Friday, August 24, 2018

Robin Leach

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Very sad news today...

Robin Leach, the entertainment journalist and host whose syndicated TV series Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous hit smack-dab in the zeitgeist of the “greed is good” era during its heyday in the 1980s and early ’90s, has died. He was 76. 

Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous ran in syndication from 1984-1995, showcasing the glitz and glamour of celebrities and moguls and always from exotic and luxurious locales. And it always ended with Leach’s famed tagline, toasting viewers with “champagne wishes and caviar dreams.”

Leach, born in London in 1941, was a Daily Mail reporter by age 18. He moved to the U.S. in 1963 where he wrote for the likes of the New York Daily News and helped launch People writing that magazine’s first several cover stories. He later launched Go Magazine and was show business editor of Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid The Star. 

On the TV side, he became CNN’s first showbiz reporter and shot the Entertainment Tonight pilot and was that show’s global roving senior correspondent for a time before taking on Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. He also was part of the development of the Food Network. He moved to Las Vegas in 1999.

I definitely remember watching that show growing up and wishing I could live one of those "champagne wishes and caviar dreams" lifestyles.

Still on my list, while a little bit more of my childhood continues to die day-by-day.

He will be remembered.

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