Red Carpet Interview
Guest Presenter – 16th Annual LA Music Awards
Caitlyn Jenner (born William Bruce Jenner on October 28, 1949) is a 1976 Olympic decathlon men’s event champion and American television personality who came out in 2015 as a trans woman. She was previously known as Bruce Jenner.
A former college football player, Jenner came to international attention winning the gold medal in the men’s decathlon event at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. With the unofficial title of “world’s greatest athlete” for the Olympic decathlon win, Jenner became “an American hero” by winning an event back from Soviet Union athletes during the Cold War. Jenner was handed a small American flag during the victory lap, a tradition that has continued with athletes, and her image was enshrined on a Wheaties cereal box and commercial making her a household name. Endorsement and appearance opportunities flowed in, and Jenner’s “likeness became a nationwide brand” in advertising, movies and TV shows, including several made-for-TV movies. Jenner briefly replaced Erik Estrada on the TV series CHiPs.
Jenner was married for 23 years to Kris Jenner (formerly Kardashian); the couple and their children appeared beginning in 2007 on the television reality series Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Following their divorce in 2015, Jenner came out as a trans woman and, in June 2015, changed her name to Caitlyn and began to refer to herself with feminine pronouns. Many news sources describe her as the most famous openly transgender person in the world