Andi Black, owner of Caj Beauty and a former back-up singer for Jay and the Americans, married the lead singer at 18 and has since been married and divorced a total of three times. While her boyfriend, Adam, closes on their house, Andi moves in with her best friend, Liza. Her life experiences have opened her eyes to the hard truths of love, so she often finds herself attempting to fix others’ relationships, even though it occasionally backfires. Through it all, Andi is incredibly loyal and is willing to stick her neck out for the ladies in the group.
Guilty pleasure: French fries, belts and shoes
One of the last ladies in the group to be married, Susan Doneson tied the knot to a wealthy bachelor at 30, but after having two children together ended up divorcing him. The man she truly fell in love with was her high school crush, Jonathan, but by the time they reconnected, he was on his way to prison for two years for securities fraud. They dated throughout his incarceration and upon his release, Susan became pregnant with their now 5-year-old son, Ian. While some of Susan’s friends look down on her and claim she doesn’t fit in, she is the only lady in the group with a long-standing career as a brand representative in the Garment Center and prides herself on being a focused business woman who provides for her family.
Guilty pleasure: A cross between pecan pie and whipped cream and shopping for an abundance of jewelry, Giuseppe shoes and Valentino bags
Friends with everyone in this tight-knit Long Island group, Cori Goldfarb is still married to her first husband, Sandy, and together they have four teenage daughters. After Cori’s husband lost his job on Wall Street, the couple opened a high-end spa, Truth and Beauty in Roslyn Heights, where Cori took on the role of co-owner.
This professional venture has put a significant strain on her marriage as Sandy has invested a great deal in the company and sold their Hampton’s house to fund the project. Now more than ever, she will lean on her childhood friends for support during these difficult times.
Guilty pleasure: Dessert
Focused on living life to the fullest, Gail Greenberg is married to one of the top plastic surgeons in New York and is committed to keeping their love alive after having experienced one unsuccessful marriage. She has a type-A perfectionist personality from her family to her appearance, from fitness to fashion—and always strives to be the best version of herself. Gail’s friendships mean everything to her, but despite their decade long-history, some might come to a head.
Guilty pleasure: Sugary candy
Amy Miller has never quite gotten it right with the men in her life. She split from her husband five years ago and is now with on-again-off-again fiancé, Arthur. While her friends express strong disapproval of her current relationship, they can’t help being protective and want to see her happy. Amy never puts herself first and is always worrying about everyone else. While she loves having her 20-year-old son, Max, living at home with her, Amy constantly gets frustrated over his career indecisiveness. She has high hopes for the year focused on self-discovery and light-hearted fun.
Guilty pleasure: The sun
Liza Sandler married her high school sweetheart, who grew up to be a successful hedge fund manager in New York City. He was her first true love, but when they drifted apart, she had an affair with a high-powered media figure, ending her marriage. Now, Liza has to sell her home, according to the divorce settlement. Not only is she dealing with an empty nest, but she also must figure out where she’ll be living as she begins the next chapter of her life. Liza is leaning on her gal pal, Andi, her close group of girlfriends and two best friends, Pat and Glenn, now more than ever, for support. Liza is trying to put the past behind her and focus on herself and her journey to find love once again.
Guilty pleasure: I buy everything in excessive amounts. I love shoes
Secrets and Wives is produced by Haymaker with Aaron Rothman, Irad Eyal, Michaline Babich, Omid Kahangi and Michael Call serving as executive producers. To read a full feature on Secrets and Wives, click here.
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