Frankie Bergstein
Frankie.jpg
Biographical Information
Born

12 October 1945[1]

Age

74
(Season Four)

Gender

Female

Status

Alive

Occupation
Vybrant (with Grace)
Artist
Family Information
Home

The Beach House

Family
Nwabudike Bergstein
(adopted son)
Coyote Bergstein
(adopted son)
Teddie Mengela
(sister)
Robin Mengela
(younger brother)
Faith Bergstein
(granddaughter)
Donald
(cousin)
Significant Other

Jack Ayres (ex-boyfriend)
Jacob
(ex-boyfriend)
Grace Hanson
(Best Friend)
Leo (ex-boyfriend)
Sol Bergstein
(ex-husband)

Portrayal
Actress

Lily Tomlin

Seasons

123456

First Appearance

The End


Hi! Do any of you bitches have some gum?
—Frankie to women gossiping about her

Frances "Frankie" Bergstein (née Mengela)[2] is one of the main characters in Grace and Frankie. She is the ex-wife of Sol Bergstein, mother of Coyote and Nwabudike Bergstein, and best-friend/housemate of Grace Hanson.

She is a member of the Bergstein Family.

Biography

Frankie's photograph in her yearbook

Frances "Frankie" Mengela was born as the eldest of three children. As a child, she was really close to her sister Teddie but they grew apart over the years. Her brother Robin was killed in a car accident as a teenager. Frankie, 18 at the time, left the house because of how the grief affected her parents.

She married Sol Bergstein. Before the wedding, her sister Teddie tried to warn her Sol might be gay (which turned out to be true). Frankie broke off all contact because of this.

Frankie regretted not being able to get pregnant but she and her husband adopted and raised two sons: Nwabudike "Bud" Douglas Bergstein (1984) and Coyote Bergstein (1983). She considered naming Coyote "Robin" but ulitmately decided not to.

Trivia

  • Frankie is an aspiring artist.
  • Frankie often meditates, smokes drugs and goes on spirit quests.
  • Her Twitter handle is "suckitaynrand".
  • She is seismophobic[3] and is also afraid of guns.[4]
  • Her favorite restaurant is Del Taco.
  • Frankie drives a (usually filthy) Nissan Leaf.
  • Her favorite TV show is Ray Donovan
  • Frankie and Sol's favorite TV show they enjoyed watching together was Scripps National Spelling Bee

Quotes

How quickly ecological entitlement becomes environmental rape
—Frankie to Grace[src]
Personal lubricant is for everybody!
—Frankie to Bri[src]
No no, you cannot kill crickets. They're Mother Earth's tiny musicians
—Frankie to Jacob[src]

Photos

References

  1. The Elevator — 5 years in the past, Sol tells Robert that Frankie's birthday is 12 October
  2. Frankie's yearbook; The Road Trip
  3. The Earthquake
  4. The Gun
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