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Who Knew? Wednesday–10 Unusual Facts About Bethenny Frankel

Bitches in bed and cookies before cocktails.

She's a sassy, savvy Skinnygirl with a slew of city-slicker gal-pals/frenemies who make her reality TV experience one to tune into week after week on Bravo.

Bethenny Frankel is an open book with lots of (often unsolicited) advice to offer her co-stars and even more to complain about. She's rich as a son-of-a-bitch and fit as a fiddle.

A good mom, yes. A good divorcee, not so much. Though Bethenny's not shy about airing lots of her dirty size-0 clothing for the world to see, there's still much left yet little-known about the business mogul.

Here are 10 unusual and interesting facts about the New Yorker that will leave even Ramona speechless.

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She's Been Saved By the Bell

Did you know that once upon a time, Bethenny was a production assistant on the set of the teen hit TV show, Saved By the Bell? Bravo TV tells us that she was on set during season 3 of the iconic show mixing and mingling with the cool cast. Wonder what Screech thought of Bethenny?

bethenny frankel unusual factsBethenny is right behind Zack Morris

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No Meat for the Little One

Bravo TV also tells us that Bethenny is raising her daughter, Bryn, as a vegetarian. She said once she's older, Bryn can decide if she wants to sink her teeth into a juicy burger, but for now, no cow.

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Twice Divorced

Sure, we've all heard about the drama surrounding Bethenny's divorce from Jason Hoppy, but did you know she was once married before that to her ex, Peter Sussman, who she tied the knot with in 1996? Bustle tells us that Peter was her best friend, but best hubby? Not so much. Maybe the third time will be a charm for the unlucky in love lady.

bethenny frankel unusual factsBethenny had an acrimonious divorce from Jason Hoppy

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Cookies and Cocktails

Bethenny's Skinnygirl cocktail line is a huge success, but before drinks came desserts, as per Contact Music. Bethenny had a healthy cookie company in New York called "Bethenny Bakes" before mixing it up in the world of alcohol. Sounds like Bethenny has a taste for the sweeter things in life!

bethenny frankel unusual factsSkinny muffins too!

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Millions for Mixology

As per Fame Focus, when Bethenny sold her cocktail company to Fortune Brands' Beam Global, they paid her a whopping $100 million. We'll drink to that huge payout!

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Hilton Handler

According to Bravo TV, Bethenny used to babysit for Paris and Nicky Hilton. Must have been fun watching Paris play with toys before she played with boys!

bethenny frankel unusual factsBless their little hearts...

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Bottoms Up

One may think that Bethenny's libation of choice would be a Skinnygirl margarita, but as per Bravo TV, her go-to drink is vodka on the rocks with three olives. A strong cocktail for a strong broad.

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Brains vs. Beauty

Bethenny told Us Weekly that she'd rather be the most interesting gal in the room than the best looking. While she's certainly not too shabby in the looks department, Bethenny must always beat out the bunch with her personality.

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Bitch in Bed

Sleeping with her dog, Cookie under the covers is the perfect way to spend the night, according to what Bethenny told Us Weekly. What's cuter or cuddlier than a canine companion on a cold winter's night?

bethenny frankel unusual factsBethenny's favorite bitch

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Full Fridge

Bethenny told Parenting that the five things she always keeps in her refrigerator are Parmesan cheese, grape tomatoes, butter, Dijon mustard, and organic milk. Not sure these items would make for a good meal, but it's better than a cooler full of beer and soda.

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Bethenny Frankel Plastic Surgery Bethenny Frankel's New Face—Plastic Fantastic Or Au Natural?

Bethenny Frankel debuted a new hair color and a new face recently. The Skinny Girl mogul rocked a fuscia bob in honor of the launch of her Skinnygirl brand of sweets at Dylan's Candy in New York late last month.

The 45 year-old Real Housewives of New York alumni was barely recognizable and Popdust suspects a surgeon may have played a role in her dramatic new look.

