Vicki Gunvalson

Vicki Gunvalson was born on March 27, 1962, in Chicago, Illinois, the United States. She is an American reality T.V. personality and businesswoman best known for her 14-season-long role as a housewife on Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Orange County.” She is also a producer, an actress, and a businesswoman who founded an insurance company, Coto Insurance. As an entrepreneur, reality star, mother, and grandmother, she has redefined what it means to be a modern woman. We’re looking forward to her wonderful day today.

Fast Facts

Full Name:

Victoria Gunvalson



Birth date:

March 27, 1962



Zodiac Sign:



5' 7"

Relationship Status:


Net Worth:

$7 million

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Victoria Gunvalson was born on March 27, 1962, in a small Northwest suburb of Chicago, U.S. to a family of five. Her father owned a big construction company, and her mother was a homemaker. Her father instilled a strong work ethic in her during her formative years. He taught her the values of living within means, praying, being grateful for what they had, and always striving to be the best she could be in all aspects of her life. Her father’s work ethic and fight for life shaped who she is today.

She is an original member of Bravo’s reality show, “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” which premiered in 2006. However, in January 2020, Gunvalson was sacked from the franchise. She started a podcast called “Whoop It Up with Vicki” the same year. On her podcast, she discusses her identity, her show, and also provides inspirational truths about life, financial freedom, relationships, and love.

Gunvalson married twice; when she was 21, she married Michael J.Wolfsmith, and they had two children, Briana and Michael. When she was 29, the couple got divorced, and she began working part-time at her father’s construction company. Since she was the sole provider for herself and her two children, one of her close friends suggested she get herself a life insurance policy. Following further discussions with her friend, she decided to become a licensed life and health insurance seller. She was named the company’s top salesperson in her very first year on the job. Gunvalson is now the proud owner of Coto Insurance and Financial Services Inc., where she enjoys mentoring and employing other women and moms.

Her second marriage was to Donn Gulvanson in 1994. Sadly, they divorced a decade later, in 2014. She was engaged to Steve Lodge from April 2019 to September 2021. She started dating her co-star Brooks Ayers during season 10 of “The Real Housewives of Orange County.” She revealed she had battled cancer in November 2021.

Career timeline

She Starts a Company

Gunvalson opens Coto Insurance and Financial Services, Inc., where she enjoys mentoring and employing other women and moms.

Her T.V. Show

She is cast as an original member of Bravo's reality show, "The Real Housewives of Orange County.”

Her Special Appearance

She makes a special appearance in two episodes of the second spin-off of “The Real Housewives of Orange County.”

She Receives an Award

She receives the Patriot Award from the U.S. Department of Defense for her support of military spouses and families.

She Launches a Podcast

She starts her podcast called, "Whoop It Up with Vicki."

She is Sacked

Gunvalson is fired from the franchise in January.

Why We Love Vicki Gunvalson

  1. Her awesome catchphrase

    The first thing that comes to mind when we think of Gunvalson is a resounding “woo-hoo!” She's always up for a good time, and nothing beats her “woo-hoo!” to get the party started.

  2. She is a social butterfly

    Gunvalson is a party animal who goes all out in whatever she does. She's all in once she's in, which we adore about her.

  3. She is humble

    Gunvalson has a strong desire to do things her way. Whenever she recognizes a flaw in her conduct, however, she has no issues with apologizing and taking full responsibility.

5 Surprising Facts

  1. She lied on the show

    Gunvalson and her boyfriend, Ayers Brooks, lied about him having cancer initially, as it was just a story plot.

  2. She compared herself to Jesus

    Just as Jesus was being nailed to the cross, she too felt like she was being judged for being a good person.

  3. She wet her pants

    While she was in Mexico with the girls, Gunvalson laughed so hard that she wet her pants live on T.V.

  4. She was body shamed

    This happened after a cast member’s boyfriend made a cruel joke about her looking like Miss Piggy.

  5. She became a meme

    The image of an angry Gulvanson chasing away the camera crew while filming the reunion went viral.

Vicki Gunvalson FAQs

Are Tamra and Vicki Gunvalson still friends?

Yes, they are still friends.

Is Vicki Gunvalson still friends with Shannon?

After she exited the show, her relationship with Shannon changed, and their friendship ended in a rift.

How many Instagram followers does Vicki Gunvalson have?

She is followed by 1.1 million people on Instagram.

Vicki Gunvalson’s birthday dates

2025March 27Thursday
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2027March 27Saturday
2028March 27Monday
2029March 27Tuesday

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