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Bethenny Frankel starred on the reality-TV show The Real Housewives of New York City and two spinoffs. She also launched the brand Skinnygirl.
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She became known for her low-cal cocktail recipes, especially her margarita.
Frankel kept writing, including the recipe guide The Skinnygirl Dish, the autobiographical A Place of Yes and the novel Skinnydipping. Her Skinnygirl brand also included premixed cocktails. (Fortune Brands Inc. acquired the beverage line for an estimated $100 million). Plus, Frankel branched out into exercise accessories, undergarments and other creations. In 2012,
Forbes estimated her yearly earnings at $12 million.
While business was booming, her relationship with Hoppy was tanking. The 42-year-old announced their breakup on December 23, 2012. On January 5 of that year, she filed papers. Three weeks later, Hoppy did the same. Their split may get ugly, as both are seeking primary custody of their daughter.
Frankel's TV career continues despite her impending divorce. Following a successful test run of her own talk show, bethenny, in 2012, she began planning to take the show national in 2013. It is executive-produced by Ellen DeGeneres. The goal, Frankel told USA Today, "is to have DeGeneres Oprah me, which means putting her stamp on bethenny, as Winfrey did for protégé hits Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz."
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