A classic tale of personal transformation amid a stunning backdrop
of old world glamour and current high style, Betty Halbreich moves from a
trapped woman to a ferociously independent icon.
Betty Halbreich is a true original. A tough broad who could have stepped
straight out of Stephen Sondheim’s repertoire, she has spent nearly forty years
as the legendary personal shopper at Bergdorf Goodman, where she works with
socialites, stars, and ordinary women off the street. She has helped many find
their true selves through clothes, frank advice, and her own brand of wisdom.
She is trusted by the most discriminating persons—including Hollywood’s top
stylists—to tell them what looks best. But Halbreich’s personal transformation
from a cosseted young girl to a fearless truth-teller is the greatest makeover
of her career.
A Chicago native,
Halbreich moved to Manhattan at twenty after marrying the dashing Sonny
Halbreich, a true character right out of Damon Runyon who liked the nightlife
of New York in the fifties. On the surface, they were a great match, but looks
can be deceiving; an unfaithful Sonny was emotionally distant while Halbreich
became increasingly anguished. After two decades, the fraying marriage finally
came undone. Bereft without Sonny and her identity as his wife, she attempted suicide.
After she began the
frightening process of reclaiming herself and started therapy, Halbreich was
offered a lifeline in the form of a job at the legendary luxury store Bergdorf
Goodman. Soon, she was asked to run the store’s first personal shopping
service. It was a perfect fit.
hardworking, elegant, and—most of all—delightfully funny, Halbreich has never
been afraid to tell it to her clients straight. She won’t sell something just
to sell it. If an outfit or shoe or purse is too expensive, she’ll dissuade you
from buying it. As Halbreich says, “There are two things nobody wants to face:
their closet and their mirror.”
She helps women do both, every day. Download and start listening now!