How Christine Baumgartner Met Her Husband Kevin Costner

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Kevin Costner became a well-known sex symbol when he landed on the Hollywood scene in his breakout movie, “The Untouchables,” in 1987, but his career exploded with his starring role in the 1990 blockbuster “Dances with Wolves.”

Whitney Houston as Rachel 'Rach' Marron and Kevin Costner as Frank Farmer in The BodyguardWhitney Houston as Rachel ‘Rach’ Marron and Kevin Costner as Frank Farmer in The Bodyguard, a 1992 American romantic thriller film directed by Mick Jackson

In addition to seven Academy Awards at the 63rd Academy Awards, the epic Western film won him plenty of attention from his fans, especially the female ones.

It was followed by films such as JFK (1991), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), The Bodyguard (1992), and A Perfect World (1993).

Early Love Interest

Costner was a one-woman man before his career brought him to fame and great fortune. Costner dated and later married his college sweetheart, Cindy Silva, whom he met while attending the California State University at Fullerton.

On their first real date, he took her to see Funny Girl, a 1968 American biographical musical comedy-drama film, and then home to meet his parents, Sharon Rae (Tedrick), a welfare worker, and his father, William Costner, an electrician.

“I was just really proud that this girl would go out with me,” he later stated. “I wanted to show my parents.”

Kevin Costner's 1973 yearbook photo from Villa Park High SchoolKevin Costner’s 1973 yearbook photo from Villa Park High School

“[Cindy] has a presence,” Costner told People magazine in 1989. “She was beautiful, she was sweet, she was smarter than me…she represented everything about women that I like.”

The two married in 1978 after a long courtship and were very happy together for nearly 16 years. Their marriage produced three children, Annie, Lily, and Joe as the couple was also focusing on their acting careers.

Kevin Costner with his children Annie, Lily, and Joe at the premiere of Message in a BottleKevin Costner with his children Annie, Lily, and Joe at the premiere of Message in a Bottle in Los Angeles on February 12, 1999

While working together on the set of “Dances with Wolves,” in 1990, rumors of his infidelity were running wild, and then those rumors intensified while the actor was filming “Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves,” later that same year.

Kevin Costner's split from Cindy Silva is one of the most expensive celebrity divorces of all timeKevin Costner’s split from Cindy Silva is one of the most expensive celebrity divorces of all time

Despite repeated attempts to save their long-term marriage, the two parted ways with a mostly amicable divorce in 1994 after agreeing on all matters of finance and custody. Silva received a reported $80 million from the divorce settlement.

Single Life

Costner quickly embraced the single life post-divorce and began dating with a vengeance. He has been linked to such stars as Halle Berry, when she was just getting started in acting, Michelle Pfeiffer and the lesser-known Bobbie Jean Brown, a beauty pageant contestant and the video star of “Cherry Pie,” the salacious song by the rock band “Warrant.”

Brown wrote a book and included the sordid details of their alleged affair with Costner, entitled “Dirty Rocker Boys: Love and Lust on the Sunset Strip,” that you can buy on Amazon.

Costner was also believed to have been with multiple celebrities such as Elle MacPherson, a famous model, Joan Lunden of ABC fame, and Mira Sorvino, best known for her role in the movie “Mighty Aphrodite.”

His dating resume was quite long and quite distinguished and he is said to have dated many notable women (mostly models) during his single days – such as Naomi Campbell, Angie Everhart, Cheryl Tiegs, and even a brief encounter with Courtney Cox from Friends.

Does Kevin Costner have a love child?

Costner did have one rendezvous that ended up producing his fourth child, Liam Timothy Costner. He was dating Bridget Rooney, the daughter of the owner of the famous Pittsburgh Steelers football team when she became pregnant.

Costner is said to have only acknowledged his son after a paternity test, requested by Bridget, confirmed he was the father. It is reported that Costner set up a trust fund for Liam but was not directly involved in his life.

Settling in With His New Love

After sowing his wild oats for a few years and once again getting a taste of bachelorhood, Costner was reportedly ready to settle back down and resume a quiet life focusing on once again on just one woman.

