Lisa Rinna

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Lisa Rinna
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Rinna modeling at The Heart Truth Fashion Show 2008
Born
Lisa Deanna Rinna

(1963-07-11) July 11, 1963 (age 58)
OccupationActress, fashion designer, talk show host, television personality
Years active1985–present
Known forThe Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Days of Our Lives
Melrose Place
Spouse(s)
(m. 1997)
Children2
Websitelisarinna.com

Lisa Deanna Rinna (born July 11, 1963) is an American actress, author 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. Since 2014, Rinna has been a main cast member 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] and the cosmetics collection Rinna Beauty.[4]

Early life[edit]

Lisa Rinna was born on July 11, 1963[5] in Newport Beach, California, as the daughter of Lois and Frank Rinna.[6][7] She is of Italian, Portuguese, and English descent.[8] When Lisa was seven, 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.[7][9] Rinna graduated from Medford Senior High School in 1981.[7] After graduating, Rinna moved to San Francisco, California, to pursue a career as a model.[7] 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.[10]

Career[edit]

Acting[edit]

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 appeared 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. She departed in 1995, though she has reprised the role in 2002, 2012, and 2018. She later switched from daytime to primetime, portraying Taylor McBride on Aaron Spelling's Melrose Place from 1996 to 1998. Rinna has starred in two projects opposite husband Harry Hamlin, the teen crime-drama Veronica Mars, and the Lifetime television film Sex, Lies & Obsession. Her previous Lifetime film, Another Woman's Husband, boasted one of the highest ratings for a movie on Lifetime since 1999.[11] In 2001, Rinna played the role of Veronica Simpson in the comedy film Good Advice (2001) alongside Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards.

From June to July 2007, Rinna starred in the Broadway production of Chicago, in the role of Roxie Hart, alongside her husband, who played the role of Billy Flynn.[12] In 2007, she portrayed 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. She also guest-starred on an episode of Movie Stars for the WB, the first-ever on-screen appearance she shared opposite her husband. In 2009, Rinna stated that she would love to reprise her role of Taylor McBride on the CW's revival Melrose Place, if given the offer;[11] however, the series was cancelled after only one season. In 2011, Rinna guest-starred on Nickelodeon's Big Time Rush as Brooke Diamond. Later that year, it was confirmed that Rinna would again reprise the role of Billie Reed on Days of Our Lives. She reported to work in December, with her first scenes airing March 9, 2012.[13][14] However, in August 2012, it was confirmed by The Huffington Post that Rinna would once again leave the soap to develop a panel-focused talk show.[15] She had guest roles in several television series, including C.S.I., The Hotwives of Las Vegas, The Guest Book, Awkward. and This Close.

Hosting and reality television[edit]

Rinna at the 81st Academy Awards in 2009

From 2002 to 2006, Rinna was the host of Soap Talk, the daily lifestyle show that aired on Soapnet, for which she received four Daytime Emmy Award nominations.[16] 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.[17] In August 2007, Rinna replaced Joan Rivers as the host of TV Guide Network's red carpet coverage. In addition to subsequently guest-hosting Live with Regis and Kelly, Rinna also hosted the TV makeover program Merge on Lifetime.

In 2008, TV Guide reported that Rinna and Hamlin had signed a deal to create a reality television series based on their family life.[18] 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 participated 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 talk about their time on the show. In 2014, she was one of the contestants on ABC's game show Sing Your Face Off.

In 2014, Rinna joined the cast of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills for the show's fifth season.[19] Los Angeles Times wrote that since joining the show, "she's endeared herself to viewers with her self-deprecating attitude—poking fun at herself, including her enhanced lips and the haircut she's sported for decades. And she's had a hand in some of the show's most memorable moments."[10]

Modeling[edit]

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."[20] In May 2009, she posed again for Playboy and, this time, was also its cover model.[21][22]

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.[23][24] 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.[25] 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.[25] In 2012 to benefit the charity Dress for Success, she modeled an adult incontinence brief made by Depend under a tight-fitting evening gown.[26] She appeared in print ads and commercials for Depend and,[27] according to reports, Depend paid her $2 million to be their celebrity spokesperson.[28] In September 2019, she walked the runway for Kyle Richards' and Shahida Clayton's new women's clothing brand at New York Fashion Week.[29]

In 2008, she released a series of workout videos called Dance Body Beautiful.[30][31]

Fashion[edit]

Rinna and her husband Harry Hamlin jointly owned the Belle Gray clothing boutique in Sherman Oaks, California in 2011.[32] They closed the store in 2012 because, by then, both had grown too busy with their respective acting careers to manage it.[33] In June 2019, Rinna launched an activewear collaboration with retailer Goldsheep.[34] Proceeds from the collaboration benefited The Trevor Project, a national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide-prevention services to LGBTQ youth.[34]

QVC[edit]

In April 2012, Rinna brought her collection to QVC as the Lisa Rinna Collection, which has been a success.[35]

Cosmetics[edit]

In September 2020, Rinna announced that she will be launching Rinna Beauty,[36] with its lip kits named Birthday Suit, Legends Only, and No Apologies.

Personal life[edit]

Rinna married actor Harry Hamlin on March 29, 1997, in Beverly Hills, California.[37] The couple have two daughters, Delilah Belle (born June 10, 1998) and Amelia Gray (born June 13, 2001).[38][39] 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.[40]

Filmography[edit]

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/Days of Our Lives Billie Reed Television film
1992–95

2002–03

2012–13, 2018

Days of Our Lives September 18, 1992 – September 28, 1995

July 3, 2002 – January 8, 2003

March 9, 2012 – January 30, 2013

February 13, 2018 – February 22, 2018

1993 Robot Wars Annie
1994 Winter Heat/Days of Our Lives Billie Reed Television film
1995 Vanished Marielle Delauney
1996–98 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
Movie Stars Amy Wells Hunter Episode: "The Seduction of Reese Hardin"
2001 Oh, Baby Michelle Grant Television film
Sex, Lies & Obsession Joanna Thomas
Good Advice Veronica Simpson
2002 My Adventures in Television Samantha Episode: "The Chinese Baby"
2002-06 Soap Talk Herself / Co-Host Main cast; 104 episodes
2004 8 Simple Rules Holly Episode: "YMCA"
Veronica Mars Lynn Echolls Episode: "Return of the Kane"
Episode: "An Echolls Family Christmas"
2005 Episode: "Clash of the Tritons"
2006 Dancing with the Stars Herself Main contestant
2006–20 Live with Regis and Kathie Lee Herself / Guest / Guest Co-Host 20 episodes
2007 Tease Herself
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 Episode: "Fashion and Fighting"
2010, 2020 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself / Guest Judge Episodes: "The Snatch Game" (2010) and "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 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–present The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Herself Main cast; 114 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 The Prince Herself Episode: "Playdate"

Episode: "Beverly Hills"

2021 Days of Our Lives: Beyond Salem Billie Reed Main cast; 5 episodes
Theatre
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Chicago Roxie Hart Broadway


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