Reality TV Personalities

Reality Television artists are the real people who appear in reality television shows. Reality television is a genre of television programming in which the life and experiences of ‘real’ people as opposed to professional actors or performers are showcased. Reality shows, by definition do not make use of scripted programming and therefore there is no need for actors or screenwriters. Such shows have a host or narrator who explains the settings to the viewers, and are run by the producers and a team of editors. Reality shows are very popular among the audiences as they are more likely to connect with the real-life participants than they are with celebrities. The participants in reality shows are often ordinary people living normal lives until they get an opportunity to appear on television. Competition-based reality shows is a very popular subgenre that has made several hitherto unknown people into instant celebrities. There are several categories of reality shows that revolve around concepts such as dating, competitions, makeover, sports, lifestyle changes, etc. The charm of reality television is so much that even established celebrities like Gene Simmons, Britney Spears and Anthony Bourdain have appeared in such shows. Read on to learn about the life and works of popular reality television artists from all over the world through their biographies and timelines.

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 1 Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian
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Famous As: Media personality, Socialite
Birthdate: October 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

First gaining media attention as a friend and stylist of Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian didn’t take long to become a celebrity in her own right. She came into the limelight in the early 2000s owing to a leaked sex tape and quickly became a social media celebrity with millions of followers across platforms.

 2 Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain
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Famous As: Celebrity Chef, TV Personality
Birthdate: June 25, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: June 8, 2018

Anthony Bourdain was an American celebrity chef. He was also a renowned author, media personality and travel documentarian. His shows about the exploration of international culture and cuisine were very popular. Apart from writing several books on food and cooking and travel explorations, Bourdain also wrote fiction and historical non-fiction. In June 8, 2018, he died by suicide in France.

 3 Kourtney Kardashian

Kourtney Kardashian
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Famous As: Model, Reality Star
Birthdate: April 18, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

One of the most popular social media celebrities in the US, Kourtney Kardashian is best known for her appearance in the TV series Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Along with her sisters, she endorses products like prescription drugs, Coca-Cola, and waist slimming pants, for which she gets paid between $75,000 and $300,000 per post on social media.

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 4 Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell
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Famous As: Television personality
Birthdate: October 7, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lambeth, London, United Kingdom

Simon Cowell is a television personality, entrepreneur and record executive. He has judged some of the most popular shows on British television like talent competition series Pop Idol, The X Factor UK and Britain's Got Talent. He has also judged the American television talent competition series American Idol, The X Factor US and America's Got Talent.

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 5 Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 18, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ada, Oklahoma, United States

A nine-time Grammy Award nominee, Blake Shelton is a popular American country music singer. Described as one of the biggest stars of country music over the past decade, Blake Shelton was made an Oklahoma Hall of Fame inductee in 2014. Prominent singer-songwriters, such as Sheryl Crow, have named Blake as their inspiration. Blake Shelton is also a well-known philanthropist.

 6 Lizzo

Lizzo
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 27, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan
Three-time Grammy-winning rap and hip-hop sensation Lizzo is also a queer and body-positivity icon. She began singing with groups such as The Chalice and Grrrl Prty, and graced the Billboard 200 with the album Cuz I Love You. Time’s 2019 Entertainer of the Year, Lizzo is also a talented flute-player.
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 7 Chanel West Coast

Chanel West Coast
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Famous As: Rapper, TV personality
Birthdate: September 1, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Though she once complained that she doesn't get enough Instagram likes, rapper/actor Chanel West Coast is quite popular with young adults, who have admired her in MTV’s Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory and Ridiculousness. Known for her trademark laughter and her vivacious nature, Chanel also owns the clothing brand LOL Cartel.
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 8 Nikki Bella

Nikki Bella
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Famous As: Professional wrestler, TV personality
Birthdate: November 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States

Retired professional wrestler, Nikki Bella, is a two time WWE Divas Champion whose second win lasted for a record time. Earlier, along with her twin sister, she formed a popular tag team and entered the WWE. The sisters have also appeared in reality television show Total Divas and Total Bellas, launched their own YouTube channel, Podcast and ventured into business.

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 9 Jessica Simpson

Jessica Simpson
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 10, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Abilene, Texas, United States

Jessica Simpson is an American singer, fashion designer, and actress. Her journey from being a teen idol to a sex symbol has been quite inspirational so far. Also a well-known philanthropist, Jessica Simpson has worked with several nonprofit organizations, such as Make-A-Wish Foundation. She has also performed at many benefit concerts.

