Getting to know former actress and current businesswoman Rhonda Shear with "10 questions"

TAMPA - Are you ever curious about the real lives of politicians, celebrities, local newsmakers and athletes?
Each Tuesday, ABC Action News asks 10 questions of a Bay area leader, politician or even national celebrity.

We go beyond the questions that are news of the day. After all sometimes, we want know more about them. What's their favorite music? Greatest success? And who do they look up to?
For the past two and half months, I have been profiling my fellow answers in this years Hands Across the Bay Dancing with the Stars charity extravaganza.

In it's sixth year-the fourth with Hands Across the Bay, the event proceeds benefit local charities and individuals who need help.

The big event was on Saturday-and what a great show!

It is so fitting, that my last dancer that I am profiling, Rhonda Shear, walked away with the honor of best female,

She was simply stunning!

She's an actress, beauty queen and business woman.

Rhonda was born in New Orleans, a city I know well. I worked there for three years at a television station before moving to Tampa.

Rhonda held many beauty contest titles, including being Miss Louisiana and Miss USA in 1975.

She was a Hollywood actress, starring in movies and numerous sitcoms. Some of her roles included playing the Fonz's girlfriend on Happy Days to the sexy neighbor on Married with Children. She then made her mark as a stand-up comedienne.

She said after being in several shows and films, she knows about costuming, enhancing your personal look and capturing the attention of audiences.

That's why in 2001, Rhonda decided to start a new career. Shear Enterprises, LLC and Rhonda Shear Intimates. And She now promotes her line, "Rhonda Shear Intimates and the Ahh Bra!"

She started with just three employees. Her company has continued to grow. She says she is now represented in more than 40 countries with more than 25 employees in her St. Petersburg, Florida offices.

Rhonda is proud of her line that she said is a winning line of intimates, sleepwear, shapewear and apparel.

Rhonda said she prides herself in personally designing her intimate apparel in all sizes, from XS to 3X.

And, she's not done yet! She hopes to expand her current business, plans on launching a new line of fragrance & beauty products and even write a book within the next year.

She is committed in helping the community and donates a lot to charity. In fact, she said every month she donates products to women's shelters around the country.

She was thrilled to take part in this years Hands Across the Bay Dancing with the Stars to help her community.

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1. What is your all-time favorite movie or song?

Spooky by Classics IV is my favorite song!

2. Do you have a Smartphone? If so, what's your favorite app?

My favorite app right now is Shazam which recognizes music (if I want to know the name of a song or artist I like) I’m always on Facebook and Twitter too and starting to get into Pinterest and Instagram more!

3. Who do you count as your mentor(s)?

My wonderful mother was my mentor, support, and inspiration throughout my life. She always pushed me to try my hardest and give everything my all!

4. What was your very first job?

Television commercial in New Orleans for Shape Spa- here is a link to a Shape Spa Ad:

5. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

Stop nagging my husband, Van. We were childhood sweethearts reconnected after 26 years apart, and we are now partners in life and business. I just can’t shut it all down some days, there is so much I want to do!

6. What do you consider your greatest success?

Through my company and the intimates I design for Rhonda Shear Intimates,  making women feel more confident about their bodies and themselves.

7. Tell us something about you most people don't know?

I was on the original Saints Dance Team “The Mam'selles” in New Orleans.

8. If you could have dinner with any three people, living or dead, who would they be?

Hilary Clinton, Princess Diana, and Meryl Streep. It would be a really interesting dinner- I think I’ll serve some New Orleans cuisine!

9. What is in your fridge right now?

Pickles, cottage cheese, and wine.

10. If you could have a different career, other than what you’re doing now, what would it be?

Professional Dancer! I’ve had a few careers and loved them all. Acting, stand-up comedy, designing intimate apparel. Later this year I’m launching my first fragrance and starting to write my first book too!

Fred Astaire Dance Studio in North Tampa donated all my lessons as well as the lessons for the other fellow dancers.
Dancing has become an extremely popular work out and activity following the hit ABC series, DANCING WITH THE STARS.
Fred Astaire Studio's in Tampa Bay are graciously providing the training we need. My dance instructor, Chris Carr is the best teacher! He is so patient with me and my two left feet:)
If you would like to learn more about the studio you can head to
Please keep sending me your suggestions. I look forward to hearing from you!
If you would like to suggest someone for 10 questions you can e-mail me at:  I look forward to hearing from you!



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