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Two prominent doctors seem to agree:

Santa Monica based dermatologist to the stars, Dr. Ben Behnam tells Popdust exclusively:

"Bethenny's face looks much fuller and she has much more prominent cheek bones. It looks like she's injected some filler into her face, most likely Radiesse or Sculptra. She also has no crows feet (wrinkles surrounding the eyes) or forehead lines. She has probably done some Botox as well. Overall she looks great."

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However New York based plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Tornambe wasn't quite so in favor of any work she may have had, he says:

“Here is the scoop on poor Bethenny, too bad, pretty lady. Judging from her before photos, and the after photos, she has what is called "The Joker's Smile" seen all too often with certain types of facelift technique where the underlying muscle is tightened in one direction and the excess skin pulled in another, more lateral direction. It causes that weird lateral pull of her smile, looking like 'The Joker.' I have seen it all too frequently and it is difficult to fix. She also appears to have had fairly large cheek implants placed as well."

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But, wait! There's more!

“Her jaw line looks awful! She either had a chin implant with liposuction of her jaw line or just lipo of jawline, and it's way overdone. The trend now with Facelifts is to add fat to face via fat grafting, not sucking it out! I realize that the movie camera lens makes you look fatter, but give me a break here! The photo of her smiling really demonstrates the Joker's Smile phenomenon! Horrible!"


Bethenny! Are you in there?

But back to the candy. Skinnygirl offers chocolate truffles, chocolate bars, chocolate-covered almonds, and gummies — each coming in pre-portioned packages at 100 calories each. They even have mints, so you can disguise the Skinnygirl vodka on your breath.

“Portion control is huge," Frankel says. “I don't believe in fake." (Really, does you face know that?)

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Talking to People, Frankel said;

“I think I saw a void [in the market]. Every woman I know has a sweet tooth and most women I know have PMS or they get emotional and they want chocolate […] It's low calorie and they're delicious; people are obsessed with them. And I don't think there's really anything else out there like that — especially with such quality. There's a lot of chocolate, but it feels like junk food."

Bethenny Frankel Plastic Surgery

Bethenny Frankel Plastic Surgery

bethenny frankels swanky soho digs

This Real Housewife may not live in an actual house, or be a wife for that matter, but Bethenny Frankel's swanky SoHo digs prove she is sure living the good life.

According to Daily Mail:

Frankel's new $4.2 million apartment, located in the heart of Manhattan, has been under renovations for some time, causing the brash broad to claim she’s been “homeless” (really, Bethenny?).

But now, the single mom and her 5-year-old daughter are finally off the streets (AKA: posh hotel rooms) and living in a 2,392 sq. ft. apartment in NYC’s SoHo.

The place is totally fab, just like Bethenny.

Here’s what Jason Hoppy will be missing—or not, since he still lives in their old, also amazing, 3,400 sq. ft. place…

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The huge apartment features 2 luxe bedrooms (hers with a walk-in closet), 2.5 bathrooms, and a swanky sunken living room with 14-foot ceilings. If you’ve been in a normal person’s Manhattan apartment, you know that’s not typical.

The spacious kitchen boasts fancy marble counters and she’s also got a wet bar, you know, for all her Skinnygirl inventory.

Outside, Bethenny can take in NYC’s best views from her rooftop deck.

The colors are neutral and tasteful and the home is decorated with elegance. Perhaps The Countess has rubbed off on Ms. Frankel.

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Bravo (get it?) for Bethenny. She’s had a hard life and finally made it to the top.

Perhaps we’ll catch a glimpse of her new pad on the next season of Real Housewives of New York.

Till then, sit back, drink a cocktail, and pretend you’re a Skinnygirl too.

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Bethenny Frankel  is your original Real Housewife success story.

The show that launched a thousand feuds certainly served the Skinny Girl well—she seized the opportunity to launch her brand, find a husband and baby daddy before sailing off into the beckoning Hollywood sunset.

Then it kind of imploded.  The marriage split, the talk show got cancelled and Bethenny has returned to her roots and the show that once “embarrassed” her:  Real Housewives of New York City.

