Bethenny Frankel claims that her family life was miserable and that her father took off for California from New York when she was four. Her mother’s alcoholism and violent behavior forced her to move out of the house and in with him for a year. Eventually, father and daughter were estranged permanently. That said, there’s a lot to suggest that Bobby Frankel’s Hollywood connections, a moneyed lifestyle and exposure to the world of entertainment eventually served to benefit her.
As a matter of fact, it’s possible that exhuming her family with insults is the only way for Bethenny Frankel to bring notice upon herself at this stage of her career. She can’t sing, dance or act. Her wit is rapier sharp; her language foul-mouthed. She pees in a champagne bucket held by a wedding planner while dressed in her gown, seven months pregnant – that’s her schtick. Her aim is to get people interested in experiencing her life vicariously, and there’s no doubt that many people are able to relate with a troubled past.
Bobby Frankel wasn’t a likable man to many people. Nevertheless, the time for saying something such as ”Bobby could be difficult to live with but we always knew he cared for us” came and went with the occasion of his funeral. Isn’t it funny how when even the most despicable person is about to be put in the ground that there’s always a qualified phrase that enables the left behind to send him off with a compliment? If she keeps it up, Bethenny Frankel might be heading for a similar swansong.