Denise Lee Richards (born February 17, 1971)[1] is an American actress and former fashion model. She has appeared in films, including Starship Troopers (1997), Wild Things (1998), Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999) The World Is Not Enough (1999) as a Bond girl and in Valentine (2001). She later appeared in Scary Movie 3 (2003), Love Actually (2003), Edmond (2005) and Madea's Witness Protection (2012). She appeared in guest arcs on television series such as Melrose Place (1996), Spin City (2001) and Two and a Half Men (2003). She also played Monica and Ross Geller's cousin on Friends (2001). In 2008-2009, she starred on the E! reality TV show Denise Richards: It's Complicated. In 2010-2011, she was a series regular on the comedy Blue Mountain State. In 2012, she made guest appearances on 30 RockAnger Management and 90210. She currently stars in the ABC Family series Twisted, on which she plays a fallen socialite and mother of a murderer.


 [hide*1 Early life

Early life[edit]Edit

Richards was born in Downers GroveIllinois,[2] the daughter of Joni Lee, a coffee shop owner, and Irv Richards (born 1950), a telephone engineer.[3] She has one sister, Michelle. Her ancestry includes German, French-Canadian, Irish, English, Dutch, Welsh and Croatian.[4][5] Richards grew up in both Mokena and Downers Grove. She graduated in 1989 from El Camino High School in Oceanside, California. As a child, she was the "only girl on the baseball team."[6]


She spent the majority of the 1990s appearing in lower-budget films and television shows such as Saved by the Belltelevision movies, and guest starring in episodes of several television shows such as Married with Children (1991), a five-second walk through. She later made guest appearances in shows such as Beverly Hills, 90210 (1992), Seinfeld (1993), Lois and Clark (1994) and a guest-arc in Melrose Place (1996). Her first starring role in a wide theatrical release was Paul Verhoeven's Starship Troopers in 1997. The film grossed over $121,214,377 worldwide and Richards was nominated for the Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favourite Female Newcomer. She followed this with a role in the 1998 erotic thriller, Wild Things.[7] Variety praised Richard's transition from good girl type roles to manipulative villainess and the review continued to include her as part of "an ensemble that appears to be enjoying the challenge of offbeat roles and unusual material. There's not a wrong note struck by the game group of players."[8] In 1998, she appeared in the music video for the Blues Traveler song "Canadian Rose".[9]

[1][2]Richards attending Susan G. Komen's 8th Annual Fashion For The Cure event—Hollywood, 2009

Richards was cast as the nuclear physicist Christmas Jones in the 1999 James Bond film The World Is Not Enough (1999). Though she considered her role "brainy", "athletic", and having depth of character,[10] she was criticized as not credible in the role.[11][12] Her outfit, which often comprised a low-cut tank top and tight shorts, elicited comments.[13] She was ranked as one of the worst Bond girls of all time by Entertainment Weekly in 2008,[14] and was chosen as "Worst Supporting Actress" at the 1999 Razzie Awards for the role,[15] although, Richards was also nominated for the Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favourite Actress – Action, for the same film. Later that year, Richards starred alongside Kirsten Dunst in the beauty pageant satire, Drop Dead Gorgeous. Richards, playing a spoiled princess, was praised for her performance by Los Angeles Times for being "as rightly nasty as she is pretty."[16]

In 2001, she guest-starred in Friends as Ross and Monica Geller's cousin, Cassie Geller in the episode "The One with Ross and Monica's Cousin".[17][18] Later that year she appeared in four episodes of Spin City as Jennifer Duncan, a love interest of Charlie Sheen's character. She starred as Sheen's character's ex-girlfriend two years later in two episodes of Two and a Half Men. In 2005, she starred in the short-lived UPN series Sex, Love & Secrets. Richards appeared in films such as Valentine (2001), Undercover Brother (2002) and Scary Movie 3 (2003). In 2003, she made a very brief appearance in the British romantic comedy, Love Actually. In 2005, she starred in the ensemble drama, Edmond alongside Julia Stiles.

