Darlene Egelhoff, who famously disapproved of daughter Heidi Montag's drastic plastic surgery, has fallen on hard times.
Struggling to make ends meet since her restaurant closed after 21 years, Egelhoff now cleans houses as a maid in her native Crested Butte, Colo., she tells Inside Edition Thursday.
Egelhoff admits that some of her new employers recognize her from The Hills. "That's very humbling for me and I very much appreciate that experience because I don’t ever want to get full of myself and think I’m too good to do anything," she says.
The reality mom -- who constantly butted heads with Montag's husband Spencer Pratt -- says her famous daughter, 24, has no idea about her financial troubles. She and Heidi haven't spoken in nine months -- when Heidi debuted her new face and body in a tense visit to Crested Butte shown on The Hills.
In a desperate attempt to get back in contact with Heidi, Egelhoff has even launched a personal blog, Metamorphosis of a Mother, in the hopes of Montag reading it.