Rachel Uchitel

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Rachel Uchitel
Born 1975 (age 40–41)
Occupation Nightclub manager, hostess, TV correspondent, media personality
Known for Photographed in 9/11 aftermath
Affair with Tiger Woods and David Boreanaz
Spouse(s) Steven Ehrenkranz (m. 2004; divorced)
Matt Hahn (m. 2011–2014; 1 child; divorced)[1]

Rachel Uchitel (/ˈjkɪtɛl/; born 1975)[2] is an American nightclub manager, hostess, and TV correspondent. She first encountered publicity when, following the September 11 attacks, a photo of her holding a picture of her fiancé, who worked in the World Trade Center, was published by the New York Post and circulated worldwide. She made headlines again in 2010 as one of golfer Tiger Woods' alleged mistresses as well as for an affair with actor David Boreanaz. In 2010 she appeared in the fourth season of the American reality television series Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, which depicted her struggle with addiction.

Early life[edit]

Uchitel is the granddaughter of Maurice Uchitel (1911–2000), a Ukrainian-born Jewish American restaurant and nightclub owner in the 1950s and 1960s, including the El Morocco club.[3][4]

When Uchitel was 15, her father died, reportedly from an overdose of cocaine, which according to her, required her to mature quickly, and which she claims was one of the incidents in her life that led to her own addictions later.[5]

She graduated from Millbrook School in 1992 and graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1996 with a degree in psychology.[6] She spent five years after college as a news producer in New York for Bloomberg Television.[2][7]

Career[edit]

Television[edit]

Uchitel began her career after college working in television and film, with a five-year stint as a producer in the Bloomberg News television division, a period in which she became "engaged to a man who died in the 9/11 attacks."[8][9][better source needed] Uchitel has served as a special correspondent on nightlife for Extra.[when?][10]

VIP hosting[edit]

In 2005, Uchitel moved to Las Vegas and became a "VIP host" at the Tao in Las Vegas, Nevada, whose ownership included Jason Strauss.[7][8] In 2005–6, she was the VIP hostess at the Tao.[11][12][13] She states in an interview:

In a random career move and a life-changing experience, I found myself living in Las Vegas to launch Tao nightclub and restaurant, which quickly became the number-one grossing venue in the world. Two years later, I was back in New York to oversee VIP operations for all of their companies and venues, such as Stanton Social, Marquee, Tao Bistro, and Dune.[9]

Uchitel ran the VIP section of "some of the most successful clubs in New York."[when?][9] As of 2009, Uchitel was living in Las Vegas, but was self-described as being "too old for being a VIP host anymore".[8]

Other endeavors[edit]

In a November 2010 interview with the UK newspaper Daily Mail, Uchitel is reported to have said she had applied for a license as a private detective.[where?][14][verification needed]

In December 2013, Uchitel opened a luxury children's boutique on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The store is named Wyatt Lily, after her 2-year-old daughter, and was named "Best Kids Birthday Presents" in New York magazine's annual Best Of issue in 2015.[15]

Media appearances[edit]

Uchitel was a cast member in the fourth season of the VH1 reality television program Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, which documents notable persons being treated for substance abuse.[16] Dr. Drew Pinsky, who normally is not involved with casting for the series,[17] reportedly visited Uchitel personally in order to convince her to be cast on the show, for which she was paid $500,000 to appear, which is double the amount initially offered to her by producers.[18] The season premiered in December 2010 and ran until January 2011. During the course of filming, Uchitel spoke of how her father's death when she was 15, the loss of her fiance in the September 11 attacks, and her tendency to impulsively enter into relationships contributed to her addiction.[5] Following her treatment by Pinsky, Uchitel entered a sober living facility in Malibu, California, though she left the facility with Pinsky's permission to visit the World Trade Center site, where she met with other 9/11 families.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Uchitel had been engaged to James Andrew O'Grady, an investment banker, who was killed in the September 11 attacks of the World Trade Center.[7][20] A few days later, she appeared on the front page of the New York Post holding a picture of O'Grady, which was republished worldwide.[2][21][22][23] Uchitel and her fiancé's family subsequently debated the disposition of his estate.[20][24]

In 2004 Uchitel married Wall Street trader and childhood friend Steven Ehrenkranz.[7][25] Their marriage lasted four months.[26]

