Remember when Taylor Armstrong was on Season 1 of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills? One, or rather two, things were obvious: Taylor had enormously plump lips, and she loved her cocktails. Her marriage to Russell Armstrong was a big storyline on early seasons, as well as the extravagant parties that the duo threw for their beloved daughter, Kennedy Armstrong.
In a shocking turn of events, Russell died of an apparent suicide on August 16, 2011. Russell was dealing with legal issues, such as several lawsuits and bankruptcy. Less than a month earlier, Taylor had filed for divorce. She also alleged that Russell physically and mentally abused her. This was a disturbingly dark period in Housewives history.
This week we celebrate Kyle Richards‘ birthday, a momentous Bravo occasion if ever there was one, because it is Kyle who brought us kaftans. I cried tears of warm rosé to learn that Kaftans By KyleKantoo closed last year, because how else am I going to satisfy my dream of being shrouded in polyester satin leopard print, weighed down by giant rhinestones and chopped off at the mid-thigh? I guess I’ll have to travel all the way to Beverly Hills to raid Kyle’s closet!
So anyway, follow me as we go on a journey of Kyle’s best (and by ‘best’ I mean WORST!) and most infamous moments on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
Most of Kyle’s notable moments are connected to Kim Richards. The Twisted Sisters Richards have formed the cornerstone of this show’s consistent focus of very real family dysfunction from practically the very first episode.
In the wake of Luann de Lesseps‘ trip to rehab, former (and present) stars of Real Housewives Of New York and other franchises are speaking out about the producers’ tactics to allegedly push alcohol on the women in an effort to solicit big drama. This accusation is nothing new, but the details are quite illuminating and provide an interesting testimony for the behind-the-scenes workings of the show.
Spurned Housewives Aviva Drescher and Kelly Bensimon tell their stories, with tidbits added from Heather Thomson (who quit the show), Gretchen Rossi, and others about their experiences.
Aviva, known for the infamous prosthetic leg toss on the finale of season 6, was part of the RHONY cast reboot after season 4 and appeared on the show for two seasons (“writer girl“). Kelly, obviously, is notorious for her feuds with Bethenny Frankel culminating in Scary Island. Both women, along with some current housewives who chose to remain anonymous, claim there is a vested interest to push booze on the cast – even if it’s clearly against their best interest.
Anyone who watches Real Housewives of Orange County knows that Kelly Dodd does not hold back when she has a drink or two in her. Hell, she doesn’t hold back when she’s dead sober. This season Kelly managed to be to strike that perfect balance of being a “tell it like it is” person and someone who is likable and enjoyable to watch.
Now that the
worst season in RHOC history is over and the reunion episodes have aired, Kelly is spilling all of the details on what really went down behind the scenes. She gets into why she didn’t go with Vicki Gunvalson to the Iceland hospital, why production had no idea Kelly was going to be at The Quiet Woman the night Shannon Beador threw a full plate of food at her, and which cast members need to get the boot next season.
We’ve been ranking all the Real Housewives from every season, every franchise and its finally down to the final few. The queens of Bravo, if you will. Click here for Part 1 and Part 2 of our ranking.
What separates a good Housewife from a great one? For me, it’s the longevity of their dramas. Will their actions or comments forever define a franchise as Teresa Giudice‘s table flip did for New Jersey, or NeNe Leakes‘ “Close your legs to married men, Wig!” on Atlanta? A great Housewife doesn’t necessarily have to be likable, but she does have to be memorable, and defining. When you think of a particular show which Housewife comes to mind.
Below, is our top Housewives from Real Housewives Of New Jersey, Real Housewives Of Potomac, Real Housewives Of New York, Beverly Hills, Atlanta, Dallas, Miami, and Orange County.
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Last night Lisa Vanderpump celebrated her first Vanderpump Dog Foundation Gala with friends, family, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules co-stars and former co-stars.
Lisa was joined by past RHOBH stars Taylor Armstrong and Joyce Giraud, current co-stars Eden Sassoon, Kyle Richards and Dorit Kemsley, and most of the Vanderpump Rules cast: Lala Kent, James Kennedy, Jax Taylor, Tom Sandoval, Katie Maloney, Scheana Shay and more. Sidenote: Why is Shay almost NEVER with Scheana?
Also spotted: Mohamed Hadid, Little Women: LA star Christy McGinty, Million Dollar Listing star David Parnes, Lance Bass (who is on the 2016 Honorary Board for the foundation), Real Housewives of Dallas star Stephanie Hollman and more.
The event included music, cocktails, a silent auction and more, all benefiting Lisa’s new foundation.
Happy Friday! What better way to spend your last few minutes at work than browsing some reality star pics? Check out what they’ve been up to this week.
Lisa Vanderpump and her crew had some fun at the Daily Mail Summer White Party at Pump, where James Kennedy DJ’ed and hung out with gorgeous fiance Raquel Leviss. Also attending: Kyle Richards, RHOBH newbie Dorit Kemsley, former Housewife Taylor Armstrong and more.
Abby Lee Miller, Tori Spelling and others posed at the premiere of “Bad Moms.” Melissa Gorga was photographed fixing her pedicure outside her house and there are many more sightings in the gallery below.