Vicki Gunvalson
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Vicki Gunvalson in 2009
Victoria L. Steinmetz

(1962-03-27) March 27, 1962 (age 60)
OccupationTelevision personality, entrepreneur[1]
Known forThe Real Housewives of Orange County
  • Michael J. Wolfsmith
    (m. 1982; div. 1991)
  • Donn Gunvalson
    (m. 1994; div. 2014)
PartnerSteve Chavez Lodge (2016-2021)
Gunvalson pictured with Lynne Curtin, Tamra Judge, Jeana Keough, and Gretchen Rossi at the Virgin America OC Launch in 2009
Gunvalson pictured with Lynne Curtin, Tamra Judge, Jeana Keough, and Gretchen Rossi at the Virgin America OC Launch in 2009

Victoria Gunvalson (née Steinmetz; formerly Wolfsmith) is an American reality television personality and businesswoman best known for a starring role as a housewife in the Bravo reality television series The Real Housewives of Orange County for fourteen seasons.[1][2] She is the founder of Coto Insurance.[3]


She is one of the original cast members of Bravo's reality television show The Real Housewives of Orange County. In January 2020, Gunvalson was fired from the franchise.[4]

In 2020, she hosted a podcast titled Whoop It Up with Vicki.[5] Gunvalson is a successful insurance agent in Coto de Caza, California.

Personal life

Gunvalson is one of five children. Her father owned a construction company and her mother was a housewife.[1] She married her first husband Michael J. Wolfsmith at the age of 21 and they had two children, Michael Wolfsmith (b. 1986) and Briana Culberson (née Wolfsmith, b. 1987).[6] At the age of 29, they divorced and she began a part-time job at her father's construction company.[1]

In 1991, after her father's death from Alzheimer's disease, she joined the health insurance business.[7] In 1994, she married Donn Gunvalson and founded Coto Insurance and Financial Services, after obtaining her insurance license in California.[1][6] Vicki and Donn divorced in 2014. Vicki was engaged to Steve Lodge, brother of Roger Lodge, from April 2019 until September of 2021.[8]

During the tenth season of The Real Housewives of Orange County, Gunvalson dated Brooks Ayers. It was revealed that Ayers' claim that he had cancer, which was a story line throughout the season, was untrue, and that Gunvalson lied about it. In 2015, Ayers admitted that he had fabricated "documents to 'prove' to the world that I, in fact, have cancer."[9]

In November 2021, Gunvalson revealed she had recently battled cancer.[10]


Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2006–2019 The Real Housewives of Orange County Herself 246 episodes; Main: Seasons 1-13, Recurring: Season 14
2009 Dr. Phil
2010 Who Wants to be a Millionaire Celebrity Question Presenter; Episode: "The Real Housewives of Millionaire 2"
2013 Tamra's OC Wedding Episodes: "Decisions Decisions" and "Tamra and Eddie's Wedding Kick Off"
2015 The Doctors Episode: "The Doctors Exclusive: Honey Boo Boo's Health Intervention/Real Housewive Reconnects with Deceased Mother"
2022 The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip Main Cast: Season 2


  1. ^ a b c d e "Vicki Gunvalson Net Worth 2018 – How Much The RHOC is Worth". Gazette Review. 2017-05-30. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
  2. ^ Ravitz, Justin (April 4, 2012). "Vicki Gunvalson: Why I've Never Been Fired from Real Housewives of Orange County". Us Weekly. Wenner Media. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  3. ^ "Our Team - COTO Insurance and Financial Services". COTO Insurance and Financial Services. Retrieved 2017-12-18.
  4. ^ Aiello, McKenna (January 24, 2020). "Vicki Gunvalson is Leaving RHOC After Demotion". E! Online. United States: NBCUniversal. Retrieved January 24, 2020.
  5. ^ "Whoop It Up with Vicki · Westwood One Podcast Network". Westwood One Podcast Network. Retrieved 2020-06-29.
  6. ^ a b "Bravolebrity Bio: Vicki Gunvalson". Bravo TV.
  7. ^ "Vicki Gunvalson". Coto Insurance and Financial Services, Inc.
  8. ^ "Vicki Gunvalson Gushes Over Her Longtime Boyfriend Steve Lodge — 'I Love You So Much'". OK! Magazine. 2018-10-08. Retrieved 2018-11-20.
  9. ^ "Brooks Ayers Speaks Out on Forging Cancer Records, Vicki Gunvalson and RHOC Controversy: 'I Was the Subject of Much Ridicule and Hate'". People. Retrieved 2018-11-20.
  10. ^ Mazziotta, Julie (2021-11-22). "Vicki Gunvalson Reveals She Was Treated for Cancer and Had Her 'Uterus Taken Out'". Retrieved 2022-07-20.