Bethenny Frankel

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Bethenny Frankel
Frankel in April 2009
Born (1970-11-04) November 4, 1970 (age 43)
New York City, New York, United States
Education Pine Crest School
Alma mater New York University[1]
Occupation Reality television personality, talk show host, author, entrepreneur
Years active 2005–present
Known for The Real Housewives of New York City
Spouse(s) Peter Sussman (1996–1997)
Jason Hoppy (2010–2014)
Children Bryn Hoppy (daughter)
Parents Robert J. Frankel
Bernadette Birk[2]

Bethenny Frankel (born November 4, 1970) is an American reality television personality, talk show host, author, and entrepreneur. She founded Skinnygirl Cocktails, has authored four self-help books and hosted the talk show, Bethenny. Frankel has appeared on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, The Real Housewives of New York City and was the subject of the reality television series Bethenny Ever After.

Early life[edit]

Frankel is the only child of horse trainer Robert J. Frankel and Bernadette Birk.[2][3] Her father was Jewish and her mother was a Roman Catholic of Welsh descent who converted to Judaism when the couple married.[4][5] Her father left her mother when Frankel was four years old and when she was five, her mother married another horse trainer, John Parisella.[2] Parisella was Catholic and she was subsequently sent to Catholic school[6] although she considers herself "spiritual".[7] She neither identifies herself as Jewish or Catholic [8] although her daughter was baptized as Catholic.[9] She describes her childhood as difficult.[2] Her biological father stopped supporting the family and her mother, Frankel says, "was always drinking" and often argued violently with her stepfather.[2][10]

Frankel graduated in 1988 from the Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida[11] where she lived on campus. She attended the National Gourmet Institute for Healthy and Culinary Arts in New York City,[12] and New York University.[2][13]


Bethenny worked as a production assistant on the set of Saved by the Bell.[14] She appeared in the 1993 short film Soiree Sans Hors D'oeuvres, the 1994 movie Hollywood Hills 90028, and the 1995 movie Wish Me Luck.[citation needed]

In 2005, Frankel was a contestant on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, a reality competition series, and was one of two finalists.[15][16] In 2008, Frankel was selected for the reality TV series The Real Housewives of New York City.[17] In June 2010, Frankel starred in the Bravo reality TV show Bethenny Getting Married?, which documented her engagement, marriage and the birth of their daughter. At the time of its premiere, the series was the highest rated of any series in Bravo's history.[18][19] In September 2010, Frankel announced, that for personal reasons, she would not be returning to the The Real Housewives of New York City show.[20] In February 2011, Bethenny Getting Married? was retitled Bethenny Ever After and documented her first year of marriage and motherhood. In November, Frankel appeared on the ABC reality series Skating with the Stars, and was runner-up to the champion.


In March 2009, Frankel's book, Naturally Thin: Unleash Your SkinnyGirl and Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting, was published and The SkinnyGirl Dish: Easy Recipes for Your Naturally Thin Life, was published in December. She created an exercise DVD, Body by Bethenny, in spring 2010 and an audio book, The Skinnygirl Rules, which summarized her two prior books.[21] In 2011, Frankel published, A Place of Yes: 10 Rules for Getting Everything You Want Out of Life[citation needed] and in December 2012, published the novel Skinnydipping.[22][23]

Frankel created the Skinnygirl cocktail company in April 2011 and later sold the company to Fortune Brands' Beam Global for an estimated $100 million.[24][25]


Further information: Bethenny (TV series)

Discussion of Frankel as a host for a talk show were initiated in 2011[26] and revived in 2012.[27][28] The Bethenny show premiered on September 9, 2013[29] and was canceled on February 14, 2014.[30] Fox network continued to air repeats of the show in its time slot until September 2014.


