Lisa Rinna

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Lisa Rinna
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Rinna modeling at The Heart Truth Fashion Show 2008
Elizabeth Deann Rinna

(1963-07-11) July 11, 1963 (age 59)
Occupation(s)Actress, talk show host, television personality
Years active1985–present
Known forThe Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Days of Our Lives
Melrose Place
(m. 1997)

Lisa Deann Hamlin (born Elizabeth Deann Rinna; July 11, 1963) is an American actress and television personality. As an actress, she is best known for her roles as Billie Reed on the NBC daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives and Taylor McBride on Fox's television drama Melrose Place. Between 2014 and 2022, Rinna starred on Bravo's hit reality television series The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Other television credits include being a contestant on NBC's The Celebrity Apprentice and ABC's Dancing with the Stars, as well as guest-starring roles on series such as Entourage, The Middle, Veronica Mars, Community, and 8 Simple Rules. Rinna made her Broadway debut in Chicago as Roxie Hart in June 2007.[1]

She was the host of Soapnet's talk show Soap Talk (2002–2006), for which she earned four Emmy nominations for Outstanding Talk Show Host.[2] Rinna has also written three books: Starlit; The Big, Fun, Sexy Sex Book; and The New York Times best-seller Rinnavation. Her other ventures include a fashion line for QVC named The Lisa Rinna Collection[3], the cosmetics collection Rinna Beauty, and the beverage company Rinna Wines.[4]

Early life[edit]

Lisa Rinna was born July 11, 1963 in Newport Beach, California to Lois Irene (née DeAndrade) and Frank Rinna.[5][6] She is of Italian and Portuguese descent.[7] When Lisa was seven, her older half sister Laurene died. During that same year, her family relocated to Medford, Oregon, when her father was transferred there for job-related reasons, and she spent the remainder of her childhood there.[6][8] Rinna graduated from Medford Senior High School in 1981.[6] After graduating, Rinna moved to San Francisco, California, to pursue a career as a model.[6] She started her career by appearing in commercials. "I think I got my SAG card doing a Mervyn's commercial,” she told the Los Angeles Times.[9]



At age 21, Rinna appeared in the music video for John Parr's single "Naughty Naughty," as the passenger in Parr's car. Rinna later made her television debut appearing as the girlfriend of Jason Bateman's character in several episodes of The Hogan Family in 1990. In 1992, she first received national recognition when she originated the character of Billie Reed on NBC's Days of Our Lives. Her character was an instant hit with viewers, earning Rinna two consecutive Soap Opera Digest Awards. She departed in 1995, but went on to reprise the role in 2002, 2012, and 2018. She then made the jump to primetime television, portraying Taylor McBride on Aaron Spelling's Melrose Place from 1996 to 1998. Through the late 1990s, Rinna appeared in a series of television films, including Lifetime's Sex, Lies & Obsession opposite her husband Harry Hamlin, based on Hamlin's true battles with sex addiction and alcoholism. Her previous Lifetime film, Another Woman's Husband, boasted one of the highest ratings for a movie on Lifetime since 1999.[10] In 2001, Rinna played the role of Veronica Simpson in the comedy film Good Advice, which starred Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards. Over the summer of 2007, Rinna starred as Roxie Hart in the Broadway production of Chicago alongside her husband, who played the role of Billy Flynn.[11]

In 2004, Rinna guest-starred on the ABC sitcom 8 Simple Rules and the CW drama Veronica Mars, playing the recurring role of Lynn Echolls on the latter. In 2007, she portrayed Drama's ex-girlfriend Donna Devaney on HBO's Entourage, in the episode "Malibooty." In 2008, she appeared in Disney Channel's musical comedy television series Hannah Montana, in the role of Mr. Dontzig's cousin Francesca. In 2009, Rinna expressed interest in reprising her role of Taylor McBride on the CW's revival Melrose Place, if given the offer; however, the series was cancelled after only one season.[10] In 2011, Rinna appeared on Nickelodeon's Big Time Rush as Brooke Diamond. In 2021, Rinna reprised her role of Billie Reed for a special Peacock miniseries, Days of Our Lives: Beyond Salem, alongside costars Deidre Hall, Eileen Davidson, and Jackée Harry. She has continued to appear in television roles, with guest parts on series including C.S.I., The Middle, The Guest Book, Awkward. and This Close.

