From Carny To 'Real Housewives Of Dallas,' LeeAnne Locken Reveals Her Dark Past

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Apr. 6 2016, Published 5:28 p.m. ET

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The Real Housewives have had some interesting jobs before fame, but this one takes the cake—in the face!

The Real Housewives of Dallas star LeeAnne Locken revealed to that her first job was working in a carnival!

The 48-year-old said she began her career as a carny when she was only a toddler, long before her glitzy days as a Bravolebrity.

“I started working during the summers when I was 3 years old,” she told “I worked for my mom and then other people. When I was 11 I bought my own game and I had adults working for me.”

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While Locken said “owned five or six games and part of an arcade,” she retired at 16 because the circus circuit wasn’t all it’s lived up to be.

“A lot of bad happened to me,” she said. “I attribute a lot of it to how I looked and who I was. I had a lot of therapy along the way to discover who I was as a human.”

While now she’s settled with her boyfriend Rich Emberlin in Dallas focusing on her charity work, she’s not sure she’s able to juggle the different personalities of her co-stars.


“I have a huge personality,” she explained. “It’s not always the easiest thing to be around.”

She continued: “I found myself being attacked a lot. These young girls who are not part of Dallas society are trying to become part of it.”

The series premiere of The Real Housewives of Dallas airs April 11 at 10/9c on Bravo. 


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