Frankel posed nude for a PETA billboard in September 2009.[31]

Personal life[edit]

Frankel married entertainment industry executive Peter Sussman in 1996 and divorced him in 1997.[32][33] She married businessman Jason Hoppy on March 28, 2010 in New York City.[34][35][36] Her daughter, Bryn, was born in May 2010.[37][38][39][40] Her daughter was baptized as Catholic.[41] Frankel separated from Hoppy in December 2012,[42] and filed for divorce in January 2013, asking the court to grant her sole custody of their daughter, Bryn; Jason Hoppy responded by also requesting sole custody.[43][44][45] A custody agreement was finalized on June 2014 regarding their daughter Bryn; as of September 2014, the parties are still married, and have yet to work out a settlement of property division.[46] Frankel vacated the $5 million Tribeca loft the two shared in February 2014, and moved into a nearby smaller apartment.[47] In court in May 2014, she testified the living situation in the loft had become hostile, stating he threatened to destroy her.[48] [49]

Movie and Television history[edit]

Year Show Role Notes
1993 Soiree Sans Hors D'oeuvres Woman Minor role
1994 Hollywood Hills 90028
1995 Wish Me Luck
2005 The Apprentice: Martha Stewart Herself 13 episodes, runner-up, came in 2nd place.
2008–10, 2015- The Real Housewives of New York City 42 episodes, left before Season 4 aired. Returned for season 7
2009–13 The Wendy Williams Show Various episodes, celebrity guest
2009 Z Rock 1 episode, "I Wanna Be Z-dated" as Joey's love interest/Chief
2010 Bethenny Getting Married?
2010–12 Chelsea Lately Various episodes, celebrity guest
2010 Skating with the Stars 6 episodes, runner-up, came in 2nd place.
2010–13 The Ellen DeGeneres Show Various episodes, celebrity guest
2011–12 Bethenny Ever After Herself
2013–14 Bethenny Herself
2013 The Neighbors Jill 1 episode, "Mo Purses Mo Money Mo Problems"



