Kim Richards, circa 1970
September 19, 1964
Mineola, New York, U.S.
|Years active||1970–1990; 2002–present|
|Television||The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills|
|Spouse(s)||G. Monty Brinson
- For Kim Richards, owner of Allied Artists Records, see Allied Artists International
Richards was born in Mineola, New York. Beginning her acting career at the age of four months in a diaper advertisement, Richards made her television debut in 1970 as Prudence on Nanny and the Professor. She then starred in films Escape to Witch Mountain; No Deposit, No Return; Assault on Precinct 13; The Car and Return from Witch Mountain, garnering the title of the "Disney Girl".
Richards has also appeared significantly in television films and in recurring roles in television series, including Police Woman, Little House on the Prairie, Dukes of Hazzard, Love Boat, Diff'rent Strokes, Magnum, P.I., and Medical Center. Richards took a hiatus from acting in 1990 to raise her children. Upon her return to acting Richards starred in films Black Snake Moan and Race to Witch Mountain. Since the series commenced in 2010, Richards has been a cast member on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
Richards resides in Los Angeles. Richards is the mother of four children. She has been married twice to G. Monty Brinson, supermarket heir, and Gregg Davis, oil heir. She is the sister of Kyle Richards and Kathy Hilton. Richards is a recovering alcoholic and has been admitted to rehab on three occasions.
Kim Richards was born in Mineola, New York, the daughter of Kenneth E. Richards (1935–1998) and Kathleen Dugan (1938–2002). The couple separated in 1972 and Kathleen later remarried. Richards' sisters are the actresses Kathy Hilton (born 1959) and Kyle Richards (born 1969). She graduated from Imperial High School in Imperial, California in 1983. Socialites Nicky and Paris Hilton are her nieces, daughters of her half-sister, Kathy. She is of Welsh and Irish ancestry.
Her career began during her childhood in the early 1970s. 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. 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 Nordstrom, Laura Ingalls' friend with one leg shorter than the other, whom her Pa fitted with a handmade wooden heel on her shoe that allowed her to run and play normally with the other children.
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. In 1977, she and her sister Kyle both appeared as the daughters of James Brolin in The Car. 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. As a young adult, she appeared in the films Meatballs Part II, Tuff Turf and Escape. In addition, she also co-produced Escape along with then-husband G. Monty Brinson. 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. Since October 2010, she has starred as a full cast member of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alongside her sister Kyle.
In July 1985, Richards married supermarket-franchise heir G. Monty Brinson, who is now a professional poker player. Their daughter Brooke was born in February 1986. Richards and Brinson divorced, but they share custody of Brooke and remain friends. Richards' second husband was oil heir Gregg Davis, son of oil tycoon and Dynasty inspiration Marvin Davis. Davis and Richards had two children together: daughter Whitney and son Chad.
In 1991, immediately after Richards’ separation from Davis, Richards began dating commodities salesman John J. Collett. Collett was a central figure in a large scam, involving eight thousand elderly investors and nearly $150 million in losses. On October 28, 1991 Collett was murdered by a hit man outside of Brent’s Deli, located in the San Fernando Valley community of Northridge. Collett and Richards were speaking on the phone whilst the shooting occurred. The ordeal had a deep impact on Richards, who has opened up and spoken about Collett's murder on an episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
Richards went on to a longterm relationship with aircraft-parts supplier John Jackson, who became the father of her fourth child, Kimberly, in 1995.