Hosting and reality television[edit]

Rinna at the 81st Academy Awards in 2009

Rinna was the host of Soap Talk (2002-2006), the flagship daily lifestyle show of cable network Soapnet. She and co-host Ty Treadway received four consecutive Daytime Emmy Award nominations for their work.[12] At the same time, Rinna hosted three seasons of Lifetime's TV home makeover program Merge. In 2007, she also hosted Oxygen's Tease, a reality competition series for hairstylists. From 2007 to 2009, she was the host of TV Guide Network's awards season red carpet coverage, replacing Joan Rivers. In 2006, Rinna competed in the second season of Dancing with the Stars with professional dancer Louis van Amstel. She was eliminated in round seven based on audience voting, despite having higher marks from the judges than fellow celebrity dancer Jerry Rice.[13] She is a regular guest co-host on Live with Regis and Kelly.

In 2008, TV Guide reported that Rinna and Hamlin had signed a deal to create a reality television series based on their family life.[14] The series, titled Harry Loves Lisa, premiered on TV Land on October 6, 2010, and ran for 6 episodes. In 2010, she was also featured as a guest judge on the fourth episode of the second season of RuPaul's Drag Race. In 2011, Rinna competed in season 4 of The Celebrity Apprentice. She was eliminated after being the project manager on the second task, writing and performing a children's book. Rinna returned to the show in its sixth season as one of the "All-Stars" contestants. After being eliminated from that roster, she appeared on the May 13, 2013 episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon with Lil Jon to discuss their time on the show. In 2014, she appeared as one of the contestants on ABC's game show Sing Your Face Off.

In 2014, Rinna joined the main cast of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills for the show's fifth season.[15] She acknowledged in a 2019 Los Angeles Times interview that being a Housewife brought her unprecedented attention: "I've never been more famous than I am at this point, because of the show."[9] Rinna, along with singer-songwriter Kandi Burruss of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, was among the franchise's first celebrity hires. She is widely considered one of the best Housewives of all-time.[16][17] In 2020, she was nominated as Favorite Reality Star at the People's Choice Awards. On January 6, 2023, Rinna announced her departure after eight seasons.[18]


In 1998, Rinna, while six months pregnant with Delilah Belle Hamlin, the first of Harry Hamlin's and her two daughters, posed for a nude pictorial ("Melrose Mom," its title, paid tribute to her role in Melrose Place) and cover shoot for the September issue of Playboy magazine. She later recounted the instructions given to her by Playboy photographer Deborah Anderson: "'I do not want you long and sinewy and angular and muscular. I want you soft...' This was really hard for me because being 35 years old and posing for Playboy, you want to amp it up."[19] In May 2009, she posed again for Playboy and, this time, was also its cover model.[20][21]

Lisa Rinna modeling at The Heart Truth Fashion Show in 2008

She has also graced the covers of CVLUX, Living Well, Soap Opera Magazine and Soap Opera Digest.[22][23] Rinna has appeared in commercials and print ads throughout her career. In 2008, she appeared in print ads for Mars Inc's M&M candies with Joey Fatone as part of the "There's an M&M in everyone" advertising campaign.[24] In 2012, Rinna appeared in an infomercial for abdominal muscle toner "The Flex Belt" alongside Adrianne Curry, Denise Richards and Janet Evans. She has appeared in a television commercial for Taco Bell and infomercial for Winsor Pilates.[24] In 2012 to benefit the charity Dress for Success, she modeled an adult incontinence brief made by Depend under a tight-fitting evening gown.[25] She appeared in print ads and commercials for Depend and,[26] according to reports, Depend paid her $2 million to be their celebrity spokesperson.[27] In September 2019, she walked the runway for Kyle Richards' and Shahida Clayton's new women's clothing brand at New York Fashion Week.[28]

