Ryan Murphy's new series on FX The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story is easily my favorite thing on television right now. And my favorite thing about my new favorite television event is seeing David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian. Anyone who watches Keeping Up With The Kardashians has seen pictures and heard stories about the family's patriarch — but to see him even in a fictional retelling is absolutely fascinating. Add Selma Blair's spot-on Kris Jenner portrayal and the Kardashian family is one of the most interesting parts of American Crime Story. So this entire thing has led me to wonder (because I, lke the rest of the world, am obsessed with the Kardashians) — how old was Kim Kardashian during the O.J. Simpson trial?
That question might seem sort of out of left field, but stick with me. Before American Crime Story, I never realized how intertwined the Kardashian family was in the O.J. Simpson case. Yes, I had heard Robert Kardashian was one of Simpson's defense lawyers who got him acquitted of the two counts of murder he was being tried for in connection with the deaths of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and waiter Ronald Lyle Goldman in 1995. But, to see what an effect this murder trial had on the Kardashian family and see how close they were to the action — it is absolutely heartbreaking.
And the scene in American Crime Story where Simpson, played by Cuba Gooding Jr., threatens to kill himself in Kim Kardashian's childhood bedroom? I simply cannot how imagine the effect an event like that would have on a child. That occurrence would be hard for even adults to handle!
That is why I was so interested to know how old Kim was during the events of American Crime Story. So, to put things in perspective, Kim Kardashian was born in October 1980. When the Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman murders occurred June 12, 1994, Kim was only a young teenager — 14 years old, to be exact. And the world famous People of the State of California v. Orenthal James Simpson trial began in October 1995, just a few weeks after Kim's 15th birthday. To me, that is totally mind-boggling.
It appears that the television series is remaining faithful to the 1996 book The Run of His Life: The People V. O,J. Simpson, by New Yorker journalist Jeffrey Tobin — as well as real life — and showing Kim as a teenager. (In American Crime Story, Kim is played by newcomer Veronica Galvez and she is slated to appear in five of the series' 10 episodes.)
Because American Crime Story is showing a real-life part of the Kardashian story I never knew before, I cannot look away — and knowing Kim and the rest of Kardashians had to live through such tragedy at such a young age is heart-wrenching.
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