Bernadette Birk

by doveclove Mon May 31 2021 Updated On Mon Apr 11 2022

Bernadette Birk is the mother of Bethenny Frankel, an American reality television personality, author, and businesswoman. 

She rose to prominence as a contestant on a reality competition series, The Apprentice: Martha Stewart

Bernadette worked as an interior designer. 

More about Bernadette

She was born in 1950. She was raised and brought up in the United States.  She was from a strict Christian family.

Her parents were Roman Catholic, so she was also made to follow the same religion. She was married to a man named Robert Julian Frankel

He was born on July 9, 1941. He was an American thoroughbred racehorse trainer. 

He is known as one of the most successful and respected trainers in the history of thoroughbred racing

After marrying him, she converted her religion into Judaism

On November 4, 1970, she gave birth to the famous Bethenny Frankel

She and Robert only had a single child together. They both got divorced after four years of marriage. 

The reason behind their separation was not made public.

However, rumors circulated the media stated that she was having an affair with her ex-husband’s friend and a competitor named John Parsiella.

Later, she married him. She was 24 years at that time.

Bernadette Birk in her second wedding
Bernadette Birk in her second wedding   Source: Instagram

Their marriage did not last long either. They got separated after few years of marriage. Their divorce was finalized in the year 1975

Bernadette’s ex-husband and daughter
Bernadette’s ex-husband and daughter  Source: Pinterest

Education and Profession 

She went to Roman Catholic School. She studied and gained a degree in Interior designing and managed to be an outstanding student from her university. 

She successfully managed to work as a professional interior designer during her early days. Now she has already retired from her profession. 

Relationship of Bernadette with her Daughter

In one of the interviews, Bethenny said she never had a proper childhood due to the unstable household. 

She said her mother was never truly a mother figure to her. She also mentioned that her parents were the main reason for developing self-destructive behavior.

She also added that she suffered from eating disorders due to her mom. 

She also said that there were lots of alcoholism and violent fights between the family members when she was young. 

However, Bernadette refused and said that all those allegations were wrong. She said that her daughter is a liar and a shark. 

She also mentioned that her daughter is only spreading false rumors to seek attention. Bernadette said her only child ran through her guts. 

Therefore they do not have a quite normal relationship with each other, but when Bethenny’s daughter asked about her grandmother, she was compelled to reach out to her. 

Bethenny’s daughter Bryn Hoppy asked if her grandmother was alive or not. Thus she reconnected with her mother and asked her to meet Bryn Hoppy.

Bernadette refused to meet her daughter and granddaughter. She said she has no motherly feelings for her daughter and her family. 

Bernadette Birk daughter Bethenny Frankel
Bernadette Birk daughter Bethenny Frankel   Source: Instagram

Death of her First Husband

Her first husband and father of her daughter, Robert Frankel died on November 16, 2009, in California. He died due to Leukemia.

At the time of his death, he was 68 years old.

Net Worth

The net worth of Bernedette has not been revealed as she is a normal citizen. 

However, the average earning of an interior designer is $45000. Her daughter’s net worth is give below:

Net WorthSources
$70 millionActor, author, businesswoman

Age, Height, and Weight

  1. She is seventy-one years old.
  2. Her height is five feet six inches.
  3. Her weight has not been disclosed.
  4. Her ethnicity is Welsh.
  5. Her nationality is American.
  6. She has a mesomorph body type.
  7. She has blonde hair.
  8. Her eye color is brown.

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