  1. ^ "Bethenny Frankel - Biography". People Magazine. Retrieved February 15, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f McNeil, Liz (July 19, 2010). "Bethenny Frankel: Love Saved My Life". People Magazine. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  3. ^ New York Daily News: "'Real Housewives of New York City' star Bethenny Frankel and husband Jason Hoppy separating" By Bill Hutchinson December 23, 2012
  4. ^ Video Interview on BravoTV: "After Show: All About Baby – Part V: Bethenny talks about her religious background and the most important thing Baby Bryn has taught her" Retrieved July 4, 2012 "My father was Jewish. The story goes – because you know I am not that close to my family, I am not there for the real history lessons – He married my mother and she converted to Judaism for him. She was Catholic but then she was with my stepfather for all those years. I went to Catholic school and I know more about that.",
  5. ^ Bethenny Frankel (March 22, 2011). A Place of Yes: 10 Rules for Getting Everything You Want Out of Life. p. 56. ISBN 9781439186923. "My mother had gone of to Wales for several months...her family is from Wales - very poor people who lived in shacks and raised pigeons" 
  6. ^ Simon & Schuster website -"Disco Queen" By Bethenny Frankel February 14, 2009
  7. ^ BravoTV: "Entering Motherhood - Bethenny discusses the "blessing ceremony," religion, and baby pandas" by Bethenny Frankel March 21, 2011
  8. ^ Mom Logic: "Why Would Bethenny Frankel Deny Being Jewish?" by Jennifer Ginsberg May 18, 2010
  9. ^
  10. ^ Bethenny Ever After Season 2 Episode 4 - It's My Baptism and I'll Cry if I Want To 1/4. 6:45: YouTube. "I went to Catholic school because my stepfather was Catholic" 
  11. ^ Pinecrest Alumni newsletter Retrieved July 12, 2012
  12. ^ South Florida Sun-Sentinel: "Bethenny Frankel comes to South Beach this weekend" By John Tanasychuk February 20, 2012
  13. ^ New York University
  14. ^ "Bethenny Frankel Shares Photo From 'Saved By The Bell' Set". June 26, 2012. Retrieved February 9, 2013. 
  15. ^ Bethenny Frankel: A Reality Star One Year Later Jack Myers Media Village
  16. ^ Martha Stewart selects Dawna Stone as her 'The Apprentice' winner Reality TV World
  17. ^ Huguenin, Patrick (January 14, 2008). "Bravo spinoff 'Real Housewives of New York City' debuts in March". Daily News (New York). 
  18. ^ "Ratings: Bethenny Getting Married? the Most-Watched Series Debut in Bravo History". 
  19. ^ "Bethenny Frankel Leaving Real Housewives of New York City?". National Ledger. June 20, 2010. Retrieved June 24, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Bethenny Frankel: I'm Leaving 'The Real Housewives of New York City'". CBS News. September 2, 2010. Retrieved November 27, 2010. 
  21. ^ "Bethenny Frankel's Tips on Staying Slim, Sexy, and Fabulous". 
  22. ^ Unknown Author Skinnydipping World Cat, accessed December 18, 2012
  23. ^ Good Day LA interview, July 31, 2013
  24. ^ "Forbes Magazine Looking Into Bethenny Frankel's Financials". Huffington Post (New York). October 13, 2011. 
  25. ^ "Bethenny Frankel on Skinnygirl Sale". Today Show – MSNBC (New York). October 17, 2011. 
  26. ^ Harnick, Chris (November 28, 2011). "Bethenny Frankel's Talk Show Fails to Find Syndicated Home". The Huffington Post. 
  27. ^ Albiniak, Paige (January 24, 2012). "Bethenny to Air in Summer Test on Fox". Broadcasting & Cable. 
  28. ^ Downey, Kevin (July 6, 2012). "Fox Stations Set To Give OK To Bethenny". TVNewsCheck. 
  29. ^ Bibel, Sara (May 3, 2013). "'Bethenny', Bethenny Frankel's Talk Show, to Premiere in National Syndication September 9". TV by the Numbers. 
  30. ^ Bethenny Frankel's Talk Show Has Been Canceled - TV News, Bethenny Frankel :
  31. ^ Hall, Katy (December 15, 2009). "Bethenny Frankel: Nude For PETA". The Huffington Post. Retrieved January 29, 2010. 
  32. ^ Unknown Author Bethany Frankel People, accessed December 24, 2012
  33. ^ Bethenny Frankel reveals secret first marriage to Peter Sussman. BY Cristina Everett, DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER, Wednesday, June 9, 2010
  34. ^ Parade Magazine interview with Bethenny Frankel: "Bethenny Frankel: 'My Mother Hasn't Expressed Any Interest in Meeting Bryn'" by Fran Carpentier July 12, 2010 | "Jason goes to church every Sunday. I have to be supportive and allow Bryn to be Catholic — although I wouldn't necessarily want that... Faith, culture, structure and guidance are good things."
  35. ^ "Bethenny Frankel & Jason Hoppy's Dream Wedding!". OK! (New York). April 2, 2010. 
  36. ^ "Bethenny Frankel, Jason Hoppy Separating After Two Years of Marriage". US Weekly. December 23, 2012. 
  37. ^ "Meet Bethenny Frankel's New Baby Bryn!". People. May 25, 2010. 
  38. ^ "Bethenny Frankel in Size-4 Bikini 3 Weeks After Baby! Go Bethenny!". 
  39. ^ Fran Carpentier (July 12, 2010). "Parade Magazine interview with Bethenny Frankel: "Bethenny Frankel: 'My Mother Hasn't Expressed Any Interest in Meeting Bryn'"". "Jason goes to church every Sunday. I have to be supportive and allow Bryn to be Catholic — although I wouldn't necessarily want that... Faith, culture, structure and guidance are good things." 
  40. ^ Bethenny Frankel BravoTV: "Entering Motherhood: Bethenny discusses the "blessing ceremony," religion, and baby pandas" March 21, 2011
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  42. ^ Billups, Andrea and McNeil, Liz (December 23, 2012) Bethenny Frankel & Jason Hoppy Split Up People, accessed Dec 24, 2012
  43. ^ "Bethenny Frankel Divorcing Jason Hoppy". People. January 5, 2013. 
  44. ^ "Bethenny Frankel: I Want Child Support ...From My Ex!". TMZ. January 7, 2013. 
  45. ^ "Bethenny Frankel's Husband Jason Hoppy Files Aggressive New Divorce Papers: Report". Us Weekly. January 24, 2013. 
  46. ^ "Bethenny Frankel and Jason Hoppy's Custody Case Settled". People Magazine. 4 June 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
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