“Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” “television’s authority on wealth, prestige and the good life,” ran from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s on nationwide cable networks in the U.S. With its signature gold cursive lettering and dramatic opening theme, it reveled in what was kitsch and rich. Cameras panned over mansions, yachts, cocktail attire, boob and nose jobs, but most importantly they browsed interior decorations while English host Robin Leach’s voice-over emphatically informed viewers about the global holdings, family power structure, and monetary value of the properties of sheiks, celebrities, and moguls tout court.
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