Richard Simmons

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Milton Teagle Simmons (born July 12, 1948),[1] known professionally as Richard Simmons, is an American fitness personality who promotes weight-loss programs, most famously through his Sweatin' to the Oldies line of aerobics videos and DVDs and is known for his eccentric, outgoing personality. Simmons began his career opening a gym (Slimmons in Beverly Hills, CA) catering to the overweight, and he became widely known through exposure on television and through the popularity of his consumer products. He became a striking cultural icon, often parodied, and a frequent guest of late night television talk shows such as The Late Show With David Letterman. Today, Simmons continues to promote health and has broadened his activities to include political activism, notably in support of a bill mandating non-competitive physical education in public schools as a part of the "No Child Left Behind" act.[2][3]

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Early life

Richard Simmons was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.[1] Simmons was the younger of two sons, born to show business parents[4] and raised Catholic in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. He attended Cor Jesu High School (now Brother Martin High School).[5] He was obese throughout his adolescence and by the time he graduated from high school, he weighed 268 pounds.

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