“I was a child star, but now my most important role is being a mother.”
Kim Richards was born in 1964 New York, New York, the daughter of Kenneth E. Richards (1917–1998) and Kathleen Dugan (1933–2002). The couple separated in 1972 and Kathleen later remarried. Richards’ sisters are the actresses Kathy Hilton (born 1959) and Kyle Richards (born 1969). Socialites Nicky and Paris Hilton are her nieces, daughters of her sister, Kathy.
Her career began as a child in the early 1970s. From 1970–1971, Richards starred as Prudence Everett in the television series Nanny and the Professor, with costars Richard Long,Juliet Mills, Trent Lehman and David Doremus. She also starred in several Disney films, including Escape to Witch Mountain, No Deposit, No Return and Return from Witch Mountain. She starred in an episode of Little House on the Prairie as Olga Nordstorm, Laura Ingalls’ friend with one leg shorter than the other.
Date of Birth: 19 September 1964, Mineola, New York, USA
Birth Name: Kimberly Richards
Mini Biography: Kim Richards was one of the most popular and adorable star child actresses of the 70s. Kim was born on September 19th, 1964 in Mineola, New York to Kenneth L. “Ken” Richards and Sharon Kathleen “Kathy” Dugan. She made her TV commercial debut at four months in a diaper ad. By age four and a half Kim had already appeared in 20 TV commercials. Richards made her television series debut in 1970 on the show “Nanny and the Professor” (1970). Kim later had substantial recurring roles on the TV programs“James at 16″ (1977) and “Hello, Larry” (1979). Richards achieved her greatest enduring fame as spunky psychic alien girl Tia in the terrific Disney family feature Escape to Witch Mountain (1975) and its equally solid sequel Return from Witch Mountain (1978). Kim was likewise memorable as an obnoxious little brat who gets brutally killed in John Carpenter‘s fantastic urban action cult gem Assault on Precinct 13 (1976). Among the TV shows Richards has done guest spots on are “Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color” (1954), “The Rockford Files” (1974), “Police Woman” (1974), “Little House on the Prairie” (1974), “Family” (1976),“Alice” (1976), “CHiPs” (1977), “The Dukes of Hazzard” (1979), “The Love Boat” (1977), “Diff’rent Strokes” (1978), “Project U.F.O.” (1978),“Magnum, P.I.” (1980) and “Medical Center” (1969). Kim was reunited with her “Witch Mountain” co-star Ike Eisenmann for the hilariously horrible made-for-TV horror howler Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell (1978) (TV) (Richards did a delightful career interview for the recent DVD of this film). A very cute kid, Richards grew up to become a strikingly beautiful woman. Kim played more mature adult roles in the mid 80s moviesMeatballs Part II (1984) and Tuff Turf (1985) in which Richards gives an especially sexy performance as a teenage gang leader’s brash and enticing girlfriend. Richards took a hiatus from acting to raise her four children Brook, Whitney, Chad and Kimberly. After a regrettably lengthy absence from the big screen, Kim Richards made a welcome and triumphant comeback with a fine portrayal of Christina Ricci‘s bitter estranged mother in the excellent Black Snake Moan (2006). She’s the sister of fellow actress Kyle Richards — they appeared together in The Car (1977) as James Brolin‘s daughters — and Kathy Hilton, who is the mother of Paris Hilton.
|G. Monty Brinson||(27 July 1985 – 1988) (divorced) 1 child|
|Greg Davis||(? – ?) (divorced) 2 children|
Child with first husband, G. Monty Brinson: Brooke Ashley, born on February 21, 1986. Children with second husband, Greg Davis: Whitney and Chad. Child with former boyfriend John Jackson: Kimberly.
Father: Ken, who died in 1998. Mother: Kathleen, or Kathy, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in the same year. They separated in 1972.
Made her acting debut in a diaper commercial when only four months old. Made 20 TV commercials before she was even four and a half years old.
Richards current boyfriend, Ken Blumenthal, has been instrumental in Richards’ “comeback career” as she has begun appearing in public more frequently of late. They met at a mailbox in their Westlake neighborhood in 2009.
(2001) Moved to Arizona to be with mother, who had breast cancer. (Kathleen Richards passed away in March 2002)
(October 2010) Appearing in Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, prompting the question of whether there are really “housewives” in Beverly Hills.
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