It’s not every day we see a trans winner on Jeopardy!
Amy Schneider is one of the few openly trans Jeopardy experts who won 17 consecutive games and was still climbing the ladder of series champions in Dec 2021. But besides Amy’s Jeopardy! achievements, aren’t you interested in the star’s love life? Did you know she was married to a woman named Kelly Anneken before she discovered her sexuality?
Keep reading this article to learn all about Kelly Anneken’s ex-wife Amy Schneider.
Meet Kelly Anneken, Jeopardy’s Amy Schneider Ex-Wife
Kelly Anneken first met the love of her life, Amy Schneider, back when she was playing the titular role in Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew in 2004. Soon after, they fell in love, got married, and moved to Oakland, CA, for Kelly to pursue her career in standup comedy.
“We visited some friends who were attending Berkeley and fell in love with the Bay Area. So we moved to Oakland in 2009, and I, for one, never want to leave,” Amy recalled the moment.
Fast forward to 2016, after Amy’s father passed away, she began to contemplate life and realized that she was transgender. “I’m simplifying a process that in some ways had been going on my whole life, and certainly since 2011 or so, but 2016 was when I finally realized that I was living a lie, and began to let my true self show,” she said.
So, the Jeopardy star talked to her wife about her decision, and the two separated on a mutual understanding the very year. According to Kelly, they “still love and care about each other” but they’ve grown apart in “some crucial ways.”
Kelly was still the biggest supporter of Amy. She even appeared together with Amy after her transition. Furthermore, Kelly didn’t stop cheering the Jeopardy star even years after their divorce.
In Nov 2021, Kelly even asked the Golden State Warriors to show a little “Bay Area solidarity with an RT ahead of her (Amy’s) third Jeopardy match.”
Kelly Anneken Current Relationship Status
Kelly Anneken appared single as of 2021.
As for Amy, she went on to date a lovely lady named Genevieve Davis after Feb 2021. However, it wasn’t until December that year, Amy first revealed her girlfriend’s name.
Sharing their back story, Amy shared that it was the summer of 2020 when she and some of her friends were hanging out at her apartment. And somehow, one of her friends ended up welcoming her boyfriend’s sister to Amy’s place.
That sister was Genevieve.
“Now, I’d never really believed in ‘love at first sight,’ and maybe I’m just retroactively projecting my feelings back onto that encounter, but I swear I knew when she walked in the door that she was going to be in my life for a long time,” Amy confessed,
Amy and Genevieve then remained friends for a year before they got into a relationship. Also, a month after they started dating, the couple adopted a cat named Meet from Oakland SPCA.
Kelly Anneken Age
Kelly Anneken was born on November 18, 1982. That made her 39 years of age in 2021.
Corresponding to her birthday is of the Scorpio zodiac.
Is Kelly Anneken On Instagram, Facebook?
Most of her posts then promoted Amy Schneider’s Jeopardy appearance, and a few featured her mouth-watering food recipes.
Where Is Kelly Anneken From?
Kelly is from Cincinnati, Ohio. But she moved to Dayton in 2001.
Then, eight years later, she found herself in Oakland, California building her career.
What Does Kelly Anneken Do For A Living?
As of 2021, Kelly Anneken worked as a content designer for Pinterest. Reportedly, she joined the company back in July 2018 and worked across all Pinterest monetization teams creating intuitive, accessible language solutions for product flows.
Meanwhile, she also worked as a media specialist at Upright Position Communications for a year a half. She mentioned her job there was to source contacts for client media outreach, and schedule client interviews and appearances.
Before that, she was a freelance writer at Even.com where she delivered a weekly copy for podcast description and social media, optimized SEO.
Kelly has also worked as a consultant for companies like Cortina Productions and Pippa.Io.
Also, she was the head of product of Laugh Radio for almost a year and a senior producer of Rooftop Media for half a year.
Her longest career would be as the head of comedy content and comedy analyst at Pandora. She worked for the company for 5 years and 7 months.
Initially, she Kickstarter her career founding Femikaza in partnership with The Marsh Theatre back in Jan 2011.
As for her education, Kelly graduated from Roger Bacon High School in 2001 and went on to get her bachelor’s in fine arts degree from Wright State Unviery in 2005.