Marisa Zanuck

Marisa doesn't blame Brandi for her comments about her marriage, but she knows that she and Dean love each other equally.

on Jan 29, 20130

Then we are off to another dinner gathering at Kyle's. I have never been one to produce lavish dinner parties. With me, it's usually girlfriends over, sweats, no make up, sitting in the living room with a bottle of wine and Chinese. Kyle, however, has always been quite the entertainer and she is great at it! Adrienne and Paul arrive upbeat, but their mood quickly fades as the broken record of the infamous Brandi and Adrienne debacle begins to play. This horse has been beaten to death, hasn't it?

Moving on. . .Having recently lost my father-in-law (a truly incredible man), it was very hard for me to watch Kyle break down about her missing her late mom and dad.

Speaking of family, my mom comes over to help me pack for Vegas. I shouldn't have asked, as she ends up criticizing half my wardrobe, my hair, etc. . .and then tries to glom on and invite herself on the trip. I'll give her credit, my mom has tremendous chutzpah for the good and the bad! I hope you find her as galling and entertaining as the rest of the clan does. Love you mom!

And we're off to Vegas for some fun with just the girls. . .

187 comments
mommy5indenver
mommy5indenver

You so crack me up...I love your take on things and your self-assuredness...you are so right, you DON'T need that pole!  I, on the other hand, am not sure what I need...maybe it is a pole.  Anyway, you hit the nail on the head in so many ways.  You are capable of doing it so casually and hilariously, I'm not sure anyone saw, much less felt it coming.  You should have your own syndicated column!

 

Thanks so much Marisa!  Please, please, please, keep it up.

steve.snedlecker
steve.snedlecker

you are great.. i like you.. and Yolanda, and Lisa and Brandi .. the rest like to have drama .. Adrienne is not an honest person .. over the years i thought she was when the show first started and as each year ends i like her less and less. and the fact that she is going after someone who has no money who is just trying to get by and raise her sons.. and she has to deal with a bully.. its rude.. but you are cool right on with you.. :)

fr.mkt.9
fr.mkt.9

 Your kind of parties sounds like fun. We would love to see you throw one of your let your hair down, wear your sweats girl nights. Your blogs make me laugh and they're true!! I like your personality!

backfires
backfires

It's difficult when you are thrown into a group of women who have known one another for a while....they have their baggage.  I think it's smart of you to sit back a little and gage it....You have a beautiful face and I'm excited to learn more about you....(we all have the same mothers in one way or another -- yours is a character...)

sheri.rozzs
sheri.rozzs

YOU are sexy Marisa! You one of my new favorites! Your strong and beautiful! Loosen up and enjoy, xo Sherri 

JEBFP6969
JEBFP6969

I like your kind of dinner parties!!!!  Kyle lets some friends badger others & that's not cool no matter what kind of fancy dress you have on or what fancy meal you have prepared.  Brandi felt badly I think for Dean more so because she loved Eddie more than Eddie loved her & what you said at dinner about Dean not being your normal type, etc. made her think you were putting him down when you really weren't.  Truth is truth & you said nothing ugly.  Goodness gracious does it always have to be some kind of drama with those women?  Stay sweet & you are right marriage is work.  To me love is like a flower, you have to feed it, take care of it &water it or it will dry up & die.  But when you do all the work, it turns into something beautiful!

Hulali
Hulali

I enjoy your presence on the show, you seem smart and well mannered.  The only thing I can say is WATCH OUT! You just broadast to the world that you don't find your husband attrativve and that you wish you had waited to marry him!.  Silly girl!  Your cutie pie husband is essentially Hollywood royalty and there are probably hundreds of girls in LA right now that are going to do their best to show him what a loving a devoted woman really is!  Don't forget Yolanda's words... men love beautiful women and women wil  do your husband for a Chanel  purse.You  publically disrspected a loving loyal man, thats so NOT cool.  How would you fell if he said those things about you?

