“When the going gets tough, I just get stronger and stronger!”
“Don’t call me a princess, call me the boss!”
“Happiness means never having to apologize for being me.”
“I’m smart, I’m sexy, and I’m confident. Of course people are gonna talk about me.”
“I love the bling, I love the jewelry, I love it all.”
Birthday: October 30th, 1977
Gretchen Rossi, 34, joined the cast of “The Real Housewives of Orange County” in Season 4. Gretchen grew up in La Cresenta, CA, and attendedÂ Baylor UniversityÂ in Waco, Texas, where she earned a degree in Psychology and a minor in Family Studies and Child Development. Following college, Gretchen went into the then-booming South Orange County real estate industry, but quit working to take care of her fiancÃ© at the time, Jeff. Gretchen continues to build financial independence through her make-up line and is now expanding the business with a handbag collection. She has dated Slade Smiley for several years, though she in uncertain if marriage is in their future.
Gretchen has a fledgling singing career and made her professional singing debut performing with the Pussycat Dolls at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas.
She is pursuing options to become pregnant and more recently has had a surprisingly great relationship with fellow castmate, Tamra.