Hilary Elizabeth Farr (née Labow; 31 August 1951)[a] is a British-Canadian designer, businesswoman, television host and former actress. She is known as the co-host of the HGTV and W Network television series Love It or List It with David Visentin.[4]

Hilary Farr
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Farr in 2012
Born
Hilary Elizabeth Labow

(1951-08-31) 31 August 1951 (age 71)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
NationalityBritish-Canadian
Occupations
  • Designer
  • businesswoman
  • television host
  • actress
Years active1972–present
Notable credit(s)Love It or List It
(2008–present)
Spouse
Gordon Farr
(m. 1982; div. 2008)
Children1
Websitewww.hilaryfarrdesign.com

Born in Toronto and raised in London, Farr began her career in Los Angeles working as a home renovator as well as designing film and television sets. During this time, she occasionally worked as an actress, appearing in minor roles in such films as The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), City on Fire (1979), and The Return (1980).

She continued to work in home renovation and design in the ensuing years before establishing herself as a designer and co-host of Love It or List It in 2010. She is president of Hilary Farr's Designs, established in Toronto and in New York City.

Early lifeEdit

Farr was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada[5] to a British mother and a Canadian father.[6] Her mother was an Anglican and a member of the Church of England, and her father was Jewish.[6] Farr was raised celebrating both Jewish and Christian religious traditions.[6]

Farr was raised in London, where she attended the Royal Ballet School until age 11, and aspired to have a career as a ballerina.[7] She took an interest in theatre and was introduced to interior design by helping her mother to decorate her childhood home.[8]

CareerEdit

Farr began her career in Los Angeles, where she began purchasing and renovating homes, as well working as a film and television set designer.[8] Acting under the name Hilary Labow, Farr made small appearances in Layout for 5 Models (1972), Sex Farm (1973), Never Mind the Quality, Feel the Width (1973), Legend of the Werewolf (1975), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), City on Fire (1979) and The Return (1980). She also performed a singing role in Grease in London in 1973.[9] In the early 1980s, she had small parts in television sitcoms.

Farr designed and renovated properties in Australia, the United Kingdom, California, New York and later Toronto. She renovated homes for notable celebrities, including Jenna Elfman's home and Jennifer Hudson's loft in Chicago.

Farr returned to Toronto in 2008 after a divorce. She was signed as a co-host of Love It or List It by the W Network, Big Coat Productions and Corus Entertainment, along with David Visentin.[10] The show was broadcast on HGTV and W Network. In Spain, the show was broadcast with a dual soundtrack on Divinity.

Farr also served as a judge on W Network's Search for the Next W Expert 2010. In 2011, she made a number of guest appearances at the Canadian International Interior Design Show, hosted in the cities of Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver. She also made guest appearances on The Marilyn Denis Show and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.[11]

In June 2014, Farr was a guest and design expert along with CNN and USA Today pundit and journalist Amy Tara Koch at the Art Van Furniture convention in Orland Park and Chicago, Illinois.[12]

In 2016, Farr appeared in Ross Petty's stage version of Sleeping Beauty at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto, in the role of Malignicent.[9][13] (Although the character is more commonly known as Maleficent, she was renamed "Malignicent" for this production.)

In 2017, Farr co-founded Rules of Renovation, a real estate investment seminar series held at locations across North America for aspiring investors.[14]

Personal lifeEdit

Farr married Canadian TV producer Gordon Farr in 1982.[15] She gave birth to their son, Joshua, in Los Angeles on 7 March 1983.[16] The couple divorced in 2008.[15]

Farr has noted she has a passion for animal rescue, and in 2017 volunteered in Nairobi with an organization protecting orphaned elephants.[7]

In December 2021, Farr revealed publicly for the first time that she had been diagnosed with and treated for breast cancer in 2014.[17] She had previously been diagnosed with a precancerous tumor in 2012, which she had surgically removed.[17] A subsequent mammogram revealed Farr had developed malignant breast cancer.[17] She underwent radiation therapy and further surgical intervention,[17] but, as of 2022, is in remission.