Beesbad
Beesbad

At first you seemed so sweet but you clearly have a bit of a bite, I like it!

ehomer
ehomer

I am glad to see you seem to be liking Lisa now. It seemed you had let whatever nasty things kyle had to say about her taint your judgement. And I'm glad you are taking Brandi's comments as they were intended & not "pulling a Taylor" & skewing what she meant. You seem to keep an open mind & be smart enough to figure things out. Many of these dames aren't that clever (adrienne, kyle, kim, camille).

stelli
stelli

Marisa, You seem great.  I like that you are giving Brandi a fair chance.  I like that you are not a mean girl like Kyle.  I am glad you stood up to Faye regarding her bashing Brandi.  Just dont get involved in the petty crap that Lisa, Adrienne, Kim and Taylor stir up.  Stick with Lisa and Brandi

debisaint
debisaint

I love that you are so true to yourself and principles.  I love you as the new cast member, finally a real business woman representing the rest of us working moms!  Your mother is hilarious!  Even though she wears on you a bit, cherish the moments.  I lost my mom back in 2006 to breast cancer and miss her every day.  You are lucky to have film footage that will immortalize her!  As a Pennsylvanian, you are correct, every marriage is work!  Sometimes forever seems like a long f'ing time and yea, there are days when he loves you more than you love him.  Anyone that says differently is lying!  However, your husband seems like a lovely person and I am happy that he has someone of your caliber.  He's a hotty too!  Sometimes we just need someone else to tell us that to rekindle our inner sexy!  A pole can't really speak to you!  Stay real in BH.

airtonya
airtonya

.....Im going to wait until I see the whole episode with you and the stripper pole....but, you may not be a good fit with these ladies...you say you like to have fun , yet you feels comfortable with spinning on a pole with your clothes on....really.

Sarahjanern333
Sarahjanern333

You are a great addition. I appreciate your honesty. Also, seeing you with your Mom seemed so real and genuine. Thank you.

JuliefromTexas
JuliefromTexas

Sometimes people sound like they are "name dropping," but it is who they roll with. Hard to tell at this point because Yolanda is a newbie like you.:)

 

I like your Mom. Funny how things can aggravate you about your own parents and everyone else, like me, is clueless. Mom and daughter is a deep bond.

 

Marriage takes a lot of energy, but to make a connection with another human being that treats you kind is a benefit--  friend, family and *especially* your life partner, eh?

 

If it makes someone happy to be on a stripping pole and dance go for it. Otherwise, I share your sentiments.:)

 

Take it easy. See ya on the TV Monday night! I really enjoy RHOBH.

SourCandyxoxo
SourCandyxoxo

Your mom is hilarious! I hope Bravo shows more of her. Her criticisms are harmless and funny (if you're not sensitive and can take it). She kind of reminds me of my mom....who is also entertaining.

mgoodw4
mgoodw4

You are so entertaining!  I love the candor you have in sharing your perspectives (and the hilarious phrasing!!)  And, I love seeing your scenes.  The one with your mother was priceless!  I seriously laughed out loud because parts could have just as easily been my mother and me!  Hope you stick around...Brandi, Lisa and you are consistently the  realest real housewives around!

RoseWilde
RoseWilde

If you felt more sexy you might like you hubby a little bit more.

 

And I saw the previews~ besides your solemn face, you look hot!! Don't be so hard on yourself. You are a sexy woman. Maybe you *should* embrace your inner sexy... 

WandaP
WandaP

Marisa, love the fact your down to earth. Now if we were all loaded like Yolanda, maybe we spend time making lemons, and dinners. I do love her though. I have been married 30 years and there r days, i send him to his tv, and me to mine, but at the core a friendship is required to make it threw the roller coaster of life. Dean obviously loves you, he seems quiet, a watcher! Nothing wrong with that. I to am a natural girl, I would have a garden party at YOs place! This way no clean up! Keep being you, Bravos going to pick what they want! So go w the flow!, a Canadian fan!

BlingDong
BlingDong

Deanie, with an ie? He's really an adorable man, and you make a very sweet couple, I just can't imagine he's a Deanie.

Eca
Eca

I really like your personality. You are beautifully wonderfully real, fun and honest. Your husband is hot and marriage IS a lot of work. Glad to watch you on the show.

BravoCharlie
BravoCharlie

So far so good! Instead of taking Brandi's comment about your marriage too personally, you sidestepped the usual Housewife behavior and addressed your miscommunication like an adult! Looks like between you and Yolanda we can cancel out wives with the emotional maturity of children in the show (Taylor and Camille)

Nebfan22
Nebfan22

You seem like a nice lady that is down to earth.  Please don't listen to the gossipers like Kyle.  Form your own opinions.  Thus far you have done just that.  Bravo!

abrashers
abrashers

Marisa,

 

You are just WONDERFUL!!! What a fresh take for the show!

bchie
bchie

Marisa,

Just really like you on the show...(Bravo to Bravo)

You could/should easily replace shana/taylor at the very least!!! 

