- Date of Birth:
- September 4, 1974
Taya Kyle (born Taya Renae Studebaker on September 4, 1974 in Oregon) is an American author and veteran-family activist. Taya is best known as the widow of US Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, the subject of the 2014 film, American Sniper. Taya met Chris in 2001 and they married a year later. Chris became famous for being the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history. Chris was shot and killed along with a friend at a Texas shooting range in 2013. After Chris’s death, Taya has spoken on behalf of her husband at numerous functions. In Aug. 2013, the state of Texas enacted the Chris Kyle Law, created to “expand the effort to help ease employment challenges for active duty military members and their spouses.”
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Taya Kyle is best known as the widow of American Sniper subject, Chris Kyle, and as an activist for military families.
Taya is the daughter of Kent Studebaker, the mayor of Lake Oswego, Oregan. She has a sister named Ashley. Taya created the Chris Kyle Foundation, whose mission is to “serve those who serve us by providing meaningful interactive experiences that enrich family relationships.” Jesse Ventura sued Taya over Chris’s book, American Sniper, over allegations that Jesse badmouthed the SEALS and that Kyle knocked him out. Jesse won the defamation lawsuit.