Monday, January 28, 2019

The Real Housewives Of New York City Returns To Bravo For Season 11 On March 6 — Watch The Official Trailer, Cast Bios And Photos HERE!

The wait is finally over! The Real Housewives of New York City are back for season eleven which premieres on Bravo on Wednesday, March 6 at 9pm/8c! Returning are Bethenny Frankel, Dorinda Medley, Luann de Lesseps, Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan and Tinsley Mortimer are joined by new friend Barbara Kavovit. Original cast member Jill Zarin will also be making an appearance during the season. Check out the official trailer, cast bios and photos below!



The following information is courtesy via Bravo TV's Official Press Release

Bravo Media returns to the city where the drama and fun are always the talk of the town with the premiere of “The Real Housewives of New York City” season 11 on Wednesday, March 6 at 9pm ET/PT. Returning this season are Bethenny Frankel, Dorinda Medley, Luann de Lesseps, Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan, and Tinsley Mortimer, joined by friend Barbara Kavovit. As the ladies try to pick up the pieces after a tumultuous season marked by loss and struggle, new friendships are forged in the face of change. For a sneak peek of the series, visit: http://www.bravotv.com/the-real-housewives-of-new-york-city/season-11/videos/your-first-look-at-season-11-of-the-real

This season, after the tragic death of her boyfriend Dennis, Bethenny struggles with conflicting emotions while unexpectedly meeting someone new. Fresh off her second stint in rehab after last year's relapse, Luann is committed to her new love: cabaret! But will she ever get back on track with Dorinda after being heckled at her debut? Meanwhile, Sonja is embracing her future by finally moving out of her beloved townhouse for a fresh perspective on the city she calls home. Looking for a fresh start, Dorinda moves into an apartment in midtown. But not all change is good, as she is forced to evaluate her friendship with Luann. Always the hopeless romantic, Tinsley is ready for the next step with Scott, but he may not be on the same page. Also on the love train, Ramona continues her search for Mr. Right, even when old flames threaten to throw her off course. And Barbara Kavovit, a good friend of Luann’s who stood by the former countess after her relapse, should fit right in as she is not afraid to speak her mind. Barbara is a successful businesswoman running her own construction company.

“The Real Housewives of New York City” is produced by Shed Media with Pam Healey, Lisa Shannon, Andrew Hoegl, Barrie Bernstein and John Paparazzo. Andy Cohen is also an Executive Producer.

Meet the housewives:

Bethenny Frankel is a businesswoman ahead of the curve, who has always identified and capitalized on business opportunities, from becoming a natural food's chef and marketing Bethenny Bakes, her healthy baked goods to selling "Princess Pashminas" at house parties, and ultimately creating the low-calorie cocktail category, with the launch of Skinnygirl Cocktails.

The runner up on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart led her to Bravo's The Real Housewives of New York City, followed by the spin-off series, Bethenny Getting Married? and Bethenny Ever After... Viewers were captivated by her wit, wisdom and humor as they followed her personal life becoming a mother and her professional journey creating her Skinnygirl empire, leading to her being named one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Celebrities by Forbes magazine. She brought her distinct voice and candid point of view to Bethenny, her nationally syndicated daytime talk program. Most recently, Bethenny joined ABC-TV's Shark Tank as a guest shark.

A true entrepreneur, to further build Skinnygirl Cocktails, Bethenny partnered with Beam Suntory in 2011 to grow the portfolio to include wines, flavored vodkas, and ready-to-drink cocktails. Since the launch of Skinnygirl Cocktails, she has expanded the Skinnygirl brand into a global lifestyle empire, featuring products for women that offer practical and stylish solutions to everyday problems. With the arrival of the Skinnygirl Jeanswear collection, fully embracing the Skinnygirl mission of female empowerment, we can all proudly display our inner Skinnygirl. Some of the many other Skinnygirl products include non-alcoholic beverages, microwave popcorn, candy, salad dressings, coffee, tea, liquid sweeteners, water enhancers, and shapewear.

Bethenny started her own TV production company, B Real Productions, producing two seasons of FYI's Food Porn, and is a creator, producer and star of Bravo's new real estate show, Bethenny and Frederik.

She is the five-time New York Times bestselling author of Skinnydipping, A Place of Yes: 10 Rules for Getting Everything You Want Out Of Life, Naturally Thin: Unleash Your Skinnygirl and Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting, The Skinnygirl™ Dish: Easy Recipes for Your Naturally Thin Life, and I Suck At Relationships So You Don't Have To. She has also authored Skinnygirl Solutions: Simple Ideas, Extraordinary Results, the children's book, Cookie Meets Peanut, and the cocktail book, Skinnygirl Cocktails.

