Welcome to the newest iteration of The Bachelor:
The Grandpa Bachelor The Golden Bachelor. Gerry Turner is our first septuagenarian widower Bachelor, looking for a new love late in life, after having been in a loving marriage for 43 years. He is not some flighty twenty- or thirty-something who doesn’t fully appreciate the gravity of marriage, and neither are his contestants. Every woman competing on this series, whom you will meet below, is between 60 and 75 years old. Most of these women have been married before, have children, grandchildren, and careers. They have lived full lives and continue to seek out more.
And that’s why, for a change, I’m not here to make fun of them (much).
As we usually do on the eve of a new season of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, I will introduce you to Gerry’s contestants via their pictures and their brief bios. But instead of mocking them or looking for red flags, we’re going to try to determine on the very little information we have about them, whether or not they will be a good match for Gerry and his retired lake lifestyle.
So, before we can make those judgments, let’s meet our Grandpa Bachelor:
Big Long Lake, Indiana
A retired restaurateur and doting father and grandfather, Gerry [GAIR-ee] Turner lives in his dream house on a beautiful lake in Indiana. He’s often busy hosting barbecues, playing pickleball, cheering on his favorite Chicago sports teams, four-wheeling and spending time with friends and family at restaurants and local haunts.
Always a romantic, Turner married his high school sweetheart, Toni, in 1974. Together, they lived a full and happy life with their two daughters, Angie and Jenny, and later two granddaughters, Charlee and Payton. Sadly, after 43 years together, Toni suddenly fell ill and passed away in 2017.
Six years after Toni’s passing and with the support of his family, Turner is ready to put himself out there and find a love that will stand the test of time in his golden years.
Let me get this out of the way first: THAT IS NOT HOW YOU PRONOUNCE “GERRY.” This is like when you try to tell me “gif” is pronounced “jif.” Absolutely not and I will not have it. His name is Gerry — pronounced “Jerry,” and I will not be told otherwise.
That out of the way, I included Gerry’s bio here because it’s important to remember that this is a 71-year-old man. My father is about to turn 71 years old, and what I know about men this age is that they are set in their ways. Meaning, this man isn’t going to pick up and move away from his family and his retirement home to be with you. It’s unlikely he’s going to take up some new adventurous hobby that you like. You are going to have to fit into his life. And I know that’s not very feminist or forward-thinking of me, and no offense to this particular man, but 71-year-old men are not exactly very feminist or forward-thinking.
My point is, the Bachelor series is inherently a power imbalance: there are 22 women, there is only one Gerry. He’s going to be looking for someone to fit into his life, not the other way around. So it’s important to look at what he cares about: his family, his home, cheering on local teams, going to local restaurants, hosting barbecues with his friends, and the most exciting thing he appears to do is ride four-wheelers. Just keep all that in mind as you read over these women’s bios and try to figure out if they will be able to comfortably fit into his life.
Summit, New Jersey
Anna is a woman of the world. She has traveled to over 20 countries but is still looking for her travel partner for life. Anna has three daughters, and loves hiking and skiing with them. The adventurous matriarch is looking for a kind, confident, sensitive and emotionally intelligent man with whom to share her life. When Anna isn’t spending time with her family, she loves foraging for mushrooms, and learning about new herbs and plants. She also loves to cook and is ready to prepare a gourmet dish for our Golden Bachelor. Gerry, I hope you’re hungry for love and a delicious meal!
- Anna spends her Sundays at the local farmer’s market.
- When Anna dives with sharks, she goes cageless.
- Anna loves anything dark chocolate – especially lava cakes!
Someone should probably let Grandpa Bachelor know that Anna is a straight-up witch. Not that I’m judging! Once I reached a certain age, I fully embraced the witchy lifestyle myself, so more power to her. (Pun fully intended.)
As for her compatibility with Gerry, she’s from someplace up north, which is a positive — no one will be asking her to leave Florida to go live on a lake that freezes over half the year.
