Shana Lynette Hughes
June 10, 1971
|Other names||Shana Taylor, Shana Ford, Taylor Ford|
|Television||The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills|
The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip
The Real Housewives of Orange County
(m. 2005; died 2011)
Taylor Armstrong (born Shana Lynette Hughes; June 10, 1971) is an American television personality. She is known as an original cast member of the Bravo reality series, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. In 2022, it was announced that she would join The Real Housewives of Orange County, making her the first American housewife to transfer franchises.
After starring in the show's first three seasons from 2010 until 2013, Armstrong continued to make guest appearances on the Beverly Hills installment between 2013 and 2016. In June 2022, Armstrong starred in the second season of The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip.
Armstrong was born Shana Lynette Hughes in Independence, Kansas, on June 10, 1971. Her family later left Kansas for Tulsa, Oklahoma, where Armstrong attended Union High School and was a cheerleader. She graduated in 1989. She later changed her name to Taylor Ford and moved to Beverly Hills, California, after starting her own e-commerce business. She met her future husband, venture capitalist Russell Armstrong, at a local restaurant in Beverly Hills while waiting to be seated. The two married less than a year later, and Armstrong gave birth to their only child, a daughter named Kennedy Caroline Armstrong, who was born in 2006.
Armstrong first appeared in the public spotlight in 2010, as part of the cast of the Bravo reality television series The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. During the series' run, Armstrong's appearance on the show was plagued by rumors of financial issues and domestic violence, and she later confirmed that she had been physically abused by Russell Armstrong and had to undergo reconstructive surgery for an orbital fracture after being hit by him.
In July 2011, after the filming of the second season of Real Housewives, she filed for divorce, citing verbal and physical abuse. The next month, her estranged abusive husband died by suicide; she found his body on August 15, 2011, dead from an apparent hanging, at a home he rented on Mulholland Drive following their separation.
In June 2022, Armstrong starred in season two of The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip, which premiered on Peacock. Filming was completed in September 2021 at Dorinda Medley’s Blue Stone Manor in The Berkshires.
On August 1, 2022, it was announced that Armstrong would be joining The Real Housewives of Orange County as a "friend of the housewives" for the seventeenth season, making her the first housewife to switch franchises.
Armstrong came out as bisexual on an episode of The Real Housewives of Orange County on June 28, 2023, and mentioned in that episode that she had been in a five-year relationship with a woman before she was married to Russell.
On November 29, 2023, it was revealed that Armstrong would not be returning to The Real Housewives of Orange County, after only one season.
In 2019, a screen-capture of Armstrong on the second season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills was used in an Internet meme called "woman yelling at a cat". The meme depicts an upset Armstrong during a heated discussion about her husband's alleged abuse juxtaposed with a photograph of a cat named Smudge. Armstrong reacted positively to the meme. She also talked about her relationship with her ex husband.
|2008||The Hills||Herself||Episode: "When Lauren's Away..."|
|2010–2016||The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills||Herself||Series Regular (Seasons 1–3) |
Guest (Seasons 4–6)
|2014||Couples Therapy||Herself||Season 4|
|2022||The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip||Herself||Season 2|
|2023||The Real Housewives of Orange County||Herself||Friend of (Season 17)|
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Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alum Taylor Armstrong will be back on Bravo again, this time as cast member on The Real Housewives of Orange County!
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- Quinn, Dave (November 29, 2023). "Taylor Armstrong Exits RHOC After 1 Season as a Friend: 'Wishing the Ladies All the Best'". People.
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