Tammy Knickerbocker

New Housewife Tammy Knickerbocker gives some background on her life in Coto.

on Jan 16, 2007


I'm the Real Housewife you've not yet met. I'm not really in the first episode all that much. And I thought I'd take this opportunity to give you a little background information about me. I met my husband when I was 18. We got married at 21, we had two kids, and then we started a business together called the L.L. Knickerbocker Company. I did product development and he ran the company and it became very successful. We worked in celebrity-driven products. We're the folks behind the Marie Osmond dolls on QVC, some Bob Mackie stuff, clothing, perfume, the list is very long...

So, we had a great company and a great life. We worked a lot of hours. It's the typical thing. We worked and worked and worked and it broke up our marriage and that was pretty much it.

I watched the first season when it aired. I thought that it showed these families in raw reality. Good times, bad times. It's not always perfect. I lived in Coto during that time, and it's a small, tightly-knit, family community. Of course there are those who want to keep our little secret private. And here we are, the Housewives, opening up those doors.

And I think some of those who live here don't want people to think that we represent all the housewives. Which we don't. These are just stories about our individual families. I had been asked to be on the first season, but I was going through a lot. It sounded like fun, but I just didn't have the time. My bio says that I'm "Understated in comparison to the other housewives." I think that just means that I used to have a lot more money than I do now. I understand that money doesn't buy happiness. I mean, it's good, it pays the bills. But unless you know how to handle it, unless you can juggle it with kids and time and your life, it's really hard to have it all.