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Kim Richards

Kim Richards, circa 1970
BornKimberly Richards
(1964-09-19) September 19, 1964 (age 48)
Mineola, New York, U.S.
Years active1970–1990; 2002–present
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Kim Richards

Kim Richards, circa 1970
BornKimberly Richards
(1964-09-19) September 19, 1964 (age 48)
Mineola, New York, U.S.
Years active1970–1990; 2002–present

Kimberly "Kim" Richards (born September 19, 1964) is an American actress. She is best known for being a former child actress, and a television personality.[1]


Early life

Kim Richards was born in Mineola, New York, the daughter of Kenneth E. Richards (1935–1998) and Kathleen Dugan (1938–2002).[1] 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 half-sister, Kathy.[1] She is of Welsh and Irish ancestry.[2][3]


Her career began during her childhood in the early 1970s.[1] From 1970–1971, she starred as Prudence Everett in the television series Nanny and the Professor, with costars Juliet Mills, Richard Long, David Doremus and Trent Lehman.[1] She also starred in several Disney films, including Escape to Witch Mountain, No Deposit, No Return and Return from Witch Mountain.[1][4][5][6][7][8][9] With one leg shorter than the other, she starred in an episode of Little House on the Prairie as Olga Nordstorm, Laura Ingalls' friend, whom her Pa fitted with a handmade wooden heel on her shoe that allowed her to run and play normally with the other children.[1]

In 1974 and 1976, she appeared in Disney's Whiz Kid Capers series (The Whiz Kid and the Mystery at Riverton and The Whiz Kid and the Carnival Caper) two television movies which aired as part of The Wonderful World of Disney anthology series.[1] In 1977, she and her sister Kyle both appeared as the daughters of James Brolin in The Car.[1] By 1978, she teamed up once again with Witch Mountain co-star Ike Eisenmann for the made-for-television movie Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell. In the John Carpenter film Assault on Precinct 13, she played a young girl who was brutally murdered when a gang member fired a round into her chest. She later starred in the short-lived series Hello, Larry and appeared as a guest on numerous episodes of popular American television shows including Diff'rent Strokes, Alice, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, CHiPs, Magnum, P.I., James at 16, The Dukes of Hazzard and The Rockford Files.[10][11][12] As a young adult, she appeared in the films Meatballs Part II, Tuff Turf and Escape.[1] In addition, she also co-produced Escape along with then-husband G. Monty Brinson.[13] After 1990, she went into semi-retirement.

In 2006, she appeared in a supporting role as Christina Ricci's estranged mother in Black Snake Moan. She made a cameo appearance in 2009's Race to Witch Mountain, playing a waitress named "Tina," a minor variation from the character "Tia" she played in the 1975 and 1978 films.[4][5][14] Since October 2010, she has starred as a full cast member of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alongside her sister Kyle.

Personal life

She married Lee William Asher, with whom she had a daughter, Brooke. She also has a daughter named Kimberly from John Jackson with whom she was in a long term relationship.

In December 2011, she entered rehab, and left in early January 2012.[15][16][17][18] Shortly after, she admitted to being an alcoholic.[16][19][20][21] She admitted she had been to rehab twice before.[22]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Kim Richards at the Internet Movie Database
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  4. ^ a b Barbara Vancheri, 'Primer for previous 'Witch' versions', in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 13, 2009 [1]
  5. ^ a b Derrick J. Lang, 'Witch Mountain' gets a 21st-century makeover in Reading Eagle, 3/16/2009 [2]
  6. ^ Perry Fulkerson, 'Surprisingly Good', in Evening Independent, March 27, 1975 [3]
  7. ^ Beth Slocum, 'New Disney Picture Strictly for the Young', in Milwaukee Journal, March 28, 1975 [4]
  8. ^ 'Rialto Theatre', in Southeast Missourian, March 28, 1975 [5]
  9. ^ Bob Thomas, 'Christopher Lee in Disney Film', in The Free Lance-Star, April 28, 1978 [6]
  10. ^ Jerry Buck, 'Country's McLean Stevenson Always Top Ten Gets His New TV Series', in The Robesonian, February 7, 1979 [7]
  11. ^ Howard Rosenberg, 'Hello McLean Stevenson', in The Los Angeles Times, January 26, 1979
  12. ^ Howard Rosenberg, 'McLean Stephenson: Rejection doesn't bother him--he's used to it', The Spokesman-Review, [8]
  13. ^ Escape entry
  14. ^ Hollywood Reporter Two 'Witch Mountain' vets return: Actors who played kids in original are back for the remake 29 April 2008 Retrieved 30 April 2008
  15. ^ Liz Raftery, Aili Nahas, 'Kim Richards Leaves Rehab', in People Magazine, January 09, 2012 [9]
  16. ^ a b Katie Kindelanm '‘Housewives’ Kyle Richards Reveals What Sent Kim to Rehab', on ABC News, January 27, 2012 [10]
  17. ^ Joyce Chen, 'Kim Richards feeling 'phenomenal' after rehab', in New York Daily News, January 18, 2012 [11]
  18. ^ Kyle Johnson, 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Star Kim Richards Leaves Rehab', in US Weekly, January 9, 2012 [12]
  19. ^ 'Kim Richards on 'Housewives' reunion: 'I'm an alcoholic', on The Huffington Post [13]
  20. ^ Brian Orloff, 'Kim Richards Admits, 'I'm an Alcoholic' on Real Housewives Reunion', in People Magazine, January 26, 2012 [14]
  21. ^ Kate Ward, 'Kim Richards on 'Housewives' reunion: 'I'm an alcoholic', on CNN, January 26, 2012 [15]
  22. ^ Zach Johnson, Kim Richards: I'm Trying to Reconnect With My Kids After Rehab, US Weekly, 22 May 2012

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