Ricky Hanson Video: Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous
Here’s a 1993 episode of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.”
Here’s a breakdown –
01:59 – Debbie Gibson, in London appearing in “Grease”
06:23 – A property for sale – Kenny Rogers’ Beaver Dam Farm, asking price $13M
08:03 – Merv Griffin
14:21 – promo for the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous Cookbook
14:51 – Brazilian superstar Xuxa
20:20 – John Tesh
24:51 – The Grand Hotel Palazzo Della Fonte in Fiuggi, Italy
26:50 – David Saperstein
33:24 – A segment on pampered pets with commentary from Liz Taylor, Jerry Lewis, Tony Roberts, Lisa Gilford (owner of Le Chien) and Kay Sellers (operator of Planet Pets)
Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous is an American television series that aired in syndication from 1984 to 1995. The show featured the extravagant lifestyles of wealthy entertainers, athletes, socialites and magnates.
It was hosted by Robin Leach for the majority of its run. When Leach was joined by Shari Belafonte in 1994, the show was renamed Lifestyles with Robin Leach and Shari Belafonte. Leach ended each episode with a wish for his viewers that became his signature catchphrase, “champagne wishes and caviar dreams.”
The theme song, titled “Come with Me Now” and performed by Bill Conti, is from a 1978 film called Five Days from Home. It had also been used as one of the theme songs for local morning program AM Los Angeles on KABC-TV.
Lifestyles was one of the first shows to feature the lives of the wealthy. Later shows such as MTV’s MTV Cribs continued this trend. The show was largely intended to be an insight into the opulent residences and the glamorous lifestyles of those it profiled. However, many of the geographic areas it covered were ideal destinations for vacations, and in his on-camera appearances, Leach indirectly made references to resorts and tourist attractions. David Greenspan (a.k.a. David Perry), who was the voice-over narrator for most of the segments during the bulk of the show’s run and could be heard whenever Leach did not appear on camera, made more direct references to such resorts and such tourist attractions.