Celebs and their plastic surgery

Jocelyn Wildenstein – Part I – Her Story


This is the first post of three on Jocelyn Wildenstein, the New York Society Lion Woman. While many of us recognize her face, not many of us really know her story. By understanding how she came to be, maybe we can better understand why she has made herself look the way she does. Divas the site.com has an excellent writeup of her personal story, which doesn’t just trash her and her plastic surgery. Here is the Cliff Notes version:

Jocelyn grew up in a middle class family in Switzerland. There she became a skilled hunter and pilot. She eventually met and married billionaire art collector Alec Wildenstein. Marriage was difficult. Though Jocelyne tried as hard as she could, it was sometimes a thankless task to jolly her husband out of his somber moods. The only consolations, it seemed, were the lions in his private jungle and his priceless art collection. When Alec’s eye began to wander after many years of marriage, Jocelyne grew jealous and believed that drastic measures were called for.

Pushing fifty and insecure about her looks, Jocelyne visited a renowned plastic surgeon. She wanted to revitalize her appearance in order to recapture the Alec she was so desperately in love with. The first surgeries were successful. This happy state of affairs lasted quite some time, and Jocelyne had the feeling that things were once again back on an even keel. So it was with both shock and sadness that she learned Alec wanted to sleep with other women. Not knowing what to do, a desperate Jocelyne formulated a plan that was so audacious in its daring that she may be forgiven for failing to see its drawbacks.

Jocelyne realized that Alec loved his jungle estate, and the cats that inhabited it, more than anything else in life. So armed with this information, she returned to her plastic surgeon with an unusual request: She wanted to be transformed into one of the giant Cats that Alec loved so much. Though surprised at this unorthodox request, the surgeon did his best to comply.

After countless surgeries – no one can say with certainty just how many – Jocelyne the Swiss beauty disappeared, and “The Queen Of The Jungle” took her place. Jocelyne’s appearance was indeed striking. The first time Alec saw his new wife, it is said he screamed at the sudden appearance of this creature that confronted him. Naturally, Jocelyne was disappointed, and returned to her plastic surgeon for more work. It is rumored that several prospective patients ran screaming from the office, so concerned were they that they would end up looking like Jocelyne. As the reader may well imagine, this did nothing to improve the poor socalite’s anxiety. However, Jocelyne persevered, and hasn’t stopped to this day. When questioned as to the precise number and types of surgeries she’s had, she merely replies with a smile “no more or less than any other woman”.

Part II will focus on what I think she has had done. Click HERE for Part II of the Jocelyn Wildenstein series: What Plastic Surgery Has She Had?

If you think Jocelyn’s plastic surgery is crazy, check out Dr. Youn’s critically acclaimed memoir about plastic surgery, In Stitches! It includes a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon using leeches to salvage a woman’s nipples, massive man-boobs, and even reconstructing a face mauled by a raccoon. Dr. 90210 Robert Rey: “I highly recommend it!” The Doctors Dr. Drew Ordon: “Brilliant, humorous and energetic.” In Stitches is available on Amazon.com here: In Stitches

Photo credit: Divas the site.com, Photorazzi.com

Thanks for reading.
Michigan-based Plastic Surgeon

Anthony Youn, M.D.

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Monday, February 19th, 2007 at 8:01 pm | Bad Celeb Plastic Surgery, Celebrity Cosmetic Surgery, Jocelyn Wildenstein

39 Responses to “Jocelyn Wildenstein – Part I – Her Story”

  1. Judit
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    February 20th, 2007 at 12:37 am

    Wow. That’s pretty sad. I feel sorry for the woman so insecure that she would be willing to turn herself into a whole other species in a desperate attempt to win back her husband’s love.

  2. Heuristics
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    February 20th, 2007 at 7:03 pm

    Switzerland, nordic?

    uhm.. what?

  3. Anonymous
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    February 20th, 2007 at 7:16 pm

    I know the doctors only did what she asked, but someone should have said, I can’t do this to you…

  4. Anonymous
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    February 21st, 2007 at 12:20 pm

    If she was Nordic, she would be either Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Icelandic or a Finn – not Swiss.

  5. Dr. Tony Youn
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    February 21st, 2007 at 12:54 pm

    Thanks for the correction. I took it straight off of the Divas site and didn’t think twice about it! It is now corrected…

  6. Anonymous
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    March 8th, 2007 at 4:30 pm

    This poor woman needs a psychiatrist, not a plastic surgeon. She was obviously in a great deal of distress due to her husband’s rejection, and had the wrong idea to begin with. Wanting to transform into a lion??? Doesn’t anyone see the problem in that???

