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Suffern native Carole Radziwill debuts on 'Real Housewives of New York City'

Carole Radziwill, a Suffern native, joined the season

Carole Radziwill, a Suffern native, joined the season five cast of Bravo's "The Real Housewives of New York City." Photo Credit: Bravo/Michael Rosenthal

In reality, one of the new stars of "The Real Housewives of New York City" was raised in the Hudson Valley.

Bestselling author and Emmy-winning journalist Carole Radziwill, who grew up in Suffern, debuted on Bravo's popular reality TV series. She's one of three new cast members, whose returning personalities feature Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan and Ramona Singer. True to the format of previous seasons, the provocative show will film the women as they deal with their careers, kids and social lives.

After graduating from Suffern High School, Radziwill spent more than a decade at ABC News. There, she covered international stories and met her late husband, producer Anthony Radziwill, a nephew of first lady Jacqueline Kennedy and the son of Polish royalty. Only four weeks before Anthony succumbed to cancer in 1999, Carole's close friend, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, died in a plane crash along with her husband, John F. Kennedy Jr.

In 2003, Carole Radziwill left ABC News and wrote her first book, "What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship and Love," which spent 12 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list. A regular contributor to Glamour magazine, Radziwill recently penned her first novel, "The Widow's Guide to Sex and Dating," which is slated for publication this summer.

"The Real Housewives of New York City" premiered Monday night at 9 p.m. on Bravo.

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