- 1 Who is Hilary Farr?
- 2 Childhood and Education: An Eventful Period
- 3 Acting Career: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Legend of the Werewolf, Sex Farm and More
- 4 Career as a Designer: Working for Celebrities, Innovations and More
- 5 Personal Life: Is Hilary Farr Married? Does She Have Children?
- 6 Body Measurements: How Tall Is Hilary Farr?
- 7 Net Worth: How Rich is Hilary Farr?
- 8 Social Media Presence
Who is Hilary Farr?
Born on 31 August 1952, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, under the air sign of Libra, Hillary Farr is a 66-year-old Canadian designer, television host and actress. As a child, she was already aware of her affinity for the fine arts, which is due to the influence of her mother, who was an interior designer and avid traveler. As a teenager, she honed her acting skills by taking part in productions of several classical plays. Fans now know her best for her time as the co-host of “Love It or List It”, alongside hot shot real estate agent David Visentin. In addition to her endeavors related to design, Hilary has appeared in several movies, such as “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, “Sex Farm” and “Never Mind the Quality, Feel the Width”, among others.
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While she’s never starred in a blockbuster film, Farr has been praised for her support roles. With an almost magnetic appeal and unique charisma, she succeeded in remaining relevant over the course of four decades.
Childhood and Education: An Eventful Period
Born Hilary Labow in perhaps the most multi-cultural city in the Western hemisphere, when she was still a toddler, the family relocated to London, England. Most of her childhood revolved around accompanying her mother on her travels. Mrs Labow had a passion for exploring the cultural wonders of the world, which greatly influenced her career as an interior designer. Visiting Greece, Italy, France and countries with a similar heritage exposed young Hilary to the amazing world of art, and being infatuated with different styles, she wanted to become an artist as well.
However, one passion eclipsed her love of fine art – young Farr wanted to be a ballet dancer, so she enrolled at the Royal Ballet School in London, where she worked on her skills for several years. At the age of 12, her priorities shifted, as she suddenly had a desire to become an actress, so she joined her school’s theatre club. She graduated from an unspecified institution in 1970, but instead of remaining in London, she moved back to her home country, where she graduated from Ryerson University in Toronto, with a major in Interior Design, which is a surprise to none.
How Did She Become Infatuated With Interior Design?
As for her love for design, Hilary felt a connection during the period in which her mother was working as an antique trader for Liberties of London, which often involved visiting old houses and mansions from the Victorian era.
Farr memorized every single corridor and room, and developed significant imaginational abilities in the process. Creativity is the key to any interior designer’s success, and Hilary realized it was one of her more pronounced skills. When she was just 16, her mother gave her the greatest gift of all – she, and she alone was to design the interior of a house they bought on the outskirts of London. She went on to study what she loved most, but other ventures prevented her from becoming a superstar designer right away.
Acting Career: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Legend of the Werewolf, Sex Farm and More
Upon receiving her Bachelor’s degree, Hilary moved to Los Angeles, California in order to become an actress. The 1970s were the era of horror movies and other ambitious projects in which Farr was happy to participate.
Her acting debut happened in 1972, when she had a small role in “Layout for 5 Models”. A year later, she would take on a slightly bigger role in “Sex Farm”; this controversial movie tackled the topics of sex and infidelity and was considered to be taboo by most film critics. It even had to be renamed to “Frustrated Wives” because of promotion issues. In the following years, Hilary would appear in “Never Mind the Quality, Feel the Width”, “Legend of the Werewolf”, “City on Fire”, and most importantly – “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, which is considered amongst the best horror movies of all time. Her career progressed up until 1984, when she played a small role in an episode of “We Got It Made”.
Unfortunately for her, and fortunately for all interior design enthusiasts, her acting career didn’t unravel the way she thought it would, and this relative failure lead her back to her first love – design.
Career as a Designer: Working for Celebrities, Innovations and More
Hilary’s career as a freelance designer took her around the world. We mean that literally, as she lived in England, New York, Los Angeles, Sidney and several other cities. Nowadays, she splits her time between Toronto, the Big Apple and Raleigh, North Carolina, where her company Hilary Farr Design is situated. As a freelancer, she’s designed multiple homes, buildings and other structures, making sure that the inside is “layered with feelings”. ‘You have to figure out a way to get an emotional impact out of the space’, Farr stated during a real estate conference. Believe it or not, she is considered to be the first Canadian designer (and amongst the first in the entire world, too), to create staged homes.
Before she stepped onto the scene, homes would usually be shown with empty rooms. Potential buyers would hear all about the empty space they have, but Hilary introduced the word “potential” into real estate. While showing homes and helping other real estate agents, she created elaborate households that would mesmerize buyers, as they imagined themselves living there. Jenna Elfman and Jennifer Hudson had their homes renovated by Farr, as two of the many celebrities to use her services.
Love It or List It
After returning to Toronto after a nasty divorce (more on that later), she was invited to be a part of “Love It or List It”, a new project by HDTV. Joining forces with David Visentin, she spearheads one of the most-watched shows on TV in Canada. But what it is about?
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When homeowners have a house that they don’t like anymore, they are left with a dilemma – should they sell it to someone else, or invest money to redecorate it? That’s where David and Hilary come in. Each episode lasts an hour, and the two hosts compete for the owners’ decision to renovate the place or sell it. David is a real estate agent with more than 20 years of experience, so usually points out the flaws in the home, as well as the neighborhood, prompting the people (usually a married couple) to sell. Hilary, however, does what she does best – use her creativity, and with animations, sketches and images, tries to convince the homeowners to invest money to breathe new life into their old home. If you were wondering, Hilary won 90 of the shows 154 episodes. Keep up, David!
Personal Life: Is Hilary Farr Married? Does She Have Children?
Hilary Farr is currently single, even though there were rumors that she and her co-host David Vinsentin were an item. An independent outlet confirmed that he is, in fact, married to fellow real estate agent Krista Visentin. Farr was previously married to screenwriter and producer Gordon Farr. They were together for an unspecified amount of time, before experiencing problems which lead to the dissolution of their union. They have a son together, but neither of them wished to reveal anything about the boy.
Body Measurements: How Tall Is Hilary Farr?
Hilary Farr is 5ft 9ins (175cm) tall, weighs 129lbs (58kgs) and has an hourglass figure, which is evident by her vital statistics of 35-25-36.
Did Hilary Farr Undergo Plastic Surgery?
In recent years, she has undergone several procedures, mainly related to her face.
— Hilary Farr (@Hilary_Farr) August 8, 2019
Amongst the most significant are several nose jobs, a facelift (done at least once) and regular Botox injections. While some fans praised her for her looks, others stated that she “desecrated her natural beauty”.
Net Worth: How Rich is Hilary Farr?
Hilary Farr has a net worth of approximately $7 million, as of August 2019, accumulated largely by being an innovator in her niche, as well as by working with celebrities, and having an acting career in the 1970s.
Social Media Presence
Hilary is very active on social media. Her Facebook page has 135,000 ‘likes’, and you can also find her on Instagram and Twitter, on which she has 115,000 and 55,000 followers, respectively. Her profiles contain a lot of personal content, which is a testament to how social media can benefit even the biggest celebrities.