Lisa Vanderpump

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Lisa Vanderpump
Lisa Vanderpump 2014.jpg
Lisa Vanderpump, Beverly Hills, California on 16 March 2013
Lisa Jane Vanderpump

15 September 1960 (age 58)
OccupationRestaurateur, philanthropist, author, actress, television personality, activist, editor-in-chief
Years active1973–present
TelevisionThe Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Vanderpump Rules
Ken Todd (m. 1982)
RelativesWarren Todd (stepson)

Lisa Jane Vanderpump is a British restaurateur, author, actress, and television personality. She is known for her appearances on Bravo's The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Vanderpump Rules, and ABC's Dancing with the Stars. Vanderpump and husband, Ken Todd, have owned 26 restaurants, bars and clubs in London and Los Angeles, including The Shadow Lounge, Bar Soho, SUR, Pump, Villa Blanca, and Lisa Vanderpump’s Stonebaked Pizzeria.

Early life[edit]

Lisa Vanderpump was born and raised in London, England.[1] She was a full-time drama student by the age of nine.[2]



Vanderpump starred in numerous television shows and films as a child. She made her film debut in the 1973 dramedy A Touch of Class, playing the daughter of Vicky Allessio played by Glenda Jackson,[3] and also appeared in the cult horror film Killer's Moon (1978). Throughout the '70s, '80s, and '90s, Vanderpump had small roles in various episodic television programs. She appeared on the television series Silk Stalkings and as Margo Curtis on Baywatch Nights.[4]

Vanderpump was featured prominently in '80s music videos "Poison Arrow" and "Mantrap" by the band ABC[5] and also "(What) In The Name of Love" by the duo Naked Eyes.[6] She was featured in the Lady Gaga music video for "G.U.Y." in March 2014.

Vanderpump debuted on Bravo's The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills in 2010 and is an original cast member of the show. In 2011, she was part of CNN's coverage of the Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. In 2013, she was featured in a spin-off of the program, Vanderpump Rules, which focuses on the staff of her West Hollywood restaurants, SUR and Pump.

In February that year, Vanderpump was announced as one of the celebrities who will compete on the 16th season of Dancing with the Stars.[7][8] She was partnered with professional dancer Gleb Savchenko. They were the second couple to be eliminated from the competition, leaving in tenth place.


Before moving to the US, Vanderpump designed 26 of the London-based bars and restaurants that she co-owned with her husband. They own four restaurants in California. Villa Blanca is based in Beverly Hills, while Sur, the focus of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills spin-off Vanderpump Rules, is based in West Hollywood along with PUMP Restaurant Lounge and Tom Tom.[2][9] In August 2013, entrepreneurs Ryan Allen Carrillo and Andrew Gruver filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court, naming Vanderpump and her husband as defendants and alleging breach of fiduciary duty, constructive fraud, breach of contract, and misrepresentation and deceit, according to court documents obtained by Carrillo and Gruver claim the couple "unfairly snatched the West Hollywood venue" where they intended to open a gay sports bar called Bar Varsity.[10]

Vanderpump authored Simply Divine: A Guide to Easy, Elegant, and Affordable Entertaining in 2011. She is a monthly contributing writer and editor for Beverly Hills Lifestyle magazine.[11] Vanderpump released a line of homewares called The Vanderpump Beverly Hills Collection by Pop Culture Promotions on 6 November 2014.[12]

In 2015, Lisa Vanderpump (along with her husband and Pomeranian, "Giggy") launched a line of luxury pet accessories, Vanderpump Pets. The brand offers an inclusive line of leashes, collars, toys, and dog bowls, keeping in mind a particular couture styling.[13] To keep up with Ken and Lisa's philanthropic work, a percentage of every leash and collar bought is donated to their Vanderpump Dog Foundation.

In October 2016, Vanderpump launched her own line of emojis, titled Vandermojis. The collection, designed by Vanderpump, includes GIFs, stickers and audio messages.[14][15]

In March 2017, Vanderpump was named editor-in-chief of Beverly Hills Lifestyle Magazine.


Together with her husband, she supports Keep Memory Alive, founded by Larry Ruvo of Nevada. The organization was established to bring awareness to various neurological disorders, including Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Alzheimer's disease, Huntington's disease, and Parkinson's disease.

Vanderpump was a recipient of the Ally Leadership Award from Equality California, an LGBT rights organization, in 2015.[16]

In October 2015, Vanderpump organized protest march against the Lychee and Dog Meat Festival.[17] The march went from MacArthur Park to the Chinese Consulate General in Los Angeles.[17] Vanderpump has since created the Vanderpump Dog Foundation to further support this movement to end the torture of dogs. Lisa's foundation is responsible for holding large events in the Los Angeles area, including the protest march against the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, where hundreds of supporters marched towards the Chinese Consulate. The Vanderpump Dog Foundation also hosted its first World Dog Day event, which generated a crowd of 4,000 people and 2,500 dogs.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Vanderpump had lived in London and Cheltenham before moving to Monaco. Later, Vanderpump, along with her husband and children, moved to Beverly Hills, California, where they had lived briefly years before.[19] Vanderpump and Todd own a home in Montecito, California.[20] In 1982, she got engaged to Ken Todd six weeks after meeting him and then married him within 3 months; she was 21, while he was 36. They have two children together, daughter Pandora (born 1986) and adopted son Max (born 7 December 1991).[21] London property developer Warren Todd is Ken's son and Lisa's step son.

