1. Her Husband Is Not a Fan of the Show
When asked what her husband, Eddie Judge, thought about the show, Tamra was quoted as saying, “He doesn’t love the show. He doesn’t hate the show. He thinks the show is a little toxic for his lifestyle because he lives in a professional lifestyle for his business. He is a very positive person and when anyone fights on the show he kind of walks out and doesn’t want to be seen in the setting. But he gets it and supports me and that’s all I can ask for.”
2. She’s Not an Original Housewife
Tamra didn’t join the Real Housewives of Orange County until the show was in its third season. At the time she joined, she was married to Simon Barney, but the couple divorced in 2011. However, Tamra is such a popular part of the Real Housewives cast, that she even got her own spin-off show – Tamra’s OC Wedding. The show was a three-part miniseries detailing the weeks of preparation leading up to her wedding to now-husband Eddie Judge, with the final episode showing the big event itself.
3. Her Relationship with Her Daughter is Strained
Tamra and ex-husband Simon Barney have three children together – Sidney, Spencer, and Sophia. After the couple’s tumultuous divorce in 2011, Barney was awarded full custody of Sidney and shares custody of Spencer and Sophia with Tamra. Reportedly, Tamra is not happy with the custody arrangement and Sidney has not spoken to her mother in over two years.
4. She’s a Virgo
Tamra’s birthday is September 2, 1967, making her astrological sign a Virgo. Independent and intelligent, Virgos tend to also be analytical, observant, reliable, and precise. Those traits are probably what has helped Tamra have a career as a successful realtor, entrepreneur, and television personality.
5. She Has a Temper
During the season six Real Housewives of Orange County finale, Tamra threw a glass of wine in former Housewife Jeana Keough’s face at a party. The reason? Jeana wanted to “clear the air” about some rumors in the press, and the “conversation” quickly spun out of control.
6. Tamra’s a Grandma!
It’s hard to tell, but this lovely entrepreneur is also a grandma! While she has three children with her second husband, Simon Barney, Tamra also has a son named Ryan with her first husband, Darren Vieth. In 2015, she became a grandmother when her son Ryan’s daughter, Ava, was born. Instead of being called “Grandma,” she likes to be called “Tam-ma!”
7. Tamra Is An Entrepreneur
Tamra recently paired up with her cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Milind K. Ambe, and launched a cosmetics line. Watchers of the show may remember Dr. Ambe as the surgeon who performed Tamra’s breast reduction surgery. Tamra is also one of the spokeswomen for the weight loss product.
8. Her Resume is Very Diverse
Well before the fame and drama of The Real Housewives of Orange County, Tamra worked a wide variety of jobs. Her first job was actually at Burger King (a far cry from her healthy lifestyle now), and she was employed as a manicurist. Later, she became a licensed realtor before becoming best known as a reality star and spokesperson.
9. She Celebrates with Healthy Food
At her most recent birthday celebration, instead of having a traditional cake with frosting and sugar (and lots of calories!), Tamra’s birthday cake, courtesy of friend and fellow Housewife, Heather Dubrow, was made entirely vegetables. The “cake” consisted of celery, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, and was garnished with cucumbers, proving that healthy living doesn’t take a day off. However, according to Instagram photos, Tamra did eat at least one cookie at the event!
10. She’s Becoming a Competitive Body-Builder
Tamra recently upped her workout regimen to compete in the Muscle Mania fitness competition, which she won! However, the muscle-bound mama is getting a lot of criticism on social media from people who don’t like her new look. Fortunately, Tamra is upping her mental game, too, and she’s not letting the haters bother her. Instead, she wants to help other women going through menopause that they don’t have to accept not being fit!
Tamra Barney, also known as Tamra Judge, was born on September 2, 1967 in Glendale, California and grew up with two brothers. Her father worked as a business owner and her mother was a stay-at-home mom. Her parents divorced when Barney was 25 years of age, but each one both remarried. She enjoyed playing the clarinet in junior high and was a self-professed band geek.
In her younger years, Barney started off with humble beginnings by working odd jobs that included being employed by Burger King to working as a manicurist. She married Darren Vieth at an early age as the couple had a son together, Ryan. She then moved on to her second marriage with husband Simon Barney, a sales associate at Fletcher Jones Motorcars, with whom she had three children with. The marriage ended after 11 years and her complicated divorce from Simon was captured on The Real Housewives of Orange County, as it was finalized in 2011 without Barney receiving spousal support. In 2013, her third marriage was captured on film to Eddie Judge and aired as Tamra’s OC Wedding.
Barney has formerly worked as a licensed realtor for Ladera Realtor and has also founded Wine By Wives, a celebrity wine club. She currently owns a fitness studio with her husband, C.U.T. Fitness, in Rancho Santa Margarita, California.
Barney first signed on to appear in The Real Housewives of Orange County in the third season and currently earns $325,000 per episode as the television show is now in its sixth season of filming. She has made several appearances on television shows that include Lopez Tonight, A-List Awards, The Real Housewives Confess: A Watch What, Top Chef Masters, and Who Wants to be a Millionaire.
At one point in Barney’s career, she was worth an estimated $2 million. Today, Barney’s current net worth is $800,000. She currently continues to appear on the reality show, The Real Housewives of Orange County, as well as work as official spokeswomen for Duzoxin weight management system.