In December 2004, she posed for a nude pictorial in Playboy magazine, five months after giving birth.[19] Richards posed semi-nude for the July 2006 issue of Jane magazine to raise money for the Clothes Off Our Back Foundation. In 1999, she ranked 9th in Maxim's 50 Sexiest Women and in 2001 she was voted 2nd in FHM's USA 100 Sexiest Women, 5th in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women and 19th in's 50 Most Beautiful Women. She was named one of the "100 Hottest Women of All-Time" by Men's Health.[20] In 2008, she reunited with her Wild Things screen-mother, Theresa Russell in Jolene. The independent drama, also starring Jessica Chastain was praised by the The New York Observer as it "boasts a terrific cast" and that "you go away exhilarated" from this "engaging" film.[21] Richards appeared on the 8th season of Dancing with the Stars, paired with Maksim Chmerkovskiy. She was eliminated second on March 24, 2009.

In 2010 she joined the cast of Blue Mountain State, a Spike comedy series. Richards plays Debra, the ex-wife of Coach Daniels.[22] In July 2011, Richards published a memoir The Real Girl Next Door, a New York Times Best Seller.[23] Richards will be a part of TV Guide Network's upcoming show, Hollywood Moms' Club, which airs in November 2011.[24][25] In September 2011, Richards reportedly turned down $100,000 to appear as an ex-girlfriend at Charlie's funeral in Two and a Half Men.[26] A month later, she began filming a guest spot for a forthcoming episode for the sixth season of NBCcomedy 30 Rock.[27] In 2012, Richards joined the cast of ABC Family pilot, Twisted (formerly Socio). In February 2013, ABC Family commissioned the drama for a full series.[28]

Personal life[edit]Edit

Marriage to Charlie Sheen and children[edit]Edit

Richards first met actor Charlie Sheen on the set of Good Advice in 2000.[29] However they did not begin dating until October 2001, when Richards guest-starred on Sheen's TV show Spin City.[29] They became engaged on December 26, 2001, and married on June 15, 2002, at the estate of Spin City creator Gary David Goldberg.[29] They have two daughters together, Sam J. Sheen (born March 9, 2004)[30] and Lola Rose Sheen (born June 1, 2005).[31]

In March 2005, while pregnant with their second daughter, Richards filed for divorce from Sheen.[32] The couple briefly reconciled and sought marriage counselling. However, on January 4, 2006, Richards' representative announced that she was continuing with the divorce. She later sought a restraining order against Sheen, alleging death threats against her.[33] On April 19, 2006, Richards filed formal legal papers seeking a divorce from Sheen under the laws of the state of California.[34]

In 2008, Richards decided to include her two daughters with Charlie Sheen in her confessional reality program on E!Denise Richards: It's Complicated, which premiered on May 26, 2008. He deemed her plans "greedy, vain and exploitative".[35] On January 25, 2008, Richards won a court case against Sheen so that she could include her daughters in the show.[36] When a judge rejected Sheen's request to block it,[37] Sheen urged fans to boycott it.[38] An agreement was reached between Sheen and Richards in the custody of the children, with Sheen stating in April 2009 that “we had to do what’s best for the girls.”[39]

In June 2011, Richards adopted a third daughter, Eloise Joni, as a single parent. Her middle name is that of Richards' mother, who died from cancer in December 2007.[40][41] Richards adopted her at birth domestically within the United States, following a two-year adoption process.[42][43]

By summer 2012, Richards and Sheen were on good terms, often spending time together with their children. In 2012, he made a cameo appearance in her movie Madea's Witness Protection and she appeared in Sheen's television series, Anger Management on the FX network.[44] In a move supported by Sheen, in May 2013, Richards was awarded temporary custody of Bob and Max, the twin sons born in 2009 to Sheen and third wife Brooke Mueller, after the children were removed from Mueller's home by child protective services due to concerns over drug use.[45] Richards had previously cared for the children on other occasions as well, including during Mueller's December 2012 stint in rehab for addiction to Adderall.[45] However, by November 2013, Denise has announced she will no longer care for the children due to their violent and out of control behaviors.[46]


In 1990, at age 19, Richards had a rushed breast implant procedure, which led to the doctor putting in larger ones than she asked for. As Richards was preparing to film 1998's Wild Things, she had corrective breast implant procedure, with the surgeon again giving her larger implants than she expected. In 2004 Richards posed for Playboy, to "encourage women that it's OK to embrace your sexuality even though you're a mum...At the same time, I was having some problems in my marriage [to Charlie Sheen] and I didn't feel sexy and felt I had to prove something."[47]

Richards has appeared in the NOH8 Campaign.[48] and has spoken in support of gay marriage, while admitting she had a lesbian affair many years prior during an interview with radio host Howard Stern. Richards added, “You would know who she is” but declined to name the woman.[49]