Not fulfilled with business alone, Bethenny's life's experiences have inspired her to help other women in crisis find their own strength and resilience with the launch of B Strong, in partnership with Dress for Success. B Strong: Find Your Yes is a crisis intervention initiative that will provide real time emergency assistance to women who face crises on their road to success. Additionally, Bethenny established "B Strong / Delivering Good" in partnership with the highly respected 501C3, Delivering Good, as well as "B Strong Global Better," collecting aid and donations from across the country to help women and their families affected by the recent natural disasters impacting Texas, Florida, California and the Caribbean. As a result of Bethenny's efforts, B Strong has marshaled over 10 million pounds of aid to date that is destined primarily for Puerto Rico. Bethenny helped coordinate the chartering of 55+ private planes to help deliver aid and relief to those hit hardest by the disaster. Raising over $800,000 for cash cards, and collecting $20 million worth of disaster relief to distribute, this has been called one of the largest privately run humanitarian efforts in US history.

Born in the Berkshires in Massachusetts, Dorinda Medley graduated from college and arrived in New York City, working in the showrooms of Liz Claiborne. She met her first husband and followed him to London to start a family and eventually her own cashmere company, DCL Cashmere. Many high-profile London clients like Princess Diana and Joan Collins became acquaintances, and soon, Dorinda left her mark on London society. Ten years in London also brought her a daughter, Hannah, a divorce, and a wish to return to New York to figure out life in the city as a single mom. In 2005, Dorinda met and married financier Dr. Richard Medley, a former Washington power broker and respected speechwriter to congresswoman and vice-presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro, and together they worked on fund-raising for charitable causes with the likes of Bishop Desmond Tutu, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Secretary Madeline Albright, and President Bill and Secretary Hillary Clinton.

After the tragic loss of their beloved Richard in 2011, Dorinda and Hannah found strength in each other and in their loved ones to overcome the radical changes of losing a husband, friend, companion, and father figure. Through perseverance and support from her close friends, Dorinda climbed right back to the top of New York society, eventually meeting boyfriend John Mahdessian, owner of New York's legendary couture restoration house Madame Paulette. Dorinda is always directing her energy and focus into her home, family and friends, church, social engagements, and love for pop culture. She continuously gives back to her favorite charitable organizations like BeautyforFreedom.org, the JoyJ Initiative, Ronald McDonald House, NYLovesKids.org, Gabrielle's Angel Foundation, and Lenox Garden Society. Dorinda's passion for entertaining was deeply enhanced with the purchase of Blue Stone Manor, a nine-bedroom Stanford White estate in her native Great Barrington. Nothing gives Dorinda more pleasure than a weekend or holiday spent with great company, home-cooked meals, and the festive, personal touches she is known for. She enjoys the theater, the beach, the mountains, fabulous parties, a great dirty martini, and all types of fashion—both high-end and high-street—and considers all of her pieces collector's items. There's never enough glitz, glam, and sparkle for this true New York City Housewife.

Luann De Lesseps is everyone's favorite countess. The model-turned-countess has transformed herself into an author, philanthropist, actor, and bona fide cabaret star.

Luann authored the book Class with the Countess: How to Live with Elegance & Flair and is currently working on a follow-up. Her globally known dance hits "Money Can't Buy You Class," "Chic C'est La Vie," and "Girl Code" resulted in her own Pandora station. Recently, Luann launched the Countess Luann collection with SuperJeweler, inspired by her love of statement pieces. Her two children, Victoria and Noel, are both accomplished artists and entrepreneurs.

Luann continues to challenge herself and expand her horizons with frequent hosting and guest appearances on shows like the Today Show, The View, Steve Harvey, Wendy Williams, The Talk, Dr. Oz, Access Hollywood, and others. She appeared as a guest star on the popular Hulu show Difficult People, and fans can still see her in airings of Law & Order: SVU, alongside Mariska Hargitay.

This past year, Luann made her cabaret debut with her show #COUNTESSANDFRIENDS with sold out shows at Feinstein's 54 Below in New York City, sparking her to take her show on tour visiting cities coast to coast. The national tour continues to sell out.

A champion of many charities, including God's Love We Deliver, the American Cancer Society, GLAAD, and ACE Partnership for the Homeless, Luann currently divides her time between her homes in New York City, Upstate New York, and the Hamptons.

Ramona Singer is a true entrepreneur, most recently developing her own anti-aging skincare line, Ageless by Ramona. To ensure her products have the best possible ingredients, formulas, and benefits, Ramona sought out the guidance and endorsement of Dr. Amy Lewis, a top NYC dermatologist. Ageless by Ramona will launch in Spring 2019.

