Patricia Blagojevich

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Patricia Blagojevich
First Lady of Illinois
In office
January 13, 2003 – January 29, 2009
Preceded byLura Lynn Ryan
Succeeded bynone
Gov. Pat Quinn is divorced
Personal details
BornPatricia Mell
(1965-04-09) April 9, 1965 (age 48)
Chicago, Illinois
Political partyDemocratic Party
Spouse(s)Rod Blagojevich
Childrentwo daughters
 
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Patricia Blagojevich
First Lady of Illinois
In office
January 13, 2003 – January 29, 2009
Preceded byLura Lynn Ryan
Succeeded bynone
Gov. Pat Quinn is divorced
Personal details
BornPatricia Mell
(1965-04-09) April 9, 1965 (age 48)
Chicago, Illinois
Political partyDemocratic Party
Spouse(s)Rod Blagojevich
Childrentwo daughters

Patricia Mell "Patti" Blagojevich (born 9 April 1965 in Chicago, Illinois), née Mell, was the First Lady of Illinois from January 2003 to January 2009. Her husband is former Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, who was impeached and removed from office. She was a contestant on the NBC reality show I'm a Celebrity…Get Me out of Here in June 2009.[1] She placed 4th in the competition.

Personal life[edit]

Blagojevich was born Patricia Mell, the daughter of Chicago alderman, Richard Mell. She earned her bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.[1][2] Her sister, Deb Mell was elected to the Illinois State House of Representatives in 2008. She is friends with ex-professional basketball player John Salley.

First Lady[edit]

A former First Lady of Illinois, Blagojevich supported the illiteracy eradication initiatives and the Illinois Pediatric Vision Initiative.

In 2009 she was fired from a $100,000 a year fund raising job after controversy regarding alleged taped statements.[3] Blagojevich was also subpoenaed in February 2009 for documents related to her husband's political campaign and her work as a real estate agent.[1]

I'm a Celebrity...Get Me out of Here![edit]

In 2009, after her husband was removed as Governor of Illinois, Blagojevich appeared as a contestant on NBC reality show, I'm a Celebrity…Get Me out of Here.[1] She placed fourth on the show.

Trials[edit]

Blagojevich competed in 15 trials during the show, winning 4 of them.

Trial NumberDateName of TrialWithWin/LoseReward
130 May 2009Bug Eating Challenge
(Team Food Challenge)
Angela V. Shelton
Frances Callier
Heidi Pratt
John Salley
Lou Diamond Phillips
Sanjaya Malakar
Stephen Baldwin
Spencer Pratt
Torrie Wilson
LosePineapple and Chicken Dinner
21 June 2009Trauma Tank
(Live Team Immunity Challenge)
Angela V. Shelton
Frances Callier
Janice Dickinson
John Salley
Lou Diamond Phillips
Sanjaya Malakar
Stephen Baldwin
Torrie Wilson
LoseTeam Immunity
33 June 2009Rocky Horror Trial
(Team Food Challenge)
Angela V. Shelton
Frances Callier
John Salley
Lou Diamond Phillips
Sanjaya Malakar
Stephen Baldwin
Torrie Wilson
LosePork Dinner
44 June 2009On Your Knees
(Team Food Challenge)
Daniel Baldwin
John Salley
Torrie Wilson
LoseFruit and Mushroom Dinner
57 June 2009Jungle Joe's All You Can Eat Buffet
(Leadership Challenge)
Daniel Baldwin
John Salley
Janice Dickinson
Lou Diamond Phillips
Sanjaya Malakar
Stephen Baldwin
Torrie Wilson
LoseLeadership
68 June 2009Hang Tough
(Live Immunity Challenge)
Daniel Baldwin
John Salley
Lou Diamond Phillips
Sanjaya Malakar
Stephen Baldwin
Torrie Wilson
LoseIndividual Immunity
79 June 2009Lumberjack Stars
(Luxury Challenge)
John Salley
Stephen Baldwin
Torrie Wilson
WinFitness Equipment, Granola Bars, and Smoothies
815 June 2009Walk the Plank
(Luxury Challenge)
John Salley
Lou Diamond Phillips
Torrie Wilson
WinMassage
915 June 2009Scavenger Hunt
(Luxury Challenge)
Holly Montag
John Salley
Janice Dickinson
Lou Diamond Phillips
Sanjaya Malakar
Stephen Baldwin
Torrie Wilson
WinSmores
1015 June 2009Camp Quiz
(Leadership Challenge)
Holly Montag
John Salley
Janice Dickinson
Sanjaya Malakar
Stephen Baldwin
Torrie Wilson
LoseLeadership
1116 June 2009Up In Arms
(Live Immunity Trial)
Holly Montag
John Salley
Janice Dickinson
Lou Diamond Phillips
Sanjaya Malakar
Torrie Wilson
LoseIndividual Immunity
1217 June 2009Spider Web
(Team Food Challenge)
John Salley
Janice Dickinson
Stephen Baldwin
LoseChinese Take-A-Way
1318 June 2009The Mud Pit
(Individual Food Challenge)
John Salley
Janice Dickinson
Lou Diamond Phillips
Sanjaya Malakar
Stephen Baldwin
Torrie Wilson
WinPizza Dinner
1422 June 2009Head of Horrors
(Individual Food Challenge)
Holly Montag
John Salley
Lou Diamond Phillips
Sanjaya Malakar
Torrie Wilson
LoseCheeseburger, Fries and Onion Rings
1523 June 2009Catch A Crawling Star
(Individual Food Challenge)
John Salley
Lou Diamond Phillips
Sanjaya Malakar
Torrie Wilson
LoseSalad
Key
     The contestants decided who did which trial.
     The trial was compulsory.
     The trial was compulsory and the celebrities competed as a team.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Saulney, Susan (2009-06-05). "A Blagojevich Tries Reality TV". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-03-22. 
  2. ^ "Governor Spouse's Information, Illinois, Patricia Blagojevich". National Governors Association. Archived from the original on 2007-06-27. Retrieved 2009-01-03. 
  3. ^ "Patricia Blagojevich fired from fundraising job." Chicago Tribune. Thursday January 22, 2009. Retrieved on January 22, 2009.
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Lura Lynn Ryan
First Lady of Illinois
2003–2009
Succeeded by
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