Bethenny Frankel
Age 47
Born November 4, 1970
Place of Origin New York City, New York
Series Real Housewives of New York City
Season(s) 1-3, 7-

Bethenny Frankel is a New York City housewife.


Bethenny is best known as the snarky, motivated and determined housewife on the New York series of the franchise. Frankel grew up in New York where her father was a successful horserace trainer and she attended Pine Crest school. After graduation, she attended NYU and the Natural Gourmet Culinary Institute where she studied to become a chef. Following her education, Bethenny began her own company, Bethennybakes, which provided her rich clientele with custom delivery service of all-natural foods designed to promote a healthy lifestyle and weight loss.

Before being cast in the Real Housewives, Frankel appeared on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart where she ended the cooking competition as runner-up. After competing in the Martha Stewart show, Bethenny started writing for Hampton's Magazine, promoting healthy eating and lifestyle, which led her to subsequently author many books and articles concerning the same subject matter.


On the Real Housewives, Bethenny starts off as the only non-housewife. Instead of facials and shopping sprees, Frankel is portrayed as career-driven, determined, and brutally honest. Her friendship with castmate Jill Zarin blossoms into a mother-daughter relationship until Season 3 resumes and Bethenny and Jill are no longer friends. Bethenny's career takes off as her popularity increases, but so do the drama and arguments between her and Kelly Bensimmon. By the end of Season 3, Bethenny is engaged and expecting her first child with fiance, Jason Hoppy.

Bethenny was able to successfully launch her Skinnygirl Margaritas and release her second New York Times Best Selling book, The Skinnygirl Dish: Easy Recipes For Your Naturally Thin Life. Even with such a packed work schedule, Bethenny found time to fall in love, announce her pregnancy and move into a new apartment. From this, a spin-off was created, to chronicle Bethenny's worldwind lifestyle. Bethenny Getting Married debuted June 10, 2010 to high ratings and will conclude with the birth of her daughter, Bryn, who was born May 8, 2010.