Stanger at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books 2009
May 31, 1961 |
Short Hills, New Jersey, U.S.
|Education||University of Miami|
|Occupation||Reality Television producer
Reality Television personality
|Known for||Millionaire Matchmaker|
|Partner(s)||Andy Friedman (2003–10)
David Krause (2012–present; engaged)
Patti Stanger (born May 31, 1961) is an American matchmaker and television personality, best known for starring and producing her own reality series, The Millionaire Matchmaker on Bravo TV. She is the founder and CEO of Millionaire's Club International Inc., a professional matchmaking service for millionaires.
Early life and education
Stanger was born and grew up in Short Hills, New Jersey. She was adopted by Ira and Rhoda, also a matchmaker and was raised in the Jewish faith. She graduated from Millburn High School in 1979 and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Miami in 1983. She currently lives in Los Angeles, CA.
She also worked in fashion. Stanger was introduced to the fashion industry by Janis Spindel, who had hired and scouted her at the age of 24 when looking for an assistant. She worked for ten years in the fashion industry at Unionbay Sportswear, JouJou Jeans, and Saks Fifth Avenue.
In 2000, Stanger stated that "successful men in the dating arena needed a private, exclusive club where they could come to find their beautiful and intelligent wives."
In 2008, Stanger signed a deal to have her own reality show called Millionaire Matchmaker on the Bravo TV Network. Stanger stars in the program and also produces the show.
The hour-long show follows her matchmaking at Millionaire's Club. Each episode features her matchmaking two millionaires. First, millionaire clients submit a biographical video profile on a DVD describing the type of partner they want. Stanger then meets them individually to better understand their desires and welcome them to the club. She's been called "The Simon Cowell of Dating", and makes very quick, very direct comments. "I am not paid to hide my true feelings," she said. Her "casting calls" or "recruiting sessions", where she screens men and women, involves her making brutal comments on their dress and appearance. She told one woman she had a beautiful face but could not meet her millionaire because she was 10–15 lbs overweight. "I can't do much for women over 45," Stanger said in an interview, "and if they're overweight, it's almost impossible." She told another woman to take off her wig, then suggested she come back after she got hair extensions.
The millionaires and 30–40 potential dates first meet at a cocktail party Stanger hosts called a "VIP mixer", where they mingle and the millionaires get to evaluate the candidates. The millionaires choose their top two candidates and have ten-minute "mini dates", after which they pick the one they like best. Stanger announces the choices to the group, and then the millionaires set up their "master dates".
The Millionaire's Club has a few rules. For example, millionaires cannot discuss sex or trade phone numbers at the mixer. No sex is allowed until the couple is in an "exclusive, committed, monogamous relationship". There is also a two-drink maximum enforced on each date. If a millionaire violates the terms of the club, then Patti can throw him or her out of the club.
At the end of each episode, Stanger calls each millionaire or invites him or her into her office to discuss how the date went; this is after she calls the person they chose for their master date.
The show concludes with updates on each couple, indicating whether they are still together or not.
In April 2009, Patti Stanger was hired by Clear Channel subsidiary Premiere Radio Networks to host a 4-week special titled P.S. I Love You for XM Satellite Radio. The live call-in program was simulcast on Clear Channel owned MIX channel 22 and The Pink Channel on channel 24 Sunday evenings. After a month's hiatus, the program was returned to the schedule on a semi-regular basis, until it was moved to Thursday evenings in July 2009 and made a permanent fixture. Stanger continues to host P.S. I Love You on Thursday nights from 4 PM to 6 PM Pacific time on both Mix and The Pink Channel.
In 2003, Stanger started dating Andy Friedman, a real-estate executive whom she met through a matchmaker. On July 22, 2009, Lalate.com announced that Friedman had proposed on May 31, her birthday. They did not agree on a date for the wedding, although episodes of season three of The Millionaire Matchmaker showed Stanger engaged in wedding planning activities and she spoke openly to the media about details of the wedding.
On August 14, 2010, Stanger announced via Twitter that she was ending her relationship with Friedman, stating, "I just ended my relationship with Andy. It hit me really hard that I want kids in my life. You have to agree on the non-negotiables." She has also stated in the season 5 finale of Millionaire Matchmaker that Friedman was like a "best friend" to her and that passion was lacking in their relationship.
After she was matched on her own show, she started seeing John Matthews, the man she picked. In the Millionaire Matchmaker Reunion show however, she stated that the two of them were just friends.
Stanger's first book on dating was published in 2009. It is entitled Become Your Own Matchmaker: 8 Easy Steps for Attracting Your Perfect Mate.
In February 2012, she was one of a group of celebrities who walked a catwalk in red dresses for the "Heart Truth Red Dress Collection" show, part of New York Fashion Week. She wore a Marc Bouwer dress.
In March 2012 Stanger started dating baseball player turned mortgage broker David Krause whom she met online and they are now engaged.
On September 25, 2011, during a taping of Watch What Happens Live, hosted by Andy Cohen, Stanger made some remarks that many found controversial. When responding to a question from a gay man about a long-distance open relationship, she said, "There is no curbing you people", meaning that gay men are incapable of monogamy. She later told a viewer who Skyped in, "You are very handsome, I thought you were straight." She went on to explain that she meant he was not "queen-y". Stanger also made comments about Jewish men and smart women that were deemed offensive.
These comments quickly drew many angry responses on Twitter. Bravo and Stanger issued apologies with Stanger tweeting, "I am so sorry. I did not mean to offend anyone with my comments last night on Watch What Happens Live.”
- Millionaire Matchmaker - star and producer (2008–Present)
- Drop Dead Diva - Marcie LaRose (2011), 1 Episode
- Days of Our Lives - Herself (2011), 1 Episode
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- Patti Stanger at the Internet Movie Database
- Patti Stanger's Bio from Bravotv.com
- Millionaire's Club Website
- "Millionaire Matchmaker" Is the New Heidi Fleiss (TMZ.com)
- Interview with Patti on Reality TV World