Tinsley Mortimer is an American socialite and television personality, widely known for her appearance on the season two premiere episode of Gossip Girl. She eloped at the age of 18 with Robert Livingston Mortimer.
Early life and Education
Tinsley Mortimer was born on 11 August 1975 in South Carolina, raised in Richmond, VA. She was born to George Riley Mercer Jr, a wealthy real-estate investor, and mother Dale Mercer, an interior designer.
Tinsley's paternal grandfather, George Riley Mercer Sr., created Mercer Rug Cleansing in 1936. She grew up along with her sister, Dabney Mercer, and attended Lawrenceville School, as she was a member of Kirby House.
After her high school, she enrolled at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, before transferring to Colombia University. She graduated from Colombia with a BA in Art History.
Mortimer has a clothing line and handbags collection in Japan for Samantha Thavasa, for which she was featured in an advertisement.
She also featured prominently in Samantha Thavasa USA's online promotional materials, also in the company's Madison Avenue store, which carries her handbags.
After her quite successful business, Mortimer became involved in branding and design for a condominium development in 2008. The same year on 1st September, Mortimer made her cameo appearance on the season two premiere episode of Gossip Girl, aired on The CW.
On 10 March 2010, Tinsley's own reality television show created by Mike Aho and Andrew Glassman for the CW named High Society aired. In the show, Mortimer starred along with other socialites including Devorah Rose and Paul Johnson Calderon.
She also wrote a novel titled Southern Charm. Mortimer also contributed a section to best-selling book The Park Avenue Diet, which showed recommendations on improving one's conversation and social skills.
Tinsley also featured in Vestal magazine in the May 2012 issue, cover and a featured editorial styled by Lo'renzo Hill-White and shot by fashion photographer Kevil Sinclair.
In the year 2017, it was announced that Tinsley will be joining the cast of The Real Housewives of New York City for the season 9.
Mortimer is currently single. Previously she was married to her boyfriend Robert Livingston Mortimer, whom she met at Lawrenceville School. She eloped with him at the age of eighteen, but their parents forced them to annul the marriage.
Later on 4 May 2002, the couple remarried in Richmond, Virginia, However, they divorced after few years in 2009. After few months of their separation, Tinsley showed up along with her mother on the Dr. Phill show, talking about her divorce.
In the year 2016, Mortimer got arrested for trespassing in Palm Beach, Florida, as police were called to a private house after hearing a woman screaming on the property.
Tinsley Mortimer makes a good amount of money from her multiple careers as an actress, from her clothing company. From all the sources of her salary, she has earned an estimated net worth in millions.