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Who Are Bravo's Real D.C "Housewives"?

Updated on August 13, 2010

With every new exciting season of Bravo's "Real Housewives" series, we're introduced to a group of new, wild personalities, expansive bank accounts and explosive drama. Meet the DC Housewives here first, before they invade your television screens and gossip blogs...

Catherine Ashley Ommanney

Catherine Ashley Ommanney, also known as "Cat," is a 40-something self-proclaimed "no-nonsense" author and interior designer had an alleged rumored affair with Prince Harry in 2006, and two years later, in 2008, married, Charles Ommanney, a Newsweek photographer, and moved to the States. Sadly, the two have recently called it quits, although Bravo has not made any official comment regarding their separation. Catherine has two daughters, Jade and Ruby, from a previous marriage with her high school sweetheart, and has a book coming out this year titled, "Inbox Full," detailing her fast-paced London trysts when she was single. She owns three dogs. Her design company, Catherine Ashley Designs, no longer has a website. Catherine's official personal website is located at

Mary Schmidt Amons

Mary Schmidt Amons, 43, is a Virginia-native, and resides in the affluent suburb of McLean, VA with her husband of 20+ years, Rich Amons. (Rich works for Telecom, the same company Mary's father worked for, and has appeared on The Washingtonian's Best Dressed List.) Her grandfather was Arthur Godfrey, a well-known radio and TV personality. Mary has been on-camera multiple times stating that she has spent summers during her childhood at the Kennedy residence, but she has failed to give any further details -- including naming the Kennedy she was apparently close with! They have five children, Lolly, Ryan, Alexandra, Megan and Matt, and Mary is founder of "Labels for Love," and helps to run "The District Sample Sale," both D.C.-based charities.

Michaele Salahi

Michaele Salahi, 44, is the most well-known of the D.C. Housewives, thanks in part to her participation as one-half of the notorious duo that crashed President Obama's first State Dinner at the White House in 2009.  (They couple swear that they were "invited.")  Born in Oakton, VA, Michaele was a Nordstrom employee until she wed Tareq Salahi in 2003 in an ostentatious ceremony.  Since then, the couple has been known for throwing "flamboyant" polo matches. You can view Michaele's website here:

Stacie Scott Turner

Stacie Scott Turner, 42, graduated from Howard University and received her MBA from Harvard.  She is now a Virginia-based real estate agent with Long & Foster, and lives in a 16 Street Heights church-turned-mansion with her husband, Jason, who used to work for Adrien Fenty's administration and their two children. Stacie, an adopted child, has recently set up a new charity, Extra Ordinary Life, to assist young women in foster care.  She was the first person in her family to attend college, and has since worked for companies such as Procter & Gamble, Sprint, and BET. She has also founded The Turner Group, a consulting agency for talented artists.

Lynda Erkiletian

Lynda Erkiletian, 52, is best known for her creation of T.H.E. Artist Agency, an influential modeling agency based in Georgetown. She is a divorcee and has four children, Aaron, Jessica, Mihran, and Sam. Her boyfriend (who is "much younger") is named Ebong. Lynda was named as one of Washington's Best Dressed by the Washingtonian in 2009.  Her Wikipedia entry on the D.C. Housewives page notes that she has "Southern roots," but fails to mention where, exactly, they come from. Her family moved freqneutly, due to her father's involvement with the U.S. Military, and was diagnosed with dyslexia late in high school. She used to sing back-up for Candi Staton (of "Young Hearts Run Free" fame), and there, she realized she was not prepared to make the personal sacrifices that entertaining required.  Her website can be found at

The D.C. Housewives on Twitter

Only two of the D.C. Housewives have Twitter accounts so far -- and both accounts are unverified.  This section will be updated as more Housewives sign up and start tweeting!

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      Karma 6 years ago

      So we have yet another example of people believing all they are told!!

      Cathy is a laughing stock to those that no her. Now let me try to explain what "Know" means

      It does not mean you think you know her from a crappy TV show. Nor via Facebook or twitter !

      Just how stupid do you have to be to believe the Prince Harry story ?

      That night over 12 Photographers waited outside that club. All knowing that if Harry was to leave with a lady it could be worth $10000's These are seasoned photographers that will be happy to put money into a staff members hand for a good "tip" if Harry is getting up to anything. She claims to have left in a large car with him. Yet no one got the Pic !!!!!!!

      When you start to work this out you might start to question a lot more of her claims?

      "Interior designer" ? Ok, lets see evidence of her work? ? Rather than a few tacky pics of a house she owned .

      Guys.... wake up .

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      Karma 6 years ago

      Cathy..washed out tramp. acting like a cheap hooker .

      Your scum Cathy, You lied and cheated your way in life. You stole of friends and others.

      Karma is landing in front of you

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      karma 6 years ago

      Cathy is a drug taking ex hostess with a Uk criminal record. Is that classy enough for you ? !!!

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      Samuel Bronkowitz 7 years ago

      That shameless, social climbing, I will do anything to be famous, dead-beat wants you to "Come join DC’s MOST FABULOUS Magazine, star of Real Housewives of DC/Commander in Chic – MICHAELE SALAHI and invited cast members of the Real Housewives of DC, OC, Atlanta, New York and New Jersey as we welcome the newest member of the Real Housewives franchise." Does that mean some cast members weren't invited? I wonder how the other cast members feel about MIssy Salahi's self-proclaimed title of "Star."

      Join our Facebook page: Tell the White House Party Crashers to Go Away

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      I am familiar with them and I thank you for writing about each individual.