Iconic Mothers of Real Housewives

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The Real Housewives franchise wouldn’t be complete without the mothers of the Housewives. Over the last two decades, we’ve been introduced to many of the women who raised the most legendary Housewives. Whether the moms are there to keep the peace or create some drama of their own, we always love seeing them onscreen.

Here are the most iconic mothers of Real Housewives.

Lois Rinna (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills)

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Perhaps one of the most beloved Real Housewives moms of all time. Lisa Rinna‘s mom, Lois, frequently appeared on the show, and fans absolutely adored her. Even Bravo fans who were “anti-Rinna” were “pro-Lois.”

Lois passed away in November 2021 at the age of 93, People reported. Fans watched Rinna struggle through the grief of losing her mother on Season 12 of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

Joyce Jones ‘Mama Joyce’ (Real Housewives of Atlanta)

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Kandi Burruss‘ mom Joyce, more commonly known as “Mama Joyce,” is the OG of iconic Real Housewives moms. Mama Joyce isn’t afraid to stir the pot and make her own storylines. From her infamous feud with her son-in-law to going “undercover” to stir up dirt on Phaedra Parks, Mama Joyce’s impact on Real Housewives of Atlanta is unforgettable. She really is such a legend. Come on Bravo, give the woman her own show!

Judy Stirling (Real Housewives of Orange County)

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Lydia McLaughlin was a natural fit for Real Housewives of Orange County. She was a rich, married Christian with too many expensive handbags, just like most of her castmates. But Lydia’s mom, Judy Stirling, offered something entirely different. She was a hippie who loved fairy dust and smoking marijuana. Love that for her. She was cool, a little wild, and perfect for the show. I mean, who could forget her showdown with Vicki Gunvalson‘s daughter’s husband Ryan?

Note to readers, if you ever go to Vicki’s house, DO NOT put your feet on the couch or Ryan will try and throw you out of the house.

Gloria Kamen (Real Housewives of New York)

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Jill Zarin‘s mom, Gloria Kamen, was a fan favorite on the early seasons of Real Housewives of New York. While she only made a few appearances, they were memorable and struck a chord with fans. Who could forget her infamous Season 2 scene where she comforted a crying Bethenny Frankel and shared some wisdom about the passage of time. Iconic.

Dorothy Dillard (Real Housewives of Potomac)

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Candiace Dillard-Bassett‘s complicated relationship with her mother Dorothy Dillard has been entertaining viewers for years. Like Candiace, Dorothy is strong-willed and never afraid to share her opinion, which makes her perfect TV. From her “feud” with Candiace’s husband Chris to her devastating one-liners, Ms. Dorothy has made Real Housewives of Potomac a joy to watch.

Dale Mercer (Real Housewives of New York)

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Tinsley Mortimer‘s mother, Dale Mercer, gave us so much during her time on Real Housewives of New York. We’ll never forget when Dale accompanied Tinsley to try on wedding dresses even though Tinsley wasn’t even engaged. Insane. And who could forget all the Big Apple Circus drama? Fans may have found Dale a little cold but it’s hard to ignore her impact on Tinsley’s RHONY arc. Tinsley’s story would’ve felt incomplete without Dale on the show.

Linda ‘LD’ (Real Housewives of Salt Lake City)

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Monica Garcia‘s mom Linda has been making headlines recently after her blowup fight with her daughter on Season 4 of Real Housewives of Salt Lake City. Some fans criticized Monica for raising her voice at her mother while others slammed Linda for not taking her daughter’s side in the argument with co-star Angie Katsanevas. Either way, Linda has solidified her place within the franchise. It’s not often that a Real Housewives mother is a central storyline of the show. Love her or hate her, we expect to see a lot more of Linda on Season 4 of RHOSLC.