Confrontation with paparazzi[edit]Edit

On November 8, 2006, officers from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) were called to the River Rock Casino in Richmond, B.C., where Richards was making a movie. After seeing two photographers taking her picture from a nearby balcony, she confronted them, and threw their two laptop computers over the balcony. No charges were filed against her.[50][51][52]

Animal welfare work[edit]Edit

Richards has worked with Best Friends Animal Society on several projects, including its Pup My Ride program, which transports small dogs from high-kill animal shelters to other parts of the US where there's a greater demand for small dogs. She has regularly appeared on Access Hollywood's monthly pet segment showcasing shelter dogs rescued by Best Friends and available for adoption.[53][54] While assisting with relief efforts in New York following Hurricane Sandy, she adopted a puppy from a Long Island shelter.[55]


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Loaded Weapon 1 Cindy
1994 Tammy and the T-Rex Tammy
1995 919 Fifth Avenue Cathy Damore TV movie
1995 P.C.H. Jess TV movie
1996 In the Blink of an Eye Tina Jacobs TV movie
1996 Pier 66 Colleen TV movie
1997 Starship Troopers Carmen Ibanez Nominated—Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favourite Female Newcomer
1997 Nowhere Jana
1998 Wild Things Kelly Lanier Van Ryan Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Kissshared with Neve Campbell and Matt Dillon
1998 Lookin' Italian Elizabeth
1999 The World Is Not Enough Dr. Christmas Jones Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress

Nominated—Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actress - Action Nominated—Razzie Award for Worst Screen Coupleshared with Pierce Brosnan

1999 Drop Dead Gorgeous Rebecca 'Becky' Ann Leeman
1999 Tail Lights Fade Wendy
2001 Good Advice Cindy Styne
2001 Valentine Paige Prescott
2002 Empire Trish
2002 Undercover Brother Penelope Snow/White She Devil
2002 You Stupid Man Chloe
2002 The Third Wheel Diana Evans
2003 Scary Movie 3 Annie Logan cameo appearance
2003 Love Actually Carla Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble Acting
2004 I Do (But I Don't) Lauren Candell Lifetime Television movie
2004 Whore Rebecca
2005 Edmond B-girl
2008 Blonde and Blonder Dawn St. Dom
2008 Jolene Marin Leger
2009 Kambakkht Ishq Herself[56] Bollywood Film (Hindi)
2009 Deep in the Valley Autumn Bliss
2010 Finding Bliss Bliss / Laura
2011 Cougars, Inc. Judy
2011 Freeloaders Herself
2012 Madea's Witness Protection Kate Needleman
2012 Blue Lagoon: The Awakening Barbara Robinson Lifetime television movie


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Married... with Children Girl #2 Kelly Does Hollywood: Part 2[57]
1991 Saved by the Bell Cynthia Slater's secret admirer, fakes drowning to be rescued by him.
1991 Doogie Howser, M.D. Alissa Doogie's date
1992 Beverly Hills, 90210 Robin McGill Girl at Jackie and Mel's wedding.
1993 Seinfeld Molly Dalrymple Russell Dalrymple's daughter in season 4 episode "The Shoes". Credited as Denise Lee Richards.
1994 Lois and Clark Angela Episode 30, "Season's Greedings"
1996 Melrose Place Brandi Carson 3-episode appearance
1996 Weird Science Valerie Episode 7, Funhouse of Death
2001 Friends Cassie Geller one-time guest appearance, episode: The one with Ross's and Monica's cousin
2001 Spin City Jennifer Duncan 4 episodes: "Chinatown", "She's Gotta Habit", "Sleeping with the Enemy" and "A Tree Falls in Manhattan"
2003 Two and a Half Men Lisa Charlie Harper's favorite ex-girlfriend (in episodes "Merry Thanksgiving" and "Yes, Monsignor")
2005 Sex, Love & Secrets Jolene Butler canceled after four episodes


Denise Richards: It's Complicated Herself
2009 Dancing with the Stars Herself Eliminated week 3 with Maksim Chmerkovskiy
2010 Harry Loves Lisa Herself Guest Star
2010-2011 Blue Mountain State Debra Simon Cast member
2011 Hollywood Moms' Club Herself
2012 30 Rock Herself Guest appearance[27]
2012 Anger Management[44] Lori Guest appearance[27]
2012 Kickin' It Leona/The Black Belt Widow Guest appearance[27]
2012 90210 Gwen Thompson Guest appearance[27]
2013–present Twisted Karen Desai Series regular
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