We all gained a newfound appreciation for Lisa Rinna's lovable mother, Lois, after watching the latest episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. In it, Lois opened up about an incredibly traumatic experience from her past in which her co-worker David Carpenter, who would later become known as the Trailside Killer, attacked her with a knife and hammer in 1960. Lisa provides more details about the incident in The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Season 9 After Show, above.
Lisa has praised her mom for her strength and bravery in sharing her story with RHOBH fans. She only wishes her father, Frank, was still alive to see her mother's courage in action, the actress shared on Instagram after the episode aired on April 16.
"I wish my Dad was still with us so he could see my Mom tonight on #RHOBH," Lisa wrote in a post that featured a lovely throwback photo of herself with her parents. "I am so proud of my Mom and I know Dad is watching from heaven and is so proud of you Mama! I love you!"
Lisa's father passed away at the age of 93 in January 2016. Fans got to know and love him, as well as his gorgeous artwork, in Season 5 of RHOBH when Lisa returned to her hometown of Medford, Oregon to visit her parents.
Lois was saved from Carpenter by a military police officer, who had followed them when they drove down a deserted road in the Presidio in San Francisco. Lisa shared in the RHOBH After Show that her mom had just met her dad when she was attacked. "Imagine that at the beginning of a relationship," Lisa said. "And then she was in the hospital for three months."
Lisa opened up more about how much it meant to her and her whole family for her mother to share her story in her latest blog on Bravotv.com. "You are a ray of light, hope, and bravery. Not only to [Lisa's daughters] Delilah, Amelia, and me but to everyone around you. The way you have carried yourself through life despite everything you have been through is a true inspiration," she wrote.
"When I think about the horror and trauma you went through as a victim of serial killer David Carpenter and how you managed to push forward with such positivity and grace, it’s nearly impossible for me to describe the amount of pride I have to be your daughter. I hope you realize the great impact you have had on so many others to find the strength to share their own story."
Lisa thanked fans for their positive reaction to all of the stories shared in Tuesday night's episode of RHOBH. "To all of the brave souls who have reached out after the episode we see you, we hear you," she shared in her Instagram Story. "You are not alone. We believe you."
Hear more from Lois, below.
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