Before TV fame, she started modeling at the age of 16, appearing in magazines like Glamour and Cosmopolitan.
Her book Drinking and Tweeting: And Other Brandi Blunders shot up to the top 10 of the New York Times Best Sellers list.
She was born the middle of three children and was raised in Sacramento, California. She was married to actor Eddie Cibrian from 2001 to 2010. The couple had two sons named Mason and Jake.
She and Kyle Richards feuded constantly on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.