Elsa Patton was the most unforgettable cast member of Bravo’s Real Housewives of Miami. The mother of Marysol Patton, “Elsa the Witch” was often shown casting spells and issuing bon mots like, “I didn’t marry a gringo to have paper flowers,” and “There’s nothing better looking than a macho man dressed like a girl.”
In 2008, Madonna’s brother Christopher Ciccone published his memoir, Life with My Sister Madonna, which revealed the relationship between his sibling and Elsa the Witch.
“Often, a New Age priestess Elsa Patton–a tall, heavily made-up blond who drives a late-model Rolls Royce–comes to the house with her daughter, Marisol, and sprinkles blessed water around all the doors. Now and again, she takes Madonna and Ingrid [Casares] out on Madonna’s small speedboat, Lola Lola, and gives them a ritual baptism in the ocean.
Once Elsa conducts one of her iconoclastic rituals on me– a treatment that Madonna has regularly, which Madonna explains to me is designed to cleanse the soul. I lie on the bed, wearing all white, and Elsa rubs hot oil with rosemary and other herbs and spices into my body. Then she goes into a trance and starts talking to me in a strange language. This takes precisely thirty-five minutes. When she’s done, she says I have to keep the oils on for the next twenty-four hours. I think I smell like roasted chicken and shower the oil off immediately.
But Madonna believes implicitly in Elsa and her treatments. When it comes to religion and rituals, Madonna’s policy–to be on the safe side– is to cover all bases… Elsa and Marisol are frequent visitors, and Madonna’s soul is repeatedly cleansed.”
Life with My Sister Madonna, Christopher Ciccone, with Wendy Leigh, Simon & Schuster, 2008.