He had been crossing paths here and there for over 10 years with Christine Baumgartner, a model and handbag designer 20 years his junior, when they decided to exchange numbers after reuniting one night at a Hollywood restaurant.

Kevin Costner and wife Christine Baumgartner at his hand and footprint ceremony honoring himKevin Costner and wife Christine Baumgartner at his hand and footprint ceremony honoring him at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on September 6, 2006

The pair began dating exclusively until Baumgartner indicated that she was ready to take their relationship to the next step-marriage and children, but mostly children as she was ready to start a family with Costner.

That yearning by Baumgartner eventually led to a temporary break-up in 2002, over Costner’s unwillingness to have more children.

Baumgartner was in love with Costner but was not willing to give up her dream of having kids, so she moved on. However, Costner was still the man she wanted to make a life. She was willing to wait for him to come around to the idea of adding more children to his brood.

Lily Costner, Annie Costner, Kevin Costner, and his wife Christine BaumgartnerLily Costner, Annie Costner, Kevin Costner, and his wife Christine Baumgartner the Los Angeles premiere of Mr. Brooks at the Grauman’s Chinese Theater on May 22, 2007

Her persistence paid off because Costner eventually realized that he was throwing away his second chance at true love if he continued to deny Christine her desire to start a family with him. He came around to what he knew was true love and the two got engaged in 2003.

Costner and Baumgartner were wed in a lavish ceremony at his ranch in Aspen Colorado with over 300 guests there to witness their vows.
After marrying, their nest remained empty for 4 years until the birth of their son Cayden four years later.

Christine and Kevin would go one to add two more children to their family. Another son, Hayes Logan Costner, was born in 2009, followed by a daughter named Grace Avery Costner in 2010.

Grace Avery Costner, Kevin Costner, Cayden Wyatt Costner, Christine Baumgartner, and Hayes Logan Costner arrive at the Premiere Of 20th Century Fox’s “The Art Of Racing In The Rain” at El Capitan Theatre on August 01, 2019, in Los Angeles, California

The pair remains happily married and Costner is dedicated to being the best father and husband possible, embracing marriage and loving his life as a “one-woman man,” once again.

Costner remains popular today starring in movies such as “Hidden Figures,” and “Waterworld.” Costner continues to entertain us weekly as the character “John Dutton,” on the hit TV series, “Yellowstone.”

Costner will no doubt remain relevant in film and on TV for many years to come but we can bet that we won’t be seeing him back on the dating circuit anytime soon.

Does Kevin Costner have a brother?

He is the youngest of three boys. His middle brother, Mark Douglas Costner, died at birth in 1953. Kevin’s oldest brother, Daniel Craig Costner, is a scientist.

The two brothers have promoted a new technology that promises to separate oil from water as part of the effort to clean up oil spills in the ocean.

Kevin Costner and his brother Daniel Craig Costner at the launch of their oil spill cleaning ventureKevin Costner and his brother Daniel Craig Costner at the launch of their oil spill cleaning venture in Santa Barbara on April 21, 2011

How much is Kevin Costner’s net worth?

He has an estimated net worth of $250 million.

According to CinemaBlend, he gets paid $500,000 per episode of Paramount Network’s Yellowstone, which renewed for a fourth season in February 2020. It makes him one of the highest-paid television actors in the world.

Is Yellowstone filmed on Kevin Costner’s ranch?

No, his ranch is in Aspen, Colorado. Yellowstone was filmed at the Chief Joseph Ranch in Darby, Montana, and at three soundstages at Utah Film Studio.

Was Kevin Costner in Batman?

Yes, he portrayed Jonathan Kent in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, a 2016 American superhero film. Kevin Costner played the same role in the film’s prequel, Man of Steel, a 2013 superhero film based on the DC Comics character Superman.

Kevin Costner portrayed Jonathan Kent in Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeKevin Costner portrayed Jonathan Kent in Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Credit: Nicky Nelson / WENN / Marcus Hoffman / David Buchan / Jody Cortes / Starbux

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