Title: UP ALL NIGHT
Author: Rhonda Shear
Publisher: Mascot Books
Genre: Memoir/Women’s Self-Help
Up All Night combines memoir and self-help to follow Rhonda Shear’s incredible journey from modest New Orleans girl to bold, brassy, beautiful entrepreneur and owner of a $100 million Florida lingerie company. Along the way, Rhonda has been a beauty queen, a groundbreaking candidate for office, a Playboy model, a working actress, a late-night TV star and sex symbol, a headlining standup comedian, an award-winning “bimbopreneur” and a philanthropist who uses her success to help women of all ages be their best and appreciate their true beauty.
Up All Night is also a love story. Rhonda reconnected with her first love, Van Fagan, after 25 years apart, and after a whirlwind romance in The Big Easy, they married in 2001. Now they share a fantasy life of luxury—but it hasn't come easily. In this book,
Rhonda shares the lessons she’s learned along the way: never let anyone else define you
or tell you what you can’t do, make your own luck, and do what you love.
About the Author
Actress. Comedian. Award-winning entrepreneur. Builder of a $100 million
apparel brand. Television star. Former Miss Louisiana. Candidate for elected
office. Philanthropist. And now, author. There aren’t many hats that Rhonda
Shear hasn’t tried on, and she’s worn them all with style, moxie, southern charm,
and a persistent will to be the best.
A New Orleans native, Rhonda started her journey to the spotlight by dominating
local, state, and national beauty pageants from the time she was sixteen—including three turns as Miss Louisiana. In 1976, in the wake of a Playboy modeling scandal that cost her a coveted crown, she became the youngest person ever to run for office in Louisiana, losing her fight for a New Orleans post by only 135 votes.
After that, Hollywood called, and she quickly moved from Bob Hope specials to guest appearances on hundreds of television shows, from Happy
Days and Married With Children to appearing on classic Chuck Barris camp-fests
like The Gong Show and the $1.98 Beauty Show. Rhonda’s big break came in
1991 when she became the sultry-smart hostess of late-night movie show USA:
Up All Night, a gig that lasted until 1999 and made her nationally famous.
After Up All Night ended, Rhonda pursued her love of comedy and quickly
became a headliner in Las Vegas and at top comedy clubs like The Laugh Factory
and the Improv. At the same time, she reconnected with her childhood sweetheart,
Van Fagan, who she hadn’t seen in twenty-five years. After a whirlwind,
storybook courtship, they married in 2001.
Rhonda’s latest chapter began when she appeared on the Home Shopping
Network to sell women’s intimates. Her appearance was a sensation, and she and
Van quickly started a company, Shear Enterprises, LLC, to design, manufacture
and sell Rhonda’s own line of women’s intimate wear. Today, that company has
grown to more than $100 million in annual sales, and Rhonda has won numerous
entrepreneurship awards—though she still refers to herself as a “bimbopreneur.”
Today, Rhonda and Van live in a magnificent house in St. Petersburg, Florida,
where she engages in many philanthropic projects, supports numerous charities
for women, and works on new books.
Up All Night by Rhonda Shear was a well written book that I found myself enjoying. A friend told me that I would likely find Rhonda Shear to be an interesting person to read about when I asked about who she was. I may have never heard of Rhonda Shear before reading this book, but I still found it an interesting read. I also enjoyed learning about who Rhonda Shear was in her own words instead of just through the lens provided by the media.