Port St. Lucie, Florida
April is ready to ride off into the sunset with our Golden Bachelor. It’s easy to see what makes April a great catch with her zest for life, fun personality and extremely close family. She talks to them daily and makes sure to exchange “I love yous” every time they chat. Dating since losing her partner has been difficult for her, so April is looking forward to the opportunity of a lifetime to look for love with the Golden Bachelor. When she’s not spending time with her kids and grandkids, April loves dancing to Taylor Swift, watching “Bridgerton” and playing with her two dogs. April also isn’t afraid of thrill seeking and loves a good roller coaster. April and Gerry, buckle up because this is going to be the ride of your lives!
- April has a discreetly hidden tattoo of her nickname “Presh.”
- April dreams of writing a bestselling book.
- Finding pennies out and about brings April so much joy.
April is going to be a crier, I can feel it. Also the nickname “Presh” is just … it feels high-maintenance. Gerry doesn’t seem like a high-maintenance kind of guy. Also, while it’s a positive that it sounds like she doesn’t live near her kids, she does live in Florida. Will she be willing to move to someplace that has lake winters? Maybe they can split their time?
Retired Purchasing Manager
Sierra Madre, California
Christina is a sweet soul who’s ready to find love. She says she’s the happiest she’s ever been and is hoping to find someone with whom to share her golden years. Christina calls this chapter of life her “go-go” years, not the “slow-go” years, so hopefully Gerry can keep up! Christina is extremely proud of her career, and while she’s retired now, working her way up the corporate ladder without a college degree is still one of her biggest accomplishments. Christina loves playing pickleball, listening to Paul McCartney, and horseback riding. She also isn’t afraid of adventure and has plans to go skydiving (for a second time) with her oldest grandson. Wheels up, our hearts are ready for takeoff!
- Christina’s first concert ever was The Beatles in 1964.
- Christina loves a good dude ranch.
- Christina prefers to drive stick shift.
This is the first time pickleball is mentioned. It will not be the last. Also, Christina sounds like a good time, but also potentially exhausting.
Edith is a hopeless romantic looking for a partner with whom to share all the joys of life. Family is everything for Edith, and there’s nothing she loves more than spending time with her kids and grandkids. Edith works as a realtor and is extremely proud of opening her own business later in life. She says, “It’s never too late to do whatever you want to do!” When she’s not working or hanging with family, Edith loves golfing, salsa dancing and traveling. On the weekends, Edith loves making a big breakfast to eat in her garden and is looking for a man to join her. She hates dating apps so Edith is looking forward to this exciting opportunity to meet our Golden Bachelor. We can’t wait to see if she and Gerry hit it off!
- Edith is building an ADU in her backyard, and she is the project manager.
- Edith doesn’t do cold. Ever.
- Edith makes beautiful hand-painted birthday cards.
Edith doesn’t do cold? Edith isn’t going to do well in Indiana, methinks. Also, I doubt she’s going to want to leave behind her ADU after spending all this time building it.
Delray Beach, Florida
Ellen is the full package and is ready for love. This retired teacher’s smile lights up a room, and she wears her heart on her sleeve. Ellen is compassionate, intelligent, and has a great sense of humor. She’s extremely close with her two sons and loves playing pickleball, golf and card games with them. In her free time, Ellen enjoys watching television, reading the newspaper, and playing bocce ball with her girlfriends. She hopes to remain healthy and active for her entire life, and hopes to grow old with the man of her dreams. Will our Golden Bachelor be that person? Only time will tell!
- Ellen dreams of going to Africa on safari.
- Ellen loves dancing despite her two left feet.
- Ellen idolizes Michelle Obama.
Pickleball #2. And again, there’s nothing inherently wrong with Miss Ellen here, but I worry about asking her to leave Florida and her two sons to go live on a lake in Indiana.
