NORTH HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA.com) — For more than a decade, the Riviera Reupholstery commercial has graced our TV screens.
Airing nearly every day on local stations since 2001, the quirky, standard-definition promo has become infamous, from the floating furniture to the ad’s mysteriously upbeat host.
Who is she? What’s her name? Is she the owner? It seems we weren’t the only ones asking these questions, so CBS2/KCAL9’s Stephanie Simmons decided to answer the big one: Who is the “Riviera Lady”?
“Everybody that recognizes me and talks to me about it and friends that say: ‘Get off my TV. I’m tired of hearing you!'” Bobbi Stamm joked. “They say how much they love it and how great it is.”
An actress by trade, Stamm said she was simply asked to be in the Riviera commercial 14 years ago. But she has a shocking confession.”I have never been watching TV and had it come on.”
The commercial is more than a decade old, but the public fascination with the bubbly blonde is still there.
“People have friended me on Facebook saying, ‘Oh, how wonderful that you do such a great job, and I feel like you’re my friend,’ ” Stamm said.
Having fun with the attention, Stamm purposely wore the same outfit for the interview as she did in the commercial. She joked that she has not changed her clothes in 14 years.
So, what is she doing now? Stamm keeps a busy schedule at 68. “I’m currently working for the Neptune Society. I’m an independent pre-need counselor.”
But as a theatrically trained performer, Stamm still hasn’t strayed far from the spotlight after all these years.
In fact, the walls in Stamm’s North Hollywood home are filled with memories of her time on stage.
Far more impressive than her photographed archives, during the performance, Stamm gave an impromptu performance that offered a little peek from the stage show she performs in, starring women all over the age of 60.
Now, the burning question is: Will she be shooting a new Riviera commercial? She said sometime in early 2016.