Robin Douglas Leach|
29 August 1941
London, United Kingdom
|Residence||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Occupation||Television personality, entertainment reporter, writer, columnist|
Robin Douglas Leach (born 29 August 1941) is an English entertainment reporter and writer from London, best known for hosting his first show, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous from 1984 to 1995, which focused on profiling well-known celebrities and their lavish homes, cars and other materialistic details. His voice is often parodied by other actors with his signature phrase, "champagne wishes and caviar dreams." During the final season, he was assisted by Shari Belafonte, and the show was renamed Lifestyles with Robin Leach and Shari Belafonte. He resides in Las Vegas. On November 21, 2017, Leach suffered a stroke while on vacation in Cabo San Lucas.
Leach was born in London, the son of Violet Victoria (Phillips) and Douglas Thomas Leach, a sales executive. During grammar school at Harrow High School, 10 miles (16 km) from London, he edited a school magazine, The Gayton Times, at age 14. At age 15 he became a general news reporter for the Harrow Observer and started a monthly glossy town magazine at age 17.
Leach moved on to the Daily Mail as Britain's youngest "Page One" reporter, at age 18. In 1963, he immigrated to the United States and wrote for a number of publications (New York Daily News, People, Ladies Home Journal etc.) before launching GO Magazine and then was show business editor of The Star.
He got his TV start as a regular contributor to AM Los Angeles, with Regis Philbin & Sarah Purcell on KABC-TV. Other television work includes reporting for People Tonight, on CNN and Entertainment Tonight and helping start Good Morning Australia, as well as the Food Network. Leach was also a guest at the World Wrestling Federation's WrestleMania IV, where he read the rules for the championship tournament. In 1993, for the Fox network, Leach hosted an exposé documentary of Madonna titled "Madonna Xposed." The documentary was a biography of Madonna focusing on her career and publicity stunts. Before the documentary aired, he gave Madonna a cell phone number; he claimed that at any point during the airing Madonna could call Leach and argue any point. Madonna never called and the documentary continued without incident. He also hosted Lifestyles spinoff Fame, Fortune and Romance, along with future Today Show host Matt Lauer.
Since 1999, he has resided in Las Vegas. He wrote for the Las Vegas Sun and the daily VegasDeluxe.com website from 2008 through June 2016, when he was hired by Sheldon Adelson's Las Vegas Review Journal.
Leach appeared in the documentary film Maxed Out in 2006, which chronicled the rise of the credit card industry in the U.S. along with increased personal debt among working class people and criticized that industry's practices. Leach remarks, "Nobody would watch Lifestyles of the Poor and Unknown". The comment was highlighted by a review in the Baltimore Sun.
In popular culture
- He is parodied in Ice Cube's skit song "Robin Lench" from the 1991 album Death Certificate.
- He is parodied by Dana Carvey on SNL's Weekend Update with Dennis Miller.
- He is parodied in the Tiny Toon Adventures episode "Henny Youngman Day."
- He is referenced in the 2007 song "Glamorous" by Fergie featuring. Ludacris. During his appearance in the song, Ludacris raps "Lifestyles so rich and famous, Robin Leach'll get jealous".
- He is also referenced in Notorious B.I.G's 1994 single Juicy.
- "RJ columnist Robin Leach recovering from mini-stroke". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 2017-11-28. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
- "Robin Leach Biography (1941-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2015-10-25.
- "GO Magazine". Musicradio 77 WABC. Retrieved 14 September 2013.
GO Magazine was a North America-wide free newspaper/magazine that was distributed between 1967 and 1969.
- O'Connor, John J. (June 19, 1986). "TV REVIEWS; 'FAME, FORTUNE AND ROMANCE,' A NEW SERIES ON 7". The New York Times.
- Heffernan, Virginia (May 9, 2003). "Matt Lauer Sees a Serious Place". Slate.
- "Las Vegas Review-Journal To Expand Focus On Celebrity, Entertainment News". Archived from the original on 19 September 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
- "Robin Leach's Las Vegas Celebrity Watch". Greenspun Interactive Media. Retrieved 19 December 2008.
- REVIEW-JOURNAL, MIKE WEATHERFORD LAS VEGAS (2016-06-24). "Robin Leach joining RJ to expand celebrity, lifestyle coverage". Retrieved 2016-08-18.
- Eileen Ambrose. "Movie about credit-card woes was to be a comedy". Baltimore Sun.
- "Dana Carvey as Robin Leach". Yahoo Screen. 4 September 2013. Archived from the original on 10 February 2015. Retrieved 22 May 2015.
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