The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, returns for a second season of glitz, glamour, and high drama, premiere September 5 at 10/9c
These ladies may live in the lap of luxury, but The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills have shown us life in the hottest zip code on the planet is far from perfect. Now, with Season 2 confirmed (and that super-juicy promo making its rounds), the lavish ladies are opening up about the ups and downs of life behind the lens.
All six original over-the-top housewives are back including: Taylor Armstrong, Camille Grammer, Adrienne Maloof, Kim Richards, Kyle Richards, and Lisa Vanderpump.
Brandi Glanville has traveled the world as a high fashion and top runway and print model. She has appeared on the glossy pages of premiere fashion magazines Glamour and Cosmopolitan and worked for luxury design houses, such as Giorgio Armani, Chanel, and Gucci. Glanville has recently added author to her resume and is currently exploring opportunities in the publishing world with her debut novel (her second book, a cookbook, is already in the works). Her most important role however, is mother to the sons, Mason, 8, and Jake, 4, she has with her ex-husband and television star Eddie Cibrian –- with whom her public break-up and divorce was well-documented by the media over the past two years.
Surprisingly missing from the cast photo is Brandi Glanville who was reported to be the new housewife. But fret not as Brandi will be on the new season though Bravo is not making her an official housewife. “Though not official “housewives,” this season the ladies are joined by two new friends: Brandi Glanville and Dana Wilkey, who certainly know how to spice things up in the world’s most famous zip code,” reads the press release. Brandi is a friend of Adrienne and Dana is friends with Taylor. Dana is described as a party planner who throws elaborate parties (she’s the party planner behind Taylor’s infamous $60k tea party for her 4 year-old daughter, Kennedy in season one).
Dana Wilkey is known in Beverly Hills for her over the top, celebrity driven events. She has produced some of the most elaborate parties throughout the US and Europe and does everything from film premieres to children’s birthdays. Originally from the east coast, She was deeply impacted by a car accident that put her Mother in a coma, and eventually resulted in her Mother’s death. Since then, she has been motivated to be a self-made woman. She left home at 15 and made her way to the west coast, graduating with honors from USC. She is a successful entrepreneur and in addition to her party planning business, she also founded the Adwil Agency, a boutique web application development company and product placement firm. Dana is also an active supporter of various charitable organizations including: 1736, The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids organization, and IPalpiti. She has an extensive Barbie collection. She is the proud mother to a 22-month old son and will soon gain two adult stepchildren, when she marries her fiancé in 2012.
However, there was one thing that wasn’t hard for the ladies: bringin’ the drama — especially with newcomers Brandi Glanville (known for her long-winded — and hilarious — Twitter fights with her ex-husband, Eddie Cibrian’s new wife, LeAnn Rimes).
Bravo also released the official season trailer and it is nothing but drama! In the 2-minute trailer below, Taylor can be seen crying over and over and over, Lisa seems to ruffle Adrienne’s feathers as the two get into it (Adrienne accuses her of always stirring the pot), Camille and Kyle also get into it, and Taylor and Kyle fight as well. Cedric also makes an appearance when he crashes Lisa’s party.
While Kim and Kyle Richards aren’t at each other’s bejeweled throats anymore, the sisters Richards admit it’s not always smooth sailing between them.
“We get along most of the time, but we do have a difficult, challenging relationship,” Kyle told Access Hollywood. Kyle also reveals “it wasn’t easy to get [Kim] to come back” to the show after last season’s blowup in the limo.
However in the most dramatic scene, Brandi and Kim get into a very ugly argument that almost comes to blows. In the heated exchange, Brandi accuses Kim of using drugs! Kim strikes right back by calling Brandi a “slut pig.” For some reason it appears Bravo has edited the current clip. In the original clip I viewed this morning, Brandi actually accuses Kim of snorting crystal meth in bathrooms.
But their bond wasn’t the only strained relationship last season. Taylor Armstrong had visible problems with husband Russell — and this season we’ll see their 5-year marriage unravel right before our eyes. “It’s very difficult. Marriage is difficult enough, but having it play out with microphones and cameras was really challenging,” Taylor said. “It unfortunately plays out all season.”
“[The drama] just sort of happened organically,” Lisa Vanderpump said.
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