Betty Goes Reno – A visit to the glamorous divorce ranches of the Mad Men era


When the curtain fell on the third season of Mad Men, Betty Draper, our favorite housewife in distress, was on her way to Reno to get a divorce.

Writer Priya Jain was curious. Why did Betty Draper go to Reno and what was a divorce ranch?

The result:

“Betty Goes Reno: A visit to the glamorous divorce ranches of the Mad Men era” (, July 21, 2010)

Ms. Jain’s piece informed many of today’s younger generation about this slice of history in the American West that eventually gave women an easier way to get out of unhappy or bad marriages.

Christopher Spata wrote a piece in the Tampa Tribune about the screenwriting and attention to historical accuracy in AMC’s highly-successful television series (“Mad Men respectful with details from the past”, Tampa Tribune, April 13, 2014). Unfortunately, the piece is no longer on the Tampa Tribune’s site. Spata cites Betty’s going to Reno and why it fit historically with the script. As part of his fact-checking, Mr. Spata contacted Bill McGee for a comment or two and included a nice plug for The Divorce Seekers in his story.

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