Aviva has a prosthetic leg. In the premiere episode, we learn pretty quickly that Aviva has a very expensive fake leg. She tells Sonja the frightening story of what happened to her leg when she was a teenager (more of the gruesome details can be found here), but she seems to handle her handicap quite gracefully.
She was born and raised in NYC. Aviva’s tagline is, “Never underestimate a woman born and raised in New York City.” Her bio offers other details: She attended the elite Fieldston School, one of a handful of top private schools in New York, and then Vassar College. Both schools have artsy reputations, but Aviva then went on to get a Masters in French Literature from NYU, and her JD at law school. So she’s a smartie, too.
She has four children, with two different fathers. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, obviously. Her oldest is named Harry, whose father, Harrison (Harry) Dubin dated both Luann de Lesepps and Sonja Morgan. Her three children with current husband is Reid Drescher, and they have three kids under 8 years old together.
Her cousin is Fran Drescher. By marrying Reid, she became cousins by marriage to comedienne Fran. Fran has spoken out about how she would never do a Real Housewives show, saying that she’s embarrassed to admit that her cousin, Aviva, is on RHONY.
Aviva will bring the drama. In previews for the upcoming season, Aviva has several confrontations with the three returning Housewives, including a moment where she condemns Ramona Singer for being wildly drunk. She’s also seen telling Ramona and Sonja that they are “white trash.” And very recently, she told the press that Sonja is an alcoholic. Now that’s why we watch this show!