Lisa Vanderpump Has Dished On The Magical First Meeting She Had With Her Husband Ken Todd

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For married couples, there are few bigger occasions than their wedding anniversaries. Lisa Vanderpump can certainly attest to that, as in August 2018 she celebrated 36 years of marriage with her husband, Ken Todd. When reflecting on their time together, however, the reality star also spoke about their first meeting.

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Born in September 1960, Vanderpump grew up in London, England, with dreams of becoming an actress. So when she was nine years old, she joined a drama school on a full-time basis and then made her acting debut in 1973.

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In fact, Vanderpump made an uncredited appearance in the romantic comedy A Touch of Class, starring George Segal and Glenda Jackson. The film went on to make over $18 million at the domestic box office and also earned a number of nominations at various awards shows. The most notable win actually came at the 1974 Academy Awards, with Glenda picking up the Best Actress gong.

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Vanderpump then made her small-screen debut in 1974, as she featured in one episode of John Halifax, Gentleman, a BBC mini-series. And some two years later, the teenager appeared in two episodes of the TV drama Katy. She played a character named Mary.

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From there, Vanderpump went on to feature in the 1978 horror movie Killer’s Moon about a group of schoolgirls fighting off four escaped murderers. Due to the subject matter, the film courted plenty of controversy at the time. In the years since its release, though, it’s become a cult classic of sorts.

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Vanderpump then appeared in five episodes of the 1979 TV series Kids, playing a character named Lucille Wyatt. The next year, she earned another film role, this time starring in The Wildcats of St. Trinian’s, the fifth entry of the comedy franchise.

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Later that year, Vanderpump also featured in one episode of the supernatural anthology series Leap in the Dark. The show came to an end in 1980 after four seasons on the BBC. However, the actress’ work on the small screen didn’t end with that program.

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In 1981, in fact, Vanderpump appeared in a single episode of Sunday Night Thriller, another U.K. TV series. From there, she featured in two episodes of the 1982 show Something in Disguise before featuring in an intriguing project the following year.

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In 1983, you see, British pop band ABC produced a short film featuring music from The Lexicon of Love, their debut album. Running for just under an hour, the video, entitled Mantrap, saw Vanderpump in a role with the four band members. Yet this turned out to be the last time that Vanderpump would be seen acting on screens for ten years.

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Following her decade away, however, Vanderpump eventually returned to the small screen in 1993, as she appeared in one episode of the TV series Silk Stalkings. A popular crime drama, the show went on for eight seasons before coming to an end in 1999. Again, though, Vanderpump’s acting career didn’t end with it.

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In fact, Vanderpump then appeared in her first full movie for 15 years in 1995’s Separate Lives. Playing Heidi Porter, she starred alongside Jim Belushi, Linda Hamilton, Elisabeth Moss and Vera Miles. That proved to be the actress’ final big-screen performance, however.

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And while Vanderpump also bagged a part in an episode of Baywatch Nights that same year, 1995 proved to be the last time the public would see her act. Outside of film and television, then, she seemed to be enjoying her personal life.

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Following a few months together, you see, Vanderpump and her boyfriend Ken Todd had married in August 1982. The pair went on to have their first child in May 1986, naming their baby girl Pandora. Some time after that, Vanderpump and Todd then adopted a boy named Max, who was born in December 1991.

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Todd also has another son, named Warren, from his previous marriage to his first wife, Pamela. The pair had been married for two years before getting divorced – and before Todd had started dating Vanderpump. Todd hails from England as well, but he is actually some 15 years older than Vanderpump.

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Despite the age difference, though, Vanderpump and Todd have enjoyed great success together throughout the years. In fact, the pair have opened up over 20 restaurants, including Villa Blanca, SUR and Pump in Los Angeles, California. Vanderpump played a particularly important role on that front too.

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“I have designed all [of] our 26 restaurants, bars and clubs with my husband over the years and have really enjoyed doing so,” Vanderpump wrote on her official website. “My motto in life is find something that you love to do and then you won’t have to work a day in your life.”

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Alongside their restaurants, Vanderpump and Todd also have their own alcohol lines, and the former contributes to the Beverly Hills Lifestyle Magazine as well. Their lives changed forever in 2010, however, as the pair went on to star in a new reality TV show.

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The Real Housewives of Orange County premiered on the Bravo network back in 2006. The reality series followed five different families in the area, with a particular focus on the matriarchs. And due to the success of the show, a number of different spin-offs were launched in the next few years.

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The franchise expanded out to New York City and Atlanta in 2008, for instance, before The Real Housewives of New Jersey debuted the following year. In 2010 Bravo then launched two more shows in Washington D.C. and Beverly Hills. And Vanderpump earned a starring role in the latter series, kicking off her career in reality TV.

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With Vanderpump leading the way, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is still going strong on Bravo, completing its eighth season in May 2018. Vanderpump has actually starred in over 170 episodes of the show, two more than her co-star Kyle Richards.

