Confessions of a Main Line Housewife: Amy Burnham Tells All

How a former Saloon waitress used brass, sass and flirting with Ed Rendell to obliterate the image of the suburban wife—and become the unlikely new face of power on the Main Line.

YES, I HAVE A BIRD ON MY shoulder,” Amy says as she opens the door to her quaint oversized cottage in Radnor. The bird is a sun conure called Mango. Perched on the shoulder of her ribbed vanilla turtleneck, it gives her the appearance of a particularly chic pirate. With her shapely curves (she’s in another pair of ridiculously tight jeans, this time off-white) and streaked blonde tresses, up close she can give off a vibe of hardened Ivory girl. Her house, a series of burnished pine-plank floors, curving staircases and gingerbread rooms, has a quaint fairy-tale feel, like the old woman who lives in the Jimmy Choo.

Her road here was hardly linear. The daughter of a Harvard-educated Delaware entrepreneur who once owned the Society Hill Club, and the granddaughter of the football coach at Purdue, she was no stranger to the country-club world when she was growing up, though she never felt she fit inside it. Sent off to the prestigious St. Andrew’s boarding school in Middletown, Delaware, where her classmates included Amy Dilsheimer, daughter of developer Dick Dilsheimer, and Margaret Kelly, daughter of Philadelphia City Councilman John B. Kelly Jr., she ran into her dorm on the first day yelling, “All right, I’m here! Where’s the party?” She was 14. She became a squash champ but a disciplinary nightmare, constantly punished for her smart mouth and skirting of the rules. At the University of Delaware, she “ran with the Rich Gannon crowd” (the quarterback who went on to play in the NFL) until she jetted off to Spain her sophomore year and came back with a Spanish boyfriend in tow. She had no idea what she wanted to do with her life, only that she wanted it to be creative and interesting. She ended up graduating with a journalism degree from Temple in 1988, eventually taking a short-lived job as a teacher at a private school. “The headmaster thought the class was taking on my personality,” she recalls. “Didn’t go over too well.”

It was as a waitress at the Saloon in Queen Village that she began to get her bearings. By the late ’80s, the restaurant had become a must destination for celebrities and folks-about-town, and Amy found herself waiting on everyone from Sylvester Stallone and Billy Joel to Joey Merlino. (Years later, she was at a lawn party in Longport when a dark sedan pulled up and the guests all stared to see who was in it. A rear tinted window rolled down to reveal Merlino, who yelled out, “Yo, Aim!”)

She was, by her own admission, a terrible waitress. She added tips onto the bills of parties of two or more and told them it was Saloon policy; she once mistakenly served swordfish and passed it off as salmon, explaining, “It’s just not as pink as you’re used to.” “Once, a woman wanted to know how the roasted potatoes were made. I said, ‘What don’t you get? They’re potatoes and they’re roasted.’ That was my first firing.”

“She used to keep coming back even after she was fired,” remembers Sandy Bartolo, who’s been a manager at the restaurant for more than 25 years. “She would just show up, and we’d say, ‘Okay, Amy, go to work.’ She was always late, she never had the right clothes, she talked too much to the customers. She just did whatever she wanted.” But she kept getting rehired. “We all kind of liked her,” Bartolo laughs. “And people requested her. She was a character, and that keeps a lot of customers coming back.”

Her knack for disarming people opened the door to romances with a striking roster of studs, from Flyers star Eric Lindros to Rod Stewart’s bassist, Carmine Rojas (“A brief encounter,” she says delicately), to impressively tressed singer Michael Bolton (who, she jokes, threw her over for Nicollette Sheridan).

It also allowed her to lay the groundwork for her next job, selling ad time for Shadow Traffic, which was then owned by the hippie-ish, rarely-wearing-shoes Alan Markowitz. Her clients were almost all “car guys,” white, doughy middle-aged men who ran dealerships for Barbera’s, Pacifico, Kerbeck and the like; she schmoozed them with shameless flirting and a “See what the boys in the back room will have” gumption, taking them to boozy lunches and the occasional night out at Delilah’s. “Who am I to buzz-kill a party?” she says. “Look, I didn’t do lap dances for them. And I did not have lap dances done on me. And occasionally I rolled my eyes. But at the end of the night, I had the contract signed.”