In 2014 Vanderpump was honored with a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars.[22]


Film and television[edit]

Vanderpump at the 2013 West Hollywood Pride Parade
Year Show Role Notes
1973 A Touch of Class Julia Allessio Uncredited
1974 John Halifax, Gentleman Ursula March Episode: "Episode #1.1"
1976 Katy Mary 2 episodes
1978 Killer's Moon Anne
1979 Kids Lucille Wyatt 4 episodes
1980 The Wildcats of St. Trinian's Ursula
1980 Leap in the Dark Jackie Episode: "Jack Be Nimble"
1981 Sunday Night Thriller Young Eliane Label Episode: "I Thought They Died Years Ago"
1982 Something in Disguise Sandra Mount 2 episodes
1983 ABC Mantrap Samantha
1990 Absolutely ABC Samantha Episode: "Poison Arrow"
1993 Silk Stalkings Coleen Osgood Episode: "Team Spirit"
1995 Separate Lives Heidi Porter
1995 Baywatch Nights Margo Curtis Episode: "Just a Gigolo"
2014 The Comeback Lisa Vanderpump Episode: "Valerie Makes a Pilot"

As herself[edit]

Year Show Notes
2010–2019 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 138 episodes
2010 Top Chef: Just Desserts 1 episode
2012 2012 Hero Dog Awards TV special
2012 Miss Universe 2012 Judge
2013–present Vanderpump Rules 72 episodes
2013 Dancing with the Stars Sixteenth season; 8 episodes
2013 Any Given Tuesday Short film
2014 Kitten Bowl Television film
2014 "G.U.Y. - An ARTPOP Film" Music video by Lady Gaga
2014 Miss Universe 2014 Judge
2016 Almost Royal Episode: "Work"
2017 The Road To Yulin And Beyond Documentary, also producer

Published works[edit]

  • Vanderpump, Lisa (2011). Simply Divine: A Guide to Easy, Elegant, and Affordable Entertaining. Running Press. ISBN 978-0762449231.


  1. ^ "Lisa Vanderpump - Bio". Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  2. ^ a b "BIO". Lisa Vanderpump. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
  3. ^ Pingback: TGIF Links – I Need My Fix (15 October 2010). "PHOTOS VIDEOS Meet Lisa Vanderpump from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills". Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  4. ^ Nick Curtis (19 August 2002). "Baywatch babe turns club queen". Archived from the original on 18 January 2013. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  5. ^ "'80s music video vixens: Where are they now?". Fox News. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  6. ^ Wetpaint Visitor. "Flashback! Lisa Vanderpump Stars in '80s Music Video By Naked Eyes - Video - Real Housewives of Beverly Hills". Retrieved 19 March 2013.[better source needed]
  7. ^ "Dorothy Hamill and Andy Dick among 'Dancing' stars". New York Post. 26 February 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  8. ^ Jacquie OliveriusCorrespondent. "'Dancing With the Stars': Season 16 begins with sweet surprises, plus a real stinker - San Jose Mercury News". Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  9. ^ "Vanderpump Rules The Feast".
  10. ^ "Lisa Vanderpump, Ken Todd Named In Fraud Lawsuit Over Business Deal Gone Wrong". 15 August 2013. Retrieved 22 February 2014.
  11. ^ "Inspiration Awards USA - Nominess & Voting - Lisa Vanderpump". Archived from the original on 23 March 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
  12. ^ "Is there anything she can't do? Lisa Vanderpump celebrates the launch of her new homewares collection with a soiree thrown at her latest hotspot PUMP". London: 7 November 2014.
  13. ^ "About us - Vanderpump Pets". Archived from the original on 18 November 2016. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  14. ^ "Vandermojis by Lisa Vanderpump". iTunes. Apple Inc. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  15. ^ Vanderpump, Lisa (25 October 2016). "Ok guys, are you ready for this? It's very funny!! #Vandermojis launch today !!!". Instagram. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  16. ^ "Equality California to Celebrate Civil Rights Champions at Palm Springs Equality Awards". Equality California. 9 August 2015. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  17. ^ a b Larkin, Mike (5 October 2015). "Real Housewives unleashed! Lisa Vanderpump and Kyle Richards lead way as ladies appear at Stop Yulin dog walk protest". The Daily Mail. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  18. ^ Daryl, John. "Vanderpump Dogs :: Events". Archived from the original on 18 November 2016. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  19. ^ Nick Curtis (19 August 2002). "Baywatch babe turns lub queen - Music - Going Out - London Evening Standard". Archived from the original on 28 October 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
  20. ^ Holder, Margaret (16 September 2011). "Everything Happens at Once for Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Lisa Vanderpump". The Morton Report. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  21. ^ "When Did Lisa Vanderpump Adopt Max? You Asked, We Answer!". WetPaint. 18 February 2013.
  22. ^ Descant, Skip (30 July 2014). "Lisa Vanderpump joins Palm Springs Walk of Stars". The Desert Sun. Palm Springs, California: Gannett.

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