Jocelyne Wildenstein
Born (1940-08-05) August 5, 1940 (age 82)
Lausanne, Switzerland
Nationality Swiss
Other names “Cat Lady”
“Lion Queen”
Occupation Socialite

Jocelyn Wildenstein (born as Jocelynnys Dayannys da Silva-Bezerra in Lausanne, Switzerland,[1] on August 5, 1940), sometimes referred to as the “Lion Queen” or “Cat Woman,”[2][3] is a wealthy socialite who has frequently been seen in the tabloid press due to her numerous cosmetic surgeries. Her appearance has led to the press giving her the nickname “the Bride of Wildenstein,” a reference to the Bride of Frankenstein.

Wildenstein has reportedly spent $4,000,000 (£2,000,000) on cosmetic surgery over the years.[4] In 2004 she was named the world’s scariest celebrity on British tabloid the Daily Mail’s Web site.[5] Talk show host Craig Ferguson often uses a photo of her as part of a comedy bit on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, proclaiming her picture to be that of singer Kenny Rogers, who has also undergone plastic surgery.


Her skills led to an invitation to a shooting weekend held at the 66,000-acre private Kenyan game reserve owned by billionaire art dealer Alec N. Wildenstein.

Alec Wildenstein was a son of Daniel Wildenstein, the owner of one of the world’s largest and most successful art conglomerates, Wildenstein & Company. On April 30, 1978, Alec and Jocelyn were married in Las Vegas, United States. She was obsessed with getting old and underwent several cosmetic surgeries. However, after seeing her husband with another woman she got another operation. They later divorced.[6]

The couple had two children together; a daughter, Diane, and a son, Alec, Jr. A lover of exotic animals, Jocelyn kept a capuchin monkey, called Cocoa, which traveled with the couple on their private jet. She also kept a pack of five Italian greyhounds.[citation needed]

Wildenstein has spent around $4 million on plastic surgery.[7]

In 2010, Wildenstein became the inspiration for a musical, the Bride of Wildenstein,[8] performed by Marsian De Lellis, a Los Angeles-based puppet artist, chanteuse, and high-art drag personality, who examined how an aging socialite takes drastic measures to grow fur and claws and loses her sense of self in love in the hopes of recapturing the attention of her philandering game-hunter husband.[citation needed]

As of November 2010, Wildenstein has begun to look more normal, with many of her procedures having been reversed.[9]

Personal life

A member of a wealthy Brazilian family that moved to Switzerland when she was young, Wildenstein is a lover of exotic animals. She kept a capuchin monkey that traveled with her and her husband on their private jet, as well as five Italian greyhounds.[1]

Wildenstein is known to have received several silicone injections to the lips, cheek, and chin along with a facelift and eye reconstruction to appear more “feline.” Her eyes were pulled up and back, giving them a more feline shape. This is also why she has been given the nickname “the real Catwoman.”


After many years of marriage, Jocelyn’s husband Alec allegedly began an affair.[1] In response, around the age of fifty, she began undergoing a series of plastic surgeries. Alec began an affair with a Russian fashion model, and pointed a gun at his wife when she confronted him, for which he was briefly jailed.[1] Divorce proceedings were initiated, but neither partner would agree to vacate the New York City townhouse that was their main home, and they drew up a plan dividing the premises. Jocelyn found her retinue of servants reduced to one, and was denied access to the jet. She sued Alec for $200 million, and tens of millions in art and homes. She also demanded interim support of $200,000 per month.[1] According to court records of the divorce proceedings, Alec said that “[I] couldn’t even recognize my own wife up close. She seems to think that you fix a face the same way you fix a house.”[1]

Jocelyn was ultimately awarded tens of millions of dollars in the divorce.[10] She also auctioned an estimated $10 million of jewelry given to her by Alec and devoted herself to New York social life.[1]

In July 2000, the couple reportedly reunited;[1] however, by 2008, she was in a relationship with the fashion designer Lloyd Klein, according to an interview the two gave on Entertainment Tonight.

Alec Wildenstein died on February 25, 2008, from prostate cancer.[10]


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