Loved the packing scene with your Mom...Loved her critiquing YOUR

style, while giving her self props for all the compliments she still gets

from the ladies for her sense of style & her fab Jackie O. hair!!!

Where were THE Sun glasses??????? Pretty funny...........

I was hoping you would agree to let her go provided she would be the

1st one willing to follow Brandi on the pole....1960's HW shedding her

while polyester pant suit to show case her "Inner Sexy"....Work it Girl!!

Show those BH wives how to move it! Mom's Fab, (I did NOT say FLABBY)

Spinning Twirling Torso, Legs & A** high in the air....

Breathlessly, Whispering & Grunting her way thru the splits 

Before you know who BORES us all with her attempt...

YUCK!!!! Think you get the picture....

Would love to see more of your Mom's interactions with you..Just too Funny!

Ok, hope you chuckled more then you vomited!!

Have a Great day!!!!!

 

 

berry_interesting@
berry_interesting@

Marisa, you are a hoot! Really enjoy your (sometimes overflowing) honesty, i.e. Yolanda does some name-dropping and expertly directs her staff...lol

 I, too, enjoy Yolanda.

But I'm not sure she's solely responsible for martha stewartish dinners on any regular basis...(harken back to aforementioned well-directed staff).. I wasn't blessed with the cuisine gene, so it's self-serve at our house. 

Anyway, I like that you do not delight in jumping into other people's drama (like Faye Persnickitty does), and that your Mom and you have a funny dynamic together. You don't storm off crying -- you just sigh, smile, and move on. Love that.

It's clear that you love Dean - and he loves you.

Keep on telling it like it is!

bravowatcher99
bravowatcher99

"Fortunately, Dean just like to eat PowerBars."  You're hilarious.  Love you on the show!

 

soulle.faxx
soulle.faxx

I really like you on the show and I hope Bravo keeps you on! You seem real and honest and I think you would be a great addition.

Geovana
Geovana

Marisa,

I find it very odd that you spoke ill of Lisa in an interview.  Now you are saying you like Lisa.   You seem to get very upset when people don't pay to much attention to you when they first meet you.  You  need to give people a chance to know you.  No everyone is the same way.  You are not being fair to Lisa.  I am not surprise as you seem to be manipulated by Kyle.  Be careful of Kyle.  Kyle is no one's friend.  She doesn't have even her own sister Kim's back.  JUST BE CAREFUL OF KYLE.  I know with time you will learn to like and respect Lisa.

LosAngelesBravoLover
LosAngelesBravoLover

Great addition to the show! You're so real! Can't wait to see more of u!

PeterStKing
PeterStKing

I'm glad you are starting to like Lisa.

You looked super cool in this episode, the scene with your mother was super funny.

I am also glad that you took Brandi's comments the right way. She clearly didn't meant to offend you. She just wishes she had an amazing man in her life, like you have Dean.

The fact that you took it the right way shows you have a great personality. I was scared that it was going to be like Taylour's drama over the "Everyone has slept with everyone in BH", but you aren't that kind of person.

marcela910
marcela910

So far so good.  I like you. I'll keep watching though.  Kyle had me fooled, used to like her, not no more. 

GinnywithaG
GinnywithaG

Since you read your comments I feel compelled to leave one.  I am a fan, you had me when you opened your mouth to stand up for what was right.  I am not in Bevery Hills, however I go through similar situations in social circles and amongst friends and friends of my husbands, their wives and so-on.  People are nuts!  I can relate to you in that I keep it real.  Do I love my husband, undoubtedly so.  But we banter back in forth and trash each other all the time, that's just the way we are.  No excuses needed, take it or leave it. Everyone is different, just stay around those that accept you for who you are and they way you talk, etc... who cares about opinions and perceptions?  That is for those who live in glass houses.  I hope you become a regular. 

skizzy79
skizzy79

So, did the inevitable cringe when Brandi made the comment about your marriage.  Love that in your blog you saw what she sees from the outside looking in and took it as her opinion, not that she was attacking you. While I don't think she should have gone there at all, I give her credit for saying it in front of you, instead of behind your back with the other women or in one of the talking head interviews. I feel like you are giving her a chance to hopefully think before she speaks and give a shot to what could be an honest, genuine friendship.

