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Denise Richards

​Denise Lee Richards (born February 17, 1971)   is an American actress and former fashion model. She achieved success during the late 1990s in several films that highlighted her sex appeal, including Starship Troopers, Wild Things, and The World Is Not Enough. She appears in the reality TV show, Denise Richards: It's Complicated which is broadcast on American channel E!. Richards was born in Downers Grove, Illinois, the daughter of Joni, a coffee shop owner, and Irv Richards, a telephone engineer. She has one sister, Michelle, and grew up in both Mokena and Downers Grove, Illinois. She graduated in 1989 from El Camino High School in Oceanside, California. As a child, she was the "only girl on the baseball team." Before she was an actress, Richards was signed by the Judith Fontaine Modeling & Talent Agency as a model. She spent the majority of the 1990s appearing in lower-budget films and TV shows such as Saved by the Bell, television movies, and guest starring in episodes of several television shows such as Married with Children (1991), a 5 second walk through. Her first starring role in a wide theatrical release was Starship Troopers in 1997, which was followed by her role in the moderately successful cult film Wild Things in 1998. In 1998, she appeared in the music video for the Blues Traveler song Canadian Rose. Richards was cast as the nuclear-physicist Christmas Jones in the 1999 James Bond film The World Is Not Enough (1999), which had a high box office gross. Though she considered her role "brainy", "athletic", and having depth of character, she was criticized as not credible in it. Her outfit, which often comprised a low-cut tank top and tight shorts, elicited comments. She was ranked as one of the worst Bond girls of all time by Entertainment Weekly in 2008, and was chosen as "Worst Supporting Actress" at the 1999 Razzie Awards for the role. In addition to her film work, Richards has made appearances in the situation comedies Spin City, Two and a Half Men, Friends and Seinfeld. She also starred in the short-lived UPN series Sex, Love & Secrets in 2005. Throughout the early 2000s, Richards appeared in several film roles which both parodied and utilized her image as a sex symbol, including Valentine, Undercover Brother and Scary Movie 3. In December 2004, she posed for a nude pictorial in Playboy magazine, five months after giving birth. Richards also 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 AskMen.com's 50 Most Beautiful Women. Richards appeared on the 8th season of Dancing with the Stars, paired with Maksim Chmerkovskiy. She was eliminated second on March 24, 2009. Richards sang "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the seventh-inning stretch at Wrigley Field on May 1, 2009.

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Feb 17, 1971 In Downers Grove, Illinois, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Saturday at the Starlight
Latest Project:
Series Glow and Darkness 2021
Known For
Poster of Sex, Love & Secrets
Poster of Good Advice
Poster of The World Is Not Enough
Poster of Wild Things
Movie Saturday at the Starlight Mrs. Sproat 2022
Series Glow and Darkness María de Champaña 2021
Movie Reality Queen! Angelina Streisand 2020-01-10
Movie Alpha Code Johana 2020-07-07
Movie Timecrafters: The Treasure of Pirates Cove Victoria Dare 2020-12-12
Movie Money Plane Sarah 2020-09-29
Movie 1st Born Christine 2019-02-18
Movie Adventures of Dally and Spanky Kelly Banks 2019-07-02
Movie My Adventures with Santa Valerie 2019-11-05
