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Who Is Tamra Barney of Real Housewives of Orange County?

Tamra Barney joined the Real Housewives of Orange County in the reality show’s third season, and fans have seen her go through a lot on the small screen. But there’s even more to this bombshell than meets the eye. Here are a few things every RHoOC lover should know about "the hottest housewife in Orange County!"

Before she was a Real Housewives star, Tamra Barney was a Southern California native! She’s from Glendora, California, but was living in the planned OC community of Ladera Ranch with second husband, Simon Robert Barney, when she joined the reality show.

She and Simon had three children together: daughter Sidney Barney was born in 2000, son Spencer Barney in 2001 and daughter Sophia Barney in 2006. Tamra had her oldest child, Ryan, with first husband Darren Vieth.

Though four kids could keep her plenty busy, Tamra decided to become a real estate agent in Coto de Caza and Ladera Ranch, and she turned out to be pretty good at it! Sadly, Simon filed for divorce in 2010, and their split was finalized in October 2011, after nearly 12 years of marriage.

Many RHoOC tears were shed over the unpleasant (sometimes downright hostile) split, but Tamra bounced back! She’s kept up her real estate career, co-owns Wine by Wives with castmate Vicki Gunvalson, and just opened her new gym, C.U.T Fitness. Oh, and she got engaged to boyfriend Eddie Judge in March 2012! No official date for the wedding has been announced yet, but we’ve heard rumors of summer 2013 celebration.

Of course, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention Tamra’s many feuds on Real Housewives of Orange County (Gretchen Rossi, Jeana Keough, Vicki Gunvalson) or what is, in our opinion, the crowning achievement of Tamra’s reality career: Christening castmate Alexis Bellino “Jesus Jugs.”

She knows how to keep us coming back!