Jocelyn Wildenstein, a wealthy socialite and ex-wife of billionaire art-dealer heir Alec Wildenstein, has reportedly spent over $4 million on plastic surgery in an attempt to look more like the exotic wild cats she admires. Because of this hobby, Jocelyn has been often nicknamed “Cat Woman” in the press. As part of her 1999 divorce deal with Alec, the judge ruled that Jocelyn could not spend any of her alimony from Alec on plastic surgery.
Jocelyn met Alec in 1977 through billionaire Saudi arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi. They fell in love hunting lions on Alec’s Kenyan game ranch (good old billionaires! And he was a billionaire in the 70s, so that’s like a Googlaire in today’s money.) It was exactly those lions that did her in, though. She later told plastic surgeons that she wanted to look like big game cats.
They married in 1978 in Vegas, and divorced in 1999 after Jocelyn discovered he had been cheating on her. They had two children together. Alec died of cancer February 2008 at the age of 67.
Here’s what Jocelyn looked like before she started her plastic surgery journey:
Here’s Jocelyn in New York circa 1999, the same year of her high profile divorce from Alec:
And, in 2005, dressing the part of a kitty:
UPDATE: In 2011 Jocelyn has been seen looking much more human, leaving us to believe she’s had some sort of corrective surgery done. Her lips definitely look smaller, and her forehead and eyebrow line are looking more natural.
Here she is 5/20/11 (with sunglasses on, but you can still tell a difference)
A close-up of her face now: