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Vicki Gunvalson is many things: A mom, a grandma, and a businesswoman.
But we know her best as “The OG From the OC,” and she’s back for her eighth year on the Real Housewives of Orange County.
The longest-running cast member and reportedly highest paid OC housewife, Vicki isn’t a California girl by birth. She grew up in Palantine, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, and attended Harper College after graduating from the local high school. At the age of 21, Vicki married her first husband, Michael J. Wolfsmith. But the couple called it quits after eight years and two kids together, Michael and Briana.
In 1994, Vicki married Donn Gunvalson, who’s featured in several season of Real Housewives of Orange County. In addition to starring on the hit reality show, Vicki found time to build up her own business, Coto Insurance and Financial Services. She also co-owns Wine by Wives with castmate Tamra Barney.
Donn and Vicki Gunvalson renewed their wedding vows on their 15th anniversary in 2009, but a year later Vicki filed for divorce.
Following the devastating split, Vicki began seeing Brooks Ayers, who quickly gained notoriety with the other housewives for his shady past. Briana and Ryan Culberson, Vicki’s daughter and son-in-law, also weren’t shy about their negative feelings toward Brooks after he moved into the house they all shared together.
These days, Vicki and Brooks are “taking time apart,” but the two did ring in 2013 together with RHoOC co-stars Heather and Terry Dubrow.
Most importantly, Vicki is now a grandmother — or “glam-ma,” as she likes to say. Briana gave birth to son Troy William Culberson on September 12, 2012. Hopefully, we’ll get to see Vicki grow into her new family role during Real Housewives of Orange County Season 8!
Maiden Name: Steinmetz
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Profession: Owner of Coto Insurance and Financial Services; Co-owner of Wine by Wives
Children: Son Michael, 26, and daughter Briana, 25, with first husband Michael J. Wolfsmith
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