High School Teacher
Benton City, Washington
Faith is much more than meets the eye. Not only is she beautiful, but she’s also charismatic, adaptable, and looks for the positive in every situation. Faith has two sons and four grandkids that she loves more than anything in this world. She’s also a woman of many talents, which she continues to do professionally – like radio hosting, teaching and singing. Faith is a fun thrill-seeker and has checked many goals off her bucket list like diving with sharks, riding a motorcycle, and getting a tattoo, but she’s still looking for someone with whom to enjoy the thrills of life. Faith is truly hoping that Gerry is her perfect adventure partner!
- Faith loves riding her horse, Liberty, through the mountains.
- Faith would love to be in a band.
- Faith hates technology that doesn’t consistently work.
First of all, there sure are a lot of shark divers in this group. Which I suppose I understand: you have to have a certain sense of adventure to go on a dating show in your 60s. But second, Faith’s hatred of inconsistent technology is specific, hilarious, and relatable.
I would need more information on where her children and grandchildren are currently living before I can make a real call on her — if they are in Washington State, too, it’s probably a no-go. However, if they already live far from her and she’s used to not seeing them a couple times a week, it might be fine.
Retired Project Manager
Estill Springs, Tennessee
Jeanie is a hopeless romantic looking for a partner with whom to share all the joys of life. Giving back to her community is of utmost importance to Jeanie, and she does anything possible to help people and animals. She looks up to others like Oprah, Dolly Parton and Princess Diana who are also known for their philanthropic work. Jeanie is extremely active and loves taking Zumba classes and walking dogs. She considers herself to be very sentimental and likes to keep little memories from dates, like fortune cookie fortunes. Jeanie is ready to look for love with Gerry and says, “I know that I’m strong enough to be alone, but my life would be more fulfilled with someone to share it with.” Gerry, we know you’re looking for a life partner, but do you need a Zumba buddy, too?
- Jeanie is a certified scuba diver.
- Jeanie’s favorite color is neon.
- Going to the Super Bowl is at the top of Jeanie’s bucket list.
Jeanie here has a certain degree of promise: she’s retired, doesn’t appear to have any kids to tie her to her hometown, and isn’t throwing herself out of airplanes and punching sharks or whatever.
I do regret to inform her that “neon” is not a color.
Private School Administrator
Joan is really something special. She has four kids and two grandkids and is looking for love again after losing her husband of 32 years to pancreatic cancer. Joan is proud of herself for starting a new career in this chapter of life and for how resilient she’s been through many unexpected life changes. When she’s not working, Joan loves listening to Elton John, hanging with her dog, and cooking a delicious meal. Joan describes herself as a loving mother and a hard worker who would love to find someone with whom to enjoy life. She’s happiest when she’s at the beach with her family and is looking for a family man with whom to blend her life. Joan is a total catch, and we think Gerry will have no problem seeing it too.
- Joan loves dancing after a couple glasses of wine.
- Joan enjoys historical museums.
- Joan’s favorite food is a big, juicy burger!
Joan sounds like a good time with the right priorities: wine, food, Elton John. It’s a good sign she likes a beach since Gerry lives in a lake house. But that said, it’s a little problematic — for a potential relationship with this particular man, not for Joan herself, let me make that clear — that so much of her identity and pride is in rebuilding a career after her husband died. Will she be willing to walk away from that for some guy she met on a TV show?
Retired Educational Consultant
Beautiful Kathy has a contagious zest for life. From walking five miles a day to reading 50 books a year, nothing is out of reach for her. This dynamic lady says, “I am so ready to show the world that a 70-year-old woman has energy, passion, and can truly enjoy life!” For many years, Kathy has worked as an educational consultant where she helps students apply to their dream colleges. She’s also the mom to three amazing children and the grandma to two adorable grandchildren who call her “Kiki.” Kathy loves any activity that puts her in the great outdoors like kayaking, hiking and skiing. She wants nothing more than to go on the adventure of a lifetime with the hopes of finding a love that will be life-changing. We hope so too!
- Kathy has been to three continents and hopes to go to all seven.
- Kathy has two adorable geriatric cats.
- Kathy is OBSESSED with Christmas.
Kathy sounds great, and the right speed for an active 71-year-old retiree living on a lake. No notes.
