Bristol PalinPolitical Relative
Born: 18 October 1990
Birthplace: Wasilla, Alaska
Best known as: The oldest daughter of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin
Bristol Palin is the daughter of Sarah Palin
, the Alaska governor who was the Republican candidate for vice-president in 2008. Sarah Palin was announced as John McCain
's running mate on 29 August 2008. Three days later, Palin announced through a press release that her 17-year-old daughter Bristol was pregnant. The statement said, in part, "Bristol and the young man she will marry are going to realize very quickly the difficulties of raising a child, which is why they will have the love and support of our entire family." The father was soon identified as Levi Johnston
, a fellow high school student of Bristol Palin in Wasilla, Alaska. (Johnston then joined the Palin family onstage at the Republican National Convention in September.) Their child, a son named Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston, was born on 28 December 2008. Johnston confirmed in March of 2009 that he and Bristol Palin had broken off their engagement and were no longer a couple. In July of 2010 the two youngsters announced that they were back together and were once again engaged to be married -- only to call it off again a month later. Bristol Palin is the second-oldest of five children in the Palin family: her older brother Track (b. 1989) joined the US Army in 2007, and her younger siblings are sisters Willow (b. 1994) and Piper (b. 2000) and brother Trig (b. 2008). In 2010 Bristol was a contestant on the TV show Dancing With the Stars
, finishing second overall to actress Jennifer Grey. In 2011, the BIO Channel announced that it would give her a reality show, in which she would move to Los Angeles and work at a charity.
Bristol Palin had surgery on her face in 2011; though it was widely presumed that she simply wanted to look better, she told US Magazine that the surgery “was necessary for medical reasons… so my jaw and teeth could properly realign”… Bristol Palin is named for Alaska’s Bristol Bay, her father Todd Palin told People magazine in a 2008 interview… The Palin family has not made Piper Palin’s date of birth public. However, a health history of Sarah Palin released by her doctor, Cathy Baldwin-Johnson, in 2008 stated that Palin had given birth in 1989, 1990, 1994, 2000 and 2008.
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