive remarks on air, after featuring in the half-time show during the NBA finals – he stated that the players were going to “burn the city” if they defeated the Lakers. This didn’t go well with the officials, and the show which was slated for that night was withdrawn from the ABC network.
Also, in 2003 Jimmy used his Twitter account to confront a fashion line of plagiarizing his daughter’s work, which they denied, stating that they respected other artist’s works.
Her physical characteristics
The beautiful costume designer is said to be 5ft 8ins( 1.73m) tall, but her weight has remained undisclosed. She has lovely brown hair and blue eyes.
Gina’s net worth
As of early 2021, she is said to have a net worth estimated at $500,000, acquired through her successful work as a costume designer, and from her lingerie business. Her comedian ex-husband is said to have a net worth of over $35 million, which he’s amassed through his robust career in show business.
Where to find her
Gina was not active on social media until she gained popularity as Jimmy’s ex-wife, and also became a costume designer. She has since opened an account on her Instagram page @ginathetomato, on which she posts photos of her projects and her alleged boyfriend.