In late 2009, The National Enquirer published a story that alleged that Uchitel had had an affair with Tiger Woods at the Australian Masters,[citation needed][27] an allegation Uchitel denied to the Associated Press.[28] However, Uchitel is reported to have been photographed by the National Enquirer checking into Tiger Woods' hotel while in Australia in 2010.[27][dead link] [29][better source needed] She later scheduled a news conference to discuss Woods' alleged affairs, but she and her attorney Gloria Allred cancelled due to "unforeseen circumstances".[30][31] According to Lisa Bloom, a CBS news legal commentator and Allred's daughter, Uchitel was given a cash settlement to cancel the news conference.[31][32]

Uchitel had another alleged affair, with married actor David Boreanaz.[25][33] In May 2010, The Huffington Post released text messages to support the affair allegations.[34] Uchitel initially stated that she was not involved with Boreanaz,[35] but later admitted to the affair.[36][37][38] During a May 14, 2010 appearance on TMZ Live, Uchitel discussed Boreanaz and "her new life as the most famous mistress on the planet".[39] She denied extorting him over their alleged affair.[40]

On October 2, 2011, she married insurance underwriter and former Penn State fullback Matt Hahn.[41] On May 15, 2012, Uchitel gave birth to a daughter named Wyatt Lily.[42] Hahn filed for divorce from Uchitel in 2013.[43] The divorce was finalized in January 2014.[1]