“She was up-front and frank and was not your typical by-the-book salesperson,” says Al McGowan, then the president of Shadow Traffic. “She had great relationships, and she knew how to get clients to become her friends. She was lightning in a bottle. You try to look for people like that in sales.”

While teaching, she had moved into a carriage house in Bryn Mawr adjacent to the estate of Martha and Ed Snider, where her roommate was a young businessman named Anthony Weiss, whose sister was Christina Lurie, whose husband was in top-secret negotiations to purchase the Eagles; after starting at Shadow Traffic, she moved to the ultimate rich-kid dorm, the Dorchester.

She set a record for the fastest march to a million dollars in sales ever, which attracted the attention of Alan Markowitz. The two began a covert romance that ended up with a splashy wedding for 250 on the old Dorrance estate, which Markowitz had bought from manufacturing magnate Ira Cohen and his chef/TV personality then-wife, Hope. It featured a Garden of Eden theme executed by eminent wedding planner Carole Powers Gordon, two bands, and a who’s-who-y guest list that included the Luries, the Greens, the Rosens, the Shecters, the Banners, and seemingly anybody else who qualified as a boldface name in the city or on the Main Line. “That was a wedding,” Amy says. “To this day, Alan doesn’t know what that really cost.”

It was officiated by Rendell, who would become a large presence and key ally in Amy’s life post-Alan. “I feel like Ed is used by so many people that to just call him and not want anything from him, to just want to grab a bite, he appreciates that. And I also call him on his shit,” she says. “And yes, I’m shapely and blond. I mean, that doesn’t go by him.” She shifts into a growling Rendell impersonation: “‘Looking good, Amester! Lookin’ good!’” She laughs. “When he officiated my wedding, he forgot he had his microphone on, and I had on one of those old-fashioned­ push-up wedding gowns, and he looks right down the front and cracks, ‘Nice dress, Amester!’ The entire congregation heard. And I was like, ‘Really, Ed? Now?’ But that’s just Ed. He makes no excuses, no apologies.” Which perhaps explains why they’ve remained such close friends. I ask her if Ed would want to date her if she weren’t involved with someone else now, as she is. She thinks about it a second, then shakes her head. “No, Ed would not want to date me.” I give her a stare, and she laughs. “Okay, Ed would want to date me.”

As with many Main Line marriages, the first few years of the Markowitz/Burnham union were happy, filled with trips and shopping and long leisurely lunches and glamorous parties. Then came the children. “After I had the kids, something had to give, and Alan felt it was him, that he was sort of being pushed down the totem pole, somewhere between the cats and the plants. The marriage was great until I had my own kids. And then … ” She trails off. “Alan had already done that. And even though he thought he was up for a second family, I don’t know. I mean, he loves his kids, make no mistake. But I think at that point in his life he wanted a playmate, a constant companion. And it just wore me down.” (Reached on his cellphone, Alan Markowitz declined to comment for this story.)

While their divorce in 2008 was reasonably pro forma (there was that pre-nup), the custody battle devolved into the kind of ugliness that has become infamous. (See: McGreevey, Jim and Dina.) “The divorce was not ugly. It was the ever-after that got ugly,” Amy says, recalling the court battles over custody arrangements, visitations and holidays, even the car line at school. “If texting had a screaming font,” she says, “I’d be hoarse.”

She found an unlikely ally in Ann Kiser, Alan’s first wife. Their budding friendship quickly became a curiosity. But Ann says they bonded over, among other things, how to raise their children amid the privilege of the Main Line, a place filled with cautionary examples of offspring given too much, too soon. Early in her marriage, Ann says, she and Alan moved back East from Bel Air, California, “because I was not going to raise kids who turn 16 and get a new BMW with FIRSTBORN on the license plate. That was not happening with my children.”

“Philadelphia is such a small community,” Amy says. “Forget Kevin Bacon. You could do three degrees of separation from anybody. And on the Main Line, it’s either recycle or get recycled.” This is one of her favorite expressions, a voicing of why she does what she does: the relentless networking, the constant top-hat-and-cane lunches with her girlfriends, the nurturing of her kids, even the burden of her current long-distance relationship with Tom Brown, a hedge fund manager who lives on a $6.3 million estate in Greenwich, Connecticut, and whom she calls Hedge Fund Tom. She won’t, can’t, end up as one of the stereotypical divorcées in Bryn Mawr or Rosemont, swirling a vodka tonic and clutching her pearls, talking about “that bastard I married.” The world is too inviting, too interesting, too fun for someone like Amy Burnham, and she’s already done the hard part: She’s in with the right people. It’s staying there—and working every angle, every connection and yes, every flirtation—that’s the challenge in front of her. “What’s important to know in a divorce on the Main Line is that for the most part, there’s a line in the sand,” she says. “I’ve been so fortunate that people haven’t shut me down. Because typically, people tend to go where the money goes, and that’s life. I have been super-lucky that people have been great.”