 

Watching you and your mom makes me think this is where you get the ability to think things through thoughtfully and not overreact.  I have a mom who, well, is challenging.  I love her all the same, even when she makes it difficult.

 

Yolanda and the name dropping .... slippery slope. When your neighbors, friends and co-workers go by the names of Streisand and such, you probably have less Fred's and Carols to chat about. I think all of us would be a bit starstruck at times, no matter how "ordinary" that is for your life.   I think it's equal parts showing off and those are the only people you hang out with!

 

Like your blogs, like you and hope you avoid the Bravo 15 minutes of fame make-over. You're just fine just the way you are.

supersue
supersue

Hi Marissa, first i dont remember seeing you at Kyles daughters party. And YES they have beaten this Brandi,Paul ad Adrienne horse to death!!! I love how confident you are, like when Brandi made the comment aboutyou and Dean and who loves who more. Your not out suing Brandi, you admitted you gave her that impression. I adore you and your a breathe of fresh air and a clas act!!!!  MWAAA have a great weeked. P.s. you can reply to me anytime you want  lol

K1533
K1533

Brandi's comment was more than likely based on her experience in her marriage. Sounds like she was the one with all the love and mayble she was more emotional than her husband and outwardly more lovely. But not everyone shows emotions in the same manner . Sometimes it is best to have quiet love power, it may make the marriage last . I have been married for 50 plus year. Works for me.

 

WellingtonHousewife
WellingtonHousewife

Marisa, I like you because you are real.  Yes, I love my husband of 25+ years but it is work and there are days I love him more and there are days he loves me more.  It is never 50/50.  On the other hand, perception is everyone else's reality.  So if you are giving offhanded comments about marriage and your husband, as harmless as they may seem to you, other people will pick up on them as problems in your union.  A very good friend of mine that was a psychotherapist told me something very important when I was only 19 years old, "Don't even joke with each other in the negative.  It makes it to easy to say hurtful things later on." That advice has served me well.

penneyone
penneyone

I like you and I like you on the show so far but , I think your on the show to break away from your married name and prove to people that you are a business woman and can make it  on your own for some reason. That's fine and good for you....I always tell my daughter not to ever rely on her husbands money and to always be able to support herself and her kids. You never know when a man will leave you, much like Brandi.  Take care.....

joyfulxo
joyfulxo

Marisa, I think you're fantastic and uninhibited! It's completely okay that you don't cook your husband roast chickens at the end of the day. I admire your drive as a businesswoman. You are a homemaker for your family in that way! And p.s. your husband is hot!!!

Sofie_pie2
Sofie_pie2

I like you and your honesty. I loved that you stood up for Brandi at that horrid dinner party. That said, I, too, felt very uncomfortable sitting here on my family room sofa while watching you say less than flattering things about your marriage and husband...while he appeared squeamish and smiled embarrassingly. It's not necessary to reveal flaws in your marriage on national TV. It makes me wonder - did you marry into this rich family for something other than real love?

texasviewer
texasviewer

@BlingDong...Unless that is his legal name or a term of endearment by Marissa, I cannot imagine calling a 40ish man Deanie.

katdi0717
katdi0717

 @Geovana I must have missed an episode.  I have never seen Marisa manipulated by anyone!  It's extremely obvious that she has her own mind and isn't a follower.

Happypuppy
Happypuppy

 @PeterStKing I like that you are able to be strong and not let others comments (Brandi) bring you down.  You took a potential hot situation and diffused it beautifully. You and Dean look well suited...not that my opinion really matters... and I feel others can relate to your feelings on relationships.

BonBon1948
BonBon1948

 @skizzy79

 It's unfortunate but true (unless the editing is off) that Brandi DID say that about Marissa and Dean's relationship in her talking heads interview before she said it to Marissa's face. And I think that she probably did finally dislose it to Marissa, because she thought it would be shown before she said it to her face.

Brandi unfortunastely is  very cunning and manipulative. There is so much gile to this woman (and I was a staunch advocate for her....until she really spoke out of turn re: Adrienne who I was never an advocate for), that for those of you blinded by her (asI was), try and remember  the first episode this year when she admitted to competing for Lisa's friendship, as she is very competitive and wanted to be number one with her.