Leslie may best be known as a former professional figure skater, but this woman has way more going on than what meets the eye. Outside of her love for figure skating and dancing, Leslie is now a personal trainer and is passionate about helping others live their best lives. She has run 10 marathons and is looking for her running buddy for life. When she isn’t working at the gym, Leslie is an incredible mom to her three kids and “glama” to her three grandkids. She also loves spending time with her mini Aussiedoodle, Billie. Leslie is looking for a real man who will enhance her life, and she’s ready to put it all on the line to pursue love.
- Leslie absolutely hates mice.
- Leslie is a former aerobics champion.
- Lady Gaga & Post Malone are at the top of Leslie’s Best Concerts Ever list.
I am exhausted. Leslie is exhausting.
Health and Wellness Director
Teaneck, New Jersey
With a beautiful smile and a personality to match, Maria is a firecracker that’s ready to find a spark. Maria is a hopeless romantic who is looking for a kind, funny and independent man that’s ready for “a love adventure.” She has three children in their 20s and loves them more than anything in the world. Maria’s career in health and wellness is extremely important to her, along with a passion for helping families impacted by autism. When she isn’t working, Maria enjoys playing tennis, pickleball and board games. Maria believes true love is within reach and we hope she’s right!
- Maria has never gone paintballing but really wants to try!
- Maria’s favorite indulgence is a glass of 100-year-old Grand Marnier.
- Maria loves Valentine’s Day.
Pickleball #3. And I know Maria wants to try paintball, but please, no one take this nice mom paintballing. She’s going to get hurt.
As for Maria’s compatibility, it sounds like she’s in a sweet spot where the kids are concerned: they are old enough to be out of the house, but it doesn’t sound like there are any grandkids yet to complicate matters.
Los Angeles, California
Marina is the perfect combination of strong, compassionate and cool. She is a woman of the world and has traveled to over 34 countries. Marina is looking for her travel buddy for life and is hoping our Golden Bachelor is her perfect match. She is a mom to two impressive kids and two adorable fur babies. When the educator isn’t working or spending time with family, she enjoys taking spin class, hiking, cooking, and going for long drives. Marina says she would love to make casseroles for Gerry on their date nights. Marina has high expectations, but she’s truly hopeful that the Golden Bachelor could be the man for her!
- Marina has not one, not two, but THREE master’s degrees.
- Marina doesn’t stand in lines.
- Marina enjoys reading biographies and medical nonfiction.
I don’t know what, exactly, “Marina doesn’t stand in lines” means, but it is giving off STRONG Karen vibes. JUST GET IN THE LINE, MARINA. YOUR TIME ISN’T MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVERYONE ELSE, MARINA.
Retired Interior Designer
Nancy is ready to receive the love she gives to so many others. The retired interior designer loves playing golf, walking her goldendoodle, Max, and watching college basketball. The mother of three is loyal, faithful and funny, and is looking for a self-assured, trustworthy man with whom to share her life. She is a self-described hopeless romantic and says, “I believe in love stories. And even having a great one, I believe I can have another.” She is serious about finding love on this journey; so, Nancy, let the journey begin.
- Nancy loves a good rom-com.
- Nancy is a dancing machine, but only at weddings.
- Nancy is a Bruce Springsteen stan.
Nancy seems nice and is very pretty and, again, no grandkids are mentioned.
Pro-Aging Coach and Midlife Speaker
New York City, New York
Natascha is a passionate and energetic woman who is ready to find Mr. Right. She is looking for a romantic, athletic and emotionally available man with whom to share her life. Natascha loves going to her local farmer’s market and taking walks around Central Park. She just wants to find someone with whom to enjoy the simple things in life. When she isn’t working as a pro-aging coach and speaker, Natasha loves attending dance class, doing yoga, listening to Janet Jackson, and spending time with her 15-year-old granddaughter. Will Natascha and Gerry have the love story of a lifetime?
- Natascha enjoys relaxing in Central Park.