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While Vanderpump is still one of the mainstays, however, her husband has also featured throughout the show’s run. Todd has appeared in over 120 episodes, in fact, as he too has been placed under the reality TV spotlight alongside his wife.

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Some three years into The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, though, Vanderpump and Todd decided to branch out into an additional project. Together, you see, they produced a show with Bravo titled Vanderpump Rules. The series made its debut in January 2013 and was somewhat different to other reality shows.

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“Best known as one of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Lisa Vanderpump opens the salacious kitchen doors of her exclusive Hollywood restaurant and lounge, SUR,” reads Bravo’s synopsis of the show. “Declaring it the sexiest establishment she’s ever owned and the place you take your mistress, Vanderpump rules over her lively and mischievous staff with a platinum fist.”

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So Vanderpump Rules focuses on the individuals working at the restaurant, with Vanderpump taking a backseat of sorts. She’s actually only featured in about 40 of the show’s 126 episodes so far. As for Todd, he’s also made some fleeting appearances on the program, turning up in ten episodes.

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Nevertheless, the show is a success, and Vanderpump has a significant following on social media. On Twitter, for instance, the reality star boasts over 1.7 million followers, while her Instagram page has more than 2.1 million followers. As for Facebook, over 265,000 online users follow the Brit.

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Meanwhile, Vanderpump’s daughter, Pandora, has also enjoyed a productive career in her chosen field. Following a stint at Pepperdine University in Beverly Hills, California, she started her own online lifestyle website. Titled The Divine Addiction, it covered a variety of different subjects, including beauty, fashion and food.

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And thanks to her work on The Divine Addiction, Pandora later earned a high-profile position with another magazine. In fact, she became the executive editor of the Beverly Hills Lifestyle Magazine. That wasn’t all, though.

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Pandora also launched her own alcohol brand named Vanderpump Wines & Spirits, and she sits on the board of The Vanderpump Dog Foundation as well. And alongside her business ventures, the Beverly Hills resident celebrated a personal milestone back in August 2011.

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Following six years together, Pandora and her partner, Jason Sabo, married, and in 2018 the pair reached their seventh wedding anniversary. And as that big day rolled around, she took to Instagram to look back on the special occasion with her husband.

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“I can’t believe it has been seven years since this perfect day,” Pandora wrote in August 2018. “When we laughed and cried and danced surrounded by our favorite people and snuck moments in rose gardens and promised to love each other forever.”

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“Seven years later, and I’m still just as in love with you,” Pandora wrote about Jason. “We’ve been through so much together, and I have always known that you’re the person I want to be with for the rest of my life. Here’s to seven years of marriage… I love you my sweet husband and always will.”

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And in a rather strange coincidence, Vanderpump and Todd’s 36th wedding anniversary came the following day. So Pandora took to Instagram again to hail the pair. With her message, Pandora included a photograph from their big day back in 1982.

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“Happy anniversary to my wonderful parents!” Pandora wrote in August 2018. “Thank you for teaching us what true love looks like.” That post earned over 30,000 likes while also generating close to 500 comments from online users.

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As for Vanderpump herself, she had reflected on her long relationship with Todd a few months before the anniversary. The star had actually been a guest on Stassi Schroeder’s podcast back in March 2018 when the subject came up. Alongside her Vanderpump Rules co-star, she then lifted the lid on the enduring romance.

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Vanderpump seemingly first met Todd at a club in London, during which time she was lending a helping hand to her brother. “We got engaged after six weeks, and we were married within three months [of meeting],” the reality star recalled on the Straight Up with Stassi podcast.

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“It was the strangest thing,” Vanderpump continued. “But [Todd] was wrong for me in every sense of the word. He was [15] years older than me. He was a playboy, running around town with his trousers ’round his ankles. And I was dating somebody else. I just looked at him, and there was an instant connection.”

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Vanderpump then revealed how Todd had tried to obtain her phone number later that evening. “He said, ‘Give me your number,’” the star recalled. “And then he said, ‘You know what? I’m not going to get it because I think I’m going to fall in love with you.’ That was the smoothest [thing].”

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Todd had to wait for their first date, however, as Vanderpump had left for America soon afterwards. When the future reality TV star came back home a few weeks later, though, they had met up. “We went on a date, and six weeks later we were engaged,” she said.

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After reflecting on their initial meeting, Vanderpump then spoke about how their relationship has continued to endure over the past three decades. “You know the greatest gift Ken Todd ever gave me?” she continued. “He met me halfway on everything.”

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“[Todd] never put me down,” Vanderpump added. “He never belittled me, he would take me to meetings and ask my opinion.” Yet while their marriage is as strong as ever, the pair’s connection to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills could be coming to an end. Yes, it’s believed that season nine might be Vanderpump’s last.

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