Lisa Rinna has been turning up the heat in Hollywood for nearly three decades. The 57-year-old rose to fame thanks to her role on the NBC soap opera “Days of Our Lives.” Since then Rinna has maintained a steady career thanks to shows such as “Melrose Place” and “Veronica Mars.”
Although Rinna is used to scripted drama, she’s now experiencing real-life chaos thanks to “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” On the Bravo reality series, Rinna is often portrayed as a villain, who like to create drama with her castmates. Whether she’s loved or hated, fans can’t get enough of Rinna’s antics.
Marriage To Harry Hamlin
Although many of the “RHOBH” stars have their families featured on the show, Rinna is keeping her family away from the series. Rinna and her husband, actor Harry Hamlin have been married for 24 years. The couple has two daughters: Delilah and Amelia.
In 2010, the family had their first dose of reality television with their short-lived TV Land series “Harry Loves Lisa.” When Rinna was asked to join “RHOBH” in 2014, Hamlin had misgivings. The 69-year-old actor joked he had a “divorce lawyer on speed dial” if Rinna joined the show. However, after a talk with “Real Housewives of New York City” star Bethenny Frankel, Hamlin gave Rinna his blessing.
Harry’s Life Before Lisa
Prior to marrying Rinna, Hamlin dated a few of Hollywood’s gorgeous women. From 1979 to 1983, he was involved with actress Ursula Andress, with whom he has a son. Hamlin went on to marry actress Laura Johnson in 1985, but they divorced in 1989.
In September 1991, Hamlin wed “Knots Landing” actress Nicollette Sheridan. However, less than a year later in August 1992, the couple divorced. Shortly afterwards, Hamlin met Rinna and the rest as they say is history. However, Rinna says her and Hamlin’s marriage may not have happened without the help of singer Michael Bolton.
Lisa Credits Bolton For Her Marriage To Hamlin
Michael Bolton has been making ladies swoon with his sultry voice and songs such as “When a Man Loves a Woman.” His songs are credited with helping set a romantic mood for couples. Rinna claims that without Bolton, she may not be with her husband.
However, it’s not Bolton’s music that played a part in Rinna and Hamlin’s marriage. According to Rinna, during Hamlin’s marriage to Sheridan, the “Desperate Housewives” actress cheated on him with Bolton. Rinna revealed the shocking detail in 2019 during an episode of “RHOBH.”
Rinna’s comments about Bolton were discussed during the singer’s appearance on “Andy Cohen Live.” The 68-year-old crooner revealed an encounter he had with Rinna years earlier. He was staying at the Beverly Hill Hotel when Rinna approached him and gave him a big hug. The “RHOBH” star explained to the singer that if it wasn’t for him, she and Harry wouldn’t be together.
“And, she was basically attributing her happiness to, to me, which I thought was curious, but it always seems so sincere. And she was so joyful and expressing it,” the Grammy winner explained.
Sheridan Discredits Rinna’s Story
Bolton and Sheridan were in an on-again, off-again relationship for years. The two reportedly began dating in July 1992 when Sheridan was separated from Hamlin. Sheridan and Bolton would date for three years before calling it quits in September 1995. The couple rekindled their romance in December 2005 and by March 2006 were engaged. However, the second time wasn’t the charm as they ended their engagement in August 2008.
As for the claims that Sheridan cheated on Hamlin with Bolton, the “Desperate Housewives” actress refuted the claims. After Rinna went public with her comments, Sheridan fired back by saying it was fake news. But Hamlin responded with a statement implying that not only did Sheridan cheat on him, but it happened while Hamlin was grieving the death of his mother.
While Sheridan and Hamlin disagree about what went down during their marriage, Bolton has stayed silent on the situation. Whatever the cause of the demise of Sheridan and Hamlin’s marriage, things worked out in the end. Hamlin found happiness with Rinna, and the pair recently celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary.