Friday, September 19, 2008

Know your weirdos: Jocelyn “Cat Woman” Wildenstein

She’s been called the “Cat Woman”, "Lion Queen" and the “Bride of Wildenstein,” but her real name is Jocelyn Wildenstein, the woman who has spent millions of dollars in plastic surgery transforming her face to resemble a cat’s. Originally from Switzerland, Wildenstein, now 59, moved to Manhattan in the late ’70s with her then-husband, art-collector and billionaire Alec Wildenstein. They have two grown children together.

But she was granted a divorce in 1999 after she allegedly found Alec in a compromising position with a 19-year-old model. She cried “sexual abandonment” and won a hefty settlement. But the tabloids were cruel, and branded her with a variety of catty monikers.

It’s not certain how many plastic surgeries Wildenstein, who has a 66,000-acre ranch in Kenya and favors cheetahs and lynxes, has endured to create her jutting cheekbones, teardrop-shaped eyes and oversized lips. Recently named the world’s scariest celebrity she is still improving her looks, claiming that plastic surgery gives her confidence.

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