And they're not just for sale — Richard is a collector and says he has over 400 dolls in his house.37.Richard once stopped at Tiffany's and bought a diamond ring for Barbara Streisand, despite having never met her.He was in seminary school for a year and nine months but left because he felt his "pulpit could be bigger."7.Richard studied in Florence, Italy and spent time in Palermo, Sicily, as a fashion illustrator.8. Richard was born (and subsequently baptized as) Milton Teagle Simmons.2.He lived with that name for about 11 years, when he sat his parents down to tell them that he couldn't live with the name. When he started to go by Richard, his parents would call him "Dicky," which he didn't like, either. He was raised in the French Quarter of New Orleans by his mother, a fan dancer, and father, a singer and dancer.
He was always fairly private and reserved about his social life.In the '90s Richard claimed to receive “25,000 to 30,000 letters a day.”21.Richard responded to many of these letters, even traveling across the country to meet the writers and help start their weight loss journey.Of this, Richard said, “The reason I travel a lot is to meet these people, who are part of my family. I basically relate to people like myself, who don’t use more than three syllables.”22.Richard Simmons said in a 1998 interview that he called up to "40 or 50" people per day, and that he kissed and hugged "more people than the pope."23.He told Wendy Williams in 2011, "I have eating disorders, I can't lie about that. I took diet pills, I threw up, I starved, I thought that people would like me better if I were thin — since I was a kid." 13.