With the advent of the premiere of the seventh season of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills upon us, it can be fun to reach into the annals of Housewives history and check in with the notable ghosts of ‘Wives past. Some housewives made more lasting impressions than others, and, if nothing else, it is enjoyable to look back with a slight jolt at the old faces of the ‘Wives, who seem to avail themselves of more plastic surgery as the show wears on.
The first housewife ghost is Kim Richards, whose specter haunts our screens more than perhaps any other. Kim was a full-time housewife through Season 5, and her chronic tardiness, slurred speech, substance abuse, and fraught relationship with sister and costar Kyle fueled many a storyline throughout the seasons. Most recently, Kim appeared on Lifetime’s The Mother/Daughter Experiment with her youngest daughter, Kimberly, who admitted on camera that she has often served as her mother’s caretaker throughout the years. Kim suffered a relapse after touting her (often disputed) sobriety on the show, and was arrested in a Beverly Hills hotel last year in a drunk and disorderly incident. She was subsequently arrested for shoplifting at Target. Fans of Kim should not fully despair, however, as Kim will appear once again in the official capacity of “Friend of the Housewives,” and in spite of her minimal screen time, Season 7 previews indicate that she is still a lightning rod for drama. In happier news, Kim recently welcomed the birth of her first grandchild.
The second housewife ghost is Camille Grammer, known for her ability to completely revamp her image in the span of a season. Erstwhile wife of award-winning actor Kelsey Grammer, Camille became a beloved, sympathetic television figure after her marriage unraveled on camera. Since her tenure on the shower, Camille suffered a one-two punch of health problems related to endometrial cancer and an alleged assault at the hands of her now ex-boyfriend, Dimitri Charalambopoulos, whose abs were briefly displayed on the series. Dimitri is currently suing Camille for defamation of character, and though she no longer discusses her personal life on the show, she is expected to appear as a “Friend of the Housewives” in the upcoming season.
Brandi Glanville is one of the more controversial figures on the show. After her antics became too much for the producers, she was allegedly fired from the series; her antics are now presented to her fans via social media. Glanville recently received flak for an image posted to social media depicting her squatting over the manger in a nativity scene. She apologized, and the picture has since been pulled. She has alluded heavily on her Instagram recently to her nascent happiness in a new relationship. She is still currently embroiled in a lawsuit with Joanna Krupa and has appeared on two different shows: Famously Single and a cooking show in which she appeared with LeAnn Rimes’s ex-husband Dean Sheremet.
Taylor Armstrong, who once stuffed herself into a suitcase and whose domestic violence saga with her late husband Russell played out painfully on camera, has also returned intermittently to the series as a party guest. After her departure from the show, Armstrong married one of her attorneys, moved to Colorado, and appeared with her new husband on a season of VH1’s Couples Therapy, in which she had an epic meltdown over her accommodations and reminded fans that she is a woman who once spent $60,000 on a 4-year-old’s birthday party.
Adrienne Maloof divorced plastic surgeon husband Paul Nassif after leaving the show and dated a series of twenty-somethings, including Rod Stewart’s son.
Carlton Gebbia, whose storyline on the show centered around her Wiccan faith, her sex life with her husband, and her hatred of Kyle Richards, is rather shockingly embroiled in a semi-amicable divorce with her husband, David. In a recent interview with People magazine, she stated that the couple is amicable and still co-habitating; however, assorted social media posts suggest otherwise.
Joyce Giraud annoyed viewers and Brandi by touting her life with her “baby” (in reference to her husband) as perfect. She maintains a fairly low profile, though she has appeared on social media at various events with Lisa Vanderpump.
The most notorious housewife of seasons past is Dana Wilkey, who skyrocketed to Housewives infamy the moment she pointed to her sunglasses and commented that they cost $25,000. She was the host of the equally infamous game night and maximized her small amount of time on screen by referencing her expensive possessions. Later, she appeared in a scene with Taylor as an almost cautionary tale, broke and abruptly single. Dana recently pleaded guilty in a fraud case, accused of facilitating almost half a million dollars in kickbacks. She was facing up to 20 years in prison, and Radar Online reported that she asked for leniency based on her too-trusting nature and the fact that she had been cheated on by her ex-fiance, who was referenced in the show.
These women may no longer be with the show, but their time since proves that they do not need cameras to continue living their lives quite loudly.
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