Meet Kimberly Guilfoyle, the former Fox News star, prosecutor, and model who’s dating Donald Trump Jr.

Kimberly Guilfoyle.

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Kimberly Guilfoyle.
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  • In the past year, Kimberly Guilfoyle, 50, has gone from a Fox News host to a regular fixture in first family appearances since she’s been dating Donald Trump Jr.
  • Before leading raucous rallies for the 2018 midterms and being considered for a White House role, Guilfoyle’s background includes serving as an assistant district attorney, legal correspondent, and first lady of San Francisco.
  • Here is an inside look at her rise from lawyer to TV star.
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Kimberly Guilfoyle, 50, made a national name for herself on Fox News. The former lawyer started appearing as a legal analyst in 2004, and was a full-time host on the network from 2006.

President Donald Trump is a fan, and considered her for the role as White House communications director. Before that, she was once first lady of San Francisco when her first husband was mayor.

Frequently appearing on the Manhattan scene over the last decade, Guilfoyle started dating Donald Trump Jr. amid his public divorce from his wife, Vanessa Trump.

Here is an inside look at the rise of Guilfoyle, from lawyer to Republican booster.


Guilfoyle was born in San Francisco on March 9, 1969. Her father had a career in construction, and raised Guilfoyle and her brother as a single dad after her mom died of leukemia when she was 11.

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Kimberly Guilfoyle at the “Lucky Shops” Benefit.
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Sources: Mediaite, SF Gate, IMDB


Guilfoyle graduated Magna Cum Laude from UC Davis and received her law degree from the University of San Francisco. She interned for the San Francisco district attorney, and modeled for Macy’s and Victoria’s Secret while she was in law school.

Sources: SF Gate, New York Daily News


After graduating law school, Guilfoyle worked as a prosecutor in San Francisco before spending four years in Los Angeles as a deputy district attorney. She then returned home to San Francisco where she served as assistant district attorney for four years.

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Guilfoyle attend the Cinema Society and Details Magazine hosted screening of “Gone Baby Gone” at the IFC Center on Oct. 16, 2007 in New York.
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Source: SF Gate


In 2004, Guilfoyle moved to New York City to pursue a career on television. She hosted the program “Both Sides” on Court TV and served as a legal analyst for CNN.

Source: Fox News


Guilfoyle married Gavin Newsom in 2001. Two years later, he was elected mayor of San Francisco, and she became the city’s first lady.

Source: SF Gate


But as their bi-coastal marriage became a strain and Guilfoyle focused on her television career, the couple filed for divorce in 2005. Newsom, a Democrat, served as lieutenant governor of California from 2011 until he was elected governor in 2018.

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Former US President Bill Clinton speaks at a campaign rally for then-San Francisco mayoral candidate Gavin Newsom with Kimberly Guilfoyle-Newsom by his side on December 8, 2003.
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In 2006, Guilfoyle married Eric Villency in Barbados and later gave birth to a son. Villency, a former model, is CEO of an interior design firm in New York who sometimes appears as a guest on TV news programs like the “Today Show.”

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Guilfoyle and husband Eric Villency attend the Cinema Society and Details Magazine hosted screening of “Gone Baby Gone” at the IFC Center on Oct. 16, 2007 in New York.
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Sources: SFist, New York Post, HuffPost


Three years later, the couple separated and eventually divorced.

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Kimberly Guilfoyle arrives for a dinner for business and civic leaders at the De Young Museum in San Francisco on November 7, 2005.
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Guilfoyle joined Fox News in 2006 as a host of the weekend show “The Lineup”.

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Kimberly Guilfoyle hosting “The Lineup” on Fox News in 2006
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Sources: Fox News, AdWeek


After the show was canceled, Guilfoyle remained with the network as a legal analyst and became a co-host of “The Five” in 2011.

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TV personality Alex Trebek (3rd R) and hosts of ‘The Five’ (L-R) Kimberly Guilfoyle, Bob Beckel, Eric Bolling, Dana Perino and Greg Gutfeld attend FOX News’ ‘The Five’ at FOX Studios on February 26, 2014 in New York City.
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Sources: Fox News, AdWeek


She served in the same position for several years. Guilfoyle has also appeared on “The O’Reilly Factor”, “Hannity”, and “Fox and Friends”. In 2017, she signed a long-term extension with Fox News.

