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Back in the day, Snapple was the choice beverage to drink, and The Snapple Lady — the perky mascot that Snapple chose to represent the brand — was one of our favorite people. Just like Progressive’s Flo, The Snapple Lady —also known offscreen as Wendy Kaufman — had her own set personality and helped give her product a lot of hype. Snapple commercials were something we didn’t want to miss.

So, it’s a shame that Kaufman, who was an actual Snapple employee before being upgraded to mascot, had some troubling times before we got to know her.

On Oprah: Where Are They Now? Kaufman got real about what her life was like before and during her moment in the spotlight.

It turns out that Kaufman turned to drugs since she was unhappy with her weight, later to realize that her health was rapidly declining.

Kaufman says that to her, Snapple was way more than a job — it was truly a lifeline.

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The good news? Well, getting the gig as The Snapple Lady really helped her out. She vowed to be clean during her time in front of the camera, and became a brand new person thanks to the company. It’s amazing to realize that while we watched her commercials in the ’90s, we were truly watching her grow and progress day by day.

Even though Kaufman is no longer with the company, we always think of her whenever we pick up a Snapple. And we’re so happy to hear her inspirational recovery story!