It's sad but true. Brandi is an extremely insecure, immature girl trying to become a woman. I hope she makes it by growing into her age and station in life much more gracefully than is now apparentt.

I have found that anyone as sarcastic as she has so much anger below the surface that I avoid people like her as I would the plague. And do not ever confuse sarcasm with wit (as Lisa has). When Brandi so often says: "Just joking" after saying something supposed to be funny, she displays her transparency as a tortured passive-aggressive personality verging on a clinical disorder.

I wish for Brandi what you, Marissa, have which is a realistic, happy, loving relationship in which the two of you can both laugh at and with yourselves. Without that, no one makes it through  this life anywhere near content and fulfilled.

 I do love having you in the show. In many ways, you are the voice of REALISTIC reason (as opposed to Yolanda who I also like but do not think her ideas are applicable to the average woman today)  and I am so sorry for your husband's loss.I wish him freedom from the sadness of losing his father and peace to replace it. 

Stay YOU, please. You add alot of common sense, honesty, fun and intelligence to the show. Somehing new and very inteesting. xxoo

 

BlingDong
BlingDong

 @K1533

 I got the sense from Brandi that she was worried you were saying things that could get your husband thinking about finding someone who might appreciate him more openly. She wants you safe and secure. I've never, ever heard anyone describe what is sexy the way you did, but if your husband agrees, that's all that matters.

airtonya
airtonya

 @AndreaDiamond  @airtonya My apologies.....I meant "You feel UNCOMFORTABLE with spinning on a pole with your clothes on" but thanks for pointing out my typo....hopefully I can return the favor in a future post.

Happypuppy
Happypuppy

 @katdi0717  @Geovana Marisa, you seem like you are your own woman and can handle yourself.  I like your sense of humor and your response to the discussion on your marriage.  I am glad you set the record straight on your feelings, I think you are great and I am glad you are on the show. I have to laugh to myself on all the drama others make of your comments about Dean, I have a feeling that you two are also able to laugh about this together also.  Keep going girl!!!

FlutterBy
FlutterBy

@BonBon1948 @skizzy79 You are Spot On with this post....just what many of us feel about Brandi on the show...I had no problem with her on the show either, until the episode that bleeppppped....the whole thing was corny how it went down, but it made us realize...everything you just said...who doesn't get it by now?? I hope that bravo does not assume that because people talk about her on here, that it means she needs to keep coming back, season after season...when the viewers say they find someone offensive, they mean it...we dvr the program and fast forward when they come on, or we turn it to the home shopping channels when they are on...but we really do get disinterested...the way we got with Jill on NY hw's...I missed most of her last season on the show...and only watched NY when she left...I don't think they realize that as much as we might enjoy their programming, there really are other things to watch if we have to have to have our tv's on...the one thing that i disagree with though is that Lisas sarcasm is wit...maybe a smidge, but Lisa has been pretty pamperd in her life, and i think has lost touch with mundane things that makeup most of our lives...so she shows up at a restaurant everyday, dressed in designer clothes and shoes...thats not work...she pays people to work so she doesn't have to...we can all relate to a job where the boss was a pain in the butt...i don't care how bravo glamorizes SUR, it is still a job where people are smucking off food half eaten, and dealing with the dirty dishes...i think Lisa should stay on hw's, because so far, the only thing she has done obnoxious is side with a angry, hate filled bully of an immature woman...

FlutterBy
FlutterBy

@fablady101 @BonBon1948 @skizzy79 fatlady surely you are not talking about Brandis blog...this is a tv show....not real life...the blogs are entertainment, and our responses and comments are just a part of that...no one should assume a lot from these comments as we are commenting on a tv show where we are only seeing 25 % if not less of any actual footage....i certainly hold no malice for anyone i view on television....but i have strong opinions of what i see....just like politically motivated or even comedy channels so its all good.....or should be.....

fablady101
fablady101

 @FlutterBy  @BonBon1948  @skizzy79

 I see ur mean comments all the time about Brandi,she is fun and honest and she said what she saw from Marissa ,Marissa didn't mean so why do u? Cause ur a bully just like Kyle! Love Brandi and LIsa andu FlutterBy can fly off.