Last week I had the opportunity to speak to Marisa Zanuck, the new Housewife in training on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Marisa is definitely frank, outspoken, and unafraid to give her opinion – which means she'll be perfect for the show! Marisa joined the show as a friend of Kyle Richards and although she's nervous about the reaction to her debut she's excited to share her unconventional but fabulous BH life with viewers.
Marisa discussed her experience filming with the girls, and most importantly dished on who's a bitch, who's awesome, and who's exactly the same behind the scenes as they are on camera!
Below is an excerpt from our conversation.
Why Did You Decide To Join RHOBH?
"I decided to do the show because I thought it would be a lot of fun. I know Kyle really well. I thought it could open up some doors or maybe expose me to the world in a way that I wouldn't normally be exposed."
Do You Think Kyle Is Accurately Portrayed On The Show?
"Yes. 100 percent."
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Adrienne Maloof and Brandi Glanville have been at each other's throats since last year's reunion. And things are about to explode staring with tonight's Real Housewives of Beverly Hills episode. The former friends (Adrienne reportedly got Brandi cast for the show!) get into an argument over Adrienne's marital problems.
“Adrienne and Brandi get into a HUGE fight about Adrienne and Paul [Nassif]’s marriage,” an insider dishes to NY Daily News.
Apparently the fight began over Adrienne misrepresenting herself to cameras – including behaving as if her marriage was fine while the entire cast knew things were very rocky between Adrienne and Paul!
“Adrienne has been very controlling about what she allows the cameras to film because she wants to project a certain image of having the perfect life,” the insider explains.
know what they say…if you're not being featured on every episode of a reality show, the best thing you can do is make the media rounds so people either A) don't forget about you, or B) (in the case of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' "star" Marisa Zanuck) know who you are before you're ever seen on the small screen. We won't see Marisa until the eighth episode of RHOBH (yes, you read that correctly…THE EIGHTH!! That's not even a friend of a housewife, is it Dana Wilkey?), but she's bombarding our favorite blogs with controversial interviews. I may just like her. :)
You may recall Marisa has already talked smack about Real Housewives of New Jersey'sTeresa Giudice and revealed that Lisa Vanderpump is nice…when the cameras are rolling. Now, she's talking about how awful her co-star Taylor Armstrong is. The lady is all about making friends, isn't she? Not that I blame her…with the exception of my pink puff of fabulousness known as Jiggy's mom, I think she's probably spot-on with her personality perceptions.
Finally, a new housewife that I'm super excited to see! I have always held a special place in my heart for the ladies of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. It's not because I like their personalities more than the women of the other franchises. I think I'm just enthralled with their amazing lifestyles. They are head and shoulders above the other housewives when it comes to vacation homes, couture, and bling. I'm addicted!
What's even more exciting about the RHOBH cast is that the newbies are stirring up more drama than their veteran counterparts. You have to love when a new addition comes into the situation with guns blazing. It's awesome. Having already decided that Yolanda Foster was going to be my dark horse favorite, I am disappointed in myself for not giving more credit to Marisa Zanuck. As viewers, we haven't been introduced to this firecracker yet, but she's already schooled in working the media. How can you not respect that?
Speaking to RumorFix at the grand opening of Splits Richards new boutique (Hey! Why wasn't RT invited, Splits?!) Marisa dishes on RHONJ and her words weren't exactly kind.
"I don’t like the New Jersey Housewives. I’m so sick of seeing Teresa [Giudice] and her family fight. It’s annoying. I don’t want to see it anymore," Marisa lamented. See – even OTHER housewives are tired of the toxicity, it's not just for plebian viewers anymore. What are you going to do about THAT, Cohen?
“Taylor’s appearances on Housewives will be greatly reduced,” a source reveals to HollywoodLife. “The producers want to make room for two new housewives.” The new wives are reportedly Yolanda Hadid and Marisa Zanuck.
“For all we know, Taylor might just quit the show if her role is diminished too much. That’s what happened to Camille Grammer. She said ‘Forget it,’ when she found out she would hardly be in the next season,” the source shares.
“The producers don’t want to concentrate on Taylor anymore,” the source continues. “They want a fresh start and new storylines.” And given the fan reaction to Taylor, particularly this past season, it’s perhaps in the show’s best interest to move in a more positive direction.
Which is why the embattled Kim Richards is also being added into the Friends of Housewives category. “Kim will also make some appearances, be they will be minimal,” the source explains.
The even better news, is that regardless of whether Taylor quits–or is fired–we likely won’t be seeing her on TV anywhere else! “All the housewives have signed two-year contracts with Bravo. So even if Taylor doesn’t come back, she can’t do another reality show for at least another year — and same goes for Camille and Kim.”
Moving on, Russell Armstrong is in the news again. Before his death, Russell took out a $1 Million dollar life insurance policy and named his ex-wife Barbara Fredrickson the trustee for an insurance trust that would benefit Russell’s eldest son.