She hasn’t been super-lucky. Tactical, smart, even funny, yes. But the luck she’s had, she’s made. “Compared to the people of Greenwich and the people of Philadelphia, she’s an honest person. What you get from Amy is who she is,” says Hedge Fund Tom. “And she listens. In our world today, we have a lot of people who talk. A friend of mine once remarked, ‘There’s a reason God gave you two ears and just one mouth.’ I think Amy knows that.” He pauses, chuckles a bit. “Though Lord knows she can talk.”

Whether Comcast will pay her to talk remains to be seen. I ask her if she’s worried she has zero experience, worried she’ll fail. “No, I’m not,” she answers declaratively. “It’s the same thing as waitressing and the same thing as teaching and the same thing as selling. To me, it’s just one more thing I’m trying to do and not get fired from.”

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  • sandy

    I could only get through one page of this BS. Is Philly Mag short of story ideas?

  • Sunni

    Boring, sad and desperate! Name dropping oozes from every paragraph…it is desperate and sad. Is her kitty running low? Perhaps instead of lunching she should have invested so she didn’t have to sink so low to get some attention and interviews. Power player is awfully misused in this advertisement.

  • Andrew

    A truly terrible piece of writing.

  • Ann

    Please tell me this article was some sort of a joke. The contrast between this drivel and “Their Field of Dreams” about the Work to Ride inner-city polo players could not have been more profound. I’m glad Amy Burnham has so many people willing to say nice things about her in a magazine, but really, there’s nothing more interesting to write than a cover story about a desperate Main Line single mom’s “porn star boobs?” No wonder Philly has so many problems.

  • Jaime

    The “Field of Dreams” members should have been on the cover, not this desperate woman. I couldn’t even finish the first paragraph before I turned the page and moved on.

    You do know the “Main Line” isn’t as exciting as you think it is? Right? And not all of your readers care about it or its residents.

  • ksfkjdf

    This was so stupid. I wish I didn’t read it.

  • Lori

    Why didn’t you put Suzanne Roberts as the cover story this month instead of putting her at the end? As a mother myself, I am much more interested in learning Suzanne’s secrets of a successful 69 ye

  • Ann

    “desperate and sad” I can’t find words that least describe Amy Burnham. Having read the article many times I still can’t figure out where the concept of Amy Burnham being desperate or sad comes from. She is one of the most .happy,generous,upbeat,kind woman I know.
    Who else would pick out the ugliest cat in the SPCA and take it home as a treasured pet because she knew noone else would adopt him.Anyone who really knows Amy knows that the concept of being a “power player” is not what she is all about nor does she care to be one. She is a loyal friend to many and if she caused any negative feelings among her friends by this article I’m sure she is sorry. This article has totally missed and inaccurately portrayed
    Amy Burnham, who is a devoted mother and a beautiful person both inside and out.

  • Pamela

    Shallow, boring and pretentious. And let’s not forget provincial.

  • Frank

    Not the article…the subject. What does Amy have to add to Philly except fake boobs and utter cluelessness? Really, is she the best story you could come up with? A gold digger whose #1 investment is in silicone? And do real Main Liners think she’s the real deal? Hardly. That was a creepy and sad story and not worthy of Philadelphia Magazine. Not even for backfill, let alone a cover.

  • Howard

    I don’t know what’s with all the haters on here–they only seem to be proving the point that too many people on the Main Line have way too high an opinion of themselves. Amy comes off as fresh and real, and the writing is vivid and captivating. As for the detractors, I’ve never seen such complaining from a group of thin-skinned people in my life!

  • amy

    I thought this was a great article. Amy comes off as a really fun person- the kind of person that you would want as your friend. Id love to go shopping with her!!