Sources: Fox News, AdWeek


Guilfoyle put down permanent New York roots in 2014, when she bought a $3.4 million, 2-bedroom apartment on the Upper West Side. It was filled with taxidermied animals, but she’s since transformed the space. Jerry Seinfeld reportedly lives in the building, too.

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What the Central Park West apartment looked like before Kimberly Guilfoyle bought it.
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Sources: The Real Deal, City Realty, Zillow, Daily Mail, The Real Deal


In 2015, Guilfoyle wrote a semi-autobiographical book called “Making the Case: How to Be your Own Best Advocate” on her experience as a prosecutor and encouraging others to always stand up for themselves.

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Kimberly Guilfoyle attends the premiere of “Ides of March” at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011 in New York.
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Source: Forbes


When former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson accused former Fox News chief Roger Ailes of sexual harassment, Guilfoyle disputed the charges and came to her boss’s defense.

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Kimberly Guilfoyle attends the ‘Fury’ New York Premiere at DGA Theater on October 14, 2014 in New York City
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In December 2016, Trump was reportedly considering Guilfoyle to be his press secretary.

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Kimberly Guilfoyle on Fox News
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Source: Business Insider


In 2017, it was rumored that Guilfoyle was dating Anthony Scaramucci, the financier who served as Trump’s White House communications director for 10 days.

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John Corbett, Bo Derek, Kimberly Guilfoyle, and Anthony Scaramucci attend the Closing Night Gala at Cinecittà in Rome, Italy on September 10, 2017.
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Sources: New York Post, Business Insider


After Sean Spicer resigned in July, Guilfoyle said she was in conversations with Trump to succeed Spicer in the role. She was ultimately not selected for the job.

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In May, rumors swirled that Guilfoyle was dating Trump Jr., who is nine years her junior. Page Six reported that the TV personality and president’s first-born had been dating for weeks, and that they’d been spotted out together in New York.

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The president’s eldest son, Donald Trump, Jr., is rumored to be dating Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle.
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Source: Page Six


In June 2018, the couple made things Instagram official, both posting photos vacationing together in Montana and at a Poison concert.

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Donald Trump Jr. Kimberly Guilfoyle
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Sources: Business Insider


Guilfoyle left Fox News in July 2018.

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Guilfoyle sits on the panel of Fox News Channel’s ‘The Five’ as pundit Bob Beckel rejoins the show at FOX Studios.
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Source: Business Insider


She joined Trump Jr. on the campaign trail and picked up the vice chairwoman role at America First Policies, a pro-Trump nonprofit.

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Kimberly Guilfoyle and Donald Trump Jr. are seen at a Ted Cruz Rally at the Lone Star Convention Center on October 3, 2018 in Conroe, Texas.
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Guilfoyle made frequent rally appearances by Trump’s side in the months leading up to the November midterms.

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Kimberly Guilfoyle, Donald Trump Jr. and Mark McKinnon are seen at a Ted Cruz Rally at the Lone Star Convention Center on October 3, 2018 in Conroe, Texas.
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By Christmas, Guilfoyle was a regular fixture at Trump family appearances, even attending the 96th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony seats away from President Donald and first lady Melania Trump.

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Tiffany Trump, Donald Trump Jr. with his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle attend the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony near the White House on November 28, 2018.
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In February 2019, Guilfoyle attended New York Fashion Week and posed with the president’s ex-wife Marla Maples and her daughter Tiffany at the Taoray Wang show.

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Source: New York Post


When a trailer dropped for “Bombshell,” a movie dramatizing the fall of Roger Ailes and the shake-up of Fox News, Guilfoyle was featured via a look-alike played by Bree Condon.

Source: Business Insider


Guilfoyle weighed in on House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into the president with a joint Halloween costume depicting a “witch hunt.”

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Guilfoyle and Trump Jr. were back in the public eye doing press around the November 5 publishing date of his book, “Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us.”

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Sources: Business Insider, Amazon


The couple struck controversy when they joined ABC’s “The View,” where they clashed with host Meghan McCain before taking to Twitter to slam the media as a whole.

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Whoopi Goldberg speaks during a taping of “The View” on Thursday with guests Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle (third and fourth from the right).
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Another appearance went haywire when the crowd at the University of California at Los Angeles heckled Trump and Guilfoyle for refusing to take questions before they left the stage.

Source: The Guardian


As the impeachment inquiry and the race for the 2020 Election ramp up, Guilfoyle is sure to remain at the front of the Trumps’ fiery family image.