Dorinda Medley is a fan favorite alumna of the smash hit Bravo series The Real Housewives of New York City, which she joined as a regular cast member in 2014. After six seasons, she departed the series in 2020.
Born in the Berkshires in Massachusetts, Dorinda arrived in New York City after college, working in the showrooms of Liz Claiborne. She followed her first husband to London to start a family and eventually her own cashmere company, DCL Cashmere, which boasted high-profile clients like Princess Diana and Joan Collins. Ten years in London also brought her a daughter, Hannah, a divorce, and a wish to return to New York to figure out life in the city as a single mom.
In 2005, Dorinda met and married financier Dr. Richard Medley, a former Washington power broker and respected speechwriter to congresswoman and vice-presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro. Together they raised funds for charitable causes with the likes of Bishop Desmond Tutu, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Secretary Madeleine Albright, and President Bill and Secretary Hillary Clinton. After Richard’s tragic passing in 2011, Dorinda climbed right back to the top of New York society through perseverance and support from her close friends.
Dorinda is always directing her energy and focus into her home, family and friends, church, social engagements, and love for pop culture. In 2019, Dorinda reignited her passion for teaching aerobics, creating and touring with her interactive workout class Dorobics to great success. She continuously gives back to her favorite charitable organizations like the Ali Forney Center, Born This Way Foundation, Prevention, Joy.J Initiative, Ronald McDonald House, NYLovesKids.org and Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation.
Nothing gives Dorinda more pleasure than a weekend or holiday spent with great company, home-cooked meals, and the festive, personal touches she is known for. She enjoys the theater, the beach, the mountains, fabulous parties, a great dirty martini, and all types of fashion—both high-end and high-street—and considers all of her pieces collector’s items.