  • Angela

    I am seriously considering ending my subscription due to this piece of trash. . . who cares about this woman and her highbrow, pretentious, shallow and caddy life? The only people that care about the Main Line are other shallow social climbers. . .give me a break. Try for once to write a real story that has real interest to Philadelphia

  • Heather

    This is just cheap. I’d expect this kind of article in the Enquirer.

  • Iris

    I remain extremely puzzled how people are uber quick to throw knives at people they no “NOTHING” to “LITTLE” about, and while the article is not a great one I confess you “HATERS” postings here really need to give the rest of us a break with your self righteous attitudes. If Philly Mag were to take a peak in your closet would you have the “COURAGE” it took to talk about your skeletons lerking on the other side of the door? Give me a “BREAK” we “ALL” freaking have em!!! I know Amy personally unlike many of you and she is not at all this so called “Mainline Power-Player” She is an “AWESOME” mother & friend who runs around town like a chicken with her head cut off to meet not only their needs, but too the needs of her parents, family, & friends. I agree in that it is a rather swallow & stupid article because “SADLY” it did not speak about all the good Amy Burnham is known for, and like reality TV it just focused on the fluff in attempt to create a train wrack!!!. Anywho, just remember here in Hatersville..”Thee without sin cast the first stone…

  • tom

    Like the previous comment about Hatersville i just dont get it. I know Amy and i found the article well written and funny. I do not believe it’s intent was to be a biography of the woman just a view into her life. No mention was made of what a great mother she is despite the hurdles put in front of her by her a##hole exhusband. She is loved by all because she is genuine, incredibly caring and just plain funny. She does not consider herself a “power player”; she just understands and gets along with people from all walks of life. In my opinion, the world, and the main line, would be a lot better if we all had more of Amy’s attitude in each of us.

  • Melanie

    To summarize, this is a piece about a former waitress with “porn star boobs”, painted-on pants, and “thigh-high bitch boots” who likes to party, tell dirty jokes, and sleep with wealthy men. I do not know what is more pathetic- that Philly Mag would publish this piece or that a woman would allow herself to be portrayed this way. Amy- please get some self-respect and class.

  • Bryan

    Your extended family LOVES you…….

    In a world of so much fake crap (boobs excluded, smile:):):)LOL) love to see some, like Amy, are still able to keep true to themselves……and pursue their dreams authentically……

    By the way, I spit out my drink in laughter when I read about the Roasted Potato….that is hilarious…..

  • Amy

    Get over it already! It is clearly a tongue in cheek article thatmaybe went too far…if you all lighten up and not get so wound up over a silly article…many of the not so nice posts sound very suspiciously like the ex husband who managed to lose two great gals he couldn’t keep interested….

  • Patricia

    I’m Nobody! Who are you?
    Are you – Nobody – too?
    Then there’s a pair of us!
    Don’t tell! they’d advertise – you know!

    How dreary – to be – Somebody!
    How public – like a Frog –
    To tell one’s name – the livelong June –
    To an admiring Bog!
    ——
    What are you all complaining about? This article is so quintessentially Philadelphia. Pretentious, shallow and badly written.

  • Amy

    If you really have time to be jacked off over an article that was amusing and entertaining and nothing else, maybe you are anybody needing a little attention perhaps.??

  • Amy

    Or worse…a nobody?? Oh my…..

  • Bryan

    From the first word in the Title….very courageous, “CONFESSIONS” …..Excellent and superbly written…..ignore the jealous nay sayers…..(they probably voted for Obama)

  • fred

    interesting article, I wish it was as easy for a handsome well educated, interesting man like myself to work into Philadelphia money. I wish her the best, we all have to use our God given talents to get thru life.

  • Gina

    Amy’s no Nan Kempner, and this writer is no Tom Wolfe, or Edith Wharton. Reading about upper class society is supposed to be fun! A glimpse into an otherwise exotic world. This piece read as 2,000 words too-long job recommendation. Is this writer in love with Amy or something? His tone seemed to venerate and idolize her–creepy!

  • NoneyaBiz

    The Most kind-hearted woman i’ve ever met. those bashing her should be bashing the ‘author’ pathetically posing as a writer. Keep up that pretty smile and funny wit Amy and let those sorry haters hate!

  • T.

