Who is Christine Baumgartner?
Christine Baumgartner was born on 4 March 1974, in California, USA. She is a businesswoman, handbag designer, and former model, but probably best known for being the wife of award-winning actor Kevin Costner. Her husband has been in critically acclaimed projects such as ‘Molly’s Game”, “Dances with Wolves”, and “Field of Dreams”.
The Net Worth of Christine Baumgartner
Christine Baumgartner’s specific net worth remains undisclosed, but is over $1 million, as she earns significant income through her business. She probably benefits from the wealth of her husband as well, with Costner having a net worth estimated to be over $250 million.
Kevin Costner and his wife Christine Baumgartner at the Draft Day Premiere
Early Life, Education, and Career
Christine grew up in California, and at a young age was inclined to pursue both business and modeling. After matriculating from high school, she enrolled at California State University, taking up a course in business. The university is the largest public university system in the US and has been operational since 1960. It is the top producer of bachelor’s degree graduates in the US, responsible for over 150,000 jobs in the state. Many of their graduates would move on to advanced studies such as Ph.D.; most of their staff are tenured.
After completing her degree she became a model, and though she had a bit of success, she struggled somewhat during her late 20s. She realized that she needed to take another career path out of necessity, and began venturing towards fashion design. She realized that handbags in the market weren’t functional enough for her, so she started creating designs that incorporated handbags which could be made into laptop carriers. This impressed Costner, who helped her gain business connections through a friend named Tamara Muro.
The two started a business called Cat Bag Couture (CBC), and her husband’s fame helped bring more attention to the brand. Soon they were supported by celebrities, and she made guest appearances on television as a result.
Husband – Kevin Costner
Kevin also spent most of his youth in California, and unlike most actors, he only discovered acting during his final year in college. He took his acting classes in secret, before he received the support of actor Richard Burton. He worked as a marketer in the meantime, while looking for any opportunities via auditions. In 1981, he made his acting debut in “Sizzle Beach, USA” which led to more projects.
He made his breakthrough in the 1987 film “The Untouchables”, in which he portrayed the real life character Eliot Ness. This led to a string of popular films, including “No Way Out” and “Bull Durham”. In 1990, he received critical acclaim for his performance in “Dances with Wolves”, which is an adaptation of the book of the same name, which follows the story of a military man traveling the American frontier. It was the highest-grossing film of 1990, and he won two Academy Awards in the process.
I came up with Dances by dreaming this image. But in the dream I was prez of Pie Town & had feathers instead of pubes pic.twitter.com/LRQkk5iL1B
— Kevin Costner (@IamKevinCostner) May 27, 2015
Kevin Costner – Recent Career
After working on films such as “The Bodyguard” and “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves”, Costner produced the film “Waterworld”, in which he also starred. The film was considered one of the most expensive of its time, but proved unsuccessful, as it made little at the box office, a far cry from expectations. Trying to recover from this disappointment, he worked on another film entitled “The Postman”, but that didn’t do well at the box office either.
He continued making films in the meantime, most of which did not attract the same attention as his earlier projects. Some of his work during this period included “For Love of the Game”, “3000 Miles to Graceland”, and “3 Days to Kill”. In recent years, he found his stride once more, gaining attention for supporting roles. Some of his most popular projects during this period include “Molly’s Game”, a biographical film which follows the story of Molly Bloom, who ran a poker empire which hosted the most prominent celebrities.
He also did work on television, gaining acclaim for his performance in “Hatfield & McCoys” for which he won a Primetime Emmy Award. Some of his recent projects include the show “Yellowstone”, and the film “The Art of Racing in the Rain”.
Baumgartner met Costner on a golf course during the 1980s. At the time, he was still married to his first wife Cindy Silva, which lasted for 16 years and three children. Following his divorce, he started dating other high profile women, including Birgit Cunningham and Elle Macpherson. He also had a child during his relationship with Bridget Rooney.
In the late 1990s, Baumgartner encountered the actor once more in a restaurant, and the two began dating shortly afterwards. After a few years of their relationship, they had a falling out due to Kevin’s hesitation towards having any more children. The two eventually reconciled, and became engaged in 2003, leading to marriage the following year, held at his ranch located outside Aspen, Colorado. The wedding had a vintage theme with close friends and family in attendance, including several actors.
They now have three children together, and manage to do well, despite Costner’s continued concern about being able to live through his younger children’s growing-up. He has admitted that he is closer to his daughters.
The couple continue to treat each other out, though prefer not to do so during dates of big occasions such as Valentine’s Day, to avoid the crowd during those periods.