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Plaza Personality: Lisa Vanderpump
CPS Events at The Plaza
by Rob Arango


  1. Where were you born?

“I was born in England."

2.  How did you get started in the restaurant business?

“When I met my husband he had a wine bar and we had a restaurant and then it turned into 29 different businesses over the last few years. We’ve had restaurants, bars, wine bars and clubs, a big mixture."

3.  What are three pieces of advice you would give about running a successful bar and restaurant?

“It should be something that you’re passionate about and the menu should be as diverse as it can be. The key is to create an ambiance. Lighting, music and flowers are all of extreme importance in creating a beautiful aesthetic. I am not interested in going to a restaurant where the food is amazing and the ambiance is lousy, I’d rather stay home.”

5.  What is your most memorable experience being on the show?

“I suppose being awarded the star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars for my support and work in the LGBT community. To have some recognition felt like a dream.”

6.  Clearly, you adore animals! Is there a favorite charity that you support?

“I am a dog activist, I have been fortunate enough to with with Dog Awards which has a great understanding of how incredible dogs are not only as pets but as a man’s best friend with all of the work they do, the dogs help those with PTSD, the dogs that are detecting cancers and predicting seizures, the list goes on. They are so empathetic to our needs and we should be empathetic to theirs. I have my own organizations, Stop Yulin Forever and also Vanderpump Pets which donates a portion of their proceeds to charity. We have a lot of fun designing for little doggies. I have two dogs with Alopecia, obviously Giggy and our new rescue Harrison. Stop Yulin Forever is a strong start, I have created and produced PSAs and organized marches and walks, and designed banners, T-shirts and websites with my husband against the barbaric torture and massacre of dogs. People should know about this, if we turn away we are condoning it.”

7.  Why do you think the gay community has embraced you so strongly?

“Maybe its reciprocal, and I appreciate it greatly. For years I have stood up for equal rights and campaigning, I’ve even ordained a same-sex marriage. As a heterosexual woman with two heterosexual children, a strong marriage and a strong work ethic, I think that I can be a good conduit to some of the parents that are not as understanding that children do not choose their orientation. We need to love all children unequivocally. In return, the gay community is kind and generous and supports me back.”

8.  If you could change one thing in your closet, what would it be?

“I would make it twice the size.”

9.  What is your favorite place to travel?

“I have a great affinity with France and Monte Carlo because I’ve spent so many years there when the children were younger and they went to school in France. I like going home, I speak French and I feel very comfortable there. Maybe one day I will end up retiring there.”

10.  If you could have dinner with three people tonight, who would it be?

“If I could have dinner with three people tonight it would be Winston Churchill. He is a fascinating man with the best one-liners. Mother Teresa, and George Clooney, but I would expect to go home with him.”

11.  What is your idea of heaven?

“My idea of heaven is all of the people we’ve loved and lost and all of our furry friends greeting us at the gate with a beautiful aesthetic, lots of white and classical music. I would also like a glass of [LVP] Sangria.”

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