    HAHA most of these comments are so saaaad. never realized how many insecure and jelous wannabe cougars and baby-balled men read this magazine. QUITE THE CLIENTELLE PHILLY MAG! My advice, call this lady up and apologize, then beg to live a day in her life, cause its definitly better than yours

  • Nick

    This was one of the most boring articles that I have ever seen in this magazine. You mean to tell me that we are supposed to know this lady? And to her buds, get over it. You’d react the same way if it were about someone else. Wow, has this magazine jumped the shark. I went to the big college on Lancaster & Ithan, but the Main Line has regressed if this is the new wave.

  • Dasha

    I am amused by the friends of the article subject who keep posting if we don’t think this is to die for, we are jealous haters blah, blah, blah.

    This is a piece of drivel and the subject of the article is just another ‘ho with monogrammed knee pads.
    She is not representative of the Main Line or Philadelphia. This article was as scintillating as seeing Smerconish’s arse in the magazine many moons ago (pardon the pun)

  • luly

    great article!!! i just love it !!!

  • Tom

    I’d like to suggest a different subtitle other than “And if you don’t know her, you’re probably nobody”

    “And if you don’t know her, you probably have a life”

  • cass

    I am not going to trash this woman, I just find the article stupid. I mean, she seems fine, maybe not very interesting, hasn’t really done much in her life, but to dedicate an entire piece to a random woman that used to be married to someone who is someone seems pointless. The title was misleading. I wanted some dirt on the mainline women out there…not a story about a social climber with fake boobs…Disappointing

  • Adam

    What an awful article. What kind of person would find this trash interesting or insightful? What a joke. This is an embarrassment to your magazine.

  • Casey

    Amy is an unbelievably kind, warm-hearted, giving woman. She is a wonderful mother and friend. This article does not highlight nearly enough of her amazing attributes.

  • Adam

    And I live on the Main Line too!

  • amy

    All of you people are over reacting to a silly piece…clearly amy just having a hoot in life…and so what?? It is a shallow article but it wasn’t a statement about this girls life, just how much she just enjoys it and has a healthy attitude….its not a big deal really…enjoy your own vibe and leave this one to hers…

  • Audrey

    Unfortunately, I read the whole article thinking I would gain some insight into the Main Line culture since I recently moved here. I must say I get very tired of the Main Line constantly being stereotyped as women like Amy by “journalists” from your magazine. Women and mothers on the Main Line have so much more to offer and I see it every day. I have met kind, honest, innovative and hard-working women who volunteer their time on a regular basis. Please don’t label us all as money-hungry bimbos. We come from all backgrounds, live within various economic means, and are regular people, like you.

  • Sandy

    For those of you who do not know Amy, she is truly an amazing woman and mother. I am excited when she visits. She brings happiness, love, caring, laughter and a truly remarkable free spirit with her whereever she goes.

    For those of you who do know her and call her names –shame on you. You’re jealous that someone can be so happy about life and motherhood. My life is better knowing Amy and I’m proud to have her in my life. Love you chicky!! No one’s like You. NEVER CHANGE!!

  • Ron Burgundy

    Great story.
    Compelling and rich.

  • Mark

    ZZZZZZZZ……Much more like this and doctors will start perscribing Phila Mag instead of Ambien.

  • mj

    Philly Mag may as well go the way of tabloid mags that fabricate and exaggerate their stories. There is much more to Amy Burnham than was portrayed in this months issue. Unfortunately the author chose to embellish in order to get a cover story and sell mags. What a shame.

  • Neil

    First of all: power player? In what way does this women display or use any power whatsoever? By flaunting her fake boobs? The photo make her look like a transvestite having a bad day. That’s rather powerless! Second: did she pay Philly mag to do this? What kind of hack writes such an obvious public relations piece disguised as “journalism”? A pathetic and shallow piece about a pathetic and shallow woman.

  • Ann

    How wrong can a person be who proceeds to call Amy Burnham “a money-hungry bimbo” without any personal knowledge of her, only a poorly written article thru the eyes of a journalist who obviously had his own agenda(cover story in “philly Magazine” oh boy!) and a story that would sell magazines(it probably has).He neglected to mention the fact that Amy is exactly the kind,honest,innovative and hardworking woman you seem to admire.She also has an amazing sense of humor, a college and teaching degree: a bimbo she is not, nor is she money-hungry. I can assure you if she were, she would be rich. Perhaps next month you can be on the cover and see what an opportunistic journalist can make of You. Good luck !!

