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Spotlight On: Robin Leach - Champagne Wishes & Caviar Dreams

Updated on December 6, 2014

Robin Leach

Robin Leach
Robin Leach | Source

Fast Bio

Name at birth: Robin Douglas Leach

Born: August 29, 1941 in Harrow, Middlesex, England

Married: one marriage, unknown, but has 3 children

Relationship: For short time in 2002 with Joan Severance, model and actress

Occupation: Entertainment reporter. Since 2001, works at Las Vegas Sun, daily column Robin Leach's Vegas Deluxe

Best known for: Creating 1981 TV show "Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous" and for coining the phrase "Champagne wishes and caviar dreams"

Residence: Las Vegas, Nevada

Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

I can remember hearing Robin Leach's voice at the start of every show announcing "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" with champagne wishes and caviar dreams.

Each program took us behind closed doors into the palatial homes of famous people. Some guests were rich and famous movie stars, and some guests were famous just because they were rich.

During his interviews, he often seemed as fascinated as his viewers. What a great job to have!

As you will read, he has had primo jobs over the years and in 2014, he proves that he still has the best job ever.

The 2 minute intro of TV show 1984

A most welcomed guest

From exotic locals of the French Riviera to the homes of movie stars in Hollywood California, Robin Leach had unprecedented access to stars and royalty alike.

He was invited into the palatial homes of the rich and famous, to their fantastic parties and to their hidden hideaways which was sure to get a mention in his column, or in a guest spot on Entertainment Tonight.

His most memorable interviews were captured on film for his TV program "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" which was a very popular series for over 12 years. I've included a few videos of the show to bring back some memories.

The popular series has recently been revamped with Nick Cannon as host. It went into production in the fall of 2013 and is expected to debut sometime in 2014. Nick Cannon is host of America's Got Talent and married to Mariah Carey.

"Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous" enjoys quite a following on Pinterest with boards dedicated to the homes and lifestyles of the rich and famous.

Robin's culinary tastes were varied far and wide, as is evidenced in his fluctuating weight over the years. However, between collecting recipes from the stars and his own celebrated kitchen, it enabled him to write several cookbooks full of recipes of those who would share them with him. His cookbooks are more than just cookbooks as he takes you into homes for intimate parties as well as private soirees.

You can view all books by Robin Leach at this link.

A signed copy of his 1992 cookbook is available on ebay here.

Raquel Welch - 1986

Robin Leach Producer Credits

Year
Title
Venue
1984
Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous
TV Show
1985
The Start Of Something Big
TV Show
1987
Runaway With The Rich And Famous
TV Show
2007
The Surreal Life: Fame Games
TV Show
Sources: Lucywho.com, imdb.com, whosdatedwho.com

Robin Leach, Through The Years

circa 1988
circa 1988 | Source
1992 publication  http://roundaboutbookstore.blogspot.com/2012/07/champagne-wishes-and-caviar-dreams-for.html
1992 publication http://roundaboutbookstore.blogspot.com/2012/07/champagne-wishes-and-caviar-dreams-for.html | Source
circa 2009
circa 2009 | Source
In 2011, profile picture for Las Vegas Sun newspaper
In 2011, profile picture for Las Vegas Sun newspaper | Source

The Early Years

In the fall of 1963, while working as entertainment reporter for the Daily Mail in London, England, Robin Leach turned down an assignment to go to Liverpool to cover a new band named The Beatles who had a hit record called "Please Please Me." Their manager, Brian Epstein, was looking for press coverage and on advice of his editor, Robin declined the assignment. He was disappointed, but later got to meet them when they appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964.

On November 23, 1963, with $135 in his pocket, Robin left his job at the Daily Mail and sailed to the United States aboard the Queen Mary, docking in Manhattan Harbor. His first residence was a rundown hotel that he paid the princely sum of $27 a week for a dormitory bed and a communal bathroom at the end of a corridor. He had no job, no prospects and no contacts.

Within two days he got a job selling shoes at a New York department store where he worked until he was hired by the New York Daily News as a reporter. He worked six months there, but was fired for supporting the union's causes.

He went on to work for Rupert Murdoch's tabloid, The Star, as their showbiz editor for the next ten years. Rupert Murdoch tried and failed several times to develop a TV program centered around show business and celebrities. Robin was lucky enough to appear on ABC (in Los Angeles and in New York) as a guest reporter, and was finally hired by CNN as their first showbiz reporter on "People Tonight." He covered the Academy Awards for CNN, their first reporter on the Red Carpet.

1967 to 2001

In 1967, he started Go Magazine which showcased the Top 40 list in music.

In 1981, he partnered with Jack Haley Jr. and Al Masini to develop a show centered around show business named "Entertainment Tonight" which launched its pilot on September 14, 1981 and is still enjoying a long run as a syndicated entertainment program.

Al Masini helped him develop "Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous," "Runaway," and many other programs for television through to 2001.

