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BETHENNY Frankel first stepped in front of a cam­era in the long­for­got­ten 1994 movie Hol­ly­wood Hills 90028.

When she fol­lowed up with the tur­key Wish Me Luck, the signs were there that acting per­haps wasn’t Frankel’s nat­u­ral call­ing.

She at­tended the Na­tional Gourmet Cook­ing In­sti­tute in New York and be­gan a food­pro­duc­tion em­pire.

The re­cent sale of her Skinny Girl Mar­garita brand put her on the Forbes mag­a­zine’s 100 rich­est celebri­ties list.

Dur­ing a re­cent ap­pear­ance on The Tonight Show she joked of the $100 mil­lion deal: ‘‘ I just am wip­ing my be­hind with dol­lar bills now.’’

Frankel was run­ner-up on re­al­ity se­ries The Ap­pren­tice: Martha Ste­wart and made a mark on Real Housewives of New York.

The suc­cess of the lat­ter led to her re­al­ity se­ries Bethenny Ever Af­ter. Has the se­ries taken a lot out of you? I fool­ishly took on an­other show, Skat­ing with the Stars, at the same time (as Bethenny Ever Af­ter). To take on two shows, a new baby, a new mar­riage, the ne­go­ti­a­tion to sell my com­pany took a lot out of me. You are so open on the show, but do you some­times say, ‘‘Turn the cam­era off, I need a pri­vate mo­ment’’? I don’t do that be­cause it would com­pro­mise the in­tegrity of the show. Sadly, most re­al­ity shows aren’t real at all. I feel a re­spon­si­bil­ity to be truth­ful. Al­low­ing your ther­apy ses­sions to be filmed would be as per­sonal as you could get? Ther­apy it­self is dif­fi­cult to do to be­gin with, but not dif­fi­cult to have filmed be­cause you for­get the cam­era is there. If I can help other women un­der­stand a lit­tle bet­ter about them­selves by see­ing me go through ther­apy, that’s the most en­light­en­ing thing about the show. I run to the ther­a­pist. It’s valu­able, I cer­tainly need it, I’m proud of it. Is it true you went through a time in your child­hood where you weren’t se­cure about your body im­age? I never had con­trol of my weight. It fluc­tu­ated — eat, starve, thin, starve diet, what­ever. It was just a vi­cious cy­cle. I would starve, then binge. That went into my 30s, for sure. You’re not good if you don’t eat and not bad if you do. Did your­mum force you to go to an obe­sity clinic when you were eight? She didn’t force me to go, I wanted to go. But there was a lot of psy­cho­log­i­cal noise in my house about food, weight and di­et­ing. You had im­plants once and had them re­moved. What would you say to a woman or girl con­tem­plat­ing cos­metic en­hance­ment? It’s case by case. Ini­tially, I wanted my boobs lifted be­cause they were saggy since I was young. It would have made me feel bet­ter had they just been lifted. I was self-con­scious about dat­ing. Then I got im­plants, which I didn’t re­ally want. Bethenny Ever Af­ter Arena, tonight, 8.30

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