Gene Simmons - Family Jewels
It can't be easy having rocker Gene Simmons as a father...or can it? "Gene Simmons Family Jewels" premiered on A&E on August 7, 2006. The show follows the life of Gene Simmons, the outrageous bassist and vocalist for the band KISS, his longtime partner (but never wife), actress/model Shannon Tweed, and their two children, 20 year old son Nick and 16 year old daughter Sophie.
However, they are not the typical family. Gene says he and Shannon have been "happily unmarried" for 23 years. Gene is well known as a rock legend, but his children are well behaved, unlike some rock star children.
Gene started with the band KISS back in the early 70s and by the end of the 70s, they were superstars. Gene's penchant for women is well known, but before settling down with Shannon, he dated Cher and Diana Ross. He claims to have never smoked or drank and it conservative as far as politics go, supporting the Bush administration. Born in Israel, Gene, whose mother was liberated from a German concentration camp, speaks English, Hungarian, Hebrew, and German.
Shannon Tweed entered beauty pageants at an early age and eveually was named Miss Ottawa Valley. She was the November 1981 Playmate of the Month and has acted in shows such as "1st and Ten," "Falcon Crest," and "Days of Our Lives." Her younger sister Tracy also appears on the show. These days, she keeps busy with the kids and serves as the executive director of the Wildwood PTA.
Nick, in addition to appearing on the family's reality show, has done voiceover work on "Robot Chicken." He had a story published in the comic book anthology Gene Simmons House of Horrors. It was announced at Comic-Con International in San Diego in 2007 that Nick would get his own comic book titled Nick Simmons' Incarnate. Like his father, Nick is interested in music. He performs in the band Hands of God. Nick also attends Pitzer College in Claremont, CA.
The youngest member of the family, Sophie, has grown into a beautiful young woman. She is a junior at Wildwood High School in Los Angeles, where she is a stellar student and serves as the volleyball teams' co/captain, plays soccer, and runs track. She loves to act, sing, and dance when not riding her horse, Pablo or hanging out with friends.
Latest Family Jewels Recaps and News
Gene Simmons Family Jewels episode 6: Sophie’s Slumber Party
Posted: 1 Jul 2009
The second new episode of Gene Simmons Family Jewels featured Gene as chaperone for Sophie and her slumber party. Shannon is under the weather so she tells Gene that he needs to watch the girls because she promised Sophie that she could have some friends sleep over. Gene thinks he’s a cool and hip father [...]
Gene Simmons Family Jewels episode 5: Economic Stimulus
Posted: 1 Jul 2009
The first of two new episodes of Gene Simmons Family Jewels started tonight with Shannon returing from a visit to the emergency room. She had slipped on a wet floor and put out her arm to stop thefall and ended up doing something to it in the process. I didn’t catch what exactly happened to [...]
Gene Simmons Family Jewels Episode 4: Gene becomes a Godfather
Posted: 21 Jun 2009
This week’s episode of Gene Simmons Family Jewels began with a commentary by Gene on tradition. He stated that tradition is the key to preserving culture and thus preserving family. He also said that one of the greatest honors someone can get is when they’re invited to participate in a family’s tradition. This was the [...]
Calling all Gene Simmons Family Jewels fans!
Posted: 18 Jun 2009
Calling all Gene Simmons Family Jewels fans! Take our survey here and get the chance to win some fantastic, authentic Gene Simmons Family Jewels merchandise. First prize is a Gene Simmons Family Jewels show poster autographed by Gene Simmons himself. Second prize is A Nick Simmons autographed comic book. Third prize is a DVD of [...]