Robin Leach Film Credits (as Self)

Year
Title
Venue
1969
Hee Haw
TV Show
1978
Everyday
TV Show
1981
Entertainment Tonight
TV Show (Syndicated)
1983
Reading Rainbow
TV Show (PBS)
1983
Newton's Apple
TV Show (PBS)
1984
Hotel
TV Show (ABC)
1984
Lou Rawls Parade of Stars
TV Show
1984
Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous
Host - TV Show
1985
Joan Rivers & Friends Salute Heidi Abromowitz
TV Movie
1986
Fame, Fortune & Romance
TV Show
1986
Don Rickles on the Loose
TV Movie
1986
New Hollywood Squares
TV Game Show
1986
Sledge Hammer
TV Show
1987
All Star Party For Joan Collins
TV Show
1987
Thirtysomething
TV Show
1987
Geraldo Rivera Show
TV Talk Show
1987
The Charmings
TV Show
1987
Square One TV
TV Show
1987
D C Follies
TV Show
1987
Howard Stern Show
TV Talk Show
1988
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
TV Show
1988
The Home Show
TV Show
1988
Rosanne
TV Show
1988
Live with Regis and Kelly
TV Show
1989
5th Annual Soap Opera Awards
TV Show
1989
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
TV Show
1989
Arsenio Hall Show
TV Show
1989
Troop Beverly Hills
Movie
1989
She-Devil
Movie
1991
Preview: The Best of the New
TV Show
1991
Palace Guard
TV Show
1991
Dame Edna's Hollywood
TV Show
1992
Vicki! (Vicki Lawrence)
TV Talk Show
1992
Meineke Brakes & Mufflers
TV Commercial
1993
John & Leeza From Hollywood
TV Talk Show
1993
Madonna Exposed
TV Show
1993
Late Night With Conan O'Brien
TV Talk Show
1993
Intimate Portrait
TV Show
1993
Boy Meets World
TV Show
1994
Jocks
TV Show
1994
Space Ghost Coast to Coast
TV Show
1994
Howard Stern
TV Talk Show
1994
Hollywood Women
TV Show
1996
Your World w/Neil Cavuto
TV Talk Show
1996
Daily Show w/Jon Stewart
TV Talk Show
1996
E! True Hollywood Story
TV Show
1997
Behind The Music
TV Show (VH1)
1998
The Match Game
TV Game Show
1998
V.I.P. (Pamela Anderson)
TV Show
1998
Love Boat: The Next Wave
TV Show
1998
Seven Days
TV Show
1998
Free Money
Movie
1999
Family Guy
TV Show (FOX)
2000
Trading Spaces
TV Show (Syndicated)
2001
Courtyard By Marriott hotels
TV Commercial
2002
Soap Talk
TV Talk Show
2003
Penn & Teller: Bullshit!
TV Show
2003
I'm A Celebrity: Get Me Out of Here
TV Show
2003
Geraldo At Large (Rivera)
TV Talk Show
2003
America's Top Model
TV Show
2003
Love: The 80's Strikes Back
TV Show
2005
Howard Stern on Demand
TV Talk Show
2005
Everybody Hates Chris
TV Show
2006
Maxed Out: Hard Times, Easy Credit & the Era of Predatory Lenders
TV Movie
2006
Bizarre Foods w/Andrew Zimmern
TV Show
2007
The Surreal Life: Fame Games
TV Show
2007
The Bronx Bunny Show
TV Show
2007
Sunset Tan
TV Show
2008
Ghost Adventures
TV Show
2008
Huckabee
TV Talk Show
2009
Holly's World
TV Show
2009
Top Chef Masters
TV Show
2009
Con Artist
Movie
2009
Hannity
TV Talk Show
2009
Shark Tank
TV Show
2012
Affairs Across America: Ashley Madison Story
Movie
2012
Pro-Mind Plus (Memory Improvement)
TV Commercial
2012
Old Navy Clothing Stores
TV Commercial w/Nancy Kerrigan
2012
Ali at 70 From Las Vegas
TV Show
2013
The 80's: The Decade That Made Us
TV Show
Sources: Lucywho.com, imdb.com, whosdatedwho.com

1985 Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous

Dating Joan Severance in 2002

Joan Severance and Robin Leach  circa 2002
Joan Severance and Robin Leach circa 2002 | Source

2001 to Present

After nearly twenty years, Robin saw he needed a change from globetrotting, so he partnered with TV executive Reese Schonfeld and helped to start The Food Network, which is extremely successful and is responsible for launching the careers of many celebrity chefs.

In 2001, Robin saw a chance to leave television development and move on, while still feeding his interest in show business. Since shortly after the 9/11 attacks, Robin calls Las Vegas home. He began two daily columns with the Las Vegas Sun, one called Luxe Life and another Vegas DeLuxe, which still allows him to keep his finger on the pulse of show business and dishing with the stars. He is responsible for helping to bring celebrated chefs to Las Vegas, namely to the Venetian Hotel and for encouraging his chef friends to open restaurants, like Emeril Lagassi's New Orleans Fish House who is at the MGM Grand Hotel.

Robin's biography states he has three children, although there is no mention of a wife, marriage date or divorce. In 2002, Robin had a much publicized relationship with Joan Severance, model and actress best known for playing Mel Profit's sister in the series Wiseguy in the 1987 and on The Love Boat: The Next Wave in 1999. Today in 2014, she has a dedicated website and her latest work is on a series on Showtime, The Masters of Sex.

