Taylor Armstrong
Born
Shana Lynette Hughes

(1971-06-10) June 10, 1971 (age 50)
Other namesShana Taylor, Shana Ford, Taylor Ford
OccupationTelevision personality
Years active2008–present
Known forThe Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Spouse(s)
Russell Armstrong
(m. 2005; died 2011)
John Bluher
(m. 2014)
ChildrenKennedy Armstrong

Taylor Armstrong (born Shana Lynette Hughes; June 10, 1971) is an American television personality and socialite. From 2010 to 2013, she was a starring cast member on the first three seasons of the Bravo reality series The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Armstrong also made guest appearances during the fourth through sixth seasons between 2013 and 2016. Armstrong is due to feature in Season two of The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip filmed in September 2021.

Biography

Armstrong was born Shana Lynette Hughes in Independence, Kansas, on June 10, 1971.[1][2] Her family later left Kansas for Tulsa, Oklahoma, where Armstrong attended Union High School and was a cheerleader. She graduated in 1989.[3] She later changed her name to Taylor Ford and moved to Beverly Hills, California, after starting her own e-commerce business. She met her future husband, venture capitalist Russell Armstrong, at a local restaurant in Beverly Hills while waiting to be seated.[4] The two married less than a year later and gave birth to their only child, a daughter named Kennedy Caroline Armstrong, who was born in 2006.

Armstrong first appeared in the public spotlight in 2010, as part of the cast of the Bravo reality television series The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.[5] During the series' run, Armstrong's appearance on the show was plagued by rumors of financial issues and domestic violence, and she later confirmed that she had been physically abused by Russell Armstrong and had to undergo reconstructive surgery for an orbital fracture after being hit by him.[5][6]

In July 2011, after the filming of the second season of Real Housewives, she filed for divorce, citing verbal and physical abuse. The next month, her estranged husband died by suicide; she found his body on August 15, 2011, dead from an apparent hanging, at a home he rented on Mulholland Drive following their separation.[7][5][8]

Armstrong is currently married to John Bluher, an attorney, whom she wed on April 4, 2014, in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles.[9]

Armstrong is due to star in Season two of The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip. Filming was completed September 2021 at Dorinda Medley’s Blue Stone Manor in The Berkshires.

Internet meme

In 2019, a screen-capture of Armstrong on the second season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills was used in an Internet meme called "woman yelling at a cat". The meme depicts an upset Armstrong during a heated discussion about her husband's alleged abuse juxtaposed with a photograph of a cat named Smudge. Armstrong reacted positively to the meme.[10][11][12]

Filmography

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2008 The Hills Herself Episode: "When Lauren's Away..."
2010–2016 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Herself Series Regular (Season 1–3)
Guest (Season 4–6)
2014 Couples Therapy Herself
2021 The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip Herself Season 2

See also

References

  1. ^ "Taylor Armstrong Biography". Us Weekly. Retrieved June 5, 2015.
  2. ^ Poole, Tiffany M. (April 6, 2012). "Beverly Hills 'Housewife' Taylor Armstrong returns to Oklahoma". The Oklahoman. Retrieved June 5, 2015.
  3. ^ "Husband of Tulsa native and 'Real Housewives' star dies". Tulsa World. August 16, 2011. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
  4. ^ Dawson, Steve (September 12, 2017). "What Happened to Taylor Armstrong – What's The Real Housewives Star Doing Now?". Gazette Review. Retrieved October 30, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c Yvonne Villarreal, "Taylor Armstrong's search for safety". Los Angeles Times. February 14, 2012.
  6. ^ "Taylor Armstrong Denies Russell's Sister's Claims That Abuse Never Happened On 'Watch What Happens Live'". The Huffington Post. February 8, 2012.
  7. ^ "Taylor Armstrong, My Story". taylorarmstrong.com. Retrieved September 24, 2011.
  8. ^ "RHOBH's Taylor Armstrong Reveals What Her Daughter Thinks of Dad Russell 8 Years After Suicide". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved October 30, 2019.
  9. ^ "Taylor Armstrong Marries John Bluher". People. April 4, 2014.
  10. ^ "RHOBH Alum Taylor Armstrong Reacts to Being Turned into a Meme". Bravo TV Official Site. October 29, 2019. Retrieved November 14, 2019.
  11. ^ Amanda Mitchell (November 8, 2019). "What is The Cat Meme, and Why Is That Woman Yelling?". Oprah Magazine. Retrieved December 2, 2019.
  12. ^ Soen, Hayley (November 11, 2019). "The story behind the woman yelling at the cat meme is actually pretty dark". The Tab UK. Retrieved November 14, 2019.