FilmographyEdit

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1972 Layout for 5 Models Monique
1973 Sex Farm
1973 Never Mind the Quality, Feel the Width Gina
1975 Legend of the Werewolf Zoe
1975 The Rocky Horror Picture Show Betty Munroe
1979 City on Fire Mrs. Adams
1980 The Return Lee Ann
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1982 The Greatest American Hero Erika Van Damme 1 episode
1984 We Got It Made 1 episode
2008–present Love It or List It Co-host Actress/Designer
2010 Search for the Next W Expert 2010 Judge
2012–2014 The Marilyn Denis Show Herself Celebrity judge and guest (6 episodes)
2012–2014 Steven and Chris Herself Celebrity guest (6 episodes)
2012 ETalk Herself Celebrity guest (1 episode)
2013–2014 George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight Herself Celebrity guest (2 episodes)
2013–present Brother Vs. Brother Herself Celebrity judge
2014 Fox News Channel Herself Celebrity guest (1 episode)
2014 Makeover Manor Herself Celebrity guest (1 episode)
2014 You and Me this Morning Herself Celebrity guest (1 episode)
2014 HuffPost Live Herself Contributor
2015 This Hour Has 22 Minutes Herself Celebrity guest (1 episode)
2021–present Tough Love with Hilary Farr Principal Character / Designer Designer

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Several sources state a birthdate of 31 August 1951, including Rotten Tomatoes.[1] This birth year is also corroborated by public records.[2] Farr confirmed her birthdate of 31 August in a post she made on her official Instagram page in 2022.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Hilary Farr Biography". Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on 2 September 2022.
  2. ^ United States Public Records, 1970-2000 (11 November 2019). "Hilary Labow Farr". Retrieved 2 September 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)  
  3. ^ Farr, Hilary [@hilary_farr] (1 September 2022). "Thank you ALL for the fabulous birthday wishes yesterday! I just received EXCITING NEWS!". Archived from the original on 2 September 2022 – via Instagram.
  4. ^ Lambe, Stacy (15 May 2013). "Hilary Farr On Mean Homeowners, Hoarders, And Famous Homes She'd Love Or List". VH1 Celebrity. Archived from the original on 27 December 2014. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  5. ^ DeMara, Bruce (26 May 2016). "'Love It Or List It' host the new villainess in Ross Petty panto". Toronto Star. Archived from the original on 3 December 2016.
  6. ^ a b c Farr, Hilary (19 December 2013). "The 12 Trees of Christmas". HuffPost. Archived from the original on 2 September 2022.
  7. ^ a b Isaacson, Elizabeth (17 December 2018). "10 Surprising Things You Didn't Know About Hilary Farr". HGTV Canada. Archived from the original on 20 July 2022.  
  8. ^ a b Reamer, Gracie (14 July 2022). "Hilary Farr Shares Advice For Buying New Furniture". House Digest. Archived from the original on 2 September 2022.
  9. ^ a b Maga, Carly (23 November 2016). "Sleeping Beauty brings fresh faces to fighting fairies". Toronto Star. Archived from the original on 3 December 2016.
  10. ^ "Hilary Farr Redirect Anger and be Grateful for the Bad". Notable.ca. 17 May 2013. Archived from the original on 3 July 2017. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  11. ^ Zamon, Rebecca (14 December 2011). "Hilary Farr's Holiday Decorating Tips: Quick Study". HuffPost Canada. Archived from the original on 6 November 2021. Retrieved 6 November 2021.
  12. ^ "HGTV Love It or List It Star Hilary Farr To Solve Design Dilemmas At Art Van Furniture In Orland Park On Thursday, June 5". WVUE (Press release). 27 May 2014. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014.
  13. ^ Wheeler, Brad (2 December 2016). "Shameless hawking aside, Ross Petty's Sleeping Beauty is amusing". The Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on 10 February 2017.
  14. ^ "Rules of Renovation". Scam Sites. Archived from the original on 14 September 2019. Retrieved 6 November 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  15. ^ a b Norris, Rebecca (27 February 2022). "Wait, Are Hilary Farr and David Visentin from 'Love It or List It' Married?". Yahoo! Finance. Archived from the original on 2 September 2022.
  16. ^ "Births". The Daily Telegraph. 11 March 1983. p. 32 – via Newspapers.com.
  17. ^ a b c d Strohm, Emily (15 December 2021). "'Love It or List It' 's Hilary Farr Reveals Breast Cancer for the First Time: 'I Could Have Died'". People. Archived from the original on 12 October 2022.

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