The Real Housewives of New York City Cheat Sheet: What Have They've Been Doing Since Last Season

by guestofaguest · April 7, 2011

We've all been waiting for it -- and finally, tonight the ladies of NYC are back again (sans Bethenny) for a 4th season! So what have the lovely ladies of The Real Housewives of New York been up to since we last saw them? Let's find out!

LuAnn de Lesseps:


LuAnn's been dealing with her 16 year-old daughter's recent mishap of getting caught on tape rolling a joint and shouting out racial slurs [DailyNews]

Finalizing her divorce after allegedly cheating on her husband [CBS]

After the success of her dance single, "Money Can't Buy You Class," she's signed with Ultra Records and released this thing called "Chic C'est la Vie":

Now has a column for OK Magazine entitled "What Would the Countess Do?"

Landed a guest star role in a new scripted show called "Eden" for USA Network in which she plays herself [RealHousewivesOfGossip]

She also appeared semi-nude on an episode of Law & Order: SVU, see the video here

In addition to being busy with her career, the Countess is also busy in her love life with her new boyfriend, French wine distributor Jacques Azoulay who has an uncanny resemblance to David Schwimmer [People]

[With her new beau  Jacques Azoulay, via]

[Partying with Ramona, via GuestofaGuest]

[LuAnn showing off her moves and vocals on the stage, via GuestOfAGuest]


Alex McCord:


Alex has spoken to the Village Voice about her support for gay marriage. You go girl! [VillageVoice]

Has signed with New York Model Management after walking the runway for Brooklyn Fashion Weekend. She walked  the runway for the Malan Breton Spring 2011 and Belle Parish for Ali Landry Spring 2011 fashion shows this past September [RealHousewivesBlog]

Named "Best Dressed Housewife Overall" by Glamour Magazine

Frequently appears as a panelist on shows such as Rachey Ray, Wendy Williams, Joy Behar, Tyra Banks

In an interview with OK! Magazine, Alex and Simon van Kempen commented on the upcoming season:

"This is far and away our best season yet," Alex says. "When you do a show with the same group of women over four years, you go in deep. It's like peeling an onion. You get in deeper and deeper every season, and it's far and away the best yet."

Simon continues, "NYC is unique. You still have four from season one, so LuAnn, Jill, Ramona and Alex have been there now for four years. Whereas in season one they all clashed superficially at times, now it's no longer superficial. Everyone knows where their buttons are."

Alex chimes in, "And pushes them all the time."

Simon says, "You'll see certain characters redeem themselves and have a renewal this season over last season, and we'll have to see if that pays off for them or not."

[Alex McCord talking to Rachelle Hruska during Fall Fashion Week]

[Always a glamour girl, via Glamour]


Ramona Singer:


Ramona presented her second collection of jewelry on HSN which includes art deco and estate looks [HSN]

Launched her own wine called "Ramona Pinot Grigio" so everyone can have their own "turtle time" [SlashFood]

Also launched a new line for True Faith jewelry

Dissed Bethenny Frankel for Bethenny's actions on her own reality TV show [E!News]

Partied with Katie Holmes at Lavo [DailyFrontRow]

[Modeling her jewelry for True Faith]

[Speaking at the Womens Venture Fund: Defining Moments Gala & Auction]

Jill Zarin:


Jill and her sister appeared on ABC news to discuss her new book "Secrets of a Jewish Mother"

Still hates Bethenny Frankel

Was snubbed by Padma Lakshmi [TheStir]

Launched her own line of shapewear for young girls called "Skweez" [The Cut]

Walked the runway for the Zang Toi Fall 2011 show, see the video here

[Jill Zarin at the The Feast :Pop Art Pop Up Restaurant]

[Posing with Richie Rich]

Kelly Killoren Bensimon:

Kelly recently took a trip to Haiti with Generosity Water to help support getting clean and safe drinking water to the people of Haiti [HollywoodLife]

Hung out with Snooki at the opening of Teqa in Murray Hill [amNY]

When not partying she also frolicked on the beach in a very small bikini [Celebuzz]


Sonja Morgan:


Filed for bankruptcy in November 2010 [NYMag]

Was arrested for drunk diving in Southhampton [NYPost]

Hung out with hot firefighters at the City of the Brave Firefighters of NYC 2011 Calendar party [FitCeleb]

[Sonja's mug shot] [Partying in the Hamptons with City of the Brave Firefighters of NYC 2011 Calendar boys]

Cindy Barshop:


As the "new kid on the block," Cindy Barshop, is best known for revolutionizing hair removal with her Completely Bare spas and beauty products.

At 46, she is a single mother to 15-month-old twin girls

Resides in the West Village

Before doing the show, she knew Ramona Singer from partying in the Hamptons and Jill Zarin was a client of hers

One of her best known products? "Vajazzles" - a post-wax application of jewels to your lady parts. Says Barshop, "At first, I was hesitant, but then I tried it. I had a Swarovski crystal done and I thought it was pretty. I think of it like stunning lingerie, a bit like wearing La Perla." [stylelist]

Bethenny Frankel (She'll always be a Housewife in our hearts):


Bethenny is not on the season four cast, but has been a huge contender the past 3 seasons - we're predicting a guest appearance to stir up drama at some point

Just recently completed a business deal - selling her Skinnygirl, brand of low calorie ready-made cocktails, to Beam Global, the maker of Jim Beam Bourbon

Is working on her own line of Skinnygirl shapewear [People]

Released her new book ‘A Place of Yes: 10 Rules For Getting Everythin g You Want Out of Life,’

Her main focus for now is spending time with her 10-month-old daughter Bryn

You can always get your Bethenny fix by watching her own show, Bethenny Ever After, which is also on Bravo

[Photos via Rob RichGuestofaGuest]

Season 4 Preview:

The show premiers at 10 tonight on Bravo! Here's a sneak peek: