Entering show business as a model for the Wilhemina Agency, Lisa Rinna later focused on acting and got her first big break as Billie Holliday Reed (1992-1995; 2002-2003) on NBC’s long-running daytime drama “Days Of Our Lives.” She continued to receive recognition while portraying the back-stabbing Taylor McBride (1996-1998) on Fox’s hit primetime soap “Melrose Place” and co-hosted SOAPnet’s popular “Soap Talk” (2002-2006), which earned her several Daytime Emmy nominations.
Rinna also appeared in a recurring role with her husband, actor Harry Hamlin, on the first season (2004-2005) of UPN’s critically acclaimed teen drama series "Veronica Mars.” She also competed in the second season of ABC’s popular reality show “Dancing with The Stars” and was eliminated in round seven.
No stranger to television, Rinna has appeared in several television movies, including “Night Sins” (1993), “Winter Heat” (1994), “Vanished” (1995), “Close to Danger” (1997), “Another Woman's Husband” (2000) and “Sex, Lies and Obsession” (2001). On the big screen, she could be seen in the films “Captive Rage” (1988), “Monday Morning” (1990), “Robot Wars” (1993) and “Good Advice” (2001). She recently made her Broadway debut in June 2007 playing Roxie Hart in the musical "Chicago," opposite husband Harry Hamlin.
The 5' 7" hazel-eyed, brown-haired, full-lipped beauty was one of People magazine's "100 Most Beautiful People in the World" (May 2007). In 1998, when she was six months pregnant, Rinna caused a stir by posing nude in that year's September edition of the men's magazine Playboy.
As for her private life, Rinna was in a relationship with former “Young and the Restless” star Peter Barton (together for three years in the early 1990s). She has been married to "L.A. Law" star Harry Hamlin since 1997. They have two daughters together.
Childhood and Family:
Daughter to an artistic director father and a mother named Lois Rinna, Lisa Deanna Rinna was born on July 11, 1963, in California and was raised in Medford, Oregon. She has a sister named Nancy Rinna.
In Medford, Oregon, she attended Hoover Elementary, Hedrick Junior High School, Medford Mid-High School and graduated from Medford Senior High School in 1981. She had been a cheerleader from junior high through high school and was known in high school for her skinny legs.
After ending her three-year relationship with former “Young and the Restless” star Peter Barton (born on July 19, 1956; together in the early 1990s), Rinna married actor Harry Hamlin (born on October 30, 1951), who starred in "L.A. Law" and the 1981 fantasy film “Clash of the Titans.” The couple has two daughters together: Amelia Gray (born on June 13, 2001) and Delilah Belle Hamlin (born on June 10, 1998).
While she was six months pregnant with Delilah, Rinna caused a stir when she posed for nude photos published in September 1998's edition of Playboy. She later spoke out on the subject of postpartum depression following her daughters' births.
Rinna and her husband are avid tennis players and try to play each week. She also loves the outdoors and enjoys spending time with her family. Additionally, Rinna likes yoga, scuba diving, snow skiing and going to the movies. Rinna and her family currently reside in Los Angeles.
“I walked into this agency and they said, 'Honey, get back on the bus and go home.'” Lisa Rinna
Graduating from high school in 1981, Lisa Rinna moved to San Francisco, California, and landed a modeling job for the Wilhemina Agency. She modeled until 1987 and then relocated to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. The following year, she made her feature film debut in director Cedric Sundstrom's low-budget action film “Captive Rage,” alongside Robert Vaughn and the late Oliver Reed. Two years later, she made her second film, “Monday Morning” (1990), a thriller by Don Murphy starring Noah Blake and Julianne McNamara.
That same year, Rinna landed the recurring role of Annie, the girlfriend of Jason Bateman's character David, on the NBC sitcom "Valerie.” After making her first made-for-television movie “Lies Before Kisses” (CBS; 1991; starring Jaclyn Smith and Ben Gazzara), Rinna was spotted as a guest in an episode of the drama series "Shades of LA" and the syndicated show "Baywatch."
In 1992, Rinna received national exposure when she starred as Billie Holliday Reed on the NBC long-running daytime drama, “Days Of Our Lives.” She played the role until 1995 and won back-to-back “Soap Opera Digest” awards in 1994 and 1995. She later reprised the role in 2002-2003.
