While most wedding registries feature toasters, kettles and various other home appliances, Kaley Cuoco decided to make her list a little more altrustic. In fact, not one of the gifts she received at her nuptials was for her or new husband Karl Cook. Here’s a look at how The Big Bang Theory star chose to celebrate her big day in generous style.
Born in Camarillo in 1985, Kaley Cuoco initially pursued a career in tennis, competing in the sport until her mid-teens. After switching her focus to acting, she made her screen debut in Virtuosity in 1995 and landed a recurring role in the CBS comedy Ladies Man. She then portrayed Maureen McCormick in the biopic Growing Up Brady, before showing up in Disney Channel’s Alley Cats Strike.
Kuoco got her big break in 2002 when she was cast as Bridget Hennessy, the oldest sibling in ABC comedy 8 Simple Rules. She enjoyed a three-year stint on the sitcom, during which time she also appeared in the films Debating Robert Lee, Crimes of Fashion and The Hollow. She also voiced characters in Disney series Brandy and Mr. Whiskers and kids phenomenon Bratz.
Following 8 Simple Rules’ cancelation, Cuoco joined the eighth season of supernatural drama Charmed, where she played the fledgling witch Billie Jenkins. Producers initially intended for her character to front a spin-off show but the idea never materialized. However, Cuoco soon bounced back with the role that would change her career forever.
In 2007 Cuoco was cast as wannabe actress and Cheesecake Factory worker Penny in The Big Bang Theory. Her character became an instrumental part of the CBS comedy’s success, and by 2010 she was earning an impressive $200,000 every episode. That figure grew dramatically four years later Cuoco when she and her fellow main cast members negotiated a hefty raise, said to be $800,000 per show.
During her long-running spell on the hit show, Cuoco also starred in horror comedy parody Killer Movie, lent her voice to the animation Hop and hosted the 2011 Teen Choice Awards. She also appeared as William Shatner’s daughter in various commercials for the discount travel website Priceline and took a leading role in Authors Anonymous. Cuoco then enjoyed box office success in 2015 playing Josh Gad’s fiancée in The Wedding Ringer.
In 2017 Cuoco formed movie and TV company Yes, Norman Productions. She then took the main role in its first release, an adaptation of Chris Bohjalian’s The Flight Attendant. Cuoco also entered the superhero world when she executive produced and voiced the titular character in the animation Harley Quinn.
In early 2018 CBS confirmed that the 12th season of The Big Bang Theory would be the last, and Cuoco admits she didn’t take the announcement particularly well. She told USA Today, “When we heard the news, I went through a terrible week. I was so upset. I cried every single day.”
By this point, Cuoco was getting ready to walk down the aisle with her second husband, professional horse rider Karl Cook. The actress first got married in 2013 to tennis star Ryan Sweeting after a whirlwind three-month romance. But the pair officially announced their divorce just three years later.
Before that Cuoco had dated Johnny Galecki, her co-star on The Big Bang Theory, for two years in a case of life imitating art. The pair reportedly stayed good friends following their split in 2009 and have remained on-screen love interests ever since. Cuoco also enjoyed a brief engagement to Josh Resnik, an addiction specialist, in 2011.
Cuoco married billionaire’s son Karl Cook in the summer of 2018. But theirs was no ordinary celebrity wedding. The pair married at Cook’s country ranch at a horseshoe-shaped altar. And the couple’s wedding registry wasn’t exactly ordinary either.
Indeed, there wasn’t a kettle or toaster in sight as the pair instead asked guests to donate money to a cause close to their hearts. The lucky recipient was Paw Works, a charity organization that provides rescue cats and dogs with food, accommodation and veterinary services. Cuoco is also a board member and ambassador for the Ventura County nonprofit.
In an adorable message posted on Instagram, Cuoco expressed her delight at everyone’s generosity. She said, “Wow did everyone come through!!! Unbelievable donations and gifts for our 4 legged friends. Thank you to everyone, what an incredible turnout! We feel so blessed and happy!!”
Lauren Tatum, Cuoco’s wedding planner, told Entertainment Tonight that the wedding list was perfect for the occasion. “The two things that were most important to Kaley were that everyone could feel the love between her and Karl, and their love for their animals,” she revealed. “That is what they cared about, the animals and each other, and that is what they wanted relayed to the guests.”
The pair’s numerous pooches also made an appearance at the wedding. Tank, Norman and Shirley were walked down the aisle, while Ruby was carried, and images of them were displayed all over the ranch. “All I wanted was to be surrounded by our animals,” Cuoco later posted on Instagram. “Nothing made me happier.”
Of course, Cuoco was already renowned for being one of Hollywood’s biggest dog lovers. In fact, before meeting and falling in love with Cook, the actress reportedly told friends that it would be a deal breaker if her next partner wasn’t as enamored with canines as she was. Luckily for Cuoco, her second husband proved her equal as far as dogs were concerned.
In fact, Cook even mentioned the couple’s vast array of pets in his wedding vows. The equestrian shared the touching words he read out at the ceremony in an Instagram post. “I promise to love and take care of all our animals no matter what and how many we bring home,” the vows read. “From this breath to my very last… I am yours.”
When asked how many pets she has, Cuoco told Entertainment Tonight, “I don’t think I could count, to be honest. There has got to be 50 horses, five or six dogs, five rabbits – although I want more, don’t tell him – and we have chickens at the farm now. We are like, we are little farmers.”
Just a few months after her wedding, Cuoco joined forces with good-causes firm Sock Problems to raise money and awareness for the Paw Works charity. Alongside stylist buddy Brad Goreski, the star helped to create a sock design featuring her beloved dog Norman’s face. They dreamed up the idea to encourage potential new dog owners to “adopt, don’t shop.”
On the Sock Problems website, Cuoco revealed that she’s always been a fan of this particular motto. She said, “Why would you ‘buy’ a dog when you can basically find any breed you want and adopt it? I also love ‘who rescued who.’ There has never been a truer statement said.”