  • Eric

    Funny how women who “married” their way to the top 50 years ago (or their mother’s did) are so tough on a woman who did it 5 years ago.
    What is the difference between them?
    The only way I would even have heard the names of these “socialite” ladies is this magazine. They are on the same level as Kim Kardashian in my book.

  • Michael Callahan

    I am the author of this story. I have refrained from jumping into this bubbling cauldron of commentary because I felt readers have their say here, but at this point I feel I must correct some things being posted here that are just downright false.

    I attempted to, and will defend same, portray Amy Burnham as what she is: An amazing, fun, free-spirited and smart woman who used a combination of disarming humor and the ability to read people to connect to a lot of different people from different circles in and around Philadelphia. And despite what anyone argues, that kind of connectivity does, in fact, connotate a certain brand of power.

    I NEVER portrayed Amy as anything other than that. This board is littered with comments from people who either have not read the story or who are incapable of a sense of humor about life or themselves, which I find both odd and more than a little sad. I stand by every single word I wrote.

  • Nikki

    I am not a friend of Amy’s, but I have known her most of her life, since about age five. I laughed so many times as I read the article because it captures the essence that is Amy to a “T”. I can understand why many who don’t know Amy might get the wrong idea, but she is as depicted: A marvelous wit, with a uniquely natural sense of humor, a loving and caring mother (not really mentioned), sensitive, but forthright and honest. What you see is what you get, which is refreshing. I have rarely met anyone who knows Amy who doesn’t like her–except maybe the ex-husband who, of course, has an ax to grind.I must say whenever I’ve been in her prsence, I have always been left with a smile on my face.

  • Brian

    Living on the mainline for 17 years and this article makes me want to move me and my family. I have to protect my children from falling into this disgusting world.

  • Lizbeth

    Mr. Callahan, while you may stand by every word that you wrote you clearly did your subject no favor. Stating that one must be a nobody if one is unfamiliar with the charms of Ms. Burnham is alienating to the reader. Did you expect we would all clamor to meet this captivating, self-professed tire-chested friend of car dealers? My own sense of humor is laughing at her rather than with her as I read what you wrote. And thank you but I’ll take my brand of power any day over hers because I wasn’t on my knees when I earned it.

  • Nicole

    I know everyone mentioned most prominently in this article very well. Personally, I do not understand the narcissism that is required to desire being featured in an article such as this. Furthermore, whoever called Amy’s ex husband an “###hole” clearly wasnt thinking about the possible ramifications of such a comment. If this person knows the situation so well, he/she should also know that Alan has four children, all of whom can read, with two being especially capable of seeing that comment. There are two sides of every story, one should remember that not everything is black and white. The “ex-wives” interviewed for this story, likely also did not think of the children who could be affected by this article, it was a selfish decision in my opinion. While only two of the kids were mentioned by name, I still find it to be incredibly inappropriate. This desire for popularity among the “A-list” of the Philadelphia area is a selfish, shallow and empty persut.

  • amy

    Why I personally think you all are crazy…philly mag is known to twist things into a mag that sells ..that is point…I worked w amy when she chaired a franklin institute event for children,,not mentioned…I know she helped raise a substantial amt of money for a school in a disadvantaged part of city. Not mentioned. It amazes me the judgement of everyone. Are you all so perfect?…at least she laughs at herself…and enjoys life..maybe you guys should try to do the same.

  • amy

    Wow! Looking at these comments only means the main line must be as stuck up and snooty as they say…here’s a girl, who I am sure got thrown to wolves to sell a magazine, who actually embraces and loves people from that area and you all just rip on her. She clearly loves people and has a knack for getting them to enjoy themselves when around her…she is decidely not main line but doesn’t appear to want to be either…seems as though she left a “manor” behind for a quaint cottage so the implications of being gold digger/social climber don’t make sense …seems like opposite to me. You main liners should lighten up and realize what Amy seems to have already done…don’t take yourself so seriously and enjoy who you are…

  • Kim

    The story on Amy Burnham was completely disappointing and anticlimatic. It was akin to reading about spider excrement or a Kardashian escapade. I am furious I read it – just because she can drink beer or champagne and play both sides is not novel or worth a cover story. I was hoping she had done something monumental and good for society or even struggled. Sigh – I am sad for perpetuating her wanna be celebrity status. Unless she can “hang out” with me too and maybe use her “ladies” to get my car to pass inspection this year.

