Kardashian matriarch got start as flight attendant

By Nicole Evatt

Associated Press

Published: Friday, April 1 2011 9:20 a.m. MDT

FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2010 file photo, Kris Jenner, left, and her daughter Kimberly Kardashian arrive at the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards, in Los Angeles.

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NEW YORK — The matriarch of the Kardashian clan got her start as a flight attendant.

That's just one of the lesser-known tidbits reality television show mom Kris Jenner shared about her work and financial background in an interview with the Associated Press.

The family depicted on "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" enjoys a Hollywood lifestyle that's foreign to most. But it turns out Jenner's outlook on work and saving isn't so unusual.

Jenner, 55, was married to famed O.J. Simpson attorney Robert Kardashian, who is also the father of her celebrity daughters Kourtney, Kim and Khloe and son Robert. After their divorce in 1990, she married Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner, with whom she has two more daughters.

Members of the chaotic mixed family seem to be everywhere now, including on E! Entertainment Television spinoffs "Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami" and "Kourtney and Kim Take New York."

Here are some other insights from Jenner:

TIME TO MAKE THE DONUTS: Jenner's first job as a teen was at a donut shop. She would get to the shop at 5:30 a.m. before catching the bus to school, then squeeze in a few more hours after classes let out.

"I had to clean the donut makers and scrape the glaze off the floor."

It sounds unpleasant, but she reveled in it. "I loved the satisfaction of having a job and earning my own money at a very young age."

TAKING FLIGHT: Later on, Jenner worked as a flight attendant for American Airlines. The job helped develop traits that would carry her far: people skills and responsibility.

"You know you cannot be late if there's a plane taking off. You have to be on that plane at a certain time."

It was such a transformative experience that she'd recommend it to any young adult starting out.

PASSING THE TORCH: The three Kardashian daughters had to wear uniforms at the private Catholic school they attended.

"If they wanted fancy shoes or beautiful bags, they bought that themselves. I always taught my girls, if you want something, you have to work for it." Mostly, that meant jobs in retail starting in their early teens.

FINANCIAL QUIRKS: Oldest daughter Kourtney is the most frugal of the clan, according to mom. Perhaps to a fault. Jenner says Kourtney has been known to drive great distances to save a few bucks, even if it means burning the savings in gas.

"She scrimps on everything. Everything!"

COUPONS: Send her a coupon in the mail, and Jenner will use it with glee. Her favorites are the 20 percent off coupons sent by Bed, Bath & Beyond and the free drink vouchers from Starbucks.

When told the coffee chain occasionally gives free pastry samples as well, Jenner responded: "Free treats? Nobody told me about the free treats. I'm running over there now."

ADVICE FOR JOB SEEKERS: "Find something that you love to do in life, and figure out a way to get paid for it." Easier said than done when you're not a Kardashian, but sound advice nevertheless.

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