    As a medical professional, her plastic surgeon should have realized this just as he is trained to recognize a person with BDD. Her doctor should have assisted her to find someone who could have help her build her self confidence either through psychotherapy or some other means instead of taking advantage of her unstable state and milking her for God knows how much $$$$$$. This is truly shameful, and makes all plastic surgeons look unethical in the eyes of the public. Just my 2 cents as a future doctor myself!

  7. Your friend
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    May 27th, 2007 at 8:58 pm

    That is one interesting story…
    I wonder what she does today?!

  8. Anonymous
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    June 1st, 2007 at 12:34 pm

    I saw the pictures and then I found this site. Thank you for the understanding article. Truly, this poor woman has a spiritual problem. Her soul is deeply wounded and it’s unfortunate that she would do such dramatic surgeries to her face to win affection, acceptance, etc. I would pray that she finds ultimate love and acceptance in God. He created her and knows every detail of her life. The major “surgery” or transformation needs to happen in her heart.

  9. Anonymous
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    July 17th, 2007 at 1:47 am

    . . But after all those surgeries and all this time . . . is she still married ?

    I’d love to ask her “honestly – was it all worth it . . ?”

    Whether we think it is sad or not – it’s really not our place to judge. It wouldn’t do for us all to be the same, now would it ?

  10. Anonymous
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    December 19th, 2007 at 11:06 am

    I’ve seen a recent photo and it looked like she may have had some corrective procedures, she didn’t look as scarey and was borderline normal.

  11. Anonymous
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    January 15th, 2008 at 11:57 am

    In response to Judith comment. “Wow. That’s pretty sad. I feel sorry for the woman so insecure that she would be willing to turn herself into a whole other species in a desperate attempt to win back her husband’s love.”

    Not to win back her husband’s love. Please, no one loves somebody so much. More likely she’s done this not to part with her husband’s money.

  12. Anonymous
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    May 21st, 2008 at 11:08 am

    Her husband is dead now! That’s the beauty of life that all things end and you realize that all the happends will end. I feel for her but what a horrible thing to do to oneself because of a man. She is supper rich, she could of done a little lifting here and there and find a better man for herself. But trully what doctor would do that, no matter what’s the cost?

  13. Anonymous
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    June 2nd, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    A sad story with a bit of a worped ending, but is it the end? The truth of the matter is that many women would go to extremes to keep or stay with the person they loved, but this woman had the means to do it. If the entire world were rich imagine what we would look like!!!!!

  14. Frank
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    June 19th, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    Your friend said…

    That is one interesting story…
    I wonder what she does today?!

    Hunts for zebra?

  15. Anonymous
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    December 18th, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    horrible, resembse Dr Morous Island …

  16. Anonymous
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    January 11th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    It seems to me that all she really needed to do in the beginning was grow back her eyebrows and have an expert show her how to shape them into a more natural and appealing form. The surgeries have obliterated her natural facial features.

  17. Kirsten
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    February 4th, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Can she be fixed? Why hasn’t she tried?

  18. Anonymous
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    March 17th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    To say that no one loves someone that much is patently absurd. Wars have been waged, nations crumbled, thrones abdicated, murders committed, and every vile human crime ever conceived of has been perpetrated in the name
    of love. It is probably second only to religious differences as the reason that people hurt each other with such an uncontrolled passion. This was a beautiful woman who would have probably done very well for herself financially if she had to divorce. Society women know how to shop, and finding a high caliber divorce attorney would have been a snap. Furthermore, she traveled in the right circles and could have landed another wealthy husband if that was her motive. I think that her reasons were not rational, and you can’t apply logic to an act that is committed by someone who is acting so illogically. This woman was obsessed with her husband. In her mind it was love. No one would do this for love? You’re crazy. No one would do this for money (except her plastic surgeon!).

  19. Anonymous
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    March 26th, 2009 at 6:52 am

    Its almost like an urban legend, or a fable, with a rich and valuable morle at the end!

  20. Tamra
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    April 20th, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    I found myself being judgmental until I read this article. I can’t even imagine the pressure she must have felt. No, not a lot of women would have gone to that extreme but there is a different dynamic when you are in a world of wealth.

    Think of the richest guys/girls you have ever dated. I dated one and his mindset was completely bizarre. I did find myself becoming very insecure and unsure. So I am just saying, to be completely immersed in something like that, most of us couldn’t imagine.

    So the good doctor didn’t feel he should deny any surgeries? I went for something silly (it was serious I thought at the time), doctor told me basically to get over it and he wouldn’t do it and to come back when I was ready for implants!! You get the idea…

  21. Best cosmetic surgeon
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    May 18th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Hey Antony,
    I just want to say fantastic blog, I will be deffo be reading everything.

    I just want to look at every celebrity to go under the knife!

    Oh gawd though what has Jocelyn done though… I do feel sorry for her. :(

  22. Anonymous
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    June 2nd, 2009 at 4:37 am

    Maybe she should have asked for a brain implant, but instead she spent all this money on becoming deformed ! Just think about all the poor families, or sick kids she could have helped with all that money and kept the beauty that she already possessed and went on to find a real man to love her for who she was and what she looked like.

