Richard Simmons
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"Milton Teagle Simmons", better known as "Richard Simmons", is an American physical fitness/fitness celebrity/personality and actor. Simmons promotes weight-loss programs, prominently through his Sweatin' to the Oldies line of aerobics videos and is known for his eccentric, flamboyant, and energetic personality.

Simmons began his weight-loss career by opening a gym called Slimmons in Beverly Hills, California, catering to the overweight, and he became widely known through exposure on television and through the popularity of his consumer products. He is often parodied and is a frequent guest of late night television talk shows, such as the Late Show with David Letterman. 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/No Child Left Behind" Act.

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One day I may be meeting you and hearing how you've changed your life by saying, 'Farewell to Fat'.

Back in the 70s and 80s, women felt the discrimination of being overweight. And now 35% of the letters I receive are from men.

I think at the age of 50, everyone should write their own autobiography, ... There's just something about being half-a-century (old). And there are things I learned about myself that helped me a great deal when I wrote this book.

There'll always be some weird thing about eating four grapes before you go to bed, or drinking a special tea, or buying this little bean from El Salvador.

That's what we need going into the millennium. We need some positive, happy stuff.

It's the most magical place in the world.

I've been going to shopping malls since I was on General Hospital.

It's an eerie thing. My childhood is being washed away.

Never, never! ... I get tired of negativity in our country. I get tired of people who only want to know dirt. I get tired of people who don't believe in themselves. That's why I'm here.