In 1984, a television show named Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous debuted. This show stuck around until 1995 and gave many people the insight into celebrity lives that they’d never had before. It brought people into the homes and lifestyles that were behind so many pro athletes, business owners, and other celebrities. But what do you know about this show and their lives? How much of the show was truly real? Well, here are some interesting thoughts and facts behind Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous as well as the lifestyles it featured.
What Counts As Rich?
As expected, this show had a threshold for the worth of money that a celebrity had to possess to be on the show. Before even being considered, a person’s net worth had to be over 50 million dollars. Granted there are many celebrities nowadays that well exceed that, but it was a high bar for the 80s and 90s lifestyles. This was set to make guests considered truly “rich and famous” and to ensure a quicker time for the behind the scenes process.
In 1994 there was an episode of this show that featured Donald Trump. He was currently married to Marla Maples and had just had his daughter Tiffany. At the time, Trump was a powerful businessman. Of course, we now know he later became the president of the U.S. after continuing to climb in his business and wealth over time. There’s been much else for change in Donald Trump’s life since that episode too.
While Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous was an important show in its own right, it gave birth to many other shows following the same idea as well as became the forerunner for reality celebrity television shows. It became the early start of celebrities opening their lives to the public more to capitalize on the attention and fascination from the public about their homes and lifestyles. There have been plenty of other shows similar to this one and probably will continue to be.
Stars of the 80s
The list of personalities that were featured on this show in its time of running is the most important and top celebrities of the 80s and early 90s. It can easily give you a rundown on who was most important at that time. Stars like Michael Jackson, Jeff Bridges, Morgan Fairchild, Stephanie Powers, and much more were some of the featured guests. One guest, Shari Belafonte, eventually became co-host and later host of the show in 1994 when it changed to just Lifestyles.
There’s so much to learn about behind this show and the lives of the most famous individuals in popular culture. While Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous brought some of these things into the light that had never been seen, there’s much more behind the scenes that haven’t been shown or have changed since it’s time of airing. These interesting tidbits of information can give you some better knowledge of what goes on besides what we see in the news or saw on that popular television show to continue to develop our opinions and thoughts on the one-percenters.