Jocelyn Wildenstein

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Jocelyn Wildenstein
Born Jocelyne Périsset[1]
(1955-09-11) September 11, 1955 (age 60)
Lausanne, Switzerland
Residence Beverly Hills, California, United States
Occupation Socialite
Known for Extensive Surgery
Spouse(s) Alec N. Wildenstein (m. 1978–99)[2][3]
Children Diane, Alec Jr.

Jocelyn Wildenstein (née Périsset;[1] born September 11 1955) is a New York City socialite[4] known for her divorce from Alec Wildenstein in 1999[2][5] and her extravagant lifestyle, as well as extensive plastic surgery. She once calculated her yearly expenses for her telephone bill at $60,000 and food and wine costs at $547,000.[6]

Her full name is Jocelynnys da Silva Bezerra.[7]

Early life[edit]

Jocelyne Périsset was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, where she grew up in a middle-class family. Her father worked in a sporting goods store. [4][1] She began dating Ciryl Piguet, a Swiss movie producer, at the age of 17.[8] She later lived in Paris with French filmmaker Sergio Gobbi.[9] A skilled hunter and pilot, Joceylne was introduced to Alec Wildenstein by Saudi arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi at a shooting weekend at the Wildenstein African ranch "Ol Jogi."[3]

Marriage and divorce[edit]

Jocelyn Wildenstein married Alec N. Wildenstein when they were both in their 30s.[8] Alec came from a wealthy family of renowned art dealers.[6]

The pair divorced as a result of Alec's alleged infidelity. Jocelyn reportedly walked in on him and a 19-year-old Russian model in her bedroom at the Wildensteins' New York home, and Alec threatened her with a gun.[10][11] This resulted in a night in jail for Alec Wildenstein.[11]

[12] Jocelyn received $2.5 billion in the divorce settlement and $100 million each year for 13 years after.[13] The presiding judge, Marilyn Diamond, received death threats in the mail during the divorce proceedings. Diamond stipulated that Jocelyn could not use her alimony payments for any further cosmetic surgery.[14]

During her divorce, Ms. Wildenstein hired Ed Rollins[9][15] for public relations assistance and Bernard Clair as her attorney,[9][16] as well as Kenneth Godt.[17]

The marital home in New York, which required substantial renovation, was later sold by Ms. Wildenstein to real estate developer Janna Bullock for $13 million.[18] Alec Wildenstein died in 2008 at age 67 of prostate cancer.


Jocelyn Wildenstein has had extensive cosmetic surgery to her face[19] over the years, creating a "very unnatural appearance".[20] The surgery was intended to elicit a more catlike look, according to her husband.[21][22] Wildenstein is rumoured to have spent $4 million on plastic surgery,[23] apparently done to please her husband, who loved big cats.[24][25] Despite the unusual appearance of the plastic surgeries, Ms. Wildenstein is reported to be "ecstatic with her work. She feels beautiful. She looks in the mirror and she loves what she sees. She got exactly what she wanted."[26][27]



  1. ^ a b c Konigsberg 1997, p. 34.
  2. ^ a b Dunford 2009, p. 181.
  3. ^ a b Faith, Nicholas (February 22, 2008). "Alec Wildenstein: Art dealer and racehorse owner who divorced in a blaze of publicity". The Independent. Retrieved February 4, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b McCracken 2008, p. 25.
  5. ^ DeMello 2007, pp. 13, 36.
  6. ^ a b Felder & Victor 2011.
  7. ^ Radar Online
  8. ^ a b Konigsberg 1997, p. 35.
  9. ^ a b c Carlin, Peter Ames (January 26, 1998). "Surgical Strike". People Magazine. 49 (3). ISSN 0093-7673. Retrieved January 4, 2012. 
  10. ^ "People & Places: Art dealer admits he pulled gun on wife". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. September 9, 2000. p. A2. Retrieved February 9, 2012. 
  11. ^ a b Konigsberg 1997, p. 32.
  12. ^ Felder 2004, pp. 122–126.
  13. ^ Petridou, Ria (September 29, 2011). "Queens of plastic: Jocelyn Wildenstein". Fashion Love. Retrieved February 4, 2012. 
  14. ^ Portmann 2004, p. 66.
  15. ^ Grove, Lloyd (June 9, 2000). "The Reliable Source". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 4, 2012. 
  16. ^ Gupte, Pranay (May 17, 2005). "It's Personal for a Top NYC Divorce Lawyer". The Sun. New York. Retrieved February 4, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Jocelyn gives bankrupt beau the brush-off". New York Post. November 10, 1999. p. 30. Retrieved February 4, 2012.  (subscription required) for full content.
  18. ^ Greene, Penelope (July 26, 2007). "Buy High, Sell Higher". The New York Times. Retrieved February 4, 2012. 
  19. ^ Jones 2008, p. 123.
  20. ^ Marr, Ruby (November 25, 2010). "Jocelyn Wildenstein Fixes her Face with Plastic Surgery". Make Me Heal. Retrieved February 4, 2012. 
  21. ^ Jones 2007, p. 105.
  22. ^ Konigsberg 1997, p. 34. "... achieved through surgery an image even more farouche (Alec says she wanted to look 'like a cat')."
  23. ^ "Is this the scariest picture EVER of the Bride of Wildenstein?". 20 February 2008. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  24. ^ McCracken 2008, pp. 25, 316 (footnotes 59–62).
  25. ^ Cottom 2006, pp. 143–144. "... the New York socialite who had her face remodeled to resemble a jungle cat's, ..."
  26. ^ Renshaw, H. (2002), 'Celebrity Plastic Surgery Disasters,' New Weekly, Australian Consolidated Press, Australia, 21 January, p 16-19
  27. ^ Daily Mail Reporter (16 September 2009). "Bloated Bride of Wildenstein looks more frightening than ever".

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