The policy holder, American General Life Insurance Co. filed a claim in California Superior Court requesting a judge determine whether Barbara is in fact the entitled beneficiary who retains the rights to the policy, OR if it should be turned over to the estate of Russell Armstrong, aka The Armstrong Family Trust. The Armstrong Family Trust is reportedly held in an off-shore Cook Island account. And guess who allegedly presides over that account? If you guessed, Taylor – you guessed correctly!
In fact, Taylor is currently being sued by MyMedicalRecords for hiding missing investor monies. Their attorneys believe much of that money is possibly being sheltered in that same account.
But back to the life insurance policy, according to Courthouse News Service, American General is “ready, willing and able to pay the life insurance proceeds” but that “there are actual and conflicting claims relating” to the policy.
Barbara believes she is still entitled to that money, and submitted claim for the policy on January 9, 2012. Unfortunately, “Upon review of the claim, American General contacted Fredrickson requesting a copy of the trust agreement to facilitate payment of the death benefit. Fredrickson has been unable to locate a copy of any trust created by decedent.”
“Therefore, there existed no written appointment of Fredrickson as trustee. American General is informed and believes and on that basis alleges that Russell Armstrong never created an irrevocable life insurance trust for the benefit of A.A. prior to his death.” A.A. denotes Russell’s son, Aiden Armstrong, 13.
Barbara is unable to prove she is legally entitled to the money, because she no longer has the deed (if said deed ever existed), it will be distributed to the Armstrong estate – unless a judge rules in Barbara’s favor. The money has already been turned over to the court, who will then distribute it to its rightful owner following deliberation.
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WILL TAYLOR LEAVE RHOBH? ARE YOU SURPRISED KIM AND TAYLOR’S ROLES ARE BEING REDUCED? THOUGHTS ON RUSSELL’S LIFE INSURANCE POLICY – IS BARBARA THE RIGHTFUL BENEFICIARY?
Well, it looks as if one of the lovely ladies of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills may not be returning next season! Rumor has it, Bravo has decided to add the very wealthy and well-connected socialite Marisa Zanuck to the cast.
The NY Post is reporting that Marisa–who previously appeared on HGTV’s Selling LA–will be adding Housewife to her résumé. Marisa comes with quite the prestigious background, the mother of two is married to famed producer Dean Zanuck, who is the grandson of Darryl F. Zanuck, co-founder of 20th Century Fox!
If you’re wondering how they were able to convince a woman of that pedigree to associate with the likes of Taylor Armstrong; Marisa unsurprisingly has a connection to Kyle and Kim Richards! Marisa is a real estate agent for Hilton & Hyland, which is owned by Rick Hilton who happens to be the husband of Kathy Hilton who, as you know, happens to be the sister of Kim and Kyle!
Marisa is in the photo above with her husband Dean! A larger image is below.
Marisa hasn’t confirmed her participation yet and a Bravo rep isn’t saying it’s a definite but she sounds like a pretty impressive choice to join the cast. In fact, according to RadarOnline Bravo hasn’t made any definite decisions on whose returning for season three – even though filming is slated to begin in three weeks!
“All of the women are waiting for the season three contracts, but Bravo hasn’t given them out yet and tensions are running very high with the anticipation,” an insider revealed. “They all have been scheduled to attend the NBC Upfronts in a few weeks, but they still don’t know if they’re going to be signed again or what the details even are.”
“All of the ladies are all hoping and expecting to be asked back,” the source said following last season’s very high ratings, but Bravo won’t tell them one way or another if it’s a definite. Previous reports have claimed Camille Grammer and Lisa Vanderpump may not want to return.
“They could all get together and make demands if Bravo drags their feet, but they all want to continue being on the show so they’re eager to resolve this peacefully and get their contracts soon,” the insider adds.
Here’s hoping they’re trying to class next season up and Bravo will be pink slipping some of the, um, less refined ladies. Or maybe, they are going the Real Housewives of New York route and doing a complete cast reboot. I can think of a few of these broads I’d like to see retire!
Moving onto a woman who will most likely be officially added to next season’s cast, spurned wife Brandi Glanville is planning to write a tell-all about her marriage to the philandering Eddie Cibrian! We-eh-ell… now that’s a Housewives book I may actually buy. And just when she seemed to be getting along with Eddie’s former mistress, now wife, LeAnn Rimes!
Brandi covertly announced the news via Twitter when she teased, “Brunch with my fav book agent Michael B and fav RHOBH boss Alex B.” Brandi wants you to know this is not another case of the Bravo Home Shopping Network. No, was planning to unleash her story long before reality television entered her life. It’s just that no one was interested in her story because no one knew who she was! Now that she has a little name recognition she’s picking up where she left off.
“mine has been a long time coming its about surviving divorce,no 1 wanted it until I got the show tho.Can’t speak 4 others,” she explained when fans questioned if she was just doing this because of Housewives.
No word on when Brandi’s book will actually be published or who’s actually writing it but let’s hope it fares better than Taylor’s attempt at non-fiction! If you want a good read, check out her reviews on Amazon. Scathing, to say the least!
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