- Natascha wants bell bottoms to make a comeback.
- Natascha’s favorite thing to do on a date is laugh.
I’m going to have to consult a map, but I don’t think Central Park is anywhere near Eastern Indiana, and Natascha sure seems awfully attached to Central Park … so.
Retired Salon Owner
Pamela is ready to say goodbye to her single days. This vivacious beauty lives an incredibly fulfilling life and says she is hoping to find a special someone with whom to share it. Pamela’s dream man is spontaneous, gentle, witty and laid-back. There’s nothing Pamela loves more than reading on a hammock while sipping a cocktail. In this chapter of life, Pamela loves spending time with her two children and three grandchildren. Her family and friends describe her as a great listener and hopeless romantic. Will this be the end of Pamela’s search for love? Fingers crossed!
- Pamela loves a backyard BBQ.
- Pamela can’t get enough Judge Judy in her life.
- Pamela loves to cuddle.
Most importantly, Pamela is in Illinois, only about a three-and-a-half-hour drive to Gerry’s hometown. She’s already used to the cold, used to the Midwest, has Chicago in common. And moreso, Pamela sounds like she is ready for the lake lifestyle and won’t be demanding to fly off to St. Lucia or go scuba diving.
Retired Real Estate Professional
Durham, North Carolina
Patty is ready for her turn to find love. Patty may be recognized as former Bachelor Matt James’ mom, but this matriarch is ready for her chance at an amazing love story. After seeing the process work for her son, Patty is hoping to meet a kind, funny, smart and confident man for herself. She says, “I want to meet someone who loves and cherishes me that I can live out my golden years with.” When she isn’t spending time with her sons, Patty is hard at work as a real estate agent, loves playing ping pong, and lounging poolside with a great book. While Patty has been single for almost 30 years, her heart is open, and she hopes to share positivity and zest for life with a partner. Patty hopes Gerry is as excited about her as she is about him!
- Patty is an avid sailor.
- Patty loves her body glitter and encourages you to do the same.
- Patty can’t start her day without a cup of coffee.
Oh hey! Matt James’ momma! Good luck, girl!
East Haven, Connecticut
Peggy is incredible. She is a dental hygienist who has always put others before herself and has dedicated her life to helping people. Peggy has gone on multiple dental missions where she’s volunteered to serve developing nations around the world. She continues to be passionate about her work and even went back to her dental practice after initially retiring because she missed it so much! Peggy has no regrets in life and says, “I have loved every season of my life. I would not change a thing.” She’s ready to find someone to continue to check goals off her bucket list with and hopes to return home with Gerry by her side.
- Peggy has a very cute bichon frisé named Libby.
- Peggy would love to be Jennifer Lopez for a day.
- Peggy is a go-karting enthusiast.
On the one hand: she likes go-karting/he likes four-wheeling … this seems fairly compatible. On the other, if she went back to her dental practice because she missed it so much, is she going to be willing to pack up and move to Indiana?
Former Chicago Honey Bear Cheerleader
Renee is a caring mother and grandmother whose striking beauty is only a small part of her story. From being a former NFL cheerleader to writing two books, Renee has really done it all and is ready to meet the love of her life. When she isn’t enjoying quality time with her kids and grandkids, Renee loves planting flowers, spending time with her cat, attending group fitness classes, and going for walks around Lake Mendota. Renee considers herself a very romantic person and the most romantic thing she’s ever done for someone is make a homemade blanket so he “could always feel my warmth and love around him.” She is SO ready to feel those butterflies again, and we can’t wait to see if Gerry is the loving match that Renee is looking for!
- Renee really wants to meet Harry Styles.
- Renee loves taking her grandkids to the zoo.
- Renee doesn’t enjoy fishy tasting fish.
Uh-oh, we have another woman from Illinois, and this one lives even closer to Gerry than Pamela, and loves to take walks around lakes. Keep an eye on this one.
But also, no one like fishy-tasting fish, Renee. This does not make you special.
