She’s not just an ex-housewife…
Born in Waukegan, Illinois, Gretchen doesn’t call any one place home. She’s moved around from Illinois, to Germany, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Arizona. The daughter of a nuclear engineer and a homemaker, Gretchen studied travel and tourism at Lamson Business College in Arizona. Like any well traveled and adventurous woman, Gretchen has held a motley of jobs ranging from working at “The Funny Firm” comedy club in Chicago, to renting out cars, to booking psychics on radio stations in Phoenix. It was in the latter job where she was set up on a blind date with future husband, Danny Bonaduce who was working at the local radio station, Power 92 KKFR.
Gretchen is a devoted mother to their two children, Countess Isabella and Count Dante. Gretchen has two brothers, Kurt and Derek and is currently working on an independent film about Derek’s experience in Iraq and her Uncle’s WWII experience as well as her own book about her life and struggles with her former self.
Singing has always been a passion of Gretchen’s. Growing up, she sang in both her school and church choirs. Gretchen promotes women through her music by performing at events such as “Chick Singers Night” at the Derby in Hollywood. She once shot a pilot for ABC’s Soap Network titled Soap Talk which got picked up by the channel. She has appeared on several television shows including Oprah, Phil Donahue, The Other Half, and VH1’s Behind the Music and Partridge Family.