The reality star was born in September 1966 as Michelle Annette Ruark. At 17 years old, she married Jim Bob Duggar in July 1984 — three months after she graduated from high school. The couple went on to welcome 19 children (10 sons and nine daughters).
Michelle and her family began starring on their own reality show, 19 Kids and Counting, in September 2008. The TLC series ran for 10 seasons before being canceled in July 2015 after the pair’s eldest son, Josh Duggar, was accused of molesting multiple girls years earlier.
The matriarch, who also has her real estate license, later appeared on Counting On alongside her children after the spinoff premiered in December 2015. The show was canceled in June 2021 after Josh was arrested on child pornography charges, to which he pleaded not guilty.