If you are a fan of the American reality TV series – “Alaska: The Last Frontier” on Discovery Channel, you should be familiar with the name Bonnie Dupree. For those who don’t know her, she is a woman who by her own volition gave up the blissful life in the city for an icy environment in the unforgiving climate of Alaska. Whether for love or adventure, she chose to move from a world where modernization is at its peak for one where life can be unpredictably cruel. While such a decision may be surprising for her fans in the city, Bonnie seems to be cut out for what she does and enjoying every moment of her freedom in the winter-prone Alaskan countryside. She may not be born in Alaska, but she lives her life like one who was! Talking of living an adaptive life to blend perfectly in an environment into which she was not born or bred, Atz Kilcher’s wife is an Alaskan-adapted woman, who learned the art of surviving and living in a rather alien environment. Who is Bonnie Dupree? What is Bonnie’s background that gives her such resolve and bravery to survive the odds of the nerve-cracking winter of her chosen home? In this wiki biography, we will bring everything you need to know about Bonnie Kilcher, from her early life to marriage, husband, children, and other facts.
Who is Bonnie Dupree?
Her birthplace is Saranac Lake, New York State USA, born on 5 February 1954. Available information about her early life shows she was brought up in New York before leaving the city when she was 22 years old. There is no available record of her parents or siblings. With a passion for music, nature and skiing, Bonnie is a woman who loves to explore, and that desire is to define the essence of her living, and shape her destiny in remarkable ways.
After education, Bonnie started on a state to state life adventure with Doug Schwiesow who was her boyfriend at the time and later married her. The couple finally settled in a tipi, in the wilderness near Homer, Alaska, with only a loft and wood stove as tools of survival. Their marriage produced two children named Hannah and Karl, but their relationship was cut short because of Doug illness; he was detected to have a life-threatening disease, and died in the course of treatment. After her husband passed, efforts to find a way of living led her to the Kilcher farm.
A New life with the Kilcher’s
In a bid to explore the world and live her passion she moved to another Alaskan community where the Kilchers have settled, and lived for many years as a large family, and where in her new found home she met her later husband, Atz Kilcher, with whom she lives ‘til this day.
Personal life and career
It could be said that Bonnie’s own life and career go hand in hand, and the reason is that she found a livelihood in her passion for exploring the world in Alaska. Her other desires include singing, and skiing and these she found at the homestead. By a stroke of luck or destiny, her new found love (Atz) seems to share the same passions, which quickly helped her to blend into her new world with the Kilchers.
Like her, Atz was earlier married, but his marriage crashed after three children whose names go as Jewel, Shane, and Lee; the union was dissolved in the 1980s after he cheated on his wife, an incident that led him to have his fourth child out of wedlock, named Nikos. It was not known the date Bonnie met Atz, but since he divorced his wife in the early ‘80s, her liaison with Atz is suspected to have begun much later.
Her highly adaptive life must have accelerated the Kilcher’s climb to stardom, as the family was soon cast into the TV show “Alaska: The Last Frontier,” which reveals the lives of Alaskans in the wild, without any form of modern tools and home conveniences; no electricity, no plumbing, with most modern amenities and appliances entirely absent.
Many of her fans are wondering about her ability to survive in the harsh heart of the Alaskan wilderness, mostly with zero temperatures. As a skiing enthusiast, Bonnie found another of her passions using the extreme winter reality of Alaska to live her dream in winter sport. Also, she shows her fans how to survive in such an area growing vegetables and harvesting them. From the 29 December 2011 when the first episode was shown, she caught the attention of viewers and became popular on the show. Her down-to-earth nature gave her a natural role that boosts her fame and fortune.
Her life together with Atz gave her the life she wanted; although their marriage has no childof their own, both couples already had children, numbering six from their past relationships.
Who is Atz Kilcher?
He is the son of Yule and Ruth who escaped to Alaska after leaving Eastern Europe, Hitler’s stronghold. He is the oldest male child of the siblings numbering eight, and by implication the protector of the family after their parents. His chosen home is the homestead where he established a life.
He often lives a secluded life in summertime at the head of the bay alone or with Bonnie where he would find salmon, and shelter to survive the season away from the outside world. It is when he finds time to provide for his family for the coming winter weaving baskets, looking over the cattle, and playing music to live his desired dream.
"Let us not compare scars. Let us not say that the soldier who returns from war is more entitled to his crazy than the Alaska native who has lost his culture and identity … It's all bad. It all leaves a scar." From my memoir, "Son of a Midnight Land": https://t.co/UfdWaf0uS9 pic.twitter.com/u45Xg6pwyI
— Atz Kilcher (@akilcher) October 14, 2018
About Alaska: The Frontier series
The objective of the Discovery Channel’s popular television series, “Alaska: The Last Frontier” currently in its eighth season, is to feature the Kilcher’s over 80 years legacy of perseverance and commitment that has seen the family survive the odds. It’s a reality of what goes on in the harsh terrain and how Alaskans survive. Each season brings a new challenge and the opportunity for the audience to see how the Kilcher family has been able to survive another season. Since it debuted in 2011, the popular TV series has produced over 100 episodes showing how Dupree and her family survive the winter and live their summer times
Her Net Worth
Bonnie’s net worth is estimated along with her husband’s because everything is about the couple, and not the individuals. You may be wondering how the Alaskans are making money when the terrain is so unforgiving? Essentially, their chief source of income is the Discovery Channel’s TLF. On the other hand, the family’s 613 acres of rural land and 207 acres of city land are put to productive use fetching Bonnie and her husband reasonable income from growing and collecting fresh foods.
Therefore, from authoritative sources, Bonnie and Atz’s annual income is over $800,000, and they are estimated to have a net worth of over $7 million.