Kaufman turned to cocaine, in addition to cigarettes and alcohol, to cope with being overweight. However, she stopped the drug use after becoming the Snapple Lady in 1991. During the gig, she answered letters sent to the company in commercials and often dropped the catchphrase, "Made from the best stuff on earth!" "What most people don’t know about me [is] Snapple was much more than a job. It was a lifeline and it was a way for me to stay sober. And it was a vehicle to do wonderful, nice things for other people," Kaufman told host Oprah Winfrey.
"People just loved me and I remember crying, literally, like, ‘What did I do to myself? What did I do to myself for all these years?'" she continued. "So, the addiction was great because, in a way, it made me really look at myself and re-evaluate everything." Kaufman almost didn't land the gig, though. "It was definitely controversial," she recalled. "There were fights in the main office. 'How are you going to take the fat girl from the order department and put her on national TV?!'"
Despite those doubts, Kaufman went on to be a Snapple spokesperson for 17 years. Leaving it behind in 2008 was tough, but she now works at her husband's patio furniture business in Massachusetts. "How do you separate when everybody says, ‘Oh my God, it’s the Snapple Lady'? I didn’t even have a brand, so I’m the Snapple Lady without being the Snapple Lady," she said. "I had to embrace that the personal part of me was far greater than the Snapple persona and that it was time to move on."
Content Originally Published By: Stephanie Webber@ US Weekly