|Real Name: Denise Richards - Official Web Site
|Birthday: February 17th|
Denise Richards Biography And Filmography:
Most people have seen the tabloid stories about Denise Richards and her doomed marriage to Charlie Sheen, which included a restraining order and accusations of drug and pornography addictions. The two fought publicly after their divorce, and she won the right to use the couple’s children in her own reality television show. Aside from that, most people don't know amything about her - or the movies she has been in.
Richards was born near Chicago in Downer’s Grove on February 17, 1971. Denise and her younger sister spent their childhood in the area before her parents relocated the family to San Diego California. The swimsuit model loved Southern California, where she was a high school cheerleader and started to look for modeling jobs. After her graduation in 1989, she moved to New York City, where she shared an apartment with others and started looking for work. She landed a job with 'Bonne Bell' cosmetics, but she also traveled the world on swimsuit photo shoots. She was considered too short by modeling standards and runway work was not happening, so she decided to try her skill at acting.
Denise Richards relocated again to Southern California and began showing off her sexy good looks and charismatic personality in film and television projects where acting skills were not that important, appearing on “Saved by the Bell”, "Life Goes On", "Married with Children" with Christina Applegate, "Doogie Howser, M.D.", "Eerie, Indiana", "The Ben Stiller Show", "Burke's Law" and "Beverly Hills, 90210" with Tiffani Thiessen. She got a small boost for her guest appearance on an episode of “Seinfeld”, where her distracting breast cleavage led to the end of a television deal for Jerry and George.
Denise made her feature film debut in "National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon I" (1993) with Samuel L. Jackson, and then began a run of bad guest spots on “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” and evening soap operas like “One West Waikiki” and “High Tide” before getting a recurring role as beauty contestant Brandy Carson on "Melrose Place" with Heather Locklear. Her next small movie role helped draw attention to her when she appeared in the sci-fi comedy "Nowhere" (1997) with Christina Applegate and Ryan Phillippe, the third film in a trilogy by writer-director Gregg Araki. Described as "90210 on acid", the film tells the story of a day in the lives of a group of high school kids Los Angeles and the strange lives they lead.
Richards next big break was when director Paul Verhoeven decided to cast unknown actors in the leading roles of his science fiction movie "Starship Troopers" (1997) about the humans of a cruel, militaristic future who do battle with giant alien bugs in a fight for survival. The movie was a surprising box office smash hit and gave the actress the credibility for another starring role in the cult thriller "Wild Things" (1998), working next to hot celebrities Kevin Bacon, Neve Campbell and Matt Dillon. It was this project, with help from her nude topless threesome sex scene, that put her on the radar screen as a sex symbol and hot celebrity.
After “Wild Things” was released, Richards was cast as the next James Bond girl, portraying Dr. Christmas Jones in "The World Is Not Enough" (1999) starring Pierce Brosnan, where James Bond uncovers a nuclear plot when he protects an oil heiress from her former kidnapper, an international terrorist who can't feel pain.
Denise next appeared portraying a beauty pageant contestant in the movie "Drop Dead Gorgeous" (1999) with Kirstie Alley and Kirsten Dunst, and then the horror thriller "Valentine" (2001) with Katherine Heigl.
Denise Richards might have faded away if not for her romance and marriage to infamous playboy Charlie Sheen after the two appeared in the film, "Good Advice" (2001). Denise returned to the movie screen in the hit comedy "Undercover Brother" (2002), and then teamed with Sheen again in the comedy smash hit "Scary Movie 3" (2003) starring Jenny McCarthy and Pamela Anderson. After making a small guest appearance in the comedy “Love Actually” (2003) with Colin Firth and Keira Knightley, she appeared in a best-selling nude photo centerfold pictorial in the pages of Playboy magazine. This changed everything for her, as it seemed the entire world wanted to see her naked. In fact, that months issue of Playboy Magazine was one of the fastest selling issues in Playboy's history, all thanks to a naked Denise Richards as the months Playmate.
