The television personality and entrepreneur Bethenny Frankel was born in 1970. Frankel spent her teenage years growing up in Florida; after graduating from high school in Fort Lauderdale, Bethenny enrolled at the Natural Gourmet Institute and then later at New York University.
Bethenny’s foray into the world of entertainment was at first behind the scenes; she worked as a production assistant on television shows such as Saved by the Bell. She then rose to finalist on the competition The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, in 2005, and in 2008, she joined the cast of the Real Housewives of New York City. Frankel joined the cast for the first season and remained with the show through season three; she later returned for seasons seven and eight. In 2010, Frankel starred in the Bravo series Bethenny Getting Married?, which followed her journey to motherhood and marriage for one season.
Although Bethenny rose to prominence as a cast member of Real Housewives, she became even more well-known with the publication of her book, Naturally Thin: Unleash Your SkinnyGirl and Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting. The book was a sensation, and launched not only addition books and exercise DVDs, but also the SkinnyGirl cocktail company, which ultimately sold for an estimated one hundred million dollars.
Today, Bethenny Frankel is one of the most personally successful cast members of the Real Housewives franchise. Frankel most recently appeared as a competitor on the Food Network’s competition, Beat Bobby Flay. Her most recent book, I Suck at Relationships So You Don’t Have To, was published in 2014.