By Christine Rendon For Dailymail.com
15:19 10 February 2024, updated 15:32 10 February 2024
Long before her drama wowed fans on Bravo, Lisa Vanderpump was a leading lady of the music video.
The multi-hyphenated line — now 63 — has restaurants in hot spots like West Hollywood and Las Vegas and has found fame as a reality star on Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, on which she starred for nine seasons before her departure in 2019.
Her television empire includes Vanderpump Rules, a RHOBH spin-off show that focuses on the lives of her staff, along with the upcoming Vanderpump Villa, set on her estate in France.
But as it turns out, years before she became an icon herself, she appeared in three 1980s music videos.
As the British star looks set to expand her reality TV empire – DailyMail.com looks at her past life as a music video vamp…
Lisa made her debut with the 1984 music video for What In The Name of Love by Naked Eyes, which sees the future star playing a guest relaxing at a rich man’s luxury estate with other friends before heading out with the staff (played by the band).
In the 1982 video for ABC’s Poison Arrow, Lisa stars as an actress who caught the eye of Martin Fry, the lead singer.
The 1983 video for the band’s hit Mantrap sees Lisa playing the gorgeous Samantha, a young woman who encourages Martin to gamble before convincing him to join her group of friends.
The music video/short film sees Samantha approaching Martin at the poker table.
‘Do you remember me? We met at a party… I’m sure we did. It’s Martin, isn’t it?’ she says softly to ABC lead singer Martin Fry.
“Bet 13,” she suggests. ‘Go on. Bet 13,” she says.
Martin continues to place bets with Lisa by his side before finally disappearing.
After withdrawing money, he leaves the evening only to be beaten by a gang of men before being rescued by another group of men.
A worried Samantha rushes to his side and asks: ‘Martin are you okay? Martin?’
‘Thanks guys. I appreciate it. Look, if there is anyway, I can take you back, – asks an annoyed Martin.
‘Maybe there is. We have a chance for a European tour and are looking for a lead singer. You can make a fortune!’ they insist. “You could be famous!” they say.
“I don’t know what to say,” says Martin.
“Say yes Martin,” says Samantha. “Say yes,” she says, with Martin eventually joining the group.
Years later, after finding fame on Bravo, Lisa also starred in Lady Gaga’s music video, GUY
Lisa has come a long way since her early years as a music video star – now she’s an A-lister whose name has become synonymous with reality television.
Not only has she owned 30 restaurants with her husband Ken Todd, but she previously starred on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills for multiple seasons.
Its popularity led to the wildly successful spin-off, Vanderpump Rules. A second spin-off based on her ventures, Vanderpump Villa, will soon premiere on Hulu.
The show will take place at her lavish French estate and will follow the staff at the lavish residence as the two live and work “together to navigate the every extravagant whim of their wealthy guests,” THR previously reported.
Last year she announced plans to open another restaurant – one in Lake Tahoe.
Wolf by Vanderpump at Harvey’s Lake Tahoe will open sometime this winter and will bring her ‘bold and unique’ style to the spectacular resort, DailyMail.com exclusively reported last year.
Lisa revealed that the latest business venture holds a special place in her heart: ‘Wolf has extra meaning as it is the family name and my nephew Teddy’s middle name.’
“Wolf will be filled with bold and unique design, taking elements from the character and identity of the wolf itself,” said Lisa. “This opportunity to create a rich and gracious space inspired by the natural beauty of Lake Tahoe was one I couldn’t resist.