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Monday, April 30, 2012

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Dutch model Yolanda Hadid is set to replace Camille Grammer on the third series of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.  She is the fourth wife of Grammy-award winning Canadian producer and songwriter David Foster.  Yolanda already has a good friend in the group, she bonded with Lisa Vanderpump while she was married to Mohammed Hadid.

Critics of the show say it is an obscene tribute to materialism and how a group of shallow women who reside in luxurious mansions have nothing better to do than organize lavish parties for their friends.  It's also being said that the tragic circumstances that came out of the blue were in very bad taste and handled badly by the producers.

The pressure got too much for Taylor Armstrong's husband and he couldn't keep up.  He got himself into serious financial trouble and one night after a bitter argument, he beat her so badly, she almost lost an eye.  He moved out of the house and four weeks after Taylor filed for divorce, he hanged himself.

Because Russell had nothing left to leave Taylor and their daughter in his will, people are wondering how Taylor will survive financially.  To boost her finances she has written a tell-all book about her life with Russell which was met with contempt by many, especially Russell's family.  She is well outside the league of the other women as far as finances are concerned.

Lebanese couple Adrienne Maloof and husband, plastic surgeon Dr Paul Nassif are rolling in money.  Adrienne co-owns the Maloof group of companies which includes Palms Casino Resort in Las Vagas and the Sacramento Kings basketball team.  She is also a philanthropist and successful shoe designer.

British born Lisa Vanderpump-Todd is also very wealthy.  She and husband Ken have been married for almost 30 years and Lisa is a successful designer of houses, yachts, and all 26 bars and restaurants the couple owned in London.  They have downsized to two restaurants - one in Beverly Hills and the other in West Hollywood.  Lisa recently announced she would be taking part in her own spin-off show called Sur, which will follow behind the scenes action at her Hollywood restaurant and lounge.

Actress Kyle Richards is married to Mauricio Umansky, a Mexican real estate developer said to be worth $100 million acquired through his successful high-end, luxury real estate firm in California, the Umansky Group.  Kyle's sister Kim was accused of taking drugs because she spent so much time in the bathroom and even though she vehemently denied it, she checked into rehab in December and has now completed her treatment.

Last Friday, Taylor Armstrong lost a round in a lawsuit brought against the couple by an online provider of health records  Russell had been the largest shareholder in the company and when they found that he had allegedly misappropriated investor money and diverted shares of the company, he was removed from the board.  He settled with the company for $250,000 but under the terms of settlement, Armstrong was required to identify the people he sold shares to and when he failed to do so, he and his wife were sued for breach of contract for $1.5 million.

The latest photos of Taylor have those in the know talking, she looks different.  Miami plastic surgeon Dr Michael Salzhauer said "It looks like Taylor maintains her beautiful looks with a little help from Botox to her forehead and around the eyes and dermal fillers such as Radiesse or Juvederm to give her those plump lips and full cheeks."