Mary Schmidt Amons : Another D.C. Housewife

Posted by Vinay Sojitra on Aug 09, 2010 | 1 Comment

Mary Schmidt Amons is one of the stars of “The Real Housewives of Washington DC”. She is the granddaughter of legendary radio and TV personality Arthur Godfrey. She is second generation Washingtonian. Mary (“Real Housewives of DC”) spent summers at the Kennedy residences as a child.

The Real Housewives of Washington, D.C. is a reality docu-series which was first premiered on 5th August, 2010 on the Bravo network. Mary Schmidt Amons, Lynda Erkiletian, Michaele Salahi, Stacie Turner and Catherine Ashley Ommanney are the participants of The Real Housewives of Washington, D.C. It is 5th installment of The Real Housewives of… series, following The Real Housewives of Orange County, The Real Housewives of New York City, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, The Real Housewives of New Jersey.


Mary Schmidt Amons got married with Rich and stayed together for over 20 years. Mary pairs her love of fashion with philanthropy as founder of “Labels for Love” and co-founder of “The District Sample Sale,” two D.C.-situated charities when she’s free running her household. Mary is matriarch of the Amons clan of five children – Lolly, Ryan, Alexandra, Meghan and Matt – it’s never a dull day and she calls her life “controlled chaos.” Mary Schmidt Amons founded Labels for Love, Inc. in 2006, to produce fashionable events to raise funds and awareness for the foundation’s chosen causes.

Mary Schmidt Amons served as the Executive Director of the Vincent T. Lombardi Foundation, Inc., established to benefit the Vincent T. Lombardi Cancer Research Center at Georgetown University. The foundation was established by her father, Robert L. Schmidt, and has raised millions for cancer research, since its founding in 1971. Mary Schmidt Amons witnessed her father’s impact on the community with his influence and time, which has served also served as inspiration to make a charitable impact on the community.

Sure, D.C. is the land of politics, but what the heck was Mary talking about? “The Real Housewives of DC” will put a different spin on a very familiar concept. The show will still feature all of the drama and fighting that the previous seasons had, but will have a special twist that is sure to make things that much more exciting. Instead of just following everyday wealthy housewives, the show will follow women from DC who is involved in politics.

“Salons need to integrate,” she babbled to hair stylist Ted Gibson and fellow Housewife Stacie Scott Turner, both of whom are African-American. “We have different hair, different needs, but why do we have to be in a different salon? There’s a wave to ride here with our new administration with the beautiful couple we have leading our country.” Mary admits it wasn’t one of her finer moments. Or simply put, blame it on the alcohol. “You could see that I had a little champagne and saying a couple of things that didn’t make a whole lot of sense,” she told me earlier this week. “I definitely put my foot in my mouth, but really the motivation behind the comment was my dear friend Ted came to D.C. and I really want to get him recognized.

Fair enough. Hey, at least she didn’t crash a party at the White House. Now, what about Mary’s claims of being family friends with the Kennedys? She says her dad, a Washington lobbyist, was friends with Sen. Robert Kennedy’s widow, Ethel. She said, “They would invite us over in the summer occasionally to have barbecues and picnics and hang out”. Mary said, she admits to having had a childhood crush on the Kennedys’ ninth child, Max. “I wanted to be Mrs. Max Kennedy”.

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  1. Sunnie Papam says:

    Mary, you need to rent a U-Haul so you can carry your throne with you at all times.

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