  • patrick

    I am sure that Amy is a nice lady–no better or worse than the rest of us. But there are lots of Main Line women who are doctors, lawyers, executives; or who are notable for charity or other work. In

  • patrick

    You may have portrayed your subject honestly–it’s just that she hasn’t really done anything noteworthy to justify the attention. Being a Salon Waitress after graduating from an elite private boardi

  • Iris

    OK, so I read this article, and I laugh because yes it reminds me a little of my “PLAIN SPOKEN” Amy whom I adore. However, the Amy Burnham I have come to know, is a woman of “GREAT” substance and far deeper than this article portrays her. The Amy Burnham I know is a woman of GREAT… “LIGHT”,”ADVICE”,”INTEGRITY”, JOY”,”LAUGHTER”,”LOYALITY” and most of all “COMPASSION”,(to name but a few)which I have witnessed first hand since I have had the honor & pleasure of living (off & on) with both she and her 2 children for the past 5 months. Amy awakes with a spring in her step & a smile on her soul in search of what good she might bring to another’s day!!! Sadly like 14 millions Americans I too found myself and my situation dishevelled, and as I reestablish myself in my field of fashion & entertainment my sisterfriend’s both Amy Burnham & Hope Cohen have been nothing less than “ANGELS”! So while this article may attempt to protray Amy Burnham as a ruthless “PARTY GIRL” I “KNOW” better!!!!!! She is an “AWESOME” Mom who simply “Loves” life, family & friends, & I’m “PROUD” to call her my…

  • amy

    Before you all contunue in your tirade about how Amy has done nothing much…you might want to know what Amy has done which was conveniently left out by author…including being part of various
    charitable organizations , all child related, including Franklin Institute, Gesu School, Angels, and currently volunteering for Mission Kids….so while the article did not warrent a cover story, the subject of article is actually very involved with community, and the beef should be with why the writer forgot to mention this side of Amy ….

  • Heather

    This can not be the top story in Philadelphia this month!! I am assuming Michael and Amy have an intimate relationship for such a non-story to be the cover story of a major city mag. I will think twic

  • Neil

    So let me get this straight: someone who knows someone who knows someone is excercising a brand of power? What brand is that? Off-brand? There are thousands of people in Philly who fit this description, but they’re not on Philly mag’s cover (and some of them even have fraudulent breasts!) That’s a very naive and silly notion of power, and someone who has that notion should cease passing themselves off as a journalist. Let’s face it: Burnham used you. You’re obviously besotted, and she used that to get you to “market” her moronic idea for a TV show. But hey, what do I know? I’m nobody.

  • Tasha

    I bought this magazine, as a fellow Philadelphia housewife, expecting to read about the inner workings of the secret, upperclass Philly lifestyle.

    Instead I got a watery, cliche, name-dropping read that felt so contrived that I could barely finish it. Confessions? Where!? Why not write some high-end gossip (minus the names, duh) followed by something that every housewife in the country can relate to? The best of both worlds? Sass and ass is a good thing but it has to be done right — otherwise it’s just….ass.

    Instead of portraying this poor woman as endearing and entertaining (like you think you did), you drug her through the mud and she came off and annoying and greedy. My advice? Next time, let a woman write about the Main Line housewives. Just sayin.

    BTW, I dont know Amy (and don’t care to lol) — I’m just upset with the author for doing such a poor job. Main Line Housewife = fail!

  • Todd

    This woman is a glorified Snooki sans the money. Perhaps she is nice and thoughtful. But you wouldn’t get that impression from the article; she simply comes off as vapid and talentless. And the autho

  • amy

    The author of last two posts sounds obsessed with this chick….he couldn’t post enough ! What’s up with that?? Sounds like someone who tried to get ms amy’s attention and failed utterly…..I don’t think writer claimed any particular talent except enjoying a a fortunate lifestyle…eat your sour grapes somewhere else Frankie….

  • Todd

    Ok, yes, I admit it; I’m a huge, obsessed admirer of Amy’s – along with her fraud friends and the author himself.

  • L.

    What is the point of the article? She sounds like anyone in any city. I wouldn’t mind having a drink with her, she sounds like a lot of fun! Enjoy your life “Amy” relax “Main Liners!”

