My TT spies in the Berkshires ( I know, right? I’m shocked myself!) informed me that the June issue of Berkshire Magazine arrived today and Dorinda Medley is on the cover! The cover story is all about her life and how she was born and bred in the Berkshires. The whole thing is a great little biography of her life. I recommend you all click through to read the story online.
Did we know that Richard was in fact Dorinda’s second husband? Her first husband Ralph, was British and that is the guy she lived with in England. If I knew that, I had somehow forgotten.
From the Berkshire Magazine article Drama Queen by Annie Rye, ” After attending Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Medley landed an interview at the fashion house of Liz Claiborne in New York City. Her strong personality and people skills acquired while working in Stockbridge won over the company president. Then she met and later married Ralph Lynch, an Englishman working in New York. When Lynch’s business took him back to England, the couple relocated to London’s upper-crust Chelsea.”
The story continues, “When the marriage ended, Medley returned to the United States so her daughter, Hannah, would be surrounded by American culture. Plus, her friends and contacts were in New York and her family wasn’t very far away in the Berkshires. Once back, she decided to get her real-estate license. One client, Richard Medley, former speechwriter for Geraldine Ferraro and founder of Medley Global Advisors, showed an interest in a brownstone on Manhattan’s East 87th Street. “I sold him the brownstone,” Medley recalls, “and if I’d known how it would turn out, I would’ve sold him a bigger one.”
The article goes on to say that Dorinda and Ralph ultimately divorced and she moved back to NYC so that her daughter could grown up in the United States and be closer to her family most of whom still live in the Berkshires.
The Rye writes, “One of her outstanding performances in the series was sharing the death of her husband, which she says helped so many women who had had similar experiences. She believes she became a role model by demonstrating how moving on was the best way for handling loss. “There’s no point hanging on to the past. All you can do is move on,” she says.”
This part struck me because from where I am sitting I don’t see that Dorinda has fully grieved the loss of her husband. I truly hope she can find a way to move on fully.
The article has tons of photos of the interior of her home in the Berkshires and talks about all the restoration that occurred over a two year process. Dorinda told her exclusive interior design company that the look she was going for was ” Marilyn Monroe meets Frankenstein.” I think she has accomplished that. I have joked about the purple couches reminding me of a brothel, and it all sort of makes sense now.
John was not mentioned at all in the article despite being in a photo with Dorinda for the piece.
Go peep the story and tell me your thoughts. Doesn’t the “Marilyn Monroe meets Frankenstein” make everything make sense now? Do you think Dorinda has moved on since the loss of her second husband? Do you think she will move to the Berkshires permanently once the Real Housewives mercifully becomes a sad, stupid stage in out past?