'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills': Before They Were Housewives (PHOTOS)
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(l-r) Eileen Davidson, Kyle Richards and Lisa Vanderpump
She may be head-over-heels in love with her husband Ken, but in 1993, Lisa Vanderpump’s character Coleen Osgood didn’t give an eff after her wealthy husband was murdered in an episode of sexy crime drama Silk Stalkings. Soon after, she was frolicking in the pool with a hot man...and no Giggy in sight!
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Boy George's BFF and current housemate used to live in the Big Apple where she launched her own line of swimwear, titled (what else?) Dorit. You could say she started from the bottom (swimwear ones) and has worked her way up to the Bravo hit series.
Before she was living large with actor/husband Harry Hamlin in Beverly Hills, Lisa Rinna guest starred in a 1991 episode of Baywatch. While she didn't don the famous red one-piece swimsuit, Rinna's character Kelly did get to go on a date with Mitch Buchannon (David Hasselhoff)!
Erika Girardi/Erika Jayne
The term "low ball" is not one usually associated with Erika Girardi's luxe lifestyle, but in 1996 she showcased her acting (and crying) skills as Kate, a struggling single mother in the movie Lowball. These days, she struts her stuff singing and dancing as alter ego Erika Jayne.
She went from calico dresses to couture in the span of thirsty years! A very young Kyle Richards played Alicia Sanderson Edwards in Little House on the Prairie. Poor Kyle’s character suffered when her mom, dad, and puppy all died. These days, Kyle’s suffering comes from diva drama!
Her career as a soap star is common knowledge, but did you know Eileen Davidson also starred in a slasher movie? She appeared as queen-bee, accidental-murderer Vicki in the 1983 film, The House on Sorority Row, who (fatally) regrets a prank-gone-wrong.
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This season, newcomer Eden Sassoon played with fire when she got caught in the middle of the ongoing Kim Richards and Lisa Rinna feud. In 1996 though, she played Michelle in the movie Mind Games. New nemesis Kim Richards might agree the title was fitting.
RHOBH guest star, and sister of Kyle Richards, Kim Richards probably wishes she could escape some of the craziness (or crazies) in current RHOBH episodes. In 1975, she did escape from an evil millionaire as psychic orphan Tia Malone (here with co-star Ike Eisenman) in Disney film hit Escape to Witch Mountain.
You're used to seeing the claws come out every week on Bravo's Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, but it wasn't always caviar and stilettos for these ultra-glam women.
Before the diamonds, mansions, and designer handbags, the world's most famous housewives—Lisa Vandepump, Kyle Richards, Lisa Rinna, Dorit Kemsley, Eden Sassoon, Erika Girardi, and Eileen Dvidson— were bitten by the acting bug and appeared in various TV shows and movies.
One housewife was even a fashion designer! Can you guess who?
Tinsley Mortimer joins the 'RHONY' cast, and former housewife Jill Zarin, makes a guest appearance!
Click through the gallery above to see your favorite housewives as a murderous sorority girl, a non-grieving widow, a psychic orphan, and more!