  • Lynne

    I think with any situation ; when you finaly get out of a bad one you are about to explode. If you are treated with disrespect and exspect to take it for years sometimes your reaction can be alittle rough around the edges. But why are so many TRUE movies accepted and applauded by the same elite who turn their backs to the open mouthed. I hope Amy knows and truely knows God loves all his children and knows she has gone through pain. I hope she (and no she doesn’t have to be a famous doctor,lawyer, artist on the other hand) to be so cool in God’s eyes. Our lives are going to be a blink of an eye. I hope she finds something that brings her happiness. Money does give you alot of leisure to give your family memories but how much kissing butt do you need to do to do that……….. We are tested day after day after day. It is rough out here . So my only advice to Amy is. God will take care of the reverge do not sweat over it. I hope you find what you are looking for

  • Mike

    How much did Amy Burnham pay you to help get her on TV? Putting her on the cover wasn’t enough. Then you had to feature her in a multi-page ‘story’ that could have been summed up in a few sentences: Amy Burnham, who has porn-star boobs, wears painted on jeans and sleeps her way to the top, is now in search of a TV career. Won’t you help this superficial, self-centered loudmouth achieve her dream? Sadly, she is exactly what casting directors are looking for in a reality TV show.

  • amy

    You are either a woman with serious issues in her own life or a man with an inadaquate hmmm…man part. Just my opinion. It is an article about a woman who is honest in her appreciation of life and friends…if this woman “slept to the top” why did she apparently leave it all to make it on her own? So many “Liners” live in glass houses and turn a blind eye to who may be sleeping in their bed its a joke…as long as they have a neiman marcus card its ok?? What a bunch of hypocrites you people can be…and I read article and did not see some self serving loud mouthed girl but a person who enjoys a good laugh often at own expense…look at your crap before you start piling on someone elses.

  • dottie

    What a vapid, superficial excuse of alleged journalism. This supposedly loving mother failed to consider how devastating this trashy depiction would be to her children as they get a little older. It’s inconceivable to me that anyone on the editorial staff thought this was a good idea. My only regret is that I’ve already cancelled my subscription to this rag. It prevents me from cancelling again. ncel a

  • Jennifer

    Well, this had to be the most boring article I have read in ages. Couldn’t even finish. What was the point anyway? There wasn’t one interesting thing here(I had to quit by the 3rd page- or kill myself and quitting seemed the better option). Nothing but an endless drone of name dropping and foul mouthed quips (this coming from a woman who curses with great frequency-so I’m not offended just bored). Speaking as a main line surgeon, wife, mother, entertainer, and all around fun gal, I am offended that you thought Amy was newsworthy. Because she married a rich guy and she has blond hair and implants? Really? That’s interesting? Please do a better job of entertaining me in the future. And pick some decent role models. This was just terrible. If she is the new woman of the Main Line then count me out.

  • Lou

    Amy is a fun girl. Just because she used her fun personality and other skills to get what she wanted in life you shouldn’t hate. She treated her friends well along the way. Maybe not cover story worthy, but still a fun person. And she was a heck of a softball team member back in the day.

  • Tom

    Those of us that know Amy DO consider her a role model. Just for starters she is a great, involved mother despite the roadblocks thrown in front of her by her ex. She is an incredibly loyal friend. She works hard on any project she assumes. But most importantly, she simply brings joy to the lives of so many that know her. I doubt “who cares” that you have as many friends who would say such nice things about yoi.

  • Sandy

    It’s hard enough being a single mother and trying to make a better life for yourself and your children. Sometimes you have to think out of the box. Amy is great! One of my favorite people. She’s fun and loving and oh so smart.

  • amy

    A ” fun gal”…? Enough said….LOL…..you must be a blast…..

  • Andy

    I grew up and live on the Main Line. I am not hurting financially. There are a lot of god women who married into money on the Main Line. My take is a combination of the author holding some kind of candle to this woman, and the self-promoting of both her career and some of the things she is quoted as saying in the article have made this woman out to be a gold digging, name dropping, shameless social climber who truly is a very sad and desperate woman to need so much attention. As far as the attention goes, be careful what you wish for!

  • Tamara

    I will not be renewing my subscription thanks to this article. I could care less about Amy and do not appreciate being called a “nobody” because I don’t know her. I’m glad I don’t. There’s got to be more interesting things to write about than some former Saloon waitress who happened to strike it rich by marrying the wrong guy and made herself feel better with a boob job. This was the most insulting and pathetic piece of “journalism” I have ever read.

  • Dawn

    Enough said

  • Ed

    Amy for President