The Real Housewives of New York City Returns for Season 5

Here is the need-to-know info about NYC’s newest Housewives before the show’s summer premiere.

Joining returning cast members Sonja Morgan, Ramona Singer and LuAnn de Lesseps are Aviva Drescher, Carole Radziwill and Heather Thomson. Philathrophy is more important than partying to these three new gals.

A savvy and highly successful businesswoman, Heather Thomson is the creator of “Yummie by Heather Thomson,” a popular and innovative shapewear line. Fifteen years as a successful designer and stylist, she’s worked with some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, and Tina Knowles and Sean “Diddy” Combs. She was the founding Design Director for his Sean John line, and is credited as a major force behind multiple CFDA award nominations. A married mother of two, Jax, 6, and Ella Rae, 4, the idea for Yummie by Heather Thomson was born shortly after having her children. Disappointed by existing shapewear, she set out to create something sexier, comfier, and “yummier.” She came up with the patented 3-panel system that is now Yummie Tummie‘s signature. Since the launch of the original tank, Yummie by Heather Thomson has expanded into ready-to-wear and denim. In addition to her professional work, Heather supports several charitable initiatives including Kelllner Family Pediatric Liver Disease Foundation and City of Hope.

Best-selling author and journalist Carole Radziwill grew up in upstate New York and attended school at Hunter College and NYU, where she earned B.A. and MBA degrees, respectively. She enjoyed a long award-winning career in journalism at ABC News where her work with Peter Jennings‘ documentary unit and the news shows PrimeTime Live and 20/20 garnered her three EMMYs, a Robert F. Kennedy Humanitarian award, and a GLADD award. Carole left ABC News in 2003 to write her first book entitled What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship and Love, a moving account of her life, her marriage to fellow ABC News Producer Anthony Radziwill, and their heartbreaking battle with cancer. It spent over 12 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List and was nominated for the “Books for a Better Life” award. Carole is a frequent contributor to Glamour magazine and is finishing her first novel, a fictionalized sequel to her memoir titled Widow’s Guide to Sex and Dating. She lives in the West Village with Margaret, her dog.

Carole‘s the widow of the late Prince Anthony Radziwill, the only son of Lee Radziwill, younger sister to the late Jackie Kennedy Onassis.

Aviva Drescher is the first and only New York City born and bred “Housewife” in the history of the show. At 5’10” with brains to match her beauty, this part-time socialite and full-time mother will let nothing hold her back. When Aviva was just six years-old, she was in a tragic farm accident, which resulted in the amputation of her left leg. Aviva has never let this tragedy define who she is. Aviva has a solid education. She received a Bachelors of Arts degree from Vassar College, a Masters degree in French from New York University, and then went on to earn a JD from The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Instead of practicing law, she devotes her time to her investment banker husband Reid and raising and educating their family of four children on the Upper East Side. Aviva continually teaches her family the importance of giving back through her philanthropic work as the National Spokesperson for One Step Ahead, an organization for amputees and as an Advisory Board Member of Cancer Schmancer/ Trash Cancer and for her work with the Live4Life Foundation.

Aviva is a cousin of The Nanny‘s Fran Drescher. And unlike her NYC Housewives counterparts, don’t expect to see Drescher on the party circuit. “I can honestly say I’ve never inhaled…I’ve never even been drunk!” she tells The New York Observer.

Real Housewives of New York City” returns Mon., June 4 at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.

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