Bethenny Frankel
Bethenny Frankel


November 4, 1970
New York City, U.S.




The Real Housewives of New York


1-3 and 7-8


Peter Sussman (1996-1997)
Jason Hoppy (2010-2014)


Bryn Hoppy (Daughter)

Bethenny Frankel (born November 4, 1970) is an American reality television personality best known for appearing on The Real Housewives of New York.

Early Life

She was born and raised in New York City to parents Robert J. Frankel and Bernadette Birk. Her father was Jewish and her mother was a Roman Catholic of Welsh descent, who converted to Judaism when the couple married. Her father left her mother when Bethenny was four years old. When she was five, her mother married John Parisella. Bethenny describes her childhood as difficult as her biological father stopped supporting the family and her mother, Bethenny says, "was always drinking" and often argued violently with her stepfather.

Bethenny attended multiple schools before going to boarding school. She graduated in 1988 from the Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where she lived on campus. She attended the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York and New York University.


Bethenny worked as a production assistant on the set of Saved by the Bell. She was also a contestant on the 2005 The Apprentice: Martha Stewart and was one of two finalists. She has a number of books consisting of Naturally Thin: Unleash Your SkinnyGirl and Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting, The SkinnyGirl Dish: Easy Recipes for Your Naturally Thin Life, A Place of Yes: 10 Rules for Getting Everything You Want Out of Life and Skinnydipping. She has also created an exercise DVD, Body by Bethenny and an audio book, The Skinnygirl Rules, which summarised her first two books.

She also created the Skinnygirl cocktail company in April 2011 and later sold the company to Fortune Brands' Beam Global for an estimated $100 million. She starred in TV show Bethenny Getting Married? which documented her engagement, marriage and the birth of her daughter with Jason Hoppy. She also had her own talk show,  Bethenny, which premiered on September 9, 2013. She starred on The Real Housewives of New York throughout Seasons 1-3 and 7-8.

Personal Life

She was married to first husband, Peter Sussman from 1996-1997. Bethenny then married her second husband, Jason Hoppy in 2010 and they have one daughter together, Bryn (May 8, 2010) but the couple divorced in 2014.

RHONY Quotes

  • "New York City is my playground" - Season 1, 2 and 3
  • "I'm not a housewife, but I am real" - Season 7

The Real Housewives of New York

Franchise: The Real Housewives of New York

Seasons: Season 1 | Season 2 | Season 3 | Season 4 | Season 5 | Season 6 | Season 7 | Season 8

Housewives: Ramona Singer | LuAnn de Lesseps | Sonja Morgan | Bethenny Frankel | Carole Radziwill | Jill Zarin | Alex McCord | Heather Thomson | Kelly Bensimon | Aviva Drescher | Kristen Taekman | Dorinda Medley | Cindy Barshop | Jules Wainstein

Partners: Mario Singer | Alexandre de Lesseps | Jacques Azoulay | Jason Hoppy | Bobby Zarin | Simon van Kempen | Jonathan Schindler | Harry Dubin | Reid Drescher | Josh Taekman | John Mahdessian | Michael Wainstein

Children: Avery Singer | Victoria de Lesseps | Noel de Lesseps | Quincy Adams Morgan | Bryn Hoppy | Allyson Shapiro | Francois van Kempen | Johan van Kempen | Jax Schindler | Ella Schindler | Sea Bensimon | Thadeus Bensimon | Harrison Dubin | Veronica Drescher | Hudson Drescher | Sienna Drescher | Cassius Taekman | Kingsley Taekman | Hannah Lynch | Jagger Wainstein | Rio Wainstein

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