‘RHOBH’: Marisa Zanuck Compares Lisa Vanderpump To Joan Collins

In her latest blog post for HollywoodLife.com, Marisa relates Lisa & Adrienne to the soap queens of 'Dynasty.' Hello, my beautiful HollywoodLife.com readers. As I departed Paris a few days ago, I thought about what was in store for me when I returned to Beverly Hills. I was leaving one magical city for another, but they are very, very different. Beverly Hills is a unique city, so surreal, mysterious and enchanting. The streets are lined with palm trees, perfectly manicured lawns and glorious estates hidden by massive gates. Growing up in Beverly Hills, I felt as though I lived in a fantasyland where everything was picture perfect, but I can tell you first hand that looks can be deceiving. As the saying goes, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

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Hidden behind the gates is a world full of lies, deceit, betrayal and drama, which is the perfect segue to the Nov. 26 episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Lisa Vanderpump and Adrienne Maloof are two very strong and successful women who made their dreams of living in Beverly Hills a reality. Perhaps I am a bit jaded because I was never drawn to the perceived lifestyle that Beverly Hills represents. I was born into it, so it was never my goal in life to grow up and live that dream. Both Adrienne and Lisa worked very hard to make their Beverly Hills dreams come true, and frankly, that is not an easy task.

My point is that these women are used to getting what they want and will do whatever it takes to make it happen. When it comes to friendships and relationships, however, this single-minded determination can create issues that are beyond repair. As I watched Adrienne and Lisa’s sit-down, it occurred to me that they can’t make up. In the fantasyland that is Beverly Hills, Lisa and Adrienne have become Alexis and Krystle from Dynasty. For those of you too young to remember Dynasty, it was a hit soap opera produced by Beverly Hills resident Aaron Spelling that starred the fierce British Actress Joan Collins as Alexis and, the petite blonde actress Linda Evans as Krystle. If reality inspires fiction, then fiction can certainly inspire reality.

Moving on to Ojai, I thought it was funny that there weren’t enough bedrooms — but I didn’t feel sorry for anyone, did you? They were in a beautiful estate and lucky to be there. If sharing a room in an estate is something to worry about, that is a problem. I loved how Yolanda Foster arrived in a private jet, it was perfection. Yolanda is cool; I like how she sits there in utter disbelief at what is transpiring around her. Yolanda and I have a few of those WTF moments in upcoming episodes, and we both have no problem calling it out.

Speaking of calling it out, I do understand how Brandi Glanville was quick to react to Adrienne, but I think it was a misunderstanding. Brandi just had a touching and emotional conversation with Kim Richards so her emotions were raw. Adrienne was on the other side of the room, oblivious to Kim and Brandi’s conversation. When Adrienne saw Kim cry, her instinct was to check on her by shouting across the table, and that caught Brandi at the wrong moment. At the end of the day, it was just bad timing for Adrienne. I had a friend in high school named Shana that was one of those girls with the worst timing; she has since changed her name, but that is another story…

It seems the drama in Beverly Hills is heating up and will soon be on fire. I’m not referring to Lisa’s former mansion across the street from Adrienne’s that went up in flames; I’m referring to the impending drama that I saw first hand when I joined the show. As the winter weather cools us down, at least we can count on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills to warm us up.


— Marisa Zanuck

More RHOBH blogs by Marisa:

  1. ‘RHOBH’: Taylor Armstrong Was ‘A Mess’ This Week, Says Marisa Zanuck
  2. ‘RHOBH’: Taylor Armstrong Was Wrong To Talk About Sex At Kids’ Party