Retired Executive Assistant
Sandra is so ready to find the one. Her dream man is handsome, sensitive and intelligent, and this cruise lover hopes he’s ready to travel the world with her. The 75-year-old also isn’t afraid of showing some PDA when she likes someone, so hopefully our Golden Bachelor is ready to be loved on. Sandra describes herself as creative, patient and independent. In her free time, she loves hanging out with her daughters, thrift shopping, crafting, and playing racquetball. This also isn’t Sandra’s first time on TV. She may be recognized as a big winner on her favorite show, “Wheel of Fortune.” She is hoping to hit the jackpot again, but this time in love. Gerry, get ready to solve the puzzle and win over Sandra’s heart!
- Sandra says anything by Luther Vandross puts her in “the mood.”
- Sandra is very proud of her high credit score.
- Sandra has 32 favorite NFL teams, AKA she loves all of them.
Look. Sandra sounds great. But she better hope that Gerry is cruise people, because it’s a binary thing: you either are cruise people or you’re not, and will never work out between the two.
Susan is quite the catch – she’s loyal, compassionate, has a longtime career as a hair and makeup artist; and for the cherry on top, she’s also a great golfer. When Susan isn’t on the golf course or working at the salon, she loves spending time with her kids and grandkids at the beach. She also enjoys going to concerts, with two of her all-time favorite shows being The Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd. Susan knows what she’s looking for in a man and hopes Gerry is athletic, funny and honest. For Susan, this journey is all about finding her forever, so here’s hoping she can find that meaningful connection with Gerry.
- Susan has a pair of pink go-go boots that she LOVES.
- Susan dreams of having lunch with Kris Jenner.
- Susan loves eating leftovers from the night before.
Does Susan dream of having lunch with Kris Jenner or does she dream of kidnapping Kris Jenner, locking Kris Jenner in her basement, and taking over Kris Jenner’s life? Just asking the important questions.
Oh, and Gerry: does the lake house have a basement?
Public Affairs Consultant
Los Angeles, California
Sylvia is a total girl boss. She has built a very successful professional life but is ready to shift her focus and invest in herself. Sylvia has always dreamed of getting married and is looking for a man who’s a good listener with a romantic heart. She is a proud UCLA alumna and loves continuing to support the school’s sports teams. As a Los Angeles native, she hopes to take Gerry for a romantic walk along the Naples Canals. Sylvia is also an amazing chef and loves cooking up authentic Mexican food for her dates. There’s no doubt that Sylvia is ready for love, and we hope her confidence is enough to win Gerry’s heart.
- Sylvia loves any excuse to put on a costume.
- Sylvia enjoys lifting small weights.
- Sylvia makes a famous pistachio cake.
I want Sylvia to cook me Mexican food and pistachio cake and put on costumes with me. She sounds like fun. But what it doesn’t sound like is that she’s itching to leave Los Angeles anytime soon.
Financial Services Professional
Shrewsbury, New Jersey
Theresa is a gorgeous catch with a huge heart. She is very close with her children and grandchildren, and loves nothing more than seeing them all thrive. Theresa describes herself as optimistic, encouraging, and ready to love again after loss. She hopes to meet a partner who will be her best friend in this next chapter of life and will appreciate all the little moments with her. When she’s not spending time with her family, Theresa enjoys playing board games, gardening, reading romance novels, and hula hooping. Theresa is here for the real deal, and fingers crossed it’s all fireworks when she meets the Golden Bachelor!
- Theresa loves to sing … alone in her car.
- Theresa taught herself all about the stock market.
- Theresa loves ’70s rock, both soft and hard.
Theresa sounds fine. She sounds perfectly nice. Again, I need to know more about where these children and grandchildren are. If they are anywhere but New Jersey, there’s no problem here. But if she currently lives near them …
Alright, my geriatric roses, I’m off to stock up on box wine, Metamucil, and Werther’s Originals. I’ll see you back here soon, once I wake up from my nap in front of the TV.
The Golden Bachelor airs Thursdays on ABC at 7/8 p.m. and streams on Hulu.