In 2008, she released a series of workout videos called Dance Body Beautiful.[29][30]


Rinna and her husband Harry Hamlin jointly owned the Belle Gray clothing boutique in Sherman Oaks, California in 2011.[31] They closed the store in 2012 because, by then, both had grown too busy with their respective acting careers to manage it.[32] In June 2019, Rinna launched an activewear collaboration with retailer Goldsheep.[33] Proceeds from the collaboration benefited The Trevor Project, a national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide-prevention services to LGBTQ youth.[33]


In April 2012, Rinna brought her collection to QVC as the Lisa Rinna Collection, which has been a success.[34]


In September 2020, Rinna announced that she will be launching Rinna Beauty,[35] with its lip kits named Birthday Suit, Legends Only, and No Apologies.


In August 2022, Rinna announced on an episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills she is in the process of entering the alcoholic beverage industry with a product called Rinna Rosé.[36]

In popular culture[edit]

Rinna's staple bangs-and-back hairstyle and her cosmetically enhanced lips have long made her an easily recognizable figure in popular culture, and she has played parody versions of herself on series such as The Prince, The Shrink Next Door, and The Great North. A running joke in the public sphere surrounding Rinna, sometimes dubbed the "QVC queen," is her willingness to try anything and everything to put her name out there to 'secure a check', one popular one being the front-woman for adult diaper brand Depends.[37] In 2022, a promotional image of Rinna as an M&M on the red carpet of The Academy Awards, from her TV Guide awards show hosting tenure fifteen years prior, went viral. The 'Lisa Rinna M&M' became an instant meme of Twitter and TikTok, usually accompanied by the K-Pop song "After Like."

Her 2014 hiring on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is credited with 'saving' the series midway through its run, delivering a substantial boost in ratings.[37] Her hyperbolic communication style on the series has garnered extensive attention on social media, and she is credited with delivering some of the show's most iconic scenes. Rinna's dramatic response to costar Kim Richards threatening to expose information about her husband is considered a defining moment of the entire franchise, being parodied on programs such as RuPaul's Drag Race. Other notable moments include her teary-eyed reaction to Richards' bunny gift return at the 2017 reunion and her nonchalant questioning of costar Dorit Kemsley's drug use at a dinner in Hong Kong. In 2020, a Buzzfeed profile on Rinna observed: "She’s created her own brand of iconic absurdity with her self-help catchphrases (“Own it, baby!!”), tearful controversies about stuffed rabbits, and one of the most aggressive glass-breaking scenes in Housewives history (a tall order in the franchise)."

Personal life[edit]

Rinna married actor Harry Hamlin on March 29, 1997, in Beverly Hills, California.[38] The couple have two daughters, Delilah Belle (born June 10, 1998) and Amelia Gray (born June 13, 2001).[39][40] Rinna is also stepmother to Hamlin's son Dimitri Alexander from his relationship with Ursula Andress.

She has acknowledged having plastic surgery and having silicone, Botox and Juvéderm injections. Although she remains fond of Botox, she has said that using Juvéderm was a mistake.[41]

In June 2021, Backgrid, a celebrity photograph agency, sued Rinna for copyright infringement after she posted eight of their photographs to her instagram, where she has almost 3 million followers.[42][43][44] The company has requested damages of $1.2 million. Other celebrities, such as Emily Ratajkowski, Ariana Grande, Gigi Hadid, and Jennifer Lopez have also been sued for posting paparazzi photographs on their instagrams.[45] Rinna has called the lawsuit "shocking" because she and the paparazzi have always been on good terms.[46]

