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The Daily Dish The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Go Inside Kyle Richards and Bethenny Frankel's Decades-Long Friendship

The #RHOBH actress and #RHONY mogul really are BFFs. Get the details on their pre-Housewives history.

By Jocelyn Vena
Bethenny Knows Kyle and Kim's History

Kyle Richards and Bethenny Frankel may reside on two different coasts, but the bond these Housewives share isn't affected by distance. In fact, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills actress and The Real Housewives of New York mogul have been besties for 25 years. The women met back in the '90s while Bethenny was in L.A. hustling on the road to becoming a mogul. "When I first met Bethenny she was working at La Scala Boutique, a restaurant in Beverly Hills," Kyle reminisced on RHOBH, as seen in the clip above. "She came up to my table and was like, 'Hi. I'm dating your ex-boyfriend.'" And while the guy didn't stick around for long, their friendship did. "She's always been a go-getter," Kyle added.

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Bethenny also used to be Kyle's sister Kathy Hilton's assistant, and a babysitter to her nieces Paris and Nicky Hilton. Eventually her tenure working for the Hiltons ended, and she moved back to her native NYC. Still, these two pals have stayed in touch — and they're never shy to take a trip down memory lane, as we can see by these throwback photos they've posted on Instagram.

On the Road


This photo of a very '90s Bethenny was posted by Kyle, who reminisced about a hike they went on that day. "Where did we get the camera from?" she asked. (We assume a store?) 

Big Hair, Don't Care

I love this #flashbackfriday with @bethenny flashing WAAAY back

A photo posted by Kyle Richards Umansky (@kylerichards18) on

This photo also appears to be from the '90s. How do we know? Check out that hair and Kyle's nude-colored lip. (Though it has become trendy again, thanks to Kylie Jenner.) 


Who doesn't love a good #tbt?! I know @kylerichards18 does!!! 💁

A photo posted by Bethenny Frankel (@bethennyfrankel) on


"Who doesn't love a good #tbt?! I know @kylerichards18 does!!!" Bethenny wrote of the snapshot. And we have to say Kyle's bangs are only rivaled by Bethenny's gold highlights.

Party Pals

Putting the Real in Housewives .....before #RHOBH IN 2009 👭👭

A photo posted by Kyle Richards Umansky (@kylerichards18) on

Kyle captioned this 2009 snapshot — pre-RHOBH!— "Putting the Real in Housewives."

Check out some more vintage photos of Kyle below.

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