|1970 - 1971||Nanny and the Professor||Prudence Everett||54 episodes|
|1971||The Strange Monster of Strawberry Cove||Girl||TV movie, uncredited|
|1971 - 1976||Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color||Girl, Daphne 'Daffy' Fernald, Sara, Leroy||5 episodes|
|1972||The F.B.I.||Barbie Ghormley||1 episode, "Dark Christmas"|
|The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie: Nanny and the Professor||Prudence Everett|
|1973||The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie: Nanny and the Professor and the Phantom of the Circus||Sequel to above|
|The Picture of Dorian Gray||Beatrice (as a child)||TV movie|
|Here We Go Again||Jan Standish||13 episodes|
|Alvin the Magnificent||TV movie|
|1973 - 1977||ABC Afterschool Specials||Missey, Minnow||2 episodes|
|1974||Police Story||Melanie||1 episode, "The Wyatt Earp Syndrome"|
|The New Temperatures Rising Show||Little Girl|
|Little House on the Prairie||Olga Nordstrom||1 episode, "Town Party-Country Party"|
|Benjamin Franklin||1 episode, "The Whirlwind"|
|Emergency!||Melissa||1 episode, "How Green Was My Thumb?"|
|1975||The Streets of San Francisco||Julie Todd||1 episode, "River of Fear"|
|Medical Story||1 episode, "Million Dollar Baby"|
|Escape to Witch Mountain||Tia Malone||Major film|
|1976||Sara||Maude||1 episode, "Code of the West"|
|The Rockford Files||Marin Rose Gaily||1 episode, "The Family Hour"|
|Raid on Entebbe||Alice||TV movie|
|No Deposit, No Return||Tracy|
|Police Woman||Kerry McGuire||1 episode, "Father to the Man"|
|Medical Center||Penny||1 episode, "If Wishes Were Horses"|
|Family||Laura Richardson||1 episode, "Monday is Forever"|
|Assault on Precinct 13||Kathy||Independent film|
|1977||Police Story||Melanie||1 episode, "Stigma"|
|The Car||Lynne Marie Parent||Major film|
|1977 - 1978||James at 15/16||Sandy Hunter||21 episodes|
|1978||Return from Witch Mountain||Tia Malone||Major film|
|Project UFO||Amy Forman|
|Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell||Bonnie Barry||TV movie|
|1979||Hizzonner||Jamie||1 episode, "Mizzonner"|
|Fantasy Island||Rebecca||1 episode, "Cornelios and Alphonse/The Choice"|
|Diff'rent Strokes||Ruthie Alder||3 episodes|
|1979 - 1980||Hello, Larry||35 episodes|
|1980||Kraft Salutes Disneyland's 25th Anniversary||Herself||TV special|
|1981||Why Us?||Holly Sanborn||TV short|
|1982||The Love Boat||Gail, Lilian Gerbert||1 episode, "Command Performance/Hyde and Seek/Sketchy Love"|
|CHiPs||Sheila||1 episode, "Tight Fit"|
|Magnum P.I.||Carrie Reardon||1 episode, "Mixed Doubles"|
|The Dukes of Hazard||Nancylou||1 episode, "Cooter's Girl"|
|1984||The Mississippi||1 episode, "Informed Consent"|
|Meatballs Part II||Cheryl|
|1985||Tuff Turf||Frankie Croyden|
|2002||The Blair Witch Mountain Project||Tia Malone||TV short|
|2006||Black Snake Moan||Sandy||Major film|
|2009||Race to Witch Mountain||Tina|
|2010 - present||The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills||Herself||63 episodes|
|2013||Stars in Danger||TV special|
- Kim Richards at the Internet Movie Database
- "Ancestry of Paris Hilton". Wargs.com. Retrieved 2013-01-27.
- "Kyle Richards - The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills - Drama in the City - Blog". Bravotv.com. 2010-11-11. Retrieved 2013-01-27.
- Vancheri, Barbara (March 13, 2009). "Primer for previous 'Witch' versions". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
- Lang, Derrick J. (March 16, 2009). "'Witch Mountain' gets a 21st-century makeover". Reading Eagle.
- Jerry Buck, 'Country's McLean Stevenson Always Top Ten Gets His New TV Series', in The Robesonian, February 7, 1979 
- Howard Rosenberg, 'Hello McLean Stevenson', in The Los Angeles Times, January 26, 1979
- Howard Rosenberg, 'McLean Stephenson: Rejection doesn't bother him--he's used to it', The Spokesman-Review, 
- Escape imdb.com entry
- 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
- Jenny McGrath (November 15, 2012). "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills - Who Is Kim Richards' Ex-Husband?". Wetpaint.com. Retrieved 2013-01-27.
- "RHoBH’s Kim Richards’ fiance John Collett murdered over $150 million scam". Starcasm.net. Retrieved 2013-01-27.
- (2010-11-04). "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills - Beverly Hills Housewife Kim Richards' Fiance Was Murdered!". Wetpaint.com. Retrieved 2013-01-27.
- Liz Raftery; Aili Nahas (January 9, 2012). "Kim Richards Leaves Rehab". People.
- Kindelanm, Katie (January 27, 2012). "‘Housewives’ Kyle Richards Reveals What Sent Kim to Rehab". ABC News.
- Chen,, Joyce (January 18, 2012). "Kim Richards feeling 'phenomenal' after rehab". New York Daily News.
- Brian Orloff (January 26, 2012). "Kim Richards Admits, 'I'm an Alcoholic' on Real Housewives Reunion". People.
- Johnson, Zach (May 22, 2012). "Kim Richards: I'm Trying to Reconnect With My Kids After Rehab". US Weekly.