From 'Housewives' to Stripping 0 Shares Email Like bobble-headed dandelions in the garden of stars, they're cropping up all over the place: They, of course, are the women of " The Real Housewives ," Bravo's uber-successful franchise of shows documenting what happens when aging wannabe celebrities stop acting polite and start fighting for fame. Some of the "Housewives" have used their 15 minutes to gain something greater.
Bethenny Frankel , part of the original "Real Housewives of New York" cast, parlayed her popularity into a batch of low-calorie cocktails. Others have not fared as well. This week, after she signed a three-year deal with Scores, a New York City gentleman's club, Danielle Staub , a year-old mother of two and former member of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey," decided it would be better to get mental help than take off her clothes.
Below, a roundup of the winners and losers of "The Real Housewives. Danielle Staub, Teresa Giudice, Michaele Salahi Sure, the catfighting and crying that are as crucial to "The Real Housewives" franchise as curling irons and concealer bring out the worst in everyone. But the reputations of three women have taken a beating more than the others. First, there was the season one revelation that she'd been arrested in on charges of drug possession and extortion, and the rumor that she formerly worked for an escort service.
Then, last year, a sex tape starring Staub landed in the hands of Hustler Inc. Though she was booted from the "The Real Housewives" family, Staub has strived to stay relevant, from pursuing a questionable singing career to banding with fellow fame mongerers Heidi Montag and Ashley Dupre for "Famous Food," a VH1 reality series that will follow the gang as it tries to open a restaurant.
Apparently, stripping crossed the line for now. Teresa Giudice is best known for verbally beating down her fellow castmates, saying things like "You're a pig. Look at yourself, you're disgusting" that was directed at Staub , before hurling expletives and shoving everyone in sight. She also has a penchant for flipping over dinner tables.
But more than her temper, Giudice's greed brought her down. She's attempting to revive her reputation and bank account with a series of cookbooks: Teresa's Italian Family Cookbook. The White House party crasher didn't exactly make friends with her fellow "Housewives. Earlier this month, Salahi released her first single, "Bump It," presumably not about bumping the line to get into a party at the White House.
Focusing on dollars rather than drama helped the former "Apprentice" contestant grow her healthy lifestyle empire. The royally connected mother of two and former model could have used her husband's divorce filing as ammo to launch a spinoff " Bachelorette "-esque series, "Countess Wants a Count.
In , she released "Class With the Countess: How to Live With Elegance and Flair," a manual that Bravo producers might want to make required reading for future "Housewives" cast members.