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Bethenny Frankel’s Background

Update 7/18/2010

More on Bethenny Frankel’s Mother

Picture of Bethenny’s Mother

Confirmed: Bethenny Frankel Delivers Baby Girl


Bethenny Frankel often says she “has no parents” in referring to her parents, Bonnie Frankel Parisella and the late Bobby Frankel.

Written shortly after Bobby Frankel’s death, this author, who knew everyone involved well, gives some insight into Bethenny’s childhood.  She seems very much like her father, despite the fact  they only lived together briefly in her childhood. The childhood was conflict-filled, with the young Bethenny calling the police to the house at the age of 5.

from “A Brooklyn Tale”:

In the months that followed, they became friends. Bonnie was having a tough time dealing with the failed marriage at about the same time that John lost his father, his best friend and racetrack mentor.
Parisella spent many evenings at Bonnie’s Forest Hills apartment, baby-sitting the daughter that Frankel had fathered. Bethenny, now 38, became as famous as her father, first as a contestant on Donald Trump’s “The Apprentice” and currently on the reality show “Real Housewives of New York.”
Over the course of that first year, Bonnie and John’s friendship grew into a loving relationship and eventually they were married. I remember celebrating Bethenny’s Sweet Sixteen on a huge party boat that John rented on Long Island’s South Shore.

for the complete article:  Bethenny Frankel’s Family