 10 Anna Kournikova

Anna Kournikova
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: June 7, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Anna Kournikova was once world no. 8 in singles tennis rankings, in spite of never having won a singles title. She was no. 1 in doubles, teaming up with Martina Hingis. Following her retirement from tennis due to a spinal issue, she became a popular TV personality.

 11 Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie
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Famous As: TV personality
Birthdate: September 21, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States

A television personality, actress, writer, and fashion designer, Nicole Richie's professional success has been overshadowed by her off-screen controversies; she was arrested on a couple of occasions for reasons including a brawl, driving under the influence, and drug possession. However, her image is often revitalized by her philanthropic activities; she is associated with organizations like Red Cross and UNICEF.

 12 Kevin O’Leary

Kevin O’Leary
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: July 9, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Canadian business magnate Kevin O'Leary founded SoftKey, which was later acquired by Mattel and renamed The Learning Company. He also appeared on Shark Tank, Dragons’ Den, and The Lang and O'Leary Exchange. He was in the run for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada but dropped out later.

 13 Bobby Flay

Bobby Flay
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: December 10, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Celebrity chef Bobby Flay is best known for his Food Network shows, such as the Emmy-nominated Hot Off the Grill with Bobby Flay. He launched many restaurants, such as the Las Vegas-based Mesa Grill and 19 outlets of Bobby's Burger Palace. He has also taught at the French Culinary Institute.

 14 Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: August 21, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Golden, Texas, United States
Country singer Kacey Musgraves has won six Grammys, including one for her debut album, Same Trailer Different Park. She had started as part of the children’s country duo Texas Two Bits and explored a solo career later. She has also appeared on the singing reality show Nashville Star.

 15 Teyana Taylor

Teyana Taylor
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 10, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Harlem, New York

R&B and hip-hop singer Teyana Taylor gained fame with MTV's My Super Sweet 16. She signed with Kanye West’s label and also appeared on the reality show Teyana and Iman, with her husband, NBA player Iman Shumpert. In December 2020, she announced her retirement from music through Instagram.

 16 Denise Richards

Denise Richards
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 17, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Downers Grove, Illinois, United States

Denise Richards is an actress, television personality and a former fashion model. Some of her well known films are Starship Troopers, Wild Things, The World Is Not Enough and Love Actually. She’s also worked in many television sitcoms and has made it to top 50 and top 100 ‘Sexiest Women’ list of several magazines. She supports numerous charities.

 17 Howie Mandel

Howie Mandel
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: November 29, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Willowdale, Toronto, Canada

Howie Mandel is a Canadian comedian, actor, screenwriter, entrepreneur, and television personality. He is known for hosting popular TV shows, such as Deal or No Deal. In 2008, Comedy Central named him on its 100 greatest stand-up comedians of all-time list. Mandel serves as an inspiration to those suffering from ADHD and OCD as he himself suffers from these conditions.

 18 Katie Price

Katie Price
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Famous As: Model, Television Personality
Birthdate: May 22, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brighton, England
Katie Price began her career as "Jordan," modeling for British tabloids. She then gained fame with her appearances on reality shows such as I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, Celebrity Big Brother, and Jordan. She has also released an album and written several children’s books, autobiographies, and novels.
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 19 Brigitte Nielsen

Brigitte Nielsen
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 15, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rødovre, Denmark

 20 Steve-O

Steve-O
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Famous As: Actor, Entertainer
Birthdate: June 13, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wimbledon, London, England

British-born American comedian and TV personality, Steve-O, gained international fame with his performance stunts in the TV series Jackass. Following a nomadic childhood, he graduated from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College and began his career as a clown. He eventually started appearing on TV shows and became popular.

 21 Laila Ali

Laila Ali
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Famous As: Professional Boxer, TV Personality
Birthdate: December 30, 1977
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Miami Beach, Florida, United States

Laila Ali is an American former professional boxer. The daughter of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, Laila Ali competed from 1999 to 2007, during which she remained undefeated. She is also credited with saving wrestling legend Hulk Hogan's life by calling him when he was suicidal and depressed. After retiring from professional boxing, Laila Ali became a television personality.

 22 Karamo Brown

Karamo Brown
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Famous As: Television host
Birthdate: November 2, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, U.S.

A dynamic talk and lifestyle television host, Karamo Brown is also a reality television personality, actor, author, and an award-winning activist. Beginning his career with a small role in The Princess Diaries, he later switched to television, making his mark with the MTV reality series The Real World: Philadelphia.  Also a published author, he has three titles to his credit.