During her “Days Of Our Lives” years, Rinna also co-starred with Don Michael Paul and Barbara Crampton in Albert Band's low budget sci-fi action movie “Robot Wars” (1993). She starred in the TV movies “Night Sins” (1993; alongside John Aniston), “Days of Our Lives: Winter Heat” (1994; she reprised her Billie Reed role) and “Vanished” (1995), NBC's production of Danielle Steel's novel in which she starred opposite George Hamilton.
In 1996, Rinna hit the big time once again when she snagged the role of Taylor McBride on Fox’s primetime soap "Melrose Place." Rinna portrayed the vengeful wife of Rob Estes' Kyle and sister-in-law of Jack Wagner's Peter until 1998.
Lisa also starred in the television movies “Close to Danger” (1997), as a college student typing a manuscript for a psycho novelist (played by "Melrose Place" co-star Rob Estes), and “Nick Fury: Agent of Shield” (1998), the TV version of Marvel Comics heroes in which she co-starred with David Hasselhoff. She also appeared in the pilot episode of the short-lived comedy series "House Rules."
Entering the new millennium, TV audiences could catch Rinna starring opposite Gail O'Grady in the true story-based Lifetime feature “Another Woman's Husband” (2000) and teaming up with real-life husband Harry Hamlin in “Oh, Baby” (2001) and “Sex, Lies & Obsession” (2001; Lifetime). She also had her first major feature film role in Steve Rash's romantic comedy film “Good Advice,” opposite Charlie Sheen, Angie Harmon and Denise Richards.
Next, Rinna was hired to co-host SOAPnet's upbeat and entertaining soap opera talk show “SoapTalk,” alongside Ty Treadwell. She stayed on the show from 2002 to 2006 and earned several Daytime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Talk Show Host.
During her hefty four-year stint on “SoapTalk,” Rinna guest starred in an episode of ABC’s sitcoms "Wednesday 9:30 (8:30 Central)" and "8 Simple Rules... for Dating My Teenage Daughter." She also hosted Lifetime’s short-lived reality series “Merge” (2003) and did promotions and voice-over work for the network.
The subsequent year, Rinna was reunited with off-screen husband Harry Hamlin on UPN’s critically acclaimed teen series starring Kristen Bell, "Veronica Mars." At the end of the show’s first season, Rinna's character committed suicide by leaping off a bridge. During that time, Rinna, who has appeared in a TV commercial for Taco Bell, also starred in a "Winsor Pilates" Infomercial alongside Mari Winsor and Daisy Fuentes.
“I thought that maybe if I look like a dancer, I'll feel like one. I went a little cuckoo. My husband thought I had lost my mind.” Lisa Rinna
2006 saw a tan and toned Rinna compete on ABC’s hit reality series “Dancing with the Stars.” Alongside professional dancer Louis van Amstel, Rinna was the seventh team to be eliminated during the second season.
“Can dancing change your life? Yes. It's changed mine. What I've learned is it's not about how good you are technically. It's about your soul coming through. It's about having fun.” Lisa Rinna
Rinna's “Dancing” exposure helped her land a number of post-result gigs on the red carpet for different shows and networks. She has been on many talk shows, including “The Tyra Banks Show,“ “Access Hollywood” and “Wheel of Fortune.” She also replaced Joan and Melissa Rivers as TV Guide Channel's leading red-carpet host in 2007.
In June 2007, Rinna made her Broadway debut as the murderous Roxie Hart in the musical "Chicago," opposite husband Harry Hamlin. She said, “OK, think back to 15 years ago. Would we ever have thought we'd be sitting under this little alcove under the stage starring on Broadway? It was a cool moment, hard to describe.”
More recently, in July 2007, Rinna could be seen as a guest in an episode of HBO’s Emmy-winning drama "Entourage."
Besides a talented actress, Rinna is also a shrewd businesswoman. The sexy performer, who has consistently been recognized for her keen fashion sense and frequently appeared at the top of best-dressed lists, owns two clothing boutiques in Southern California's San Fernando Valley. The stores’ names come from the middle names of her two daughters, Delilah Belle and Amelia Gray. In 2004, Rinna was honored with an award from the NYC’s Laboratory Institute of Merchandising for her clothing.
Soap Opera Digest: Hottest Soap Couple, “Days of Our Lives,” shared with Robert Kelker-Kelly, 1995
Soap Opera Digest: Outstanding Female Newcomer, “Days of Our Lives,” 1994