Jan Ashley's bio: The story of Robert Kardashian Sr.'s little-known ex-wife

Jan Ashley's bio: The story of Robert Kardashian Sr.'s little-known ex-wife

Jan Ashley is a former beauty pageant from the United States. She was widely recognised as Robert Kardashian Sr.'s ex-wife. In 2012, she gained widespread media attention when discussing her ex-husband's tumultuous relationship with his first wife, Kris Jenner.

Robert Kardashian at a court hearing in Los Angeles, USA (L) and at Beverly Hilton Hotel (R)
Robert Kardashian standing next to Simpson during the court hearing (L) and during the Brotherhood Crusade Gala Dinner (R). Photo: Pool, Ron Galella (modified by author)
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Jan Ashley was crowned Miss Tulsa in 1966. She came into the spotlight after marrying a famous attorney and businessman, Robert Kardashian Sr. However, the marriage did not last long—the union was annulled after a month. Jan was first married to the late John Ashley.

Profile summary

Full nameJanice Lynn Glass Ashley
Date of birth3 August 1948
Age67 years old (at the time of her death)
Zodiac signLeo
Place of birthAmarillo, Potter country, Texas, United States
Height in feet5'6"
Height in centimetres168
Weight in pounds121
Weight in kilograms55
Hair colourBlonde
Eye colourGrey
FatherJames Douglas
MotherMonnie M. Glass
Marital statusDivorced
Ex-husbandRobert Kardashian Sr.

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Jan Ashley's biography

The celebrity ex-wife was born in Amarillo, Potter County, Texas, United States and raised in Amarillo, Potter County, USA. She was born on 3 August 1948 and was the daughter of James Douglas and Monnie M Glass.

Jan died on 1 October 2015 at the age of 67. She passed on in Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma, USA. She was buried next to her first husband, John Ashley, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles County, California, USA.

When did Robert Kardashian and Jan Ashley meet?

The two met in early 1998 when Ashley was selling her house. She recalled, during an interview:

I was selling my house, and he came through it, and he saw my picture. He called one of my husband's actors to have introduced to me.

They dated for seven months before Robert proposed to her in Hawaii, USA. The two tied the knot on 25 November 1998, a wedding held in Vail, Colorado and later the same day, went for a honeymoon together with Robert's four children.

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Facts about Jan Ashley
Top-5 facts about Jan Ashley. Photo: @garythearies1/X(Twitter) (modified by author)
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Their marriage didn't last long, as the union was annulled after a month, and they finalised their divorce in 1999. They didn't disclose the reason for the divorce at the time. However, in 2014, Ashley revealed that the reason was the frequent turmoil between Robert's first wife, Kris Jenner, and her children. She stated:

Did the kids have anything to do with it? Of course they did! All I know is he was upset all the time. Not with me, but with his kids and his ex-wife. They were after him for money, money, money. I don't think he could handle them.

Robert Kardashian was not Jan's first husband. She was previously married to John Ashley, an American actor and film producer. John was popularly known for his work as a producer in films and TV shows such as The A-Team, Apocalypse Now, and Beyond Atlantis. Jan and John tied the knot in 1978 and lived together until his death on 3 October 1997.

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Robert was also married thrice, with Jan as his second wife. His first wife was Kristen Mary Jenner, an American media personality, entrepreneur and socialite. They were married from 1978 to 1991, and together, they share four children: Kourtney, Khloe, Robert Jr, and Kim Kardashian.

After Jan parted ways with him, he married his third wife, Judith Ellen Pierson. Robert and Ellen's marriage didn't last long as Robert succumbed to oesophagal cancer in September 2003, a few weeks after their marriage.

Who are Jan Ashley's children?

The celebrity ex-wife did not have kids out of the two marriages. During her divorce from Robert, the legal documents revealed that Ashley and Robert had agreed to have a kid together before getting married. Robert changed his mind after they married, as he had four biological children.

However, Jan refuted the claims by saying she had no intention of having a kid with him. She further said if she was to have a child, she could have had one with her first husband, John Ashley.

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What happened between Jan Ashley and Khloe Kardashian?

Robert Kardashian and Carl Douglas, defence attorneys in the case of OJ Simpson in Los Angeles
Robert Kardashian and Carl Douglas during the hearings in Los Angeles court. Photo: Ted Soqui
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In 2012, Jan Ashley and Ellen Kardashian said that Robert had told them that Khloe Kardashian was not his biological daughter. Jan stated:

He just kind of looked at me and said it like it was a matter of fact. He said, 'Well, you know that Khoe's not really a Kardashian, don't you? And I said....' OK', and that was it.

She added;

Khloe brought it up all the time. She looked nothing like the rest. She was tall, had a different shape, light hair, curly hair. Didn't look anything like the other three children.

Khloe replied to them by tweeting in a now-deleted tweet:

The audacity you have to mention my father's name like this! Should be ashamed of urself I let a lot of things slide but this one is really low....YOU ARE DISGUSTING! (yes, you know who YOU are)

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  1. Who is Jan Ashley? She was a former beauty pageant, widely known as Robert Kardashian Sr.'s second wife.
  2. Where was Jan Ashley born? She was born in Amarillo, Potter country, Texas, United States.
  3. When was Jan Ashley's birthday? She celebrated her birthday on 3 August.
  4. Is Jan Ashley alive or dead? She died on 1 October 2015.
  5. What was Jan Ashley's age at the time of her death? She was 67 years old.
  6. When did Robert Kardashian and Jan Ashley divorce? Their marriage was annulled on 25 December 1998.
  7. Did Jan Ashley have kids? Robert Kardashian Sr.'s ex-wife had no children.

Jan Ashley entered the limelight following her romantic relationship with Robert Kardashian Sr., an attorney and entrepreneur. Jan and Robert were only married for a month. She died on 1 October 2015 and was laid to rest beside her first husband, John Ashley.

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