Plenty of time still to vote, but a gentle reminder to get those ballots in! We have three thus far!
@Rogue, represented by MAMA ELSA
Elsa Patton, affectionately known as "Mama Elsa", was the mother of Real Housewives of Miami
cast member Marysol Patton. Elsa featured heavily in seasons 1 and 2 of the show, but only (as I understand it) appears briefly in Season 3, as she was suffering from health issues at the time of filming.
I'm actually watching Miami
currently for the first time, and am up to the fifth episode of Season 3. Season 1 is only six episodes long, and I get the feeling it was originally intended to be a different show but was then repackaged as "Housewives" à la RHONY
- in each episode, a different Wife hosts a cooking class at her house, and the "drama" that we come to expect from the franchise doesn't really come until the finale. (As an aside, the Season 1 Reunion was filmed and aired live as a WWHL
episode, which makes it a total
mess). Mama Elsa was indisputably the star of Season 1, and probably the only reason the show came back for a second helping. Her breathtaking appearance, dry humour and fondness for mysticism made her a favourite for both the members of the cast and the audience.
Season 2 of Miami has to be up there with some of the best I've ever watched. They cut the dross from Season 1 and introduced several new housewives, such as the smiling assassin Karent, and agent of chaos Johanna. Additional side characters, like local drag queen Elaine, and lecherous soap star Rodolfo, also brought drama and comedy to the proceedings. Amidst this motley group, Elsa still shone. @Rogue
sent through the clip below, in which Elsa laments the prospect of a lonely life, as evidence of her iconic status. Such was Elsa's popularity, Bravo released a webseries focussed around her known as Havana Elsa
during Season 2, which depicted her launching her own coffee line.
Elsa's declining health meant Marysol had to step away as a "full time" cast member in Season 3 - although, four episodes in, I feel like Marysol is certainly doing enough so far to have earned a full-time mojito.
Unfortunately, Elsa passed away in 2019, aged 84. Gone but never forgotten xx