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November 23, 2013

Brandi Glanville finds success after scorn

NEW YORK — Brandi Glanville caught the public eye when her divorce from actor Eddie Cibrian became tabloid fodder, but she’s held people’s interest with her role on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”

Glanville joined the Bravo show as a recurring member in season two. Audiences responded to her no-nonsense attitude and lack of filter and she was rewarded with full-time status. The show, now in its fourth season, airs on Mondays (7 p.m.).

Her best-selling memoir, “Drinking & Tweeting: and other Brandi Blunders,” published earlier this year, tells of the breakup of her marriage and the ups and downs of divorce. (After the split, Cibrian, who appeared in the TV series “CSI: Miami” and “Third Watch,” married country singer LeAnn Rimes.) A follow-up book is scheduled for early 2014.

In a recent interview, Glanville, 41, talked about her popularity, persona — and the paparazzi.

AP: Why do you think you resonate with fans?

Glanville: There’s a lot of women out there that have gone through heartbreak and cheating and divorce and I really think that’s who is kind of holding me up and got my back and saying, ‘Listen, she’s allowed to mess up. We’ve been there’. ... Also, even if I had a ton of money, I don’t think I would ever live the way that some of these people live (on ‘The Real Housewives’). It’s unnecessary. I have kids and I want nice things, don’t get me wrong, but I think there’s a point where you don’t need to spend $6,000 on a vase. It’s like, what are you doing?

AP: Who would you want to play you in a movie?

Glanville: I love Katherine Heigl. I think she’s adorable, I think she’s funny. I loved her in ‘Knocked Up.’ She has brown eyes and blond hair like myself. And she’s a little younger and hotter than me and I feel like you want younger and hotter if you get to pick. (Laughs.)

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