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Lake Zurich woman made a mark with her ‘Real Housewives’ blog

Lynn Hudsright seen with SonjMorgan 'Real Housewives New York.'

Lynn Hudson, right, seen with Sonja Morgan of "Real Housewives of New York."

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Updated: November 10, 2012 6:13AM



Lynn Hudson’s blog devoted to Bravo TVs’ “Real Housewives” franchise started out as a little thing she’d do at 4 a.m. before heading off to her real job as a property manager.

But the Lake Zurich woman soon saw that people were paying attention to the comments that she’d post on her blog at

lynnnchicago.com and on Twitter.

“None of us could have imagined that she’d have almost 6,000 Twitter followers, she would get 10,000 hits on her blog an hour or two after it hit each morning, and she’d get between 400 and 600 comments per day,” said her sister, Cathy Connor.

One of the most influential bloggers about the “Real Housewives” phenomenon, Ms. Hudson died of a heart attack on her 49th birthday Aug. 16 at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington.

For many viewers, the “Real Housewives” broadcasts provide a can’t-stop-watching mix of TV genres, combining elements of soap operas and fashion shows with a little “Queen for a Day” and “Friday Night Fights” thrown in. The programs feature women from Atlanta, Beverly Hills, Miami, New Jersey and New York interacting with each other and their families as they go about their daily lives in front of a TV camera, with the resulting, ostensibly unscripted, moments pieced together into “reality TV.” Combat often erupts among the stars — usually after consuming wine or margaritas.

The shows have been a powerful motor helping to propel the success of cable’s Bravo TV. Fans take sides on the women they love and hate, and the shows have become well-known by their acronyms: “RHOBH,” for instance, and “RHONJ.”

The followers of Ms. Hudson and other bloggers sometimes do snarky online battle with bloggers from opposing “RH” camps.

The chatter gets noticed, according to Advertising Age magazine, which reported in June, “Three cast members from ‘The Real Housewives of New York’ were fired from the show because of negative feedback about them on social media.”

Ms. Hudson started out blogging about the shows about four years ago on “I Hate Jill Zarin” — a site named for a New York housewife who engendered outrage from viewers who said she engaged in “mean girl” treatment of co-star Bethenny Frankel.

When some in the Twittersphere suggested that Zarin wouldn’t be sorry to hear of Ms. Hudson’s passing, Zarin tweeted: “That is cruel to even say. She had children and family. Please respect.”

Ms. Hudson’s death prompted tweets from many of the “Real Housewives,” including one of her favorites, Frankel, a breakout “RH” star who, as a result of her reality TV celebrity, has become an author and entrepreneur, selling her Skinnygirl cocktail line to liquor giant Beam Global, as well as going on to her own spinoff program and a talk show.

“I’m so sorry,” Frankel tweeted. “What a dedicated fan& passionate person.”

Condolences also have been tweeted by “RH” veterans Ramona Singer, Alex McCord, Carole Radziwill, Gretchen Rossi, Alexis Bellino, Brandi Glanville, Simon van Kampen, Jacqueline Laurita, Caroline Manzo, Kathy Wakile and Melissa Gorga.

Actress Kristen Johnson, who corresponded with Ms. Hudson after she praised Johnson’s autobiography,

Guts, tweeted: “I found her to be funny, loyal, tough and very very smart. I really adored this woman.”

Ms. Hudson was born in Chicago. In 1971, she moved to Northlake, where she attended West Leyden High School.

“She loved TV,” her sister said.

She waitressed, bartended and worked in property management.

Ms. Hudson got up early to fit in time communicating with her

lynnnchicago.com blogging community.

“She would know when people were sick, if they had a sick dog, if they lost a loved one,” her sister said. “They were like her second family.”

She loved attending sports, gymnastic and ballet events for her children and her grandchildren.

Ms. Hudson is also survived by her husband, James Smith; her children Julia Wilkison, Kevin Lorence and Bobby Smith; her parents, Cathie and Richard Mulholland, and five granddaughters. Services have been held.



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