Rhonda Shear

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Rhonda Shear
Beauty pageant titleholder
BornRhonda Honey Shear
(1954-11-12) November 12, 1954 (age 57)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Title(s)Miss Louisiana USA 1975
Major
competition(s)
Miss USA 1975
SpouseVan Fagen (2001-present)
 
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Rhonda Shear
Beauty pageant titleholder
BornRhonda Honey Shear
(1954-11-12) November 12, 1954 (age 57)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Title(s)Miss Louisiana USA 1975
Major
competition(s)
Miss USA 1975
SpouseVan Fagen (2001-present)

Rhonda Shear (born November 12, 1954) is an American television personality, comedienne, and actress.

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Early life

Shear was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, to a Jewish American family. She attended Loyola University, earning a B.A. in Communications.[1] Before she became famous, she earned titles in several beauty contests, including holding the titles of Miss Louisiana USA 1975 for Miss USA and that of Miss Louisiana for both the Miss World and the Miss International pageants.[2] Among her other titles was Queen of the Floral Trail Society. While she sported the latter title, she posed fully clothed for Playboy, but the organizers of that title were opposed to her appearing in that magazine, and took the title away from her. Shear gained notoriety after this episode.[3]

Career

Shear is best known for her role as a host of the USA Network's 1980s/'90s weekend B-movie show, USA Up All Night. From 1991 to 1998 (400 episodes) she hosted in-studio and on-location segments that aired on Friday (and later moved to Saturday) nights, replacing comedian Caroline Schlitt (the Friday night host for the show's first few years). Her trademark manner of speaking the show's title - by raising her voice an octave when saying the word "Up"...became a catch phrase. Shear also briefly hosted a comedy program called "Spotlight Cafe," hosted previously by comic Judy Tenuta.

In June 1991, Shear posed in Playboy magazine's Funny Girls pictorial. In October 1993 she appeared in her own Playboy pictorial titled "Rhonda Up All Night".

Rhonda also co-starred in numerous sitcoms from playing the Fonzs’ girlfriend on Happy Days to the sexy neighbor on Married with Children, before making her mark as a comedian. It was a natural transition when she made her way into standup comedy, headlining as a successful comedienne in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York, and eventually touring across the country with her popular “Comedy PJ Party,” an on-stage slumber party with a number of comedic talents.

Shear Intimates LLC

Rhonda Shear

In 2001 Rhonda Shear, with her husband Van Fagan, started a new career as the designer and entrepreneur behind Shear Enterprises, LLC and Rhonda Shear Intimates. Rhonda began designing from her home office in 2003 with just 3 employees soon launching the Rhonda Shear Intimates line at HSN. She was later picked up on shopping networks around the world, including The Shopping Channel (Canada) and Ideal World Shopping (U.K.). Rhonda Shear Intimates has continued to grow and is now represented in over 40 countries with over 25 employees in her St. Petersburg, Florida offices. In 2010, Rhonda designed the Ahh Bra, and the product was an overnight success. The Ahh Bra is now the #1 selling bra worldwide with over 25 million sold internationally. In 2011 the company had 72 million dollars in sales. [4] She plans to add cosmetics, swim wear, fragrance, and Boomer Hottie in 2013. [5]

Charity Work

In 2011, Rhonda was the event chair and a sponsor for American Cancer Society’s Making Strides: Put on Your Pink Bra Event. Between speaking engagements, creating a giant flying bra for the RedBull Flugtag, and helping with fundraising events, Rhonda got the chance to meet with women struggling in treatment or following surgery who needed bras that were affordable, feminine, and comfortable. She was struck by their stories, strength, and sense of community. Rhonda stays connected by donating product every month to women shelter’s around the country and continuing her work nationwide with various charitable organizations that fund research and empower women.[6]

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