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Lisa Rinna

Lisa Rinna
Rinna modeling at The Heart Truth Fashion Show, 2008.
Born Lisa Deanna Rinna
(1963-07-11) July 11, 1963
Newport Beach, California,  United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 1985–present
Spouse(s) Harry Hamlin
(m. 1997–present)
Children 2
Website .com.lisarinnawww

Lisa Deanna Rinna (born July 11, 1963) is an American television host and actress. She is known for her roles as Billie Reed on Days of Our Lives, Taylor McBride on Melrose Place, and as the host of SoapNet's Soap Talk.


  • Career 1
    • Acting 1.1
    • Hosting and reality television 1.2
    • Modeling 1.3
    • Business owner 1.4
  • Personal life 2
  • Filmography 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5



At age 22, Rinna appeared in the 1985 John Parr "Naughty Naughty" music video as the passenger in Parr's car. Rinna later appeared as the girlfriend to Jason Bateman's character in several episodes of The Hogan Family in 1990. In 1992, she received national recognition when she first starred on NBC's Days of Our Lives as Billie Reed. She departed in 1995, though reprised the role from 2002 to 2003. She later switched from daytime to primetime, portraying Taylor McBride on Aaron Spelling's Melrose Place from 1996 to 1998. Rinna has starred in two projects opposite husband Harry Hamlin, the teen crime-drama Veronica Mars, and the Lifetime movie Sex, Lies & Obsession. Her previous Lifetime movie, Another Woman's Husband, boasted one of the highest ratings for a movie on Lifetime since 1999.[1] She has also appeared in Hannah Montana in the role of Mr. Dontzig's cousin Francesca. She also guest-starred on an episode of Movie Stars for the WB, the first ever on-screen appearance she shared opposite her husband. Rinna got her first role in the feature film Good Advice, starring Charlie Sheen and Jon Lovitz, and recently appeared in an episode of HBO's Entourage. In 2009, Rinna stated that she would love to reprise her role of Taylor McBride on CW's revival Melrose Place, if given the offer,[1] however the series was cancelled after only one season.

Rinna at the 81st Academy Awards in 2009

In February 2009, Rinna starred in the Broadway production of Chicago, portraying the role of Roxie Hart, alongside her husband, who played the role of Billy Flynn.[2] In 2011, Rinna guest starred on Nickelodeon's Big Time Rush as Brooke Diamond. Later that year, it was confirmed that Rinna would again reprise the role of Billie Reed on Days of our Lives. She reported to work in December, with her first scenes airing March 9, 2012.[3][4] However, in August 2012, it was confirmed by Huffington Post that Rinna would once again leave the soap to develop a panel-focused talk show.[5]

Hosting and reality television

In 2002, Rinna was named co-host of Soap Talk, the daily lifestyle show that aired on SOAPnet, for which she received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination. In June 2006, SoapNet announced that it was canceling Soap Talk after four seasons due to low ratings.

In August 2007, Rinna replaced Joan Rivers as the host of TV Guide Network's red carpet coverage. In addition to subsequently guest-hosting Live with Regis and Kelly, Rinna also hosted the TV makeover program Merge on Lifetime.

She competed in the second season of Dancing with the Stars with professional Louis van Amstel and was eliminated in Round Seven based on audience voting, despite having higher marks from the judges than fellow celebrity dancer Jerry Rice. Lisa was also featured as a guest judge on the fourth episode of RuPaul's Drag Race.

In 2008, TV Guide reported that Rinna and Hamlin had signed a deal to create a reality TV series based around their family life.[6] The series, titled Harry Loves Lisa, premiered on TV Land on October 6, 2010 and ran for 6 episodes.

In 2011, Rinna participated in Season 4 of Celebrity Apprentice. She was eliminated after being the project manager on the 2nd task, writing and performing a children's book. Rinna returned to the show in its sixth season as one of the "All-Stars" contestants. After being eliminated from that roster, she appeared on the May 13, 2013 episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon with Lil Jon to talk about their time on the show.

In 2014, Rinna joined the cast of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills for the show's fifth season. Earlier in the same year, she had been one of the contestants in the progressive game show/talent competition Sing Your Face Off. (It was not known, as of the middle of August of 2015, whether Rinna had formed any plans to do any singing as herself.)


In 1998, Rinna, while six months pregnant, posed for a nude pictorial and cover shoot for the September issue of Playboy magazine. She later recounted the instructions given to her by Playboy photographer Deborah Anderson: "'I do not want you long and sinewy and angular and muscular. I want you soft...' This was really hard for me because being 35 years old and posing for Playboy, you want to amp it up."[7]

Lisa Rinna modeling at The Heart Truth Fashion Show in 2008

In May 2009, she posed again for Playboy and was its cover model.[8][9]

In 2012 to benefit the charity Dress for Success, she modeled an adult incontinence brief made by Depend under a tight fitting evening gown.[10]

Business owner

Rinna, with husband Harry Hamlin, was the owner of the Belle Gray clothing boutique in Sherman Oaks, California.[11] They closed the store in 2012 because both were busy with their acting careers and no longer had time to manage the store.[12]

In April 2012, Lisa brought her collection to QVC as the Lisa Rinna Collection.[13]

Personal life

Rinna was born in Newport Beach, California, US, the daughter of Lois and Frank Rinna.[14][15][16] At age seven, Lisa moved to Medford, Oregon when her father was transferred there for job-related reasons and attended school there.[16][17] She married actor Harry Hamlin in 1997. They have two daughters, one born in 1998 and another born in 2001. They have performed together in a number of television and film productions, including a commercial for Depend undergarments, as well as portraying a married couple on the first season of the television series Veronica Mars.

