Flamboyant Space Odyssey USA and Space Port entrepreneur Elvira Grau is featured on two Bravo shows this summer. She was rumored to be the next Real Housewife of New Jersey, replacing Dina Manzo, but it Zap2It has a source telling them that Elvira will not officially be joining the cast. She’s just a guest, an entrepreneur moonlighting as a party planner.
The loyal-to-a-fault Bravo audience first saw her Thursday night on Bethenny’s Getting Married?, when she invited Bethenny to speak at Jewish Ladies luncheon. She was a ball of energy reminiscent of Ramona Singer, and Bethenny called her a nut-job and a lunatic in her voice-over quips.
She was like a flower turning to the sun of the camera, so it’s only natural that we haven’t seen the last of her. This Monday she starts a six-episode run of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, which begins when she plans an over-the-top housewarming party for Teresa Giudice. Because, you know, Teresa can afford such things.
Here’s Elvira unleashing a little personality in the middle of Teresa 40,000 sq. ft. ballroom.
Finally! A RHNJ cast member with the right kind of exciting crazy. Elvira also plans a party for one of Teresa’s children at her Space Port activity center in Paterson, NJ. Space Port is a space-themed activity center with bowling, laser-tag, and just about any fun game you can think of. She founded Space Port and a similar venue Space Odessa USA with her husband Jim Grau.
Elvira’s truly a self-made woman. She immigrated to Brooklyn from the Ukraine with her parents and grandparents when she was nine years old, and taught herself English. She had a fast-paced career in Advertising, Marketing, and PR before branching out on her own with her husband to develop these space-themed fun centers.
Now, just stand on the marble and let me think!”