 23 Rob Kardashian

Rob Kardashian
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Famous As: Television personality
Birthdate: March 17, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Reality star Rob Kardashian, best known for his appearances in his family reality series Keeping Up with the Kardashians and its spin-offs, was also seen on Dancing with the Stars, where he ranked second. He has also been in the news for his tumultuous relationship with model Blac Chyna.

 24 T-Pain

T-Pain
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: September 30, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tallahassee, Florida, United States
Faheem Rasheed Najm, better known as T-Pain, shot to fame with the US Billboard 200-topping album Epiphany. The two-time Grammy-winning artist is known for his signature use of the auto-tune effect. He has delivered hit singles such as I'm on a Boat and has played minor roles in several films.

 25 Jesse James

Jesse James
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Famous As: Reality Television Star
Birthdate: April 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Long Beach, California, United States

 26 Cha Eun-woo

Cha Eun-woo
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 30, 1997
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Gunpo-si, South Korea

Cha Eun-woo is a South Korean model, actor, and singer. He achieved popularity as part of the famous boy band Astro. His popularity increased after playing Do Kyung-seok in a television series titled Gangnam Beauty, after which he was named in GQ Korea magazine's Men of the Year list in 2018.

 27 Lori Greiner

Lori Greiner
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Famous As: Television personality
Birthdate: December 9, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

 28 Farrah Abraham

Farrah Abraham
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Famous As: Reality Star
Birthdate: May 31, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Farrah Abraham soared to fame after appearing on the reality shows 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom. She has also released an album and has authored a book that was featured on The New York Times bestseller list. She has also been part of Celebrity Big Brother and Couples Therapy.

 29 Richard Benjamin Harrison

Richard Benjamin Harrison
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Famous As: Businessman, TV Personality
Birthdate: March 4, 1941
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Danville, Virginia, United States
Died: June 25, 2018

Businessman Richard Benjamin Harrison became famous as a reality TV personality when he started appearing in the History Channel series Pawn Stars as the co-owner of the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop. His already successful business started thriving following the show’s success. He was nominated for the 2012 Time 100 list.

 30 Ree Drummond

Ree Drummond
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Famous As: Blogger
Birthdate: January 6, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Ree Drummond is an American author, blogger, food writer, television personality, and photographer. In 2010, she was named in Forbes magazine's Top 25 Web Celebrities list. Riding on the success of her blog The Pioneer Woman, which was adjudged Weblog of the Year for three consecutive years at the Weblog Awards, Drummond went on to present her own television program.

 31 Michael Sorrentino

Michael Sorrentino
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Famous As: Television Personality
Birthdate: July 4, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: West Brighton, New York, United States

 32 Laci Peterson

Laci Peterson
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Birthdate: May 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Modesto
Died: December 24, 2002

 33 Pauly D

Pauly D
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Famous As: DJ, Television Personality
Birthdate: July 5, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, United States

Paul D. DelVecchio Jr., also popular as Pauly D and DJ Pauly D, soared to fame with the MTV reality show Jersey Shore. He was also part of the A Double Shot at Love. After bagging a three-album deal with G-Unit Records, he released hits such as Back to Love.

 34 Kristin Cavallari

Kristin Cavallari
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Famous As: Television personality
Birthdate: January 5, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, USA

Known for her “valley girl’ accent, Kristin Cavallari gained fame with the MTV reality series Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County. Apart from gracing the cover of Seventeen, she has also been featured in Rolling Stone. She is now a fashion designer with her own brands Uncommon James and Little James.

 35 Brie Bella

Brie Bella
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Famous As: Professional wrestler, TV personality
Birthdate: November 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States

Brie Bella is an American entrepreneur, TV personality, and retired professional wrestler. One half of the popular wrestling duo The Bella Twins, Brie Bella often appeared in WWE alongside her twin sister, Nikki Bella. Brie Bella became one of the main wrestlers who helped develop the Women's Revolution movement in WWE.

 36 Brooke Burns

Brooke Burns
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: March 16, 1978
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, USA
Brooke Burns is best known as Jessie Owens from Baywatch and Baywatch: Hawaii. A former ballerina and model, she earned an Emmy nomination for her stint as the host of the quiz show The Chase. After recovering from a serious spinal injury, she now raises awareness about the same.