  23. Anonymous
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    August 22nd, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Dearest Jocelyn…I still believe in beauty is in the heart of the beholder…believe in yourself first and you will have eternal beauty…..Love Julie

  24. Anonymous
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    February 26th, 2010 at 11:33 am

    i beleive a man will stray and a woman will stray in a marriage / relationship if they really want to no matter what ,,, if they are not getting attention they need at home or just arent happy with their partner, they will stray or if they are sex addicts ,,, you have to look at the whole picture here but for this woman to go to these lengths to please a man husband or not is really, really sad …i feel sorry for her but at the same time i hope woman all over the world can learn from her mistakes and if a man isnt pleased with you then let him go and you will find someone that does love you for you !!!!!!!!! and i always say ….dont get mad get even !!! if he cheats then that gives you a chance to do it too !!! go find a hunk of a man and screw him like youve never been done before …but of course use protection !!!!!!! lol

  25. Anonymous
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    March 8th, 2010 at 3:35 am

    Ohh God this is a real shocker to me i have known Joycelyn after working at Oljogi but i didnt know it had turned this tragic. I pity her this is what love can do . What she needs now is spiritual intervention not more surgeries.

  26. James
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    October 6th, 2010 at 6:32 am

    This raises some real ethical questions regarding the doctor who enabled this behavior. Clearly this woman has some mental problems that need to be addressed. It would be one thing if she wanted to look like a cat for herself, but for someone else, that’s a problem. She needed help, and she got the wrong kind of it from the wrong people.

  27. Curious Lady
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    October 9th, 2010 at 2:30 am

    The woman needed a shrink not a plastic surgeon. The plastic surgeon that agreed to do her surgery to transform her into a animal like appearance should have had his license revoked. He clearly violated the Hippocratic oath to do no harm.

  28. Anon. E. Mouse
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    October 11th, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    A sad and touching story about a woman driven to desperation to keep her husband (and his money). I guess the doctor got a fair share too.

  29. Hopeful
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    January 27th, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Sad. Very sad story.

    Jocelyn Wildenstein billionaire competes with younger
    women by excessive plastic surgery.

    Sad. Very sad.

    Ivana Trump took a different approach with the Donald.
    Both are happier and better off with that decision.

    It is sad that Joyceln did not consider Ivana’s approach.

    Pity her.

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  31. Sssain
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    February 3rd, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    VERY SAD and touching story (if it is true).
    May GOD bless her.

  32. Cosmetic surgery clinic
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    February 7th, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    That’s such a sad story of love. She seemed like a woman that was troubled and wanted to do anything possible to keep her man. It’s a real shame that it doesn’t have a happier ending.

  33. nicky
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    February 11th, 2011 at 11:34 am

    This is the danger of having unregulated surgical practice.
    These surgeons are doctors. What about the hypocratic oath.
    The fact that she was this rich was her downfall. The doctors should have refused medical treatment and given her psychiatric care. America, where all your dreams can come true if you have enough money, and money is worshipped as a god. This is an absolute tragedy.

  34. Erin
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    March 8th, 2011 at 2:22 am

    It is just pretty disgusting when a doctor would consent to do this—just like the stuff they did to Michael Jackson’s nose when he didn’t need anything done. I was so stupid I didn’t know if you had the money, you could just waltz into a plastic surgeon’s office and say I want this done and they would automatically do it. I actually thought they had a little integriy, and would tell someone they need other help instead of surgery. What human beings won’t do for money.

  35. somebody
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    May 13th, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Sigh…It’s a sad news for me when the first time i saw it. ;( Why was she so desperate for? Is it the only man in the world?

    Nowadays, Did she remodel back to before’s pretty face???

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    June 2nd, 2011 at 7:19 am

    Good work done!
    Cosmetic surgery

  37. Sophi
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    August 7th, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    This lady needs serious help she was so pretty before, why would you ruin your face? Women usually want to look their best, so. she really needs a psychiatrist, she is diagnosable and would be prescribed medication. This poor pathetic creature is not normal. Okay most women that want cat eyes just change how they wear there eye make-up that is normal behaviour, but to hire doctors to make you into to a cat is insane. She is so rich she could of just hired someone from the Lion King costume and make up departmetn to dress her up everyday as a lion and she could go out shopping afterwards!!! LOL

  38. mae
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    March 5th, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    It does not say she is from swiss it says she grew-up there

  39. fortune
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    May 22nd, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    People who have money surely know how to waste it. Think of all the non profit organizations or homeless people, or people who are having trouble making it-then you see someone like this that wants to look like a cat-come on-thats just absurd. Sounds like a lost soul 2 me

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