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Rhonda Shear Biography

Rhonda Shear

RHONDA SHEAR is probably best known as the star and host of USA Network’s long-running, popular Friday night movie series, “USA: Up All Night.” For eight years and 400 shows, RHONDA converted an entire generation into insomniacs as they became addicted to her tongue in cheek humor and self-deprecating antics. To quote the Los Angeles Times “She may not look the part, but RHONDA SHEAR is a comedy pioneer.” The NY Post remarked, “There’s no such thing as a little body language when you’re talking about SHEAR, a petite, Barbie-shaped bundle of energy and intelligence which is likely to be overshadowed by other attributes.” Even though Playboy named her “One of Television’s Sexiest Stars” and Cable Guide heralded her as “One of Cable’s Most Beautiful Women,” there is more to RHONDA SHEAR than meets the eye.

Her Hollywood career came about via her incredible success on the beauty pageant circuit. Winning her first title at age 16, SHEAR won over 40 major pageants, including “Miss Louisiana.” RHONDA then went on to major in Communications with a B.A. from Loyola University. She was accepted to Loyola Law School after a brief but impressive attempt at a political career in New Orleans. After losing the office of Register of Conveyances by 135 votes in New Orleans, RHONDA packed her bags and headed to Hollywood. Bob Hope quickly spotted her and put her in one of his specials. Like so many young actresses before her, Hope’s nod of approval jump-started what was to become a solid acting, modeling career for SHEAR.

After trailblazing as the youngest woman to run for office in New Orleans, SHEAR thought she would try another unchartered course; stand-up comedy. A very hard road for most performers and certainly for young women, RHONDA began hosting a string of shows for women vying for stage time. She defied the stereotype of what a comic is supposed to look like, and forged ahead. Since the early 90’s SHEAR has had a solid career as a headlining comedienne. She has opened for such legendary greats as Smokey Robinson, Al Jarreau, The Temptations, and has headlined prestigious venues such as Harrah’s, Flamingo Hilton, Suncoast, Riverside Resort, and The Riviera. Some of SHEAR’s stand-up comedy television credits include “Girl’s Night Out” (Lifetime) “Evening at The Improv,” (A&E), “Women Aloud” (Comedy Central), and “Caroline’s Comedy Hour” (A&E). SHEAR’S Comedy CD, produced by Uproar Entertainment continues to be a best seller. Her latest comedy venture is touring with the show that she created, “RHONDA SHEAR’S COMEDY PAJAMA PARTY”. This all female slumber party on stage continues to get rave revues with RHONDA as the star.

As an actress, SHEAR has starred in many cult classics herself such as “Basic Training,” “Legend of Roller Blade Seven,” “Revenge of the Party Nerds II,” and her latest, soon to be classic, “Prison A-Go-Go” for which RHONDA SHEAR won the 2004 Best Actress in a B-Movie Award. She has also guest starred on many television series including “Married With Children,” “Silk Stalkings,” “Full House,” and “Cheers.” RHONDA has hosted and guest hosted many shows including “Maury Povich,” “VH1 Top 21 Countdown,” “Good Morning Britain,” “Geraldo,” and “Vicki Lawrence.” She has been the star feature on such shows as “Larry King Live,” “Entertainment Tonight,” and “48 Hours”. SHEAR has graced the cover of countless magazines and has been profiled in such magazines as PEOPLE and PLAYBOY.

SHEAR recently married her childhood sweetheart after reuniting on After seeing each other for the first time in 20 years, RHONDA and VAN FAGAN eloped after just 15 days. Van and Rhonda reside in Los Angeles, and not only are partners in love, but in business. SHEAR ENTERPRISES LLC was born after sharing one of Van’s delicious Cajun dinners. After spending so many years in front of the camera, RHONDA decided she needed a quick and painless way to shed a few extra pounds. The newlyweds, wanting to work side-by-side, came up with SHEAR SHAPEWEAR over shrimp ettoufee. “I’m from New Orleans, have curves, love good food and I am not giving that up!” A cry that other women totally related to, SHEAR designs beautiful foundations for all body types. “I want all women to feel and look their best at a moment’s notice. You can “Slip into Slim” with my “Secret Slender”. I know what women go through everyday to try to zip up that favorite skirt”.

With her successful line of lightweight seamless panties, beautiful waist cinchers, cutting edge control hosiery and camisoles with built in bras, SHEAR has taken the Hollywood concept of looking fabulous to women across the country. RHONDA SHEAR feels that “Foundation IS Where Fashion Starts.” The concept has taken off! RHONDA’S exclusive celebrity line is in demand at the “HOME SHOPPING NETWORK” and HSN.COM.

RHONDA SHEAR is living proof that comedy can be sexy, and sexy can be smart. “The problem is that I’m this nice girl trapped in this bad girl’s body,” she says with a wink. SHEAR SHAPEWEAR is the beginning of another career as a designer for this cult goddess. SHEAR has certainly carved out her own niche in the entertainment pantheon, and in the words of The New York Post ... “Is worth staying UP for!”

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