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The Best Real Housewives of All Time

List RulesWho are the best housewives? It's up to you to decide!

Using the word "best" with The Real Housewives is a dicey affair. Not only does the Real Housewives franchise elicit passionate, polarizing opinions from its fans, but it somehow manages to warp the entire notion of good and bad behavior.

Is the best housewife someone that the viewers identify with, agree with, admire, and aspire to be? Or is she a lady who is so quintessentially integral to the drama and craziness of the Housewives that losing her would be an unthinkable travesty?

Yes, the line between love and love-to-hate is blurry at best, but that's probably the appeal of The Real Housewives in the first place. The following list features the biggest fan favorites. Some are hilarious, some are ridiculous, some are impossible divas, and all are great television.

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    Kyle Egan Richards (born January 11, 1969) is an American actress, socialite, television personality, memoirist and philanthropist. She began her career as a child actress, appearing in a recurring role on Little House on the Prairie, and in several horror films, including The Car (1977), Tobe Hooper's Eaten Alive (1977), and John Carpenter's Halloween (1978). Since 2010, she has appeared as a main cast member on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and as of 2019, is the last remaining original cast member on the show. She was a contestant on The New Celebrity Apprentice (also known as The Celebrity Apprentice 8), playing for the charity Children's Hospital Los Angeles. She was the 5th  ...more
    • Credits (TV): The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
    • Birthplace: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
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    Bethenny Frankel (born November 4, 1970) is an American reality television personality, entrepreneur, and author. She was a contestant on the reality TV game show The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, in which she was the runner-up, in 2005. Frankel received wider notice after being cast on the Bravo reality television series The Real Housewives of New York City; she has starred in eight of its eleven seasons since it premiered in 2008. She received her own spin-off series Bethenny Ever After (2010–12), Bethenny & Fredrik (2018), and the talk show Bethenny (2013–14). Outside of her work in reality television, Frankel is the founder of the Skinnygirl lifestyle brand and the author of four  ...more
    • Credits (TV): The Real Housewives of New York City
    • Birthplace: New York, New York, USA
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    Camille Grammer-Meyer (née Donatacci) (born September 2, 1968) is an American television personality, most known for starring in The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. She started her career as a dancer, model and actress, and worked as a producer and writer for Grammnet Productions. She was married to Kelsey Grammer from 1997 to 2011.  ...more
    • Credits (TV): The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
    • Birthplace: Newport Beach, California, USA
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    Gina Liano

    • Credits (TV): The Real Housewives of Melbourne
    • Birthplace: Brighton, Victoria
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