On November 15, 2021, Rinna announced that her mother Lois, who was featured in The Real Housewives franchise, had died after suffering a stroke.[47]


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Captive Rage Lucy Delacorte
1990 Monday Morning Susan Pevensie
The Hogan Family Annie Derrick 4 episodes
1991 Lies Before Kisses Adrianne Arness Television film
Shades of L.A. Holly Episode: "Send Up the Clowns"
Baywatch Kelly Episode: "Thin or Die"
1992 Night Sins Billie Reed Television film
Days of Our Lives Billie Reed 679 episodes
1993 Robot Wars Annie
1994 Winter Heat Billie Reed Television film
1995 Vanished Marielle Delauney Television film
1996–1998 Melrose Place Taylor McBride Main cast; 66 episodes
1997 Close to Danger Jennifer Cole Television film
1998 House Rules Cassiopa "Cassie" Devine Episode: "Pilot"
Nick Fury: Agent of Shield Contessa Valentina "Val" de Allegro Fontaine Television film
2000 Another Woman's Husband Laurel McArthur Television film
Movie Stars Amy Wells Hunter Episode: "The Seduction of Reese Hardin"
2001 Oh, Baby Michelle Grant Television film
Sex, Lies & Obsession Joanna Thomas Television film
Good Advice Veronica Simpson
2002 My Adventures in Television Samantha Episode: "The Chinese Baby"
2002–2006 Soap Talk Herself / Co-Host Main cast; 104 episodes
2003-2005 Merge Herself / Co-Host Main cast; 56 episodes
2004 8 Simple Rules Holly Episode: "YMCA"
2004–2005 Veronica Mars Lynn Echolls 3 episodes
2006 Dancing with the Stars Herself Main contestant
2006–2020 Live with Regis and Kathie Lee Herself / Guest / Guest Co-Host 20 episodes
2007 Tease Herself / Host Herself; 6 episodes
Entourage Donna Devaney Episode: "Malibooty"
2008 Hannah Montana Francesca Episode: "Killing Me Softly with His Height"
2010 Community Chantelle Cahill Episode: "The Art of Discourse"
Harry Loves Lisa Herself Main cast; 6 episodes
The Real Housewives of New York City Herself Episode: "Fashion and Fighting"
2010, 2020 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself / Guest Judge Episode: "The Snatch Game" (2010)
Episode: "Reunited: Alone Together" (2020)
2011 Big Time Rush Brooke Diamond Episode: "Big Time Moms"
The Celebrity Apprentice 4 Herself Season 11
2013 All-Star Celebrity Apprentice Herself Season 13
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Amanda's Mother Episode: "Episode #22.22"
2014 Sing Your Face Off Herself Contestant; Season 1
Awkward. Eva Mansfield Episode: "Snow Job: Part 1"
2014–2022 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Herself Main cast; 180 episodes
2015 Bound & Babysitting Jane Television film
The Real Housewives of Orange County Herself Episode: "Suspicious Minds"
C.S.I. Tori Nolan Episode: "Under My Skin"
The Hotwives of Las Vegas Kendra Episode: "What Happens in Vegas... Seriously, What Happens There?"
2017 The Middle Tammy Brooks Episode: "Meet the Parents"
Grannie Miss Hanigan Short film
2018 The Guest Book Loretta Episode: "Invisible Son"
2019 This Close Priscilla Episode: "Three's Company"
2020 Celebrity Family Feud Herself Episode: "Andy Cohen vs. Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Kevin Nealon vs. Drew Carey"
2021 Days of Our Lives: Beyond Salem Billie Reed Main cast; 5 episodes
The Shrink Next Door Lisa Rinna Episode: "The Consultation"
The Prince Lisa Rinna Episodes: "Playdate" and "Beverly Hills"
2022 The Great North Lisa Rinna Episode: "Dances with Wolfs Adventure"


Year Title Role Venue
2007 Chicago Roxie Hart Broadway


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