Bethenny Frankel paddleboards to remain fit
- Reported - October, 03 2013
With her talk show and custody battle taking up the bulk of her time,
Bethenny Frankel found a unique way to get away from it all. The talk show host
spent a magic hour by herself paddleboarding along the calm waters of the Hudson
River in New York on Wednesday. Bethenny, 42, was suited for a workout in black
leggings and a clingy grey and pink-edged athletic top, and her hair was pulled
back in a no-fuss ponytail.
Never one to miss an opportunity for self-promotion, Bethenny even brought her
own paddleboard on which her name - and the name of her chat show - was spelled
out in pink lowercase letters. Bethenny seemed to know what she was doing as she
cruised along the coast with the city skyscrapers looming in the distance. The
former Real Housewives Of New York City had her bare feet braced hip-distance
apart on the board while she used the paddle to steer herself along.
Bethenny Frankel is an American TV personality, author, entrepreneur and natural
foods cook. She has appeared on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, The Real
Housewives of New York City and was the subject of the TV shows Bethenny Getting
Married and Bethenny Ever After. She is the founder of Skinnygirl Cocktails, the
author of four self-help books and the host of the TV series, Bethenny.
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, New York University and Boston
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 reality TV
show and was one of two finalists. In 2008, Frankel was selected for the reality
TV series The Real Housewives of New York City In March, Frankel's first book,
Naturally Thin: Unleash Your SkinnyGirl and Free Yourself from a Lifetime of
Dieting, was published. In December 2009, her second book, The SkinnyGirl Dish:
Easy Recipes for Your Naturally Thin Life, was released.
She also created an exercise DVD, Body by Bethenny, in spring 2010 and an audio
book, The Skinnygirl Rules, which summarized her two SkinnyGirl books. In June,
Frankel starred in the Bravo reality TV show Bethenny Getting Married?, which
documented her engagement, marriage and the birth of her daughter. The show's
premiere was the highest rated of any series in Bravo's history. In September,
Frankel announced, that for personal reasons, she would not be returning to the
The Real Housewives of New York City show. In February 2011, Frankel starred in
a follow up series, Bethenny Ever After which 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 2011, Frankel released A Place of Yes: 10 Rules for Getting Everything
You Want Out of Life which spent several weeks on the New York Times Bestseller
List. In April 2011, Frankel sold her Skinnygirl cocktail brand to Fortune
Brands' Beam Global for an estimated $100 million dollars. In September 2011,
Whole Foods Market stopped selling Skinnygirl products because they contained a
preservative that did not meet their quality standards.
Frankel created a TV talk show pilot and after a successful test run in 2012 the
show was scheduled for Warner Bros. syndication sometime in 2013. In December
2012, Frankel published a novel called "Skinnydipping".
When a sailboat edged a little too close, Bethenny used all the muscle she had
to pick up the speed to avoid a possible collision. After her workout the
reality star was seen padding down the wooden dock in flip flops. She stopped at
a sprinkler to wash down her feet and ended getting a total body spray, but
Bethenny took it all in stride.
Later the working mom was seen looking refreshed in green trousers, white
T-shirt and wedge-heeled trainers as she picked up her daughter Bryn from
school. Her three-year-old was pretty as a picture in a blue frock, blue
barrette and purple shoes with Velcro straps. Bethenny is currently going
through a bitter divorce and custody battle with her ex, Jason Hoppy.
On Monday's episode of Bethenny, guest Martha Stewart not only showed her the
right way to slice cake, but gave her some food for thought as well. 'The best
thing to do is think of your partner as a piece of you know what, the
72-year-old advised. It's over and get on with your life. It's a horrible
thing to go through a divorce, Martha told Bethenny, adding somewhat jokingly:
You'll get married again. You are probably going to get married at least twice
again. Bethenny thought it was funny but conceded: I honestly don't think I'll
ever get married again.