Lisa Deanna Rinna is an American television host and actress. She is known for her roles as Billie Reed on Days of our Lives, Taylor McBride on Melrose Place, and most recently as the host of SoapNet's Soap Talk.
At age 22, Rinna appeared in the 1985 John Parr Naughty Naughty music video as the passenger in Parr's car. Rinna later appeared as the girlfriend to Jason Bateman's character in several episodes of The Hogan Family in 1990. She received national recognition when she first starred on NBC's Days of our Lives in the role of Billie Reed from 1992 to 1995; she briefly reprised the role from 2002 to 2003. She later switched from daytime TV to primetime, playing Taylor McBride on Aaron Spelling's Melrose Place from 1996 to 1998. Rinna has starred in two projects opposite husband Harry Hamlin, the teen crime-drama Veronica Mars, and the Lifetime movie Sex, Lies & Obsession. Her previous Lifetime movie, Another Woman's Husband, boasted one of the highest ratings for a movie on Lifetime since 1999. She also guest-starred on an episode of Movie Stars for the WB, the first ever on-screen appearance she shared opposite her husband. Rinna got her first role in the feature film Good Advice, starring Charlie Sheen and Jon Lovitz, and recently appeared in an episode of HBO's Entourage. Rinna recently announced that she would love to reprise her role of Taylor McBride on CW's revival Melrose Place, if given the offer. She has also appeared in Hannah Montana in the role of Mr. Dontzig's cousin Francesca.
In 2002, Rinna was named co-host of Soap Talk, the daily lifestyle show that airs on SOAPnet, for which she received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination. In June 2006, SoapNet announced that it was canceling Soap Talk after four seasons due to low ratings.
In August 2007, Rinna replaced Joan Rivers as the host of TV Guide Network's red carpet coverage. Rinna has recently guest-hosted Live with Regis and Kelly.
Lisa Rinna hosts the TV makeover program Merge on Lifetime.
She competed in the second season of Dancing with the Stars and was eliminated in Round Seven based on audience voting, despite having higher marks from the judges than fellow celebrity dancer Jerry Rice. Lisa was also featured as a guest judge on the fourth episode of RuPaul's Drag Race.
In 2008, TV Guide reported that Rinna and Hamlin signed a deal to create a reality TV series based around their family life. The series is called Harry Loves Lisa and it premiered on TV Land on October 6, 2010.
In 2011, Rinna participated in Season 4 of Celebrity Apprentice. She was eliminated after being the project manager on the 2nd task, writing and performing a children's book.
In 1998, Rinna created a stir when she posed for a nude pictorial while six months pregnant in the September issue of Playboy magazine. She posed again and was the cover model in May, 2009. Rinna explains she received direct orders from Playboy photographer Deborah Anderson, who also shot Rinna for the Room 23 book. 'she said, I do not want you long and sinewy and angular and muscular. I want you soft, says Rinna. This was really hard for me because being 35 years old and posing for Playboy, you want to amp it up, Rinna told People at Tuesday's Room 23 book launch hosted by Sanela Diana Jenkins and Neuro Brands.
Rinna recently starred in the Broadway production of Chicago, playing the role of Roxie Hart, alongside her husband, who played the role of Billy Flynn.