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Taylor Armstrong to be the “business woman” in the group. (http://www.prweb.com/releases/prweb2010/09/prweb4449204.htm)
Let’s take a look back at The Daily Truffle‘s posts about how the RHOBH evolved… from the casting call to filming…
March 21, 2010… the original casting call:
> UNTITILED BRAVO SHOW
> Evolution Media, producers of “The Real Housewives of Orange County,”
> is casting its next show in the Beverly Hills area. We are seeking
> upscale, affluent women living fabulous and glamorous lives.
> Bravo is looking for outgoing, exciting, strong, focused women who
> reside in and around the Beverly Hills area that want to share their
> lives. We are looking for women who are lively and energetic, with
> defined opinions and views. Our featured women should have busy lives,
> be involved with the community, have a strong work ethic, and an active
> social calendar. Most importantly, they should be enjoying the good
> The women, significant others and families must be open to sharing
> their experiences with the producers and the television audience.
> Please email your: name, age, a bit about you, where you live, a
> current photo(s) and a contact phone number!
I immediately thought of a few names that could really elevate the show from the nasty not-so-real or even realisitcly wealthy Real Housewives elsewhere on their other shows. Money is hardly about show, showing off and showing down. Money in Beverly Hills does not give you bragging rights – in fact it’s purpose is to allow you to live far above that.
For a very long time, Bravo and Evolution deliberated over 2 groups of 5 very qualified women. And along the way word on the streets of Beverly Hills changed and swayed … but it became very clear Kyle Richards would be the shoe-in.
Kyle is beautiful and very well known around town. She is sisters of Kim Ricahrds, a very much loved child actress from Race to Witch Mountain and also Tuff Turf with James Spador! Kyle and her husband Mauricio Umansky were living in Bel Air near Mulholland – though I hear the home was recently for sale.
The second Beverly Hills Housewife we heard about is a woman named Lisa Todd who was once Lisa Vanderpump and quite a sexy dish on Baywatch. Lisa married Kenneth Todd, a realtor, and lives in Beverly Park. Lisa and Kyle are said to be good friends.
The third Beverly Hills Housewife I got so excited about, I practically fell of my chair, is really the one to watch when the show airs, and even as it begins taping this month in March.
This woman is Adrienne Maloof.
Adrianne Maloof is important for so many reasons to Bevelry Hills, California and the West Coast for indusrial, financial and social reasons. She is the daughter of Colleen & George J. Maloof, Sr., and sister of the four Maloof brothers Joe Maloof, Gavin Maloof, George J. Maloof, Jr. and Phil Maloof.
These are big names in Las Vegas and throughout California. They have owned the Sacramento Kings and the home stadium, ARCO Arena, and The Palms hotel and casino in Las Vegas. George Maloof, Jr. is the most high-profile of all the children and is a regular with younger celebrity circles, like Paris Hilton, etc.
E! News recently claimed to know the final two housewives, as had numerous other websites throughout the last year, including Nicole Richie’s mom, Kelsey Grammer’s wife and Kyle Richard’s sister, but we have heard nothing that convinces us yet. Obviously Kyle’s sister could be an obvious choice, but I wonder why Bravo would loose 1/5 of their story lines since the two are always together and that could really just up being one for the price of two. We have also heard one of Adrienne’s bff’s could be cast, name will not be mentioned PER BRAVO’s polite request. And the rumors about Kelsey Grammer’s wife and Nicole Richie’s mom … well, we havent heard anything about those two … yet.
Production of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills officially begins in March and the cast has a 10 month commitment, and The Daily Truffle is sooooooo excited!!!
TOLDJA!! BRAVO finally announces the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills!!
UPDATE: DECEMBER 13, 2010: Real Housewives of Beverly Hills has spurred casting for a second show – this time a multipart documentary about women in Beverly Hills Read more here.
As many of you know, The Daily Truffle is written by a bunch of friends who grew up together in Beverly Hills. So of course it has been common knowlege on the “street” for quite some time this show was happening! We were even asked to help cast it and suggested many of the women who were in the final 10!! Bravo choose 6 of those 10:
- Adrienne Maloof (who we know as the Maloof’s sister who throws the best Christmas party in town)
- Kyle & Kim Richards (who we know as Nicky & Paris Hilton’s aunts)
- Lisa Todd Vanderpump (who we know as a Baywatch babe and co-owner of a newer restaurant on Camden and Brighton)
- Taylor Ford Armstrong (who we know as a philanthropist and Kyle’s friend)
- Camille Grammer (who we dont know but hear is Kelsey Grammer’s ex wife and a former playboy bunny)
Here is our post from 2009:
“We hear Kyle & Kim Richards, aunts of Paris Hilton, are signed to the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills … shhhhh!”
Kathy Hilton, Kim Richards, Kyle Richards – Photo by © Glenn Harris
Though Bravo has not confirmed it, I’ve have heard several reports that at least one of Kathy Hilton’s beautiful sisters could very well be the belle of Bravo’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, which officially begins production in March!
Bravo has been deliberating between two groups of five hopeful Beverly Hills housewives since the Spring but I have just gotten word production will begin in March, which means its decision time!
“Bravo wanted to build the cast around some Hiltons, yes Kyle is one of them, I think Kim too … but it ain’t over till the fat lady sings ” – an anonymous source close to the project told The Daily Truffle
My source also tells me Lisa Todd, owner of Villa Blanca in Beverly Hills, and a close friend of Kyle, is in the running as well.
Sources also say it’s possible Kim will be cast or else she could be featured in sister Kyle’s scenes.
The source says: “Production officially begins in March and the cast has a 10 month commitment. Bravo is continuing with callbacks now for the remaining spots on the show.”
Kim Richards and Kyle Richards, sisters of Kathy Hilton, is also the aunt of Paris Hilton and Nicky Hilton! First Paris, then Kathy, even Nicky’s boyfriend David Katzenberg has a semi-scripted show on MTV now called “Hard Times”. It makes sense that Kathy’s sisters would follow.
Kyle Richards (born in Hollywood in 1969) is an L.A. native and is five years apart from Kim Richards (born 1964) and ten years apart from Kathy Hilton (nee Kathy Richards, born 1959).
Kyle has been on niece Paris’s two reality series The Simple Life and My New BFF. She is married to Mauricio Umansky, a realtor in Beverly Hills and Beverly Park, at Hilton and Hyland, the same place Paris’ dad Rick Hilton works.
Kim and Kyle were both accomplished actresses – here are some of my favorite credits …
Kim Richards: Escape to Witch Mountain (1975), No Deposit, No Return (1976) and Return to Witch Mountain (1978), Black Snake Moan (2006), Tuff Turf (1985), Meatballs Part II (1984), “Diff’rent Strokes” (1979), “Little House on the Prairie” (1974)
James Spader, Kim Richards and Robert Downey Jr. in”Tuff Turf”
Kyle Richards: “ER” (21 episodes, 1998-2006), “Little House on the Prairie”, Halloween (1979), and episodes of “Love Boat”, “Fantasy Island”, and “Beverly Hills, 90210″. She also played the younger version of her sister’s character in “Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)”. Both sisters were on “Disneyland.”
Kyle and her husband Mauricio Umansky were living in Bel Air near Mulholland – the home is currently for sale for $2,925,000, lowered from $3,450,000.
Lisa Todd aka Lisa Vanderpump Todd co-owns Villa Blanca in Bev Hills with her husband Kevin Todd, a British restaurateur. Lisa is/was an actress; she appeared in “Baywatch” during the mid-1990′s.
If these two are in the show, we will likely be visiting them at their really pretty home in Beverly Park. Pictures of Lisa Todd’s house in Beverly Park:
Last year, we were told the network was still deliberating over two groups of five ladies that had been selected over the summer. Bravo’s Real Housewives of Orange County was cast in much the same process – asking casting directors to develop two story-lines around two different casts – and then letting Bravo executives and producers pick between the two.
I am guessing Bravo was so amped up about the Richards sisters (who wouldnt be!), they have been working with them to develop an agreeable storyline and maybe even have cater to their schedules. Bravo has been quiet about their unexpected delay in casting and it’s almost certainly something along these lines.
The network’s call backs for those extra three spots are still happening – I’ve heard reports on that I’ve been asked not to discuss tell the cast is solidified. But just for fun, here are some hints at the contending finalists – keeping them extremely vague and will NEVER reveal those not cast unless they email me personally at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me it’s ok. Best of luck ladies! – add us on facebook! http://www.facebook.com/dailytruffle
1. not caucasian (out of running – name will not be revealed)
2. has lots of brothers (cast!! cant mention named – per Bravo!) *This was ADRIANNE!
3. an L.A. native (out of running – name will not be revealed)
4. flies (out of running – name will not be revealed)
5. something O (out of running – name will not be revealed)
6. rhymes with Yale (out of running – name will not be revealed)
7. Brentwood dweller (out of running – name will not be revealed)
8. Has 3 names! (cast!! cant mention named – per Bravo!) **This was Taylor Ford Armstrong!!
9. as for the rumor spreading about Nicole Richie’s mother – none of our sources have reported this, yet.
So says Bravo at last ~ March 10, 2010 circa 11:30am ~
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS
The hit Bravo franchise heads to the glamorous city that defines luxurious wealth and pampered privilege, a city where being seen and who you know is everything – Beverly Hills. This one-hour docu-series is being produced by Evolution Media (“The Real Housewives of Orange County”) for Bravo with Douglas Ross, Greg Stewart, Kathleen French and Dave Rupel as executive producers, and Alex Baskin as co-executive producer.