Richard Simmons: The E! True Hollywood Story | 1999
Profile of fitness guru Richard Simmons. As an overweight kid in New Orleans, Richard tried diet pills and other unhealthy weight-loss trends. While studying in Italy at age 21, Richard, who then weighed 268 pounds, got a wake-up call: an anonymous note on his car that read, "Dear Richard, you are very funny, but fat people die young. Please don't die." Scared, Richard starved himself down to 123 pounds in just two and a half months. The program explores Richard's life from his discovery of exercise to his first brush with superstardom.