One of the most fascinating new members of The Real Housewives of New York is Carole Radziwill, the Kennedy-connected best-selling author who, naturally, doesn’t consider herself a typical housewife. For one thing, she’s a widow, not a wife. But there are other things that make Carole different from the likes of Ramona Singer and Sonja Morgan. Let’s review 5 things to know about the newest member of the Bravolebrity family.

About that Kennedy connection... Here are the facts: Carole was born Carole Di Falco, and in 1994, at the age of 28, she married Anthony Radziwill. Anthony’s mother was Lee Radziwill, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ sister. Anthony’s father was Polish prince Stanislaw Radziwill, making Anthony a prince. So Carole married into both royalty and the Kennedy family, which is another sort of royal family on its own.

Carole lives “downtown.” With the exception of Kelly Killoren Bensimon, all of the Manhattan-dwelling housewives have lived uptown. The Upper East Side, to be precise. But early on in the Season 5 premiere, Carole proudly announces that she lives below 14th Street, and never ventures north of that oh-so-cool border. Carole also wears hotpants to Sonja Morgan’s fancy townhouse party, which immediately sets her apart from the other ladies, who always seem to be dressed for a wedding wherever they go. 

Carole doesn’t have any children. One of Carole’s confessions on the premiere episode is that she can’t stand when women get together and talk about their kids. She suspects that, as boring as it is for someone like her who is childless, it’s probably just as boring for the moms as well. Point taken!

She has three Emmys and a Peabody. Before her husband passed away from cancer (just one month after her close friends John F. Kennedy, Jr. and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy died in a plane crash), Carole was a full-time reporter for ABC News’ Peter Jennings. She won three Emmys over the course of her career, including one for her coverage of landmines in Cambodia, according to one of her bios. She also won a Peabody Award. Those are serious creds!

She has  a book coming out this summer. What better way to promote your new book than a quick stop on the Real Housewives carousel? Carole’s follow-up to her best-selling memoir, What Remains, is her fictional debut: The Widow’s Guide to Sex & Dating, “a comedic novel about death, sex, and love, in that order.”

Like what you read? See if Carole appeals to you or not when the RHONY return.

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Sources: Carole Radziwill, Sarcoma Foundation of America

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