 37 Bindi Irwin

Bindi Irwin
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Famous As: Television Personality
Birthdate: July 24, 1998
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Buderim, Australia

Daughter of legendary Australian wildlife expert The Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, Bindi Irwin has followed in her father’s footsteps and is now a renowned conservationist and TV personality. Her stint on Bindi the Jungle Girl made her the youngest Daytime Emmy winner. She is also associated with the Australia Zoo.

 38 Rick Harrison

Rick Harrison
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: March 22, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ladywood High School, Livonia, Michigan, United States
Rick Harrison, co-owner of the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, shot to fame with the History Channel show Pawn Stars. His memoir, License to Pawn, became a New York Times bestseller. Named the National Pawnbrokers Association’s 2010 Pawnbroker of the Year, he also appeared on the game show Pawnography

 39 Maryse Ouellet

Maryse Ouellet
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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: January 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Maryse Ouellet is a Canadian-American businesswoman, actress, and professional wrestler. Currently signed to WWE, Ouellet often appears alongside her husband and WWE superstar The Miz. In 2008, Maryse won the WWE Divas Championship and went on to become the third-longest reigning Divas Champion in the history of WWE. In 2009, she was ranked ninth in the PWI Female 50 list.

 40 Alessandra Ambrosio

Alessandra Ambrosio
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: April 11, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Erechim, State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Brazilian-American model/actor Alessandra Ambrósio has been a Victoria's Secret Angel and also promoted the brand’s PINK line. Named one of People’s 100 Most Beautiful People in the World, she is also associated with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, co-owns a beachwear brand, and has appeared on various TV shows.

 41 La La Anthony

La La Anthony
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Famous As: Television personality
Birthdate: June 25, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

 42 Greg Gutfeld

Greg Gutfeld
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Famous As: Television personality
Birthdate: September 12, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: San Mateo, California, USA

 43 Maddie Ziegler

Maddie Ziegler
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: September 30, 2002
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

Maddie Ziegler owes her fame to the show Dance Moms and to Sia’s music videos Chandelier and Elastic Heart. Named one of Time’s 30 Most Influential Teens thrice, she has written a bestselling memoir, works for charities, has appeared in movies and on magazine covers, and owns a fashion line.

 44 Tila Tequila

Tila Tequila
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Famous As: Television Personality
Birthdate: October 24, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Singapore

Social media personality, Tila Tequila, first gained fame for becoming the most popular person on Myspace. Her popularity on social media platforms paved the way for a TV show appearance. She also takes up modeling assignments. She invited criticism for supporting Adolf Hitler in a TV show and for posting antisemitic comments on her Facebook page. 

 45 Lauren Conrad

Lauren Conrad
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Famous As: Reality TV Personality
Birthdate: February 1, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Laguna Beach, California
Lauren Conrad soared to fame with the reality shows Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County and The Hills, and won multiple Teen Choice Awards for the latter. She often posts online content related to cooking and DIY crafts. She has also authored several books and owns multiple fashion lines.

 46 Vanessa Lachey

Vanessa Lachey
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Famous As: Television personality
Birthdate: November 9, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Clark Air Force Base, Philippines

 47 Lisa Rinna

Lisa Rinna
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 11, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Medford, Oregon, United States
American actress Lisa Rinna is best known for playing Billie Reed in TV series Days of Our Lives and Taylor McBride in TV series Melrose Place. She has been a main cast member on the reality TV series, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, since 2014. Rinna has also written three books: Starlit; The Big, Fun, Sexy Sex Book; and The NYT best-seller Rinnavation.

 48 Debi Mazar

Debi Mazar
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 13, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jamaica, New York, United States
Debi Mazar is known for films such as Goodfellas and Little Man Tate and series such as L.A. Law and Civil Wars. She has also appeared in several videos by Madonna. She is married to Italian celebrity chef Gabriele Corcos and co-hosts the show Extra Virgin with him.

 49 Kendra Wilkinson

Kendra Wilkinson
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Famous As: TV personality
Birthdate: June 12, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States
Kendra Wilkinson gained fame as one of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner’s girlfriends. She was also part of the reality show The Girls Next Door, which showcased her life inside the Playboy Mansion. She later got her own show, Kendra. She reportedly also formed a company to sell her sex tapes.

 50 Abby Lee Miller

Abby Lee Miller
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Famous As: Dance Instructor
Birthdate: September 21, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

Abby Lee Miller is a choreographer, dance instructor, and reality TV personality. She is credited with founding the Abby Lee Dance Company where the popular TV series Dance Moms was filmed. The series follows the training of children in dance under the tutelage of Miller. In 2018, Miller was diagnosed with a type of cancer that has left her wheelchair-bound.

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