Frankel sat down with Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live this week in a half hour special and filled us in on the current state of her life and the fact that she will never get married again.  Ever.

She quit the show four years ago to spread her wings.   She'd had a horrible falling out with ex BFF Jill Zarin on the show (Zarin is not currently returning) and explained her leaving;

“There was a point I was a little embarrassed to be a Housewife.  Now, coming back I feel I’m proud to be doing it again.  I feel like it is a different show…it seems honest.  It seems real.  It seems a little…old school.”

She described her reasons for returning;

"I don't think people really know me anymore. Even when doing a talk show, it was very controlled. I felt like I was directing traffic.

I didn't realize how liberating this is... to be exactly who you are. It's who I am which is so scary. It occurred to me recently. I'm a professional reality star. This is like, my calling... I just feel comfortable in this."

As is well documented, Bethenny, 44, has been in a BITTER divorce battle since she her 2010 split with ex husband Jason Hoppy, with whom she shares a daughter, Bryn, 4.  In her usual candid way she said;

"The power struggle between men and women [exists], and [it is hard] when the woman is the breadwinner.  I think fame, attention and money does not bring out the best in everybody.  I think that money, in may ways, is the root of all evil.

People should be in relationships with people that really accept them and understand them…[Jason and I] brushed [issues] under the rug.”

Attempting  to not inflame the situation she continued;

“I don’t want to come in here and start trashing the situation, its not good for anyone.”

Well Jason clearly felt trashed.  Hoppy’s attorney said that he and his client were “exploring  their legal options” after the interview, which troubled them.

Jeez Jason, let it go and stop whining!


NB—In case you hadn't guessed, this Popdust writer for one cannot WAIT to see Bethenny back in action!

Bethenny Frankel is so traumatized by her marriage (and endless, ongoing divorce proceedings) with Jason Hoppy, she will never get married again.

The Real Housewives of New York star filed for divorce over two years ago, but is still embroiled in an ugly battle with her ex-husband which included a custody dispute over daughter Bryn, 4.

Bethenny appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen to talk about her return to the Housewives and thoughts on future romance.

"I will never get legally married again," she said. "It doesn't mean that I won't commit to someone. I'm not jaded, I'm not bitter about love, I think there are amazing guys out there in the world—it's none of that. I will never, ever be legally married again... Marriage is the Hotel California. You can check out at any time but you can never leave."

After the unending ugliness of her split from Jason, we really can't blame her for feeling like that. Unless someone is super-religious, what really is the point of marriage these days?

Bethenny also (very honestly) admitted she looked down on the Real Housewives after she originally left, despite the franchise making her a household name.

"There was a point where I was a little embarrassed to be a Housewife," she said. "I felt like it was a little, something to not be proud of. And there was a time that I felt, when I was in it, that it felt not what it started out as, and that's why I walked away. But now, coming back, I'm feeling proud to do it again, I feel like it is a different show and I feel like me coming back to this show this season has changed up the dynamic…it seems honest, it seems real, it seems a little bit old-school—that's how it feels."

The Real Housewives of New York returns on April 7 at 9/8c on Bravo!


The Real Housewives of New York are back- and BOY does it look like this season will be full of drama!

As Popdust previously reported, Bethenny Frankel has returned to the show that made her a household name, along with Carole Radizwill, Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan, Heather Thomson, Kristen Taekman, LuAnn de Lesseps and new cast member Dorinda Medley.

Bravo has kindly released a nice long trailer for the new season, and the reason it's so long is because SO MUCH stuff happens. Bethenny and Ramona are both going through very public and very ugly divorces, and the Skinnygirl mogul doesn't exactly hit it off with Heather.

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Then there's Sonja just going full trashy, LuAnn sleeping with everyone, and Carole admitting to having sexy dreams about Bethenny. oh, and there's fighting. Lots and lots of fighting!

Watch the trailer and don't miss the Real Housewives of New York on Tuesday, April 7 at 9 pm on Bravo!