The Stunning Beth Ostrosky Stern
by Katie Lee
Photographs By Howard Stern
ON KATIE: Dress, earrings and bracelet, Katie’s own. ON BETH: Dress, Jen’s Pirate Booty ($165). Singer22, 41 Glen Cove Road, East Hills; singer22.com. Earrings, Melissa Joy Manning ($395). Jennifer Miller, 28 Jobs Lane, Southampton; jennifermillerjewelry.com. Charm necklace, Maya Brenner Designs ($330). mayabrenner.com. Belt, J.Crew ($48). 14 Main St., East Hampton; jcrew.com. Turquoise beaded bracelets, Queen Baby (price on request). kingbabystudio.com. Other bracelets, Beth’s own
Beth Ostrosky Stern’s longtime friend and Hamptons neighbor Katie Lee inquires about the tireless philanthropist and best-selling author’s new career, her guilty pleasures and her greatest loves, including Howard Stern, who shot these breathtaking photos exclusively for Hamptons.
It was 2003, and I had just moved to the Hamptons. As someone who felt like an outsider looking in, I can tell you that it is not exactly an easy place to make friends. I was intimidated on a daily basis, to say the least. One afternoon, my then-boyfriend (and now ex-husband) told me we were having dinner that night with Howard Stern and his girlfriend, Beth Ostrosky. I raised my eyebrows and gave him a look expressing my apprehension. He said, “No, Howard is really a nice guy, you will see. And you are going to love Beth.”
Okay, I thought, if you say so. Beth is beautiful with long, gorgeous blonde hair; she is tall with a great body. In short, she is the kind of girl who seems like she would be all too easy to dislike. I was nervous about our double date. What do you talk about with Howard Stern and his supermodel girlfriend? Would he talk about sex? Would I seem like an uncool country bumpkin? I could hear my mom saying, “You had dinner with whom? Oh, Katie.”
Within five minutes of meeting Howard and Beth, I knew the night was not going to end at a topless pool party. These were my kind of people, and Beth was the kind of girl I wanted to be friends with. Lucky for me, Beth wanted to be friends with me, too. Over the past eight years, we have been through it all together—two marriages, one divorce, career ups and downs, new additions to our families (pets; no babies, yet)—and we continue to bond over our shared love of the Hamptons.
|Shirt, Brette Sandler ($210). Scoop Beach, 51 Newtown Lane, East Hampton; scoopnyc.com. Earrings, Me & Ro ($1,825). meandrojewelry.com. Nameplate necklace ($1,050) and beaded necklace ($395), Jennifer Miller. 28 Jobs Lane, Southampton; jennifermillerjewelry.com. Charm necklace, Suzanne Wilson Designs ($3,150). swdjewelry.com|
KATIE LEE: You and Howard are the most affectionate couple I know. What is the best thing about being married to him?
BETH OSTROSKY STERN: You always say that! Actually, you are not the first person to tell us that. We really do have fun together, day in and day out, and we do well when we are together 24/7. After almost 12 years, I still cannot get enough of him. We love to say that we are so lucky that we get to have a slumber party together every night. What is our secret? We appreciate each other, and he really listens to everything I say. I think he is quite a catch—the perfect husband.
KL: The two of you spend most of your downtime here in the Hamptons. What are your favorite things to do?
BOS: Anything that Howard and I are doing together makes me happy. We love to run or ride our bikes together; take beach walks with Bianca, our nine-and-a-half-year-old bulldog; walk into town and shop at the local stores; dine at the incredible restaurants out here; and just hang with friends. My favorite times are having you over for dinner with us. Remember New Year’s Eve last year here in the Hamptons? How much fun did we have? We spend time here year-round. The winters in the Hamptons are magical.
KL: Describe your typical Hamptons day.
BOS: We always wake up together around 5 AM, feed the cats and Bianca and have our breakfast, then we meditate together. We practice transcendental meditation; Howard has been doing it for more than 20 years, and I started three summers ago, two times a day, every day. Howard and I usually run three to five miles every day or take a beach walk and then plan our dinner. By 9 PM we are in bed. We are such the grandma-grandpa couple, going to bed early and planning our meals.