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Gretchen Rossi joined The Real Housewives of Orange County back in Season 4, and we’ve been in love with her spunky personality ever since!
A California native, Gretchen left the Golden State to attend Baylor University in Texas, where she studied Psychology with a minor in Family Studies and Child Development. She returned to the OC and ended up in the real estate business, building a formidable career for herself. Along the way she married her first husband, Chris Rossi. But in 2005, Gretchen met millionaire Jeff Beitzel, who made his fortune in the automotive industry. She eventually divorced Chris 2007 and became engaged to Jeff.
Sadly, Jeff was diagnosed with leukemia and passed away shortly after in 2008. Gretchen Rossi and longtime friend Slade Smiley (a veteran of Real Housewives of Orange County since Season 1) began dating in 2009. Although the couple have been on the fence about marriage and kids, Gretchen proposed to Slade on April 14, 2013 while on top of the AT&T building in Los Angeles.
Since joining RHOC, Gretchen has gotten out of the real estate business and become an entrepreneur. She launched her own line of accessories and cosmetics called Gretchen Christine. Recently, she also debuted a line of swimwear for Luxe by Lisa Vogel.
Now that Gretchen and Slade are happily engaged, perhaps a baby won’t be too far behind!
Maiden Name: Forward
Hometown: La Cresenta, California
Profession: Used to work in real estate, now runs her own accessories and makeup line called Gretchen Christine
Boyfriend: Slade Smiley
Children: None (yet)
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