Richards next movie project was the romantic comedy "The Third Wheel" (2002) with Luke Wilson and Ben Affleck, about a man who accidentally hits a homeless person with his car and then can't seem to get rid of him the rest of the night. Next was the little-seen crime drama "Empire" (2002), and finally the romantic comedy "You Stupid Man" (2003), where after a man finally gets over his former girlfriend who has moved to Los Angeles and becomes a television star, falls in love with another woman - the former girlfriend's show is canceled and she wants him back.
Fresh off the attention of her nude Playboy photo spread, she was cast in the lead in the made for television movie "I Do (But I Don't)" (2004) opposite Dean Cain, and had a starring role as the poor graduate student driven to prostitution by a hooker (Daryl Hannah) in the movie “Whore” (2004).
Denise then turned heads with her highly publicized and ugly divorce from Charlie Sheen in 2005 while she was five months pregnant with their second child. The couple would split for good in 2006 when she sued him with accusations of emotional abuse and threatening behavior toward her, and an ongoing addiction to pornographic photos and movies, as well as prostitutes and drugs.
Within days of the filing, photos of the paperwork appeared on the internet – at first making her the sympathetic figure. But then Richards began appearing in public with Richie Sambora, the lead guitarist of the rock band Bon Jovi and husband of Heather Locklear. It was this sudden, open and public relationship that caused an immediate backlash in the publics attitude toward her. Suddenly, she was the bad guy.
Richards tried to move on with a role in the comedy, “Elvis Has Left the Building” (2005) working with top names like Kim Basinger and Tom Hanks, about a fugitive sales rep who hooks up with a bored advertising executive as she's trying to avoid going down for the murder of several Elvis impersonators. The actress was then cast in the UPN soap, “Sex, Love and Secrets” (2005- ), and then in the Canadian comedy “Blonde and Blonder” (2008) with Pamela Anderson. The movie was a complete disaster with a box office take of only $50,000 on an $10 million dollar budget. She also had a small part working with Bai Ling in the dramatic thriller "Edmond" (2005)
Denise Richards was anxious to get her life and career back on track and tried to do so as the star of her own reality show. She ended up in a court battle with Sheen, who objected to the idea of his two and three year-old children being forced into the spotlight of a television show. She defended herself by saying the children had shown an interest in a show business career. The show titled, "Denise Richards: It's Complicated", debuted in 2008 to poor reviews, with most publications counting the days before it was cancelled.
Denise continued to appear in big-screen films like "Jolene" (2008), where a teenage orphan spends ten years traveling cross-country experiencing life, love and heartbreak. Based on E.L. Doctorow's story, "Jolene: A Life." She then returned to a comedic role in "Deep In The Valley" (2008), about best friends, Carl and Lester, who find themselves magically transported into an alternate universe straight out of a real-life porno movie. They embark upon a journey of adult-themed mayhem while Carl ultimately finds true love in the most unlikely of places.
Richards wrapped her year in yet another comedy with the role of Laura in "Finding Bliss" (2008), a story about an aspiring filmmaker who takes a job at a porn studio, planning to use the company's lush facilities to secretly film her own movie after hours. When Jody's ruse is discovered, she's forced to collaborate with infamous porn director and the initially bad relationship turns into an unexpected romance.
After a few low budget and never seen movie projects, Richards
emerged in 2011 with a supporting role in the comedy “Cougars, Inc.”
(2011) about a kid who is expelled from every school and now must find
a creative way to pay for his education so he starts an escort business
entitled Cougars, Inc., leading to lessons he never expected to get.
Richards next appeared in the remake of “Blue Lagoon” (2012). The original movie was made famous by Brooke Shields
and Christopher Atkins and the TV reboot will have Denise playing the
role of Barbara Petersen, a successful and devoted mom who tirelessly
searches for her daughter who has been stranded on an island with one
of her male classmates.
The actress wrapped her year in the Tyler Perry comedy
“Madea's Witness Protection” (2012) about an investment banker and his
family who are placed in the witness protection program and find
themselves relocated from their posh Connecticut neighborhood to the
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