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Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: Laredo Tribune. Posted by Lexi Schwartz
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Entertainment
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: Laredo Tribune.
Posted by Lexi Schwartz
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Jocelyn Wildenstein

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Famous For:
Marriage to Alec Wildenstein and as Catwoman and the Bride of Wildenstein
Networth:
$10 Million
Currently Known For:
Socialite
Famous Years:
1990s - Present
Birthdate:
August 5, 1940
Jocelyn Wildenstein


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  Famous For:
Marriage to Alec Wildenstein and as Catwoman and the Bride of Wildenstein

  Networth:
$10 Million

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Just call her “Catwoman” or the “Bride of Wildenstein!” Born in Switzerland as Jocelyn Perisset on August 5, 1940, Jocelyn Wildenstein showed an early interest in wealthy men after meeting and falling in love with a Swiss movie producer at only 17 years old. Eventually calling things off, the young Wildenstein then moved to Paris with a French filmmaker before she met Alec Wildenstein, a billionaire from France who inherited an incredible fortune from his father’s legacy as an art dealer. With his astonishing net worth and celebrity status in both France and the United States, he was the perfect match for Jocelyn who was looking for someone to give her a life of luxury.Advertisements:


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Marrying Alec in 1978 and taking his last name, Jocelyn became a celebrity in her own right as a renowned socialite on the upper crust of society who was known for her lavish lifestyle, extravagant spending and growing affinity for plastic surgery. Once estimating that she spent over $500,000 on food and wine alone each year, Jocelyn’s world came crashing down in 1999 when she caught Alec in bed with a 19-year-old Russian model. With Alec threatening her with a gun and spending the night in jail, Jocelyn jumpstarted the divorce proceedings and, after months of chaos, death threats and fights, she received the biggest divorce settlement in human history at $2.5 billion including an annual check of $100 million for 13 years.

Long before Jocelyn made headlines for her high-profile divorce, however, she was already a hot topic on the tabloid circuit after she set out to completely transform her look in 1997 with the hopes of rekindling the romance at home. Desperate to look young and knowing Alec’s love for big cats, Jocelyn set out to combine the two and persuaded her plastic surgeon to create more feline-like features on her face. The results are astonishing and have been met with widespread criticism as the 76-year-old socialite looks more catlike than human, leading many to call her “Catwoman” and the “Bride of Wildenstein.”

Having first gone under the knife in the 1970s to fight the early signs of aging—she was only in her 30s at the time—Jocelyn’s history in the operating room is extensive with countless procedures over the last 40 years. Among dozens of minor procedures, she’s also opted for over half a dozen facelifts, eye reconstruction surgeries and more Botox and collagen injections than you can shake a stick at. In fact, a renowned surgeon named Dr. Young said that Jocelyn “is a poster child for plastic surgery gone wrong.” Later adding that Jocelyn has had more work done than simply a few facelifts, Dr. Young says it’s obvious she’s had numerous brow lifts, a chin augmentation, fat grafting, cheek implants, eyelid surgery and canthopexy, which makes her eyes appear higher on her face like those of a cat.

As you can imagine, the surgeries have undeniably cost a fortune as it’s rumored that Jocelyn has spent over $4 million to create her current look. What’s even more interesting is that the judge prohibited her from spending a penny of her $2.5 billion divorce settlement on additional plastic surgery. However, not even the judge’s decree or the harsh backlash over her appearance could stop Jocelyn from going under the knife time and time again.

Jocelyn says she does not regret any of the work she’s had done over the last four decades with sources close to her reporting that she is thrilled with her look. “She feels beautiful,” the source said. “She looks in the mirror and she loves what she sees. She got exactly what she wanted.” Jocelyn hasn’t publicly spoken about her whopping plastic surgery bill or her shocking appearance and, instead, opts to enjoy her lavish lifestyle in private with the occasional shopping sprees on things like fine foods, clothing, purses and, of course, plastic surgery.

Today, the 76-year-old has seen her $100 million a year alimony checks from Alec come and go but that hasn’t stopped her from finding happiness on her own and far beyond her $500 million net worth. For the first time in her life, Jocelyn started dating a younger man—49-year-old French fashion designer Lloyd Klein who embraces the Bride of Wildenstein’s feline look without even dimming the lights! Looks like money can buy you happiness, love and an entirely new face if you truly want one. Meow!

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