Who is Maureen Blumhardt?
Maureen Blumhardt is an American humanitarian and a former model. She is the wife of retired basketball player Charles Barkley, who was one of the 'National Basketball Association's (NBA’s) most dominant power forwards. Maureen was once featured as a model in an advertisement for a body-vibration machine. She has also worked as a legal aide. Later in her life, she turned her focus to philanthropic services. Maureen is now a member of a non-profit organization that works to promote women empowerment. She has been married to Charles for about 30 years now and is a mother of a daughter. In their dating days, they had faced criticism because of their racial differences. Charles, who was a notorious gambler in the past, often displays his gratefulness toward Maureen for transforming his life.
Birth & Education
Maureen Blumhardt was born in 1960 in Scottsdale, Arizona, US. The exact date of her birth is not known. However, some sources claim that she celebrates her birthday on January 15. Maureen has spent most of her childhood days in Arizona.
Maureen graduated from 'Villanova University' and then attended the 'Columbia Journalism School.'
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Maureen’s career primarily consists of charitable work, especially for women. For a long time, she has been associated with a non-profit organization in Phoenix named 'Fresh Start Women’s Foundation.' As an honorary member of the organization, Maureen has made several remarkable contributions to empower women. She has helped the organization by gathering and providing all the necessary help and resources required to change and improve women's lives. Maureen’s services to the organization have uplifted the lives of many underprivileged women through education, training, and engagement.
Maureen has previously worked as a legal aide and as a part-time model. She once appeared in an advertisement of a body-vibration machine called the 'Noblerex K-1.'
Maureen is married to Charles Barkley, an American retired professional basketball player. Also known as "Chuck," "Sir Charles," and "The Round Mound of Rebound," Maureen’s husband presently works as an analyst for the 'TNT' show 'Inside the NBA.' However, Charles has been known for his compulsive gambling habits, due to which he has lost millions of dollars in the past.
Maureen and Charles met for the first time at a City Avenue restaurant. Back then, Maureen was working as a part-time model in Bucks County. Their first meeting was quite awkward. They were not confident enough to talk to each other due to their racial differences. A DNA test conducted later and presented on the TV show 'Lopez Tonight' revealed that Charles had mixed ethnicity, consisting of 14% Native American, 11% European, and 75% African origins. Nonetheless, the two eventually got to know each other and fell in love.
Unfortunately, their relationship faced a lot of criticism. Their marriage created a public controversy in the late 1980s. Even Charles’s father once expressed his apprehension about his son’s relationship. However, he supported Charles’s decision completely. Due to all the criticism they faced because of their racial differences, Maureen and Charles decided to have a court marriage without any involvement of the media. They got married in 1989, in front of a judge. They even hid their marriage from the press for a long time. Their daughter, Christiana, was born in the same year. Some rumors suggest that Maureen and Charles have a son, too.
Charles has always acknowledged Maureen’s role in bringing positive changes in his life. He admits that he did not believe in the institution of marriage earlier, but now that he is married to Maureen for over 3 decades, he feels grateful to God.