No Real Housewives of Beverly Hills regular stirs the pot quite like Faye Resnick. Whenever she arrives on the scene or, in some cases, her name is even uttered, things always seem to go from 0 to 60 in seconds flat.
That's exactly what happened during Tuesday night's episode with some conflict starting to brew between Faye and newbie Kathryn Edwards. So why did the very mention of Faye set Kathryn off, and why is she infamous among RHOBH fans? Here's your refresher on why the name "Faye Resnick" definitely rings a bell.
1. Why She's on RHOBH
Faye is a longtime friend of Kyle Richards, so you can really thank the original cast member for bringing her into the mix with the other RHOBH ladies. However, as Kyle's interior designer as well, Faye also gets some props for giving the RHOBH 'Wife a gorgeous home. In fact, as we found out during Tuesday night's episode, Faye has worked with Kyle and her family for a long time, designing her Beverly Hills boutique Kyle by Alene Too, as well as the homes of her nieces Paris and Nicky Hilton. "Well, Faye’s one of our best friends. I mean, she has been forever," Kyle's husband Mauricio Umansky recently told The Daily Dish. "We’ve done a lot of work together. All of our homes we’ve done with her." Faye also helped with the couple's $1.5 million home renovation, which included turning their gym into a new closet for Kyle. When you have a friend that's willing to do that for you, she's definitely a keeper.
2. She Played a Big Role in One of the Most Famous Trials in American History
But long before Faye ever appeared on RHOBH, she was a household name thanks to her involvement in the O.J. Simpson murder trial in the mid-1990s. Faye was close friends with Nicole Brown Simpson, the ex-wife of O.J. he was accused of murdering. Faye testified against O.J. in the trial and wasn't shy about making her opinion that he murdered his ex known in the media.
She particularly gained a lot of notoriety for co-writing a tell-all about her friendship with Nicole titled Nicole Brown Simpson: The Private Diary of a Life Interrupted, which was published while the murder trial was still going on. The book claims that O.J. was physically abusive toward Nicole and threatened to kill her. It also alleges that Kathryn's ex-husband and O.J.'s best friend Marcus Allen had an affair with Nicole. This is something that Kathryn and her NFL hall of famer ex have denied and is why the RHOBH newbie doesn't have such warm feelings toward Faye, who she also says she has never met.
3. She Parlayed That Fame Into Posing for Playboy
As the nation watched O.J.'s murder trial unfold, Faye became something of a household name. Faye would go on to pose for Playboy in 1997, which is something that would come back to haunt her on RHOBH.
4. She Has Made a Huge Impression on RHOBH
These days, Faye has found herself in the middle of some scandalous situations once again among the ladies of the 90210. Faye made her debut on the show during Season 1's "Dinner Party from Hell" in which she got into it with Allison DuBois, had her Playboy past become dinner conversation, and was called "the morally corrupt Faye Resnick" by Camille Grammer. Later on in the series, Faye told Brandi Glanville to her face that she "will never, ever be a lady," and she insinuated that her fighting with Adrienne Maloof and Paul Nassif drove them to divorce. She would go toe-to-toe with Lisa Vanderpump next, accusing her of using Brandi to attack Adrienne. The RHOBH ladies even got into a heated argument over who Faye speaks for during the Season 3 reunion, and she wasn't even present. Clearly, there's never a dull moment on RHOBH when Faye's involved!
5. She's Going to Find Renewed Relevance These Days
Not only will Faye pop up again on RHOBH this season, but she's also going to be in the pop culture zeitgeist once more thanks to the upcoming true crime miniseries American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson, which premieres February 2 on FX. Connie Britton will be portraying Faye in the miniseries. We've already seen Connie do a spot-on portrayal of Faye in the Bravo Clubhouse Playhouse recreation of the "Dinner Party from Hell" (clip above), so we know she's going to knock it out of the park when the new series premieres.