The Real Housewives of New York City Turns 10! See Every Cast Member, Then and Now
Starting out as a natural food chef working for private clients, Frankel was the only Housewife of the bunch in season 1 who was struggling to make a name for herself. A decade later, Frankel, 47, has trasnformed her signature SkinnyGirl cocktail into a $25 million empire, with a slew of products and books — and even her own production company and charity — under her belt. Now a mom to 7-year-old daughter Bryn, Frankel took three seasons off from RHONY, leaving after season 3 and returning for season 7.
The only original New York City gal to never miss a season as a Housewife, Singer, 61, hasn't changed much over the years — despite multiple "renewal" and "new beginnings" declarations. She's dating now that she and husband Mario Singer divorced in 2015 after 23 years of marriage. But deep down, the blonde-haired beauty is still as outspoken and quotable as ever.
LUANN DE LESSEPS
Started as a Countess, now she's here. De Lesseps, 52, may have gone through the most heartbreak of any Housewife during her 10 seasons on the show (one of which was spent as a Friend of the Housewives). She's been divorced twice (from Alexandre de Lesseps in 2009 and from Tom D’Agostino Jr. in 2017), had a few drunken stumbles (like her fall in the bush in Tequila, Mexico), and an arrest and subsequent trip to rehab (which will play out this season). But with three hit singles, with a fourth on the way, RHONY fans should know better than to count out the Countess.
A fast-talking, overbearing Jewish mother, Zarin, 54, was the glue that held the group together in season 1 — though as the years went on, some of her actions (and particularly, a feud with Frankel) tour the group apart. Since departing the show in season 4, Zarin and Frankel have put down their swords. The two even came face-to-face in January, when Frankel attended the funeral of Zarin's late husband, Bobby.
While the NYC Housewives were in "high school," McCord was in Brooklyn with her husband Simon van Kempen and sons Johan, 13, and Francois, 15. Over her four seasons on the show, McCord's marriage to Simon and parenting style ruffled a lot of feathers. At the time, McCord, 44, was trying to fit in with the New York City elite. Now, she's since given all that up — packing up her family (and her Herman Munster shoes) and moving to Australia.
KELLY KILLOREN BENSIMON
Entering the action in season 2, Bensimon immediately butted heads with Frankel. But the 49-year-old supermodel wasn't having it, telling Frankel, "This is you, this is me, we're not friends" in one of the show's most quoted scenes. That was only the beginning. From running in traffic to her "Scary Island" battle, Bensimon gave RHONY its most iconc moments. She stayed on the show through season 4, and appeared as a guest in seasons 6 and 7.
A little Sonja will spice up any party! Morgan, 54, joined the RHONY ladies in season 3 and immediately became the straw that stirred the pot. Newly divorced from John Adams Morgan, she was single and ready to mingle. Seven seasons later, Sonja's remained the show's resident sex pot (even if fans are still waiting for that toaster oven cookbook).
Barshop, 53, only lasted one season on RHONY, premiering in season 4. The mother of two may have struggled to make Quogue happen, but she's remained in business — relaunching her Completely Bare spas and hair removal products as Spruce & Bond in 2014.
I'll see your Countess and raise you a Princess. Carole — who wrote in her 2005 memoir, What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship and Love, about the pain of losing her late husband, Anthony Radziwill, to cancer weeks after Anthony's cousin, John F. Kennedy, Jr., and wife Carolyn Kennedy died in a plane crash — was probably one of the most shocking picks for a Housewife, what with her laid back attitude and longtime experience as journalist. But joining the cast during RHONY's major season 5 shakeup, she's proven to be a calming voice among the crazy. And of those aformentioned additions? She's the only one that (pun intended) remains.
Holla! Thomson, 47, burst on the scene in season 5 as the second coming of Jill Zarin. A mother of two who had worked with some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, and Sean “Diddy” Combs, Thomson had the savvy street smarts and quick wit to match Singer, de Lesseps, and Morgan's big personalities. Sadly, the shapewear designer (Yummie by Heather Thomson) only stuck around as a full-time Housewife for three seasons. But she has shown up as a guest on subsequent seasons, as she's still pals with Radziwill.
It may take a village to write a book according to Drescher, 47, but the Leggy Blonde author was the only one responsible for picking up her leg and throwing it across the room of Le Cirque during the season 6 finale. That would ultimately be the final time fans saw Drescher on RHONY. Despite only joining the show in season 5, the controversial Housewives' flying leg would end up being her last stand.
Former model Taekman might not have been the smartest Housewife of the bunch, but she sure was pretty! At least, that's the headline-grabbing tagline the 40-year-old mother of two brought when she joined the show in season 6. During her two seasons on the show, she launched her own nail polish line called Pop of Color, fought a lot with her husband Josh, and got hit in the mouth with a wine glass Singer threw her way. She left in season 7.
Taekman's exit made room for Medley, who gave RHONY new life in season 8. A longtime friend of Singer's with ties to de Lesseps (and Zarin), Medley easily fit in with the group — but stood out with her hilarious drunken one-liners and quick temper. Plus, is it even a season of RHONY anymore without a trip to her home in the Berkshires? She made it nice!
A friend of Medley's, Wainstein seemed like she would be able to fit into the group well when she joined in season 8. But the half-Japanese, half-Jewish mother of two never really found her footing. And when her marriage exploded in the wake of the show with a messy divorce that's still ongoing, the 37 year old exited the show to focus on her personal life.
With a background in reality TV (she starred in The CW’s 2010 series High Society), Mortimer, 42, was a seasoned pro by the time she came aboard RHONY in season 9. But it wasn't just experience Tinsley brought, she also had drama. The socialite had been arrested in April 2015 for trespassing on her ex-boyfriend’s property in Palm Beach, Florida. Now out of the bad relationship, she came in ready to start anew in the Big Apple and leave her past behind. It'll be hard to do that this season though, with de Lesseps picking up a Palm Beach mugshot of her own. What happens in Palm Beach, stays in Palm Beach.