She has acknowledged having plastic surgery and having silicone, botox and Juvéderm injections; although she remains fond of botox, she has said that using Juvéderm was a mistake.[18] She made the announcement on Kathie Lee & Hoda (2013) that she had most of the silicone in her lips removed because it became 'hard'.


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Captive Rage Lucy Delacorte
1990 Monday Morning Susan Pevensie
Hogan Family, TheThe Hogan Family Annie Derrick 4 episodes
1991 Lies Before Kisses Adrianne Arness TV movie
Shades of L.A. Holly Episode: "Send Up the Clowns"
Baywatch Kelly Episode: "Thin or Die"
1992 Night Sins/Days of Our Lives Billie Reed TV movie
1992–1995, 2002–2003, 2012–2013 Days of Our Lives September 18, 1992-September 28, 1995; July 3, 2002-January 8, 2003; March 9, 2012-January 30, 2013
1993 Robot Wars Annie
1994 Winter Heat/Days of Our Lives Billie Reed TV movie
1995 Vanished Marielle Delauney
1996–1997 Melrose Place Taylor McBride 66 episodes/recurring role
1997 Close to Danger Jennifer Cole TV movie
1998 House Rules Cassiopa 'Cassie' Devine Episode: "Pilot"
Nick Fury: Agent of Shield Contessa Valentina 'Val' de Allegro Fontaine TV movie
2000 Another Woman's Husband Laurel McArthur
Movie Stars Amy Wells Hunter Episode: "The Seduction of Reese Hardin"
2001 Oh, Baby Michelle Grant TV movie
Sex, Lies & Obsession Joanna Thomas
Good Advice Veronica Simpson
2002 My Adventures in Television Samantha Episode: "The Chinese Baby"
2004 Simple Rules, 88 Simple Rules Holly Episode: "YMCA"
Veronica Mars Lynn Echolls Episode: "Return of the Kane"
Episode: "An Echolls Family Christmas"
2005 Episode: "Clash of the Tritons"
2007 Tease Herself
Entourage Donna Devaney Episode: "Malibooty"
2008 Hannah Montana Francesca Episode: "Killing Me Softly with His Height"
2010 Community Mark's Mom Episode: "The Art of Discourse"
Harry Loves Lisa Herself Lead Role
2011 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself Episode: "The Snatch Game"
Big Time Rush Brooke Diamond Episode: "Big Time Moms"
The Celebrity Apprentice 4 Herself Season 11
2013 All-Star Celebrity Apprentice Season 13
2014 Sing Your Face Off Herself Season 1[19]
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Herself Season 5–present (2014-present)[20]


  1. ^ a b Biography, Lisa Rinna's official website, accessed June 22, 2011.
  2. ^ """Harry Hamlin, Lisa Rinna Hit "Chicago. CBS News. February 11, 2009. 
  3. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (December 12, 2011). "It's Official: Lisa Rinna Returning to 'Days of Our Lives' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  4. ^ Soap Opera Digest, November 15, 2011 Issue: "Discussions are being had, a deal is being struck, but her first airdate wouldn't be for four or give months. If it works out, I will be happy to have her back."
  5. ^ Shutter, Rob (2012-08-23). "Lisa Rinna Leaving 'Days Of Our Lives' For Potential Talk-Show Career".  
  6. ^ Harry Hamlin, Lisa Rinna Snag TV Land Reality Show" TV Guide. December 4, 2008. Retrieved on December 5, 2008.
  7. ^ Elaine Aradillas (February 19, 2009). "Lisa Rinna Reveals Details of Her Playboy Shoot".  
  8. ^ "Lisa Rinna to Pose Nude", OK! magazine, December 19, 2008
  9. ^ Reardanz, Karen (February 27, 2009). "Rinna To Pose for Playboy". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved April 1, 2009. 
  10. ^ Anderson, Tomika (April 13, 2012). "Lisa Rinna Does Depend Underwear Ad For Charity; Actress Raves About 'Fashionable' New Line". KVIA - ABC7. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  11. ^ About Us, Belle Gray, accessed June 22, 2011.
  12. ^ "With Belle Gray Boutique Closing, Celebrity Row Loses Some Sparkle". Sherman Oaks, California Patch. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  13. ^ "Lisa Rinna Collection". Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  14. ^
  15. ^ Staff. "TV mailbag." Houston Chronicle 4 Sep. 1994, TELEVISION: 9. NewsBank. Web. 1 Jan. 2015.
  16. ^ a b
  17. ^ Rinna, Lisa, cast mem. "Medford, 90210." The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Prod. Felicia Banegas, Thomas Kelly, Chaz Morgan, and John Zerone. The Real Housewives. Baravo. 23 Dec. 2014.
  18. ^ "Lisa Rinna: I Am "No Longer" Speaking About Plastic Surgery", US magazine, February 22, 2010
  19. ^ Sing Your Face Off
  20. ^ "It’s Official! Lisa Rinna Signs On To ‘RHOBH’ — Guess Who’s Jealous". Retrieved 9 March 2015. 

External links

  • Lisa Rinna at the Internet Movie Database
  • Lisa Rinna on Twitter
  • Soapnet
  • Belle Gray
  • Official Lisa Rinna website
  • TV.coms' Lisa Rinna page
  • Merge (Host)
  • TheSuperFicial
  • Lisa Rinna on
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Rachel Hunter & Jonathan Roberts
Dancing with the Stars (US) semi-finalist
Season 2 (Winter 2006 with Louis Van Amstel)
Succeeded by
Monique Coleman & Louis Van Amstel
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