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Richard Simmons almost always wore a headband

Richard Simmons rarely wore a headband

Richard Simmons wore a headband...

Before the internet, in the 1980's the keep fit craze was spread into people's homes via the new technology known as the video cassette. Popularised by Jane Fonda with her famous workout, the scene was set for a flamboyant male equivalent to make his mark. That came in the from of Richard Simmons from Hollywood - a funny, unlikely character who seemed to never be away from TV chat shows and celebrity functions.

However, many people picturing him in his zany striped shorts and flyaway frizzy hair also are sure they remember one distinctive trademark detail - his headband. 

It comes as quite a shock, therefore, when they are told he never wore one and despite the many images of him on the internet today, none of him sporting one can be found.

Acting career

Simmons has appeared in many well-known TV shows as a result of the fame he enjoyed following his high-profile fitness activities. These include General Hospital, Hollywood Squares and The Price is Right. He was born in 1948 and had an unlikely route to stardom - he opened a gym in Hollywood and catered all the movers, shakers, actors and actresses to who a perfect figure was so important. One his name and character became known right at the heart of where all the star making action was, his own name in lights became almost inevitable. He branched out into an extensive range of fitness products.

There was almost a Mandela effect surrounding his fake death in 2014 when he disappeared from public life and the usual rumours began. However, this was intentional and his publicist was forced to reassure everyone he was fine and well to extinguish the suspicion. 

After some maths were run, Simmons calculated he had lost humanity 12 million pounds. And they were all wearing head bands ;-)