|Born:||November 4, 1970|
New York City, New York, USA
|Height:||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
|Weight:||115 lb (52 kg)|
Bethenny Frankel (born November 4, 1970) is an American reality television personality, former talk show host, author, and an entrepreneur. A former natural foods chef, she is the founder of Skinnygirl Cocktails, the author of four self-help books, and the host of the talk show, Bethenny. Frankel has appeared on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, The Real Housewives of New York City and was the subject of the reality television series Bethenny Ever After.
Frankel is the only child of horse trainer Robert J. Frankel and Bernadette Birk. Her father was Jewish and her mother was a Roman Catholic of Welsh descent who converted to Judaism when they married. 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.
Frankel graduated in 1988 from the Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where she lived on campus. She attended the National Gourmet Institute for Healthy and Culinary Arts in New York City, and New York University.
She obtained her bachelor's degree in government from Connecticut College.
Bethenny worked as a production assistant on the set of Saved by the Bell. 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.
In 2005, Frankel was a contestant on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, a reality competition series, and was one of two finalists. In 2008, Frankel was selected for the reality TV series The Real Housewives of New York City. In June 2010, Frankel starred in the Bravo reality TV show Bethenny Getting Married?, which documented her engagement, marriage and the birth of their daughter. At the time of its premiere, the series was the highest rated of any series in Bravo's history. In September 2010, Frankel announced, that for personal reasons, she would not be returning to the The Real Housewives of New York City show. In February 2011, Bethenny Getting Married? was retitled Bethenny Ever After and 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 March 2009, Frankel's book, Naturally Thin: Unleash Your SkinnyGirl and Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting, was published and The SkinnyGirl Dish: Easy Recipes for Your Naturally Thin Life, was published in December. She created an exercise DVD, Body by Bethenny, in spring 2010 and an audio book, The Skinnygirl Rules, which summarized her two prior books. In 2011, Frankel published, A Place of Yes: 10 Rules for Getting Everything You Want Out of Life and in December 2012, published the novel Skinnydipping.
Frankel created the Skinnygirl cocktail company in April 2011 and later sold the company to Fortune Brands' Beam Global for an estimated $100 million. In 2011, Whole Foods Market stopped carrying Skinnygirl cocktails because they contained a preservative that did not meet their quality standards.
Frankel married entertainment industry executive Peter Sussman in 1996 and divorced him in 1997. Frankel posed nude for a PETA billboard in September 2009. Frankel married businessman Jason Hoppy on March 28, 2010 in New York City. Her daughter, Bryn, was born in May 2010. Frankel separated from Hoppy in December 2012, and filed for divorce in January 2013.