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Posted Date: 01/11/2016

Getting Spooky With… Rhonda Shear

Having spent 25 years in the Hollywood spotlight as an actress, comedienne and host, Rhonda Shear knows a thing or two about making the most of her assets! Star of the popular late night series USA Up All Night, Shear learned the art of illusion and camouflage from Hollywood’s top costume designers. Now, with her line of intimates (, Rhonda brings these tricks of the trade to women everywhere. Today, you can catch Rhonda on the air every month at HSN. She is also pitching a possible reality show and between her occasional stand-up appearances, is in the process of writing her first book.

How do you celebrate Halloween?
Halloween is one of my very favorite holidays and it’s my kick-off to the holiday season, so of course I go all out! Decorations, costumes, parties…the works! I grew up in New Orleans which for me is still the best city for Halloween. New Orleans knows witches, vampires, costumes, and parties like no other!

Do you go to a party or throw one?
I usually attend a few parties every year. Last year I was at The House of Blues and Vampire Ball in New Orleans, but I love hosting my own parties too. I turned my entire house into a haunted house one year complete with graveyard, vampire bartenders, scare zones and a costume contest.

Do you still wear costumes?
Every chance I get! I love to dress up and always come up with something different and over-the-top. I have professional designers on staff at Shear Enterprises, LLC, so I am really able to make the costume magic happen…Heidi Klum, watch out! I have also held on to tons of incredible costumes and accessories over the years and have a whole “Rhonda Closet” full of wigs, crowns, props, and an obscene number of Swarovski covered costumes. Fantasy and dress-up is not just for kids!   

What was your favorite costume?
One of my favorites would have to be when I dressed as Barbie in a box which was a lot of fun for me since I have always collected dolls and at the time was performing as a “live mannequin” frequently. Another was when I was in my 20s and an amazing makeup/special effects team turned me into an 80-year-old version of myself.

What is your favorite character to dress up like?
I always like to be a sexy version of something scary like an Elvira-esque vampire or go all out as a favorite celebrity or character, like Barbara Eden from I Dream of Jeanie or Lucille Ball from I Love Lucy or Cher.

What is your fondest Halloween memory?  
I still love those memories of being a kid on Halloween and trick-or-treating around the neighborhood.

What’s your favorite Halloween treat?
Candy corn.

Would you rather be scared or be the “scarer?”
I would so rather be scared. I have good a scream!

Do you have a favorite scary movie?
Hitchcock’s The Birds –  it still terrifies me, although I love birds.

What do you like better – original classic movies or the new versions?
I like some new ones but the original classic scary movies are so good! They couldn’t depend on computer animation and the acting is amazing.

If you were in a horror movie, would your character be: the villain, the victim, or the hero?
I’ve actually been in some horror movies and was always cast as a victim, so I would love to be the villain for once. The fake blood tastes too sweet and it sticks to everything.

What scares you?
People surprising me by jumping out or making a sudden noise scares me. I’m less into the blood and gore dismemberment stuff, that’s just icky to me.

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