Catherine Hooper

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Catherine Hooper
Occupation entrepeneur
Known for was engaged to a son of Bernie Madoff, who succumbed to cancer before they married

Catherine Hooper is an American entrepreneur who was engaged to Andrew Madoff.[1]

Catherine Hooper grew up in upstate New York.[2] She was working at a store that sold high-end fishing tackle when she met Madoff.[1]

She moved in with Madoff in late 2008, shortly before Andrew's father, Bernie Madoff, confessed that he had created a huge Ponzi scheme.[3]

In 2011, publisher Little, Brown & Company said its fall release schedule included a book chronicling "the private life story of one of the most controversial figures of our time". After a leak appeared to reveal that Catherine Hooper and Laurie Sandell were the book's co-authors, members of the publishing community assumed the book was about Bernie Madoff. When "Truth and Consequence: Life in the Madoff Family" was published, Sandell was the only credited author.

When the book was published selected quotes revealed that Bernie Madoff had screamed at Hooper for putting a purse with metal studs on its bottom on a piece of expensive furniture.[4] He warned her the family "did not come from money", and she had made a mistake if she thought becoming his son's girlfriend was a way for her to enrich herself. Bernie also embarrassed his son, by telling him that while Hooper was attractive, her bosom was too small.

Madoff helped Catherine Hooper create Black Umbrella, an organization that helped people organize after disasters.[5][6][7]

Madoff was diagnosed with cancer in 2003, but was in remission. He started cancer treatment again, after relapsing in 2011. He had a stem cell transplant in mid-2014 and his recovery looked promising, until he died of sudden complications in September 2014.

Madoff's estate was nominally worth $16 million.[8] He had tried to set up a trust fund that was to pay Catherine Hooper $50,000 a month. However, Irving Picard, the bankruptcy trustee fighting to recover money from Bernie Madoff's defrauded clients, had his estate tied up. Catherine Hooper said when Madoff died she quickly downsized her apartment to a smaller 46m², where she and her daughter shared a bunk bed.

Catherine Hooper was played by Lily Rabe in the film The Wizard of Lies (2017).[9] She told People magazine she did not watch the miniseries.[10]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Jerry Oppenheimer. Madoff with the Money. Retrieved on 2022-03-08. 
  2. Laurie Sandell. Loving a Madoff, Marie Claire magazine. Retrieved on 2022-03-08.
  3. Julie Bosman. A Publisher Plays Coy With Book Release, The New York Times, 2011-07-27. Retrieved on 2022-03-08.
  4. Jen Chung. Bernard Madoff Thought Future Daughter-In-Law Could Have Bigger Boobs, Gothamist, 2011-10-30. Retrieved on 2022-03-08. “And one day, when Ruth, Andrew, Catherine and Bernie were lounging on the yacht, he complimented Catherine’s body, adding, 'But she could have been heavier on top.' Ruth and Andrew pretended not to hear.”
  5. Diana B. Henriques. Andrew Madoff, Who Told of His Father's Swindle, Dies at 48, The New York Times, 2014-09-04. Retrieved on 2022-03-08.
  6. Elissa Gootman. An Optimistic Seller of Disaster Plans, The New York Times, 2010-10-10, p. MB1. Retrieved on 2022-03-08. “Ms. Hooper, a Bryn Mawr graduate who once dreamed of opening a clothing boutique, may be among the more glamorous entrepreneurs in a field associated with camouflage fatigues and Apocalypse-fearing stockpilers.”
  7. Nicole Weisensee Egan. Catherine Hooper Gets Her Life Back: Catherine Hooper talks to PEOPLE about taking steps to prepare herself and others for disaster, People magazine, 2011-04-13. Retrieved on 2022-03-08.
  8. Carmen Rebecca. Where Are The Madoff Sons' Wives Today? : Andrew's fiancée Catherine Hooper is not living the high life, The List, 2017-08-23. Retrieved on 2022-03-08.
  9. Nellie Andreeva. Lily Rabe Joins HBO's Bernie Madoff Movie 'The Wizard Of Lies', Deadline magazine, 2015-09-11. Retrieved on 2022-03-08.
  10. Nicole Weisensee Egan. Why Andrew Madoff's Fiancée Hasn't Watched New HBO Movie About His Father — and How She Has Rebuilt Her Life: Catherine Hooper is writing books and says she is still mourning the loss of Andrew, People magazine, 2017-05-25. Retrieved on 2022-03-08.