At an early age, Ramona had a passion for fashion and later attended the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she was the first graduate of the four-year honors program, earning a BS in marketing. Ramona began her career in the elite Macy's executive training program as a buyer and continued it in sales management for major fashion companies such as Calvin Klein and French Connection. When she was 30, her entrepreneurial spirit arose, and she launched her own company dealing in closeout merchandise, working with some of the largest retailers. Once that spirit was ignited, Ramona continued to develop it by branching into the wine and accessory industry with the launch of the True Faith jewelry collection with HSN and her Ramona Pinot Grigio and Ramona Red. Her fashion prowess and creative direction can now be seen through her creation of jewelry pieces for Safe Horizon, a charity empowering victims of violence to move from crisis to confidence. All proceeds will be donated to Safe Horizon.

Ramona is passionate about her charity work, especially supporting women and children who are victims of domestic abuse, after the abuse she witnessed her own mother enduring. Ramona has always been a strong believer that children are the future and became involved with Africa Foundation/And Beyond, which helps build schools for children in Africa. Ever the optimist, Ramona has taken all of the recent developments in her life and made the most out of them. She is happily single and is focused on healthy living and spending time with her daughter, Avery. After renovating her Manhattan residence and her Hamptons residence all on her own, Ramona is now listing her luxurious NYC apartment to sell and looks forward to downsizing.

Sonja Morgan is a fixture of New York City society. She got her start modeling in Paris and Milan and studying marketing at the Fashion Institute of Technology, representing high-end luxury brands while keeping her Berkshire-bred sensibilities and values. Sonja used her business acumen and social skills—along with rock-and-rollers, royalty, and the power set—to launch several award-winning luxury fashion brands and successful hot spots across the country. Sonja captured America's attention with her groundbreaking toaster oven recipes, which inspired the all-encompassing international fashion lifestyle brand she wishes to grow globally with her partners. She launched the Sonja Morgan New York sportswear, ready-to-wear, evening gown, swimwear, and fine jewelry collection—which is now available at www.sonjamorgannewyork.com—during New York Fall Fashion Week 2015. She continued to expand her brand with the launch of TipsyGirl, a Prosecco and sparkling Rosé line.

As a divorced single mother, Sonja dedicates her time to her 16-year-old daughter, her businesses, and her philanthropy, which includes work with children, artists, the LGBT community, and animals. A lover of the arts, Sonja enjoys producing, writing, and performing her inspirational "caburlesque" song skits at her Sonja in the City events that benefit her charities. Sonja received one of her first awards in 1990 at the St. Regis for being a Singular Sensation for her charity work as a young single woman alongside Vanessa Noel and Mira Sorvino. She received a New York State Senate award in July 2013 for her entrepreneurial business savvy, her use of the media, and again her charity work. She was interviewed on those topics and her "Philanthrocapitalism" by The Economist magazine at the New York Stock Exchange for Bloomberg TV. In October 2016 she made her Off-Broadway acting debut in Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man, in which Sonja was able to play her alter-ego in the character of a sexually repressed teacher while still incorporating her signature bawdy, sexy sense of humor that viewers know her for. Sonja's motto remains "Live each day as if you have nothing to lose and everything to gain."

Tinsley Mortimer, Tinsley Randolph Mercer hails from Virginia and spent her childhood years growing up at Graymont, the Mercer family house in Richmond, Virginia. She then attended boarding school at the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, where she met her first husband, Topper Mortimer. Together, they moved to New York City, where Tinsley attended Columbia University and graduated with a degree in art history. As soon as Tinsley landed in New York, her blonde hair, Southern belle charm, and personal branding abilities propelled her into high society. After working at Vogue, she transitioned to a career in public relations. Always an entrepreneur at heart, Tinsley built a successful personal brand that was launched with a line of handbags, Samantha Thavasa by Tinsley Mortimer; a clothing collection, Riccimie by Tinsley Mortimer, which was sold exclusively in Japan; and a tabletop collection. Tinsley then became the beauty ambassador for the iconic French fashion design house of Christian Dior and helped to create a lip gloss coined Tinsley Pink.

Tinsley made her television debut in the season premiere of Gossip Girl in 2010, but after she and Topper divorced, she decided to take a sabbatical from the fast-paced and overwhelming lifestyle that she created for herself in New York City. A respite in Palm Beach gave her time to reflect on her accomplishments, and in late 2016, Tinsley decided to move back to New York City and prove that there is more to her than meets the eye.

The Real Housewives of New York City Season 11 premieres on Wednesday, March 6 at 9pm/8c on Bravo!

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