References and Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Rachel Uchitel Back on the Market Divorce FINAL". TMZ. January 15, 2014. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Rachel Uchitel: Tiger Woods' Alleged Mistress". Time. December 2, 2009. Retrieved June 11, 2013. Born in 1975 to a wealthy family. 
  3. ^ Zwecker, Bill (May 7, 2000). "Maurice Uchitel, 88, Owner of El Morocco". The New York Times. Retrieved December 7, 2009. 
  4. ^ Cohen, Stephanie (December 5, 2009). "Dad of slain WTC beau says Rachel's not girl he knew". New York Post. Retrieved December 7, 2009. 
  5. ^ a b Uchitel discusses these issues in Episodes 1 and 6 of Celebrity Rehab's fourth season, which premiered on December 1 and December 22, 2010, respectively.
  6. ^ Namuo, Clynton (December 5, 2009). "UNH grad is twist in Tiger's tale". New Hampshire Union Leader. Retrieved December 7, 2009.  ("Rachel Uchitel, who graduated from UNH in December 1996 with a degree in psychology…")
  7. ^ a b c d "Who Is Rachel Uchitel, Tiger Woods’s Alleged Other Woman?". New York (magazine). nymag.com. November 30, 2009. Retrieved June 20, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b c Taddeo, Lisa (2010-04-04). "A Look Inside the Life of Rachel Uchitel and Fellow VIP Hosts and Bottle Girls" (online expositional feature). New York (magazine): 2. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  9. ^ a b c Industry Insiders: Rachel Uchitel, VIP Diva, Black Book, November 30, 2009
  10. ^ "Rachel Uchitel lands special correspondent job on NBC's 'Extra'". New York Post (nypost.com). April 12, 2010. Retrieved 21 June 2010. 
  11. ^ Strip hot spots reap harvest from bottle-service tables Las Vegas Review-Journal, January 8, 2006
  12. ^ Garza, Xazmin (December 22, 2005). "A How-to Manual On What To Wear, Getting In And Getting Noticed (Or Not)". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved December 7, 2009. 
  13. ^ Cohen, Stefanie (September 10, 2006). "Face of Loss Bets On Love In Vegas". New York Post. Retrieved December 7, 2009. Once a planning editor at Bloomberg Television, Uchitel has now transformed herself into the VIP door hostess at the see-and-be- seen nightclub Tao. 
  14. ^ Graham, Caroline. "I only wanted to be loved: Rachel Uchitel breaks her silence on her affair with Tiger Woods", Daily Mail, November 13, 2010
  15. ^ [1] Best Kids Birthday Presents New York magazine March 2015
  16. ^ Rachel Uchitel Signs Up for Celebrity Rehab 4
  17. ^ Rochlin, Margy (November 3, 2008), "Paging Dr. Drew", TV Guide, p. 25 
  18. ^ "Rachel Uchitel Goes to 'Rehab'...For a Price". TMZ.com. July 19, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Rachel Uchitel Leaves Sober Living For Ground Zero" RadarOnline; August 31, 2010
  20. ^ a b Dewan, Shaila K. (January 22, 2002). "No Dress, No Vows, and Less Status in Grief". New York Times. Retrieved December 7, 2009. 
  21. ^ Quealy, Gerit (December 12, 2004). "Vows: Rachel Uchitel and Steven Ehrenkranz". The New York Times. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
  22. ^ "9/11 - the terror attacks that changed the world". Bild. September 11, 2009. Retrieved December 2, 2009. 
  23. ^ Vryenhoek, Leslie (June 6, 2003). "The danger of mourning strangers". Toronto Star. Retrieved December 7, 2009.  ("The image of Rachel Uchitel making an emotional plea as she searches for her fiancé in Manhattan was used in newspapers worldwide.")
  24. ^ "Who Is Rachel Uchitel?: A Brief Biographical Timeline of Tiger Woods' Alleged Mistress". The Week. November 30, 2009. Retrieved December 7, 2009. 
  25. ^ a b Goldman, Russell (December 1, 2009). "Rachel Uchitel, Tiger Woods' Rumored Girlfriend, 'Felt Very Lost' After 9/11". ABC News. Retrieved December 7, 2009. 
  26. ^ Zwecker, Bill (December 1, 2009). "'Man-crazy' Uchitel". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on December 4, 2009. Retrieved December 7, 2009. 
  27. ^ a b Chandler, Rick (June 8, 2010). "Woods declares for Australian Masters...or as we call it, Rachel Uchitel II - Out of Bounds". NBC Sports. nbcsports.com. Archived from the original on June 11, 2010. Retrieved 20 June 2010. 
  28. ^ Armour, Nancy (2009-11-30). "Image gurus to Woods: Go public like Letterman". Bleacher Report. Associated Press. Retrieved 8 April 2015. The woman, Rachel Uchitel, denied having an affair with Woods when contacted by The Associated Press. 
  29. ^ "Tiger Returns To The Scene Of The (Love) Crime – For A $3 Million Pay Day". RadarOnline.com. radaronline.com. June 9, 2010. Retrieved 20 June 2010. It was during the serial cheater’s visit Down Under where The National Enquirer photographed New York socialite Rachel Uchitel checking into Woods’ hotel. 
  30. ^ "Thursday's Sports in Brief: Golf". Associated Press, by Sports Illustrated. December 4, 2009. Archived from the original on December 21, 2009. Retrieved 7 December 2009. 
  31. ^ a b Winer, Laurie (2010-06-18). "The Avenger: Gloria Allred" (print, online biographical feature). The New York Times: p. 4. Retrieved June 20, 2010. 
  32. ^ While the NY Times citation states that the conclusion was drawn on the basis of her role as a legal analyst, the NYT article cites a CBS News video which makes clear that Lisa Bloom's conclusions were substantially based on her personal experience of having worked with her mother. See Laurie Winer, June 18, 2010, op. cit., and the "…could mean only one thing…" link to the CBS video, therein.
  33. ^ "Rachel Uchitel: from 9/11 symbol to tabloid target". The Daily Telegraph (London: The Daily Telegraph). November 30, 2009. Retrieved June 21, 2010. 
  34. ^ Thomson, Katherine (May 13, 2010). "David Boreanaz & Rachel Uchitel's Texts Leaked". Huffington Post, by Huffington Post. Retrieved May 13, 2010. 
  35. ^ "Rachel Uchitel: David Boreanaz Ain't In My Life". TMZ.com. Retrieved 2010-09-14. 
  36. ^ "Boreanaz's mystery mistress named | Celebrities | Entertainment". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2010-09-14. 
  37. ^ "Uchitel confesses having affair with David Boreanaz". The Times of India. 2010-05-14. Archived from the original on May 17, 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-14. 
  38. ^ Sheridan, Emily (May 13, 2010). "Tiger Woods’ ‘Nº 1 mistress’ Rachel Uchitel confesses to affair with Buffy star David Boreanaz". Daily Mail (London). 
  39. ^ "Rachel Uchitel on TMZ Live: I Feel Guilty". TMZ.com. May 14, 2010. Retrieved 20 June 2010. 
  40. ^ "Rachel Uchitel – I Didn't Extort Anyone!". TMZ.com. May 14, 2010. Retrieved June 20, 2010. 
  41. ^ Rachel Uchitel weds boyfriend Matt Hahn
  42. ^ Ravitz, Justin (May 16, 2012). "Rachel Uchitel Welcomes Baby Girl!". Us Weekly. 
  43. ^ "Rachel Uchitel Getting Divorced". TMZ.com. June 11, 2013. 

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