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24 Facts: Patricia Lewis

2010-05-05 14:39
24 Facts: Patricia Lewis

1. Patricia wasn't born. She was a star that fell from the sky and she's spent her life and career trying to get back there. 

2. In some unknown year, Patricia matriculated from Mondeor High School in Gauteng.

3. To reach for the stars, you've got to be pretty flexible. That's why she took up gymnastics. Patti was so good, she achieved provincial colours for the sport five years in a row.

4. Patricia used those flexible legs to strut her stuff on stage, and as a result she won 13 beauty pageant titles between 1985 and 1989.

5. She then moved onto TV, presenting shows such as Toyota's Top 20, Ithuba Days and the M-Net Summer Festival.

6. We're not sure if this is flattery or farce. The character BoeBoe in the local comedy show Vetkoek Paleis was heavily modelled on Patti. BoeBoe is blonde, busty and not too bright.

7. She's never been shy to admit that the blonde isn't totally natural. Patricia was a spokeperson for Flashpoints hair extensions, the product that allows her achieve those massive hair flicks on stage.

8. In 2007 Patricia was a celebrity contestant on the third season of Strictly Come Dancing. She and her partner Marc Vilonel only lasted four episodes.

9. These days, Patricia is a reality TV junkie. She managed to combine all her passions and talents into one showpiece, Supersterre. Patricia is the host, co-producer (with her husband Mark) and provides the theme song vocals for this local talent search competition.

10. The idea for Supersterre was born out of another one of Patti's TV shows, Blonde Ambisie (Blonde Ambition). Many viewers were surprised at how funny, natural and down to earth she is.

11. Patricia married businessman Mark Whitfield in 2003, and they have one son, Max.

12. Patricia and Mrs Joost, Amor Vittone, are arch enemies. Amor accused Patricia of getting married and having a child soon after she did just to cash in on publicity, or was it the other way round? If either of them changed their hair colour I'd have trouble telling them apart.

13. In 1996 Patti starred in a German soft-core porn flick called Dark Desires: The Other Side of The Mirror.  At first she denied it, and later insisted that a body double was used for the racy bits. Why deny it? The 'body double' is seriously hot. Check out some stills from the movie here.

14. After the big 'discovery', a tabloid ran the headline "Dit is Patricia se boobs!" Of course they are! You can't escape those babies.

15. Although they're frequently trying to escape her. Every Friday night on Supersterre you can see her chesticles scrambling to get out of her mermaid outfits on stage. Sometimes they even bounce to the beat.

16. Patricia Lewis dated David "The Hoff" Hasselhoff back in the day. We're sure it was during the Baywatch stage because he clearly had a thing for big boobs and blonde hair.

17. David came to South Africa last year to record a duet with Patti before she underwent an operation to remove tumors from her vocal chords.  It could have ended her career. It did not. She's still singing.

18. She's been singing since 1992! She took her first album, Don't Tempt Me, on a countrywide tour with none other than Steve Hofmeyr. She's clearly got a thing for Hofs.

19. Patti LOVES doing duets, but only with male singers. She's teamed up with Jurie Els, Kurt Darren, the late Bles Bridges and Jim Reeves.

20. 600 000. That's how many CDs she's sold to date.

21. Patricia sings in English and Afrikaans to make sure she doesn't alienate any of her fans.

22. Some of her most colourful song titles include "Bend Me Shape Me", "Hop-Sa-Sa-Dei" and "Ek Het Amper Kopseer". Hey, at least she's original.

23. Patricia doesn't cook. It's too difficult with all that hair. Instead, she and her family order takeaways.

24. She shares her name with the British nuclear physicist and arms control expert, Dr Patricia Lewis. I'm sure they don't get confused with one another very often. 

She's David Hasselhoff's ex, a singer, TV star and socialite. Find out what's beneath her bright, busty, blonde exterior.

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