UNITED STATES - JULY 01: USA Photo of Robin LEACH, Robin Leach, Jul-92 (Photo by Janette Beckman/Redferns)

Robin Leach: Best Photos of the 'Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous' Host

The entertainment journalist is dead at age 76.

Robin Leach, the longtime reporter, columnist, and host of the TV show "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," on which he immortalized the glittering catchphrase "champagne wishes and caviar dreams," passed away in Las Vegas on August 24 at the age of 76.

The British-born Leach — who'd been hospitalized since November after suffering a stroke — had been most recently working as an entertainment columnist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He'd had a long, storied career as a reporter and commentator, but was undoubtedly best remembered as the host of "Lifestyles," a series that ran from 1984 to 1995 and gave a new window into the fizzy, decadent lives of bold-faced names as varied as Cheryl Tiegs, Larry Flynt, Ryan O'Neal, and Julio Iglesias, to name a few. Here, some of the best photos from Leach's career.

Robin Leach and Ivana Trump during 'Tutto Italia' Ben Citymeals-On-Wheels - February 12, 1992 at Lincoln Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage) Ron Galella/WireImage MASKED BALL Leach and Ivana Trump at a charity event in New York City in 1992. One of the early on-air personalities on the celebrity news show "Entertainment Tonight," Leach once said the idea for "Lifestyles" came out of an argument he had with a producer who wanted more depth on an actor's career. "I said to him, 'Hate to tell you, nobody is interested in listening to Suzanne Somers stretching with Shakespeare in Central Park," he told HuffPost in 2014. "They want to see Suzanne Somers at home, in her bathtub with lots of bubbles and froth'" American actress Brooke Shields and reporter Robin Leach pose with a bejewelled lobster, New York City, 1999. (Photo by Janette Beckman/Getty Images) Janette Beckman/Getty Images LOBSTER DINNER With Brooke Shields in 1999.

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UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: Robin Leach (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) Time & Life Pictures/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images PARTY GUEST At a black-tie event in 1988. KAUAI LANI, HI - OCTOBER 6: Actor Michael Nader and Robin Leach attending 'Kauai Lani Celebrity Sports Invitational' on October 6, 1988 at the Kauai Lani Westin Hotel in Kauai Lani, Hawaii. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage) Ron Galella/WireImage BEACH TIME With actor Michael Nader in Hawaii in 1988. ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - MAY 18: Businessman Donald Trump and Reporter Robin Leach best known from his TV series Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous at Taj Mahal Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey May 18 1990. (Photo by Jeffrey Asher/ Getty Images) Jeffrey Asher/Getty Images UP THERE With Donald Trump in 1990 at Trump's Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City. It was a video from "Lifestyles" that caused Trump some trouble during the 2016 presidential campaign. "The Daily Show" resurrected a 1994 clip of a Leach interview with Trump and then-wife Marla Maples, during which Trump mentioned his infant daughter Tiffany's future breasts. Leach defended Trump, telling the Hollywood Reporter: "He was being complimentary in a spontaneous manner that when it got taken out of context ... was totally unfair.... He was and is a proud dad, period." (L-R): TV personality Robin Leach w. model Cheryl Tiegs and dog. (Photo by David Mcgough/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) David McGough/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images MODEL INTERVIEW With Cheryl Tiegs in 1986. (Premium Pricing - DOUBLE RATES APPLY) Triumphal Tour Of Julio Iglesias In United States. Miami- aout 1986- Portrait de Julio IGLESIAS lors de sa tournée triomphale aux États-Unis posant avec le journaliste Robin LEACH. (Photo by Jean-Claude Deutsch/Paris Match via Getty Images) DEUTSCH Jean-Claude/Paris Match via Getty Images DOCKSIDE With Julio Iglesias in Miami in 1986. UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 01: Robin Leach and Ruth Westheimer (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) Time & Life Pictures/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images TWO HOSTS Hugging Dr. Ruth Westheimer in 1986. CANADA - MARCH 26: Let them eat caviar; Robin Leach; host of the television show Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous; chats up Marie Antoinette (Caroline Kenny) at the Connoisseur Showplace at the Metro Convention Centre yesterday. The show--billed as a lifestyle exposition f (Photo by Boris Spremo/Toronto Star via Getty Images) Boris Spremo/Toronto Star via Getty Images RAISE A GLASS Leach chats with a woman dressed as Marie Antoinette in 1987. NEW YORK CITY - NOVEMBER 6: Gail Palmer and Robin Leach attend the 10th Anniversary Party for Screw Magazine on November 6, 1978 at Plato's Retreat in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage) Ron Galella/WireImage NIGHTLIFE With Gail Palmer in New York in 1978. CANADA - FEBRUARY 01: Robin Leach (Photo by Boris Spremo/Toronto Star via Getty Images) Boris Spremo/Toronto Star via Getty Images ARMS WIDE In interviews, Leach always made sure to remind people that he was not like the subjects he covered. "I do not have a fleet of bodyguards or minders around me," he told The Hollywood Reporter in 2016. "I do all my business by myself and I shop at the supermarket by myself because I enjoy it.... It's been a good life, and it's always been a good life."



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