Dennis Shields Family: Bethenny Frankel’s Boyfriend’s Background

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Dennis Shields Family


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Dennis Shields was raised in New York by his neurologist father and his lawyer mother. Shields was found dead inside of his 42nd-floor apartment in Trump Tower on August 10, reported the New York Post. He was 51 years old. An overdose is the suspected cause of death.

The New York Times wedding announcement for Shields and his then-wife, Jill Schwartzberg, from 1990 refers to Shields’ father as a neurologist and his mother as an attorney in New York. Shields was married at the Plaza Hotel on August 25, 1990. Online records show that Shields’ parents were divorced in December 1989. In June 2016, Bethenny Frankel, Shields’ on-off girlfriend at the time of his death, said that she went to high school with Schwartzberg.

Shields wrote about his father in a January 2018 article titled, “A Time to Plant Tears,” saying, “My old man, a doctor by trade and a cynic by nature, said attitude meant nothing. It was all staging, type, and origin.” During the same article, Sheilds wrote about his mother having a kidney removed, at that time Gail Shields said, “As a girl, I believed in everything. Then I met [Shields’ father], and now I believe in nothing.”

In paying tribute to Shields, the co-creator of Billions, Brian Koppelman, wrote on Twitter, “Dennis Shields, who died this morning, was my close friend for 30 years. One of the smartest, most generous, people I ever came across. He was also one of the great storytellers in the world. And understood life’s endless absurdity in his bones. I loved him. And love his family.” Koppelman followed that statement up with, “Dennis had a huge impact on my life. But also on my work w Dave through the years. Each of our movies contains a piece of him. There would be no Grama without him. No 500 fights. And definitely no guy in a diaper in The Girlfriend Experience (that was actually Dennis in a cameo).” Koppelman went on to confirm that he had named Jerry Weintraub’s character in Ocean’s 13 after his friend.

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Dennis Shields was raised in New York by his neurologist father and his lawyer mother.

Dennis Shields was raised in New York by his neurologist father and his lawyer mother.

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