Bethenny Frankel

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Bethenny Frankel

Frankel in April 2009
Born(1970-11-04) November 4, 1970 (age 42)
EducationPine Crest School
Spouse(s)Peter Sussman (1996; divorced) Jason Hoppy (2010–present)
ChildrenBryn Hoppy (b. 2010)
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Bethenny Frankel

Frankel in April 2009
Born(1970-11-04) November 4, 1970 (age 42)
EducationPine Crest School
Spouse(s)Peter Sussman (1996; divorced) Jason Hoppy (2010–present)
ChildrenBryn Hoppy (b. 2010)

Bethenny Frankel (born November 4, 1970) is an American TV personality, author, entrepreneur, talk show host and natural foods chef. She has appeared on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, The Real Housewives of New York City and was the subject of the TV shows Bethenny Getting Married? and Bethenny Ever After. She is the founder of Skinnygirl Cocktails, the author of four self-help books and the host of the TV series, Bethenny.


Early life and education

Frankel is the only child of horse trainer Robert J. Frankel and Bernadette Burke.[1] Her father was Jewish and her mother converted to Judaism.[2] Her father left her mother when Frankel was four years old and when she was five, her mother married another horse trainer, John Parisella. She describes her childhood as difficult. Her biological father stopped supporting the family and her mother, Frankel says, "was always drinking" and often argued violently with her stepfather.[1]

Frankel attended The Saint Agnes School[3] and graduated in 1988 from the Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida[4] where she lived on campus. She attended the National Gourmet Institute for Healthy and Culinary Arts in New York City,[5] New York University and Boston University.[citation needed]


Frankel began her TV and film career when 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.

Frankel was an original cast member on Bravo's series The Real Housewives of New York City[6] and in 2005, appeared on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart TV show and was one of two finalists.[7][8]

In 2009 she launched her company, Skinnygirl Cocktails, and was a contributor to Bravo TV's coverage of the Kentucky Oaks.[citation needed] In March, Frankel's first book, Naturally Thin: Unleash Your SkinnyGirl and Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting, was published. In December 2009, her second book, The SkinnyGirl Dish: Easy Recipes for Your Naturally Thin Life, was released. She also created an exercise DVD, Body by Bethenny, in spring 2010 and an audio book, The Skinnygirl Rules, which summarized her two SkinnyGirl books.[9]

In June 2010, Frankel starred in the Bravo reality TV show Bethenny Getting Married?, which documented her engagement, marriage and the birth of her daughter. The show's premiere was the highest rated of any series in Bravo's history.[10][11]

In September 2010, Frankel announced, that for personal reasons, she would not be returning to the The Real Housewives of New York City show.[12] In February 2011, Frankel starred in a follow up series, Bethenny Ever After which 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 July 2012, Bethenny Frankel announced that she would not continue on reality TV after the completion of her contract with Bethenny Ever After.[citation needed]

In March 2011, Bethenny released A Place of Yes: 10 Rules for Getting Everything You Want Out of Life which spent several weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List. In April 2011, Frankel sold her Skinnygirl cocktail brand to Fortune Brands' Beam Global for an estimated $100 million dollars.[13][14] In September 2011, Whole Foods Market stopped selling Skinnygirl products because they contained a preservative that did not meet their quality standards.[15] On May 1, 2012, Bethenny released her fourth New York Times Bestseller and her very first novel called "Skinnydipping".[citation needed]

Frankel created a talk show pilot for broadcast during the summer of 2012 on Fox-owned stations with Ellen DeGeneres as the show's executive producer.[16][17]

Personal life

Frankel married Peter Sussman, in 1996 and later divorced.[18] She posed nude for a PETA billboard in September 2009.[19] Frankel married Jason Hoppy in March 2010[20] and in May 2010, gave birth to their daughter Bryn.[21]



  1. ^ a b People: "Bethenny Frankel: Love Saved My Life" By LIZ MCNEIL July 19, 2010
  2. ^ 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."
  3. ^ Simon & Schuster website -"Disco Queen" By Bethenny Frankel February 14, 2009
  4. ^ Pinecrest Alumni newsletter Retrieved July 12, 2012
  5. ^ South Florida Sun-Sentinel: "Bethenny Frankel comes to South Beach this weekend" By John Tanasychuk February 20, 2012
  6. ^ Huguenin, Patrick (January 14, 2008). "Bravo spinoff 'Real Housewives of New York City' debuts in March". Daily News (New York).
  7. ^ Bethenny Frankel: A Reality Star One Year Later Jack Myers Media Village
  8. ^ Martha Stewart selects Dawna Stone as her 'The Apprentice' winner Reality TV World
  9. ^ "Bethenny Frankel's Tips on Staying Slim, Sexy, and Fabulous".
  10. ^ "Ratings: Bethenny Getting Married? the Most-Watched Series Debut in Bravo History".
  11. ^ "Bethenny Frankel Leaving Real Housewives of New York City?". National Ledger. June 20, 2010. Retrieved June 24, 2010.
  12. ^ "Bethenny Frankel: I'm Leaving 'The Real Housewives of New York City'". CBS News. September 2, 2010. Retrieved November 27, 2010.
  13. ^ "Forbes Magazine Looking Into Bethenny Frankel's Financials". Huffington Post (New York). October 13, 2011.
  14. ^ "Bethenny Frankel on Skinnygirl Sale". Today Show – MSNBC (New York). October 17, 2011.
  15. ^ "Bethenny Frankel's Skinnygirl line pulled from Whole Foods". CNN. September 2, 2011. Retrieved September 2, 2011.
  16. ^ "Bethenny Frankel's Talk Show Fails to Find Syndicated Home". CNN. November 28, 2011. Retrieved September 2, 2011.
  17. ^ "'Bethenny' to Air in Summer Test on Fox", from Broadcasting & Cable, January 24, 2012
  18. ^ Bethenny Frankel reveals secret first marriage to Peter Sussman. BY Cristina Everett, DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER, Wednesday, June 9, 2010
  19. ^ Hall, Katy (December 15, 2009). "Bethenny Frankel: Nude For PETA". The Huffington Post. Retrieved January 29, 2010.
  20. ^ "Bethenny Frankel & Jason Hoppy's Dream Wedding!". OK! (New York). April 2, 2010.
  21. ^ "Bethenny Frankel in Size-4 Bikini 3 Weeks After Baby! Go Bethenny!".

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