Gena O’Kelley is an ex-model, television show actress and businesswoman; who shelved her modeling career in order to start and raise a family with all her time and attention.
She became more popular when she married actor, Chuck Norris. Gena’s devotion and dedication to her family would later come back to be a blessing to her as her family equally stuck with her and devoted all their attention on her when she was going through her health challenges.
Gena O’Kelley’s Biography & Age
Gena O’Kelley was born in California, in the United States of America on August 10, 1963. She is a very beautiful woman, with a very incredible physique and it was no surprise that she chose to become a professional model. However, she is not one to flaunt or reveal her personal and professional life to the public, so, there is little or no information with regards to her work as a model. Many of her critics have stated that she had a very modest modeling life, but that should not be a true measure of her life and what she has achieved as an individual and professional.
She was born into a middle-class family; with the O’ Kelley household being a party of 6. Her father was Alan Gordon O’ Kelley and her mother is Anette O’ Kelley; she has 3 siblings – a brother, Eric and two sisters, Maureen and Elizabeth. Gena’s father, Alan O’ Kelley, sadly died in 2008.
Gena O’Kelley has never disclosed any information about her early life or what growing up in the O’ Kelleys’ household was like. She has also never shared any information about her educational history with the public at all. Details of the high school and college she attended, degrees obtained and other such related information, are not in the public domain.
Family Of Chuck Norris Wife: Married Life And Kids
Gena O’Kelley was once married to her first husband named Gordon Hinschberger. Their relationship then produced two children – a boy named Tim, and a daughter called Kelly. The exact details of their marriage – actual date, duration and reason for their separation has never been disclosed by Gena.
Sometime in 1997, She had gone to a restaurant in Dallas and was somehow involved in an on-stage appearance, when she was noticed by Chuck Norris – the popular action movie star, who coincidentally was on a date in the same restaurant Gena was in, with another woman. The information available revealed that Chuck immediately took a liking to Gena and he asked his manager to get her number. Shortly after that chance meeting, Chuck and Gena began seeing each other, which then turned into a relationship and finally culminated in marriage just a year after they met. They got married on November 28, 1998, and have remained inseparable for more than 20 years now.
Her marriage to Chuck Norris is blessed with children (twins) – a son, Dakota Norris, and a daughter named Danilee Norris, who was born on August 30, 2001.
In all, Gena O’Kelley has 4 biological children of her own, and she is also the stepmother of her husband’s three older children – all of who are actually older than her.
Gena O’Kelley’s husband, Chuck Norris, is an American actor, screenwriter, movie producer, and a martial artist. Norris was actually named Carlos Ray Norris at birth and he is a United States Air Force veteran who rose through the ranks to become an Airman First class. When he left the Air force, he took up martial arts and was so good at it that he actually participated in and won several competitions; he has also displayed his mastery of martial arts in most of the movies that he has featured in. He has his own school, Chuk Kuk Do, where martial arts skills are taught. He possesses a black belt in Judo, Tang Soo Do and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
He got married to his first wife, Dianne Holecheck in 1958, and they had 3 children – Mike (b, 1962), Eric (b. 1964) and a daughter, Dina (b. 1963) – who was born out of wedlock. Norris and Dianne divorced each other in 1989. Norris has 5 children from his two marriages and he reportedly has more than 11 grandchildren.
The future of the Norris family seems well secured as they have a net worth of about $70 million.