Robin's newest venture is his own YouTube Channel featuring the Las Vegas strip, celebrities and of course, food! Honestly, it seems this man never sleeps!

One look at his recently uploaded videos will show you that Robin Leach still has the same presence he has always had. He may have aged and put on a little weight, but his merriment shows in his eyes. This man loves his life in Las Vegas and he loves what he does for a living.

He said in an interview celebrating his 50 years in journalism, "I honestly feel all the late nights and around-the-clock hours ... keep me young."

By residing in Las Vegas, he also is close to his two favorite charities: Keep Memory Alive and Opportunity Village.

Robin Leach's YouTube Channel

Vacations

Despite his job of traveling to far off places to interview celebrities, Robin still enjoys vacationing in all the rich and famous places that we can only dream about. In the summer of 2013, he toured under the Tuscan sun in Italy, with a short stopover on the East Coast to visit his family and then back to the rigors of reporting on the happenings in Las Vegas.

Robin Leach Film Credits (as a Character)

Year
Title
Character
1982
The Last Horror Film
Second Reporter
1988
Garfield and Friends
Voice
1989
The Nutt House
Opening Title Narrator
1992
Nitecape
-
1992
Ghostwriter
Marlon Campbell
1993
Bill Nye, The Science Guy
-
1994
Perry Mason: Case of the Lethal Lifestyle
Adrian Lye
1995
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales For Every Child
Chamberlain
1996
Space Cases
Utz
1998
Free Money
-
2010
I.M. Caravaggio
-
Sources: Lucywho.com, imdb.com, whosdatedwho.com

Spectacular Hotels, Foreward by Robin Leach

Robin Leach in 2014

Today, in 2014, he lives quite comfortably in Las Vegas, working for the Las Vegas Sun where his hourly tweets are a treasure trove of name dropping.

You can follow him here on Twitter.

I hope you enjoyed this peek into the life of Robin Leach.

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    Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

    Nice hub. I like your writing style.

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    Rachael O'Halloran 3 years ago from United States

    #vkwok - Thanks, I'm still getting my wings and thank you for your compliment.

    Rachael

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    Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    I have not watched this television program but have learned from interesting and such different thoughts.

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    Rachael O'Halloran 3 years ago from United States

    #DDE - thank you for reading.

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    Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

    Very well done article, Rachael. I didn't know Robin Leach is partially responsible for The Food Network. I watch that channel all the time. I was a big fan of The Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous and Runaway With the Rich and Famous.

    You should consider celeb reporting. You're pretty good at it!

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    Rachael O'Halloran 3 years ago from United States

    #bravewarrior - lol TYVM, but I'll stick with my job and live vicariously through the stars and their lifestyles. I used to love Lifestyles too. Runaway wasn't that big a deal for me, but the regular show was. I looked for full episodes to put up here with the samples but the film was so grainy and you couldn't make out the voices.

    @ Robin Leach, if you read his column and tweets on the website link I put up .. . he is so darn busy, he makes me look bad! and I'm pretty busy! Everything he touches turns to gold and makes money for him. It is amazing. And, I'm glad everyone likes the Spotlight hubs. I'm having lots of fun doing them, I just wish people would stop stealing them. I have 2 published and 7 more in research. I'll see how it goes.

    Thanks again for your visit and comment. I have two more that should be ready by end of the week. TY

    Rachael

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    Tim 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

    For some reason, I thought he had died sometime in the late 90s. I mean, I can even remember them talking about it on CNN. Glad to know I am wrong. Good that he is still around and enjoying life!

    Very informative hub!

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    Rachael O'Halloran 3 years ago from United States

    #bat115- lol @ impression he had died. I think we all get that thought when we don't see someone for a long time in the public eye. Thank you for reading my hub and commenting.

    Rachael

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    Nyesha Pagnou MPH 2 years ago from USA

    Hi Rachael, This is a really interesting and thorough hub about Robin Leach. I learned a lot that I did not know about him. Thanks for sharing the biographical information. I enjoy reading biographies and autobiographies very much.

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    Rachael O'Halloran 2 years ago from United States

    #Journey*

    Thanks for finding me on HubPages and for the following.

    Robin Leach is a fascinating man and has lived the kind of life many viewers were envious of - me included. He has a more sedate life in Las Vegas now, but still very active.

    There are several biographies mixed in with my hubs. I love researching and writing them and hope to get some into ebooks in the next few months.

    Thanks for reading and commenting,

    Rachael

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    David Hamilton 2 years ago from Lexington, KY

    I never watched that show when I was a kid, but I still knew who Robin Leach was and I knew that catchphrase!

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    Rachael O'Halloran 2 years ago from United States

    #rustedmemory

    Love your name! lol

    I'm glad this article helped introduce you to learn more about Robin Leach.

    Thanks for reading and commenting,

    Rachael

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    Nyesha Pagnou MPH 2 years ago from USA

    Best wishes for great success with your plan to write ebooks! I'll be sure to take a look at some of your other biographies and hubs in general. Bye for now.

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