Movie The Secret Lives of Cheerleaders Candice 2019-09-02
Movie Christmas Break-In Heather 2019-09-06
Series Alone Together Jackie 2018-01-10
Movie Destined to Ride Aunt Glo 2018-08-01
Movie Tomboy Shelley 2018-02-23
Movie The Toybox Jennifer 2018-09-14
Movie American Violence Amanda Tyler 2017-02-03
Movie Altitude Gretchen Blair 2017-04-14
Movie A Violent Man Victoria 2017-09-14
Movie American Satan Kat Faust 2017-10-13
Series A Girl Is A Gun Nenuphar McBride 2017-10-16
Movie A Life Lived Elizabeth 2016-06-26
Movie Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland Debra 2016-02-02
Movie Operation: Neighborhood Watch! Denise Sorensen 2015-10-02
Movie A Christmas Reunion Amy Stone 2015-11-28
Movie Christmas Trade Chloe 2015-11-08
Movie Blue Lagoon: The Awakening Barbara Robinson 2014-12-08
Movie Fatal Acquittal Nora Grant 2014-08-03
Series Jane the Virgin Herself 2014-10-13
Series Twisted Karen Desai 2013-03-19
Movie Madea's Witness Protection Kate Needleman 2012-06-29
Series Anger Management Unknown 2012-06-28
Series Audrina Herself 2011-04-17
Movie Cougars, Inc. Judy 2011-04-21
Series Blue Mountain State Debra Simon 2010-01-11
Series The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Herself 2010-10-14
Movie Clarkworld herself 2009-11-03
Movie Finding Bliss Laura 2009-01-01
Movie Kambakkht Ishq Herself 2009-07-03
Movie Deep in the Valley Autumn Bliss 2009-08-28
Movie Blonde and Blonder Dawn St. Dom 2008-01-18
Series 90210 Gwen Thompson 2008-09-02
Movie Jolene Marin 2008-06-13
Series Secrets of a Small Town Brenda Rhodes 2007-01-26
Series 30 Rock Denise Richards 2006-10-11
Series The Reichen Show Unknown 2005-11-11
Series Sex, Love & Secrets Jolene 2005-09-26
Movie Edmond B-Girl 2005-08-31
Movie The Life Rebecca Smith 2004-04-16
Movie I Do (but I Don't) Lauren Crandell 2004-09-13
Movie Elvis Has Left the Building Belinda 2004-08-27
Series The Tony Danza Show Unknown 2004-09-13
Series Punk'd Herself 2003-03-17
Movie Scary Movie 3 Annie 2003-10-24
Movie Love Actually Carla - the Real Friendly One 2003-09-07
Series Two and a Half Men Lisa 2003-09-22
Movie Death from Above: The Making of 'Starship Troopers' Herself 2002-01-01
Movie The Third Wheel Diana Evans 2002-05-31
Movie Empire Trish 2002-12-06
Movie Undercover Brother White She Devil 2002-05-31
Movie Bond Girls Are Forever Christmas Jones (archive footage) 2002-11-06
Movie You Stupid Man Chloe 2002-11-02
Movie Valentine Paige Prescott 2001-02-02
Movie Playboy Mansion Parties Uncensored Herself 2001-05-31
Movie Good Advice Cindy Styne 2001-11-15
Movie Drop Dead Gorgeous Rebecca Ann "Becky" Leeman 1999-07-23
Movie The World Is Not Enough Dr. Christmas Jones 1999-11-17
Movie Tail Lights Fade Wendy 1999-12-03
Movie Wild Things Kelly Van Ryan 1998-03-20
Movie Starship Troopers Carmen Ibañez 1997-11-07
Movie Nowhere Jana, Lucifer's Sister 1997-05-09
Series Spin City Unknown 1996-09-17
Movie Kill Shot Jess 1995-04-18
Movie Lookin' Italian Elizabeth 1994-01-01
Movie Tammy and the T-Rex Tammy 1994-12-28
Series Weird Science Unknown 1994-03-05
Series Friends Cassie Geller 1994-09-22
Movie National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 Cindy 1993-02-04
Series Against the Grain Jodi Collins 1993-10-01
Series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Unknown 1993-09-12
Series Melrose Place Unknown 1992-07-08
Series Eerie, Indiana Girl #2 (as Denise Lee Richards) 1991-09-15
Series Beverly Hills, 90210 Unknown 1990-10-04
Series Seinfeld Unknown 1989-07-05
Series Doogie Howser, M.D. Unknown 1989-09-19
Series Life Goes On Camille 1989-09-12
Series Saved by the Bell Unknown 1989-08-20