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Kim Richards

Kim Richards
Nanny and the Professor Kim Richards 1970.jpg
Kim Richards in a promotional photo in 1971.
Born Kimberly Richards
(1964-09-19) September 19, 1964 (age 50)
Mineola, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress, Television Personality
Years active 1970–1990; 2002–present
Television The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Spouse(s) G. Monty Brinson
Gregg Davis
Partner(s) John J. Collett
(? - 1991; his death)
John Jackson
Children Brooke Brinson
Whitney Davis
Chad Davis
Kimberly Jackson
Relatives Kyle Richards (sister)
Kathy Hilton (half-sister)
Paris Hilton (niece)
Nicky Hilton (niece)
Marvin Davis (former father-in-law)
Barbara Davis (former mother-in-law)

Kimberly "Kim" Richards (born September 19, 1964) is an American actress. She is a former child actress, and currently a television personality on the TV series The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.[1]

Early lifeEdit

Kim Richards was born in Mineola, New York on September 19, 1964. Her father was Kenneth E. Richards (1935–1998) and her mother, Sharon Kathleen Dugan (1938–2002).[2][3] They separated in 1972 and her mother later remarried. Her sisters are the actresses Kathy Hilton (from her mother's first marriage) and Kyle Richards (born 1969).[2] 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.[4][5]


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.[6][7] 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.[8][9][10] 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.[11]

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.[6][7][12] Since October 2010, she has starred as a full cast member of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alongside her sister Kyle.

Personal lifeEdit

In July 1985, she married supermarket-franchise heir G. Monty Brinson, who is now a professional poker player.[2] They had one daughter, Brooke Brinson, born in February 1986. The couple were divorced in 1988, and they shared custody of Brooke.[2] She appeared on The World According to Paris in 2011 and currently works as a full-time real estate agent at Hilton & Hyland, for her brother in law Richard Hilton.[13][14]

Her second husband was oil heir Gregg Davis, son of oil tycoon and Dynasty inspiration Marvin Davis and philanthropist Barbara Davis.[2][15] The couple produced two children: daughter Whitney (b. 1992) [15] and son Chad Davis (b. 1993),[15] but divorced in 1991.[2]

Richards dated commodities salesman John J. Collett. He was a central figure in a large scam, involving eight thousand elderly investors and nearly $150 million in losses. On October 28, 1991, he was murdered by a hitman outside of Brent's Deli, located in the San Fernando Valley community of Northridge. The two were speaking on the phone whilst the shooting occurred.[16] 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.[17] Additionally, Janis Collett, John's mother, later said: "John's murder was a devastating tragedy, and Kim was just torn apart. Poor Kim had to identify his body. It was a horrible nightmare for her. I've never recovered from the loss, and I don't think Kim has either."[16]

Later, she was in a long term relationship with aircraft-parts supplier John Jackson. She gave birth to their daughter, Kimberly Jackson, in 1995.[15]

> In December 2011, she entered rehab, and left in early January 2012. In an episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Kim was accused of being on crystal meth by fellow castmate Brandi Glanville, .[18][19][20] Shortly after, she admitted to being an alcoholic.[19][21] She admitted she had been to rehab twice before.[22]

TV and filmographyEdit

Year Show Role Notes
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"
1972 Nanny and the Professor Prudence Everett
1973 Nanny and the Professor and the Phantom of the Circus Prudence Everett
1973 The Picture of Dorian Gray Beatrice (as a child) TV movie
1973 Here We Go Again Jan Standish 13 episodes
1973 Alvin the Magnificent TV movie
1973–1977 ABC Afterschool Specials Missey, Minnow 2 episodes
1974 Police Story Melanie 1 episode, "The Wyatt Earp Syndrome"
1974 The New Temperatures Rising Show Little Girl
1974 Little House on the Prairie Olga Nordstrom 1 episode, "Town Party-Country Party"
1974 Benjamin Franklin 1 episode, "The Whirlwind"
1974 Return of the Big Cat Amy McClaren TV movie
1974 Emergency! Melissa 1 episode, "How Green Was My Thumb?"
1975 The Streets of San Francisco Julie Todd 1 episode, "River of Fear"
1975 Medical Story 1 episode, "Million Dollar Baby"
1975 Escape to Witch Mountain Tia Malone Major film
1976 Sara Maude 1 episode, "Code of the West"
1976 The Rockford Files Marin Rose Gaily 1 episode, "The Family Hour"
1976 No Deposit, No Return Tracy Major film
1976 Police Woman Kerry McGuire 1 episode, "Father to the Man"
1976 Medical Center Penny 1 episode, "If Wishes Were Horses"
1976 Family Laura Richardson 1 episode, "Monday is Forever"
1976 Special Delivery Juliette
1976 Assault on Precinct 13 Kathy Independent film
1977 Raid on Entebbe Alice TV movie
1977 Police Story Melanie 1 episode, "Stigma"
1977 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
1978 Project UFO Amy Forman
1978 Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell Bonnie Barry TV movie
1979 Hizzonner Jamie 1 episode, "Mizzonner"
1979 Fantasy Island Rebecca 1 episode, "Cornelios and Alphonse/The Choice"
1979 Diff'rent Strokes Ruthie Alder 3 episodes
1979–1980 Hello, Larry Ruthie Alder 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"
1982 CHiPs Sheila 1 episode, "Tight Fit"
1982 Alice Lisa 2 episodes
1982 Magnum P.I. Carrie Reardon 1 episode, "Mixed Doubles"
1983 Lottery! Valerie
1983 The Dukes of Hazard Nancylou 1 episode, "Cooter's Girl"
1984 The Mississippi 1 episode, "Informed Consent"
1984 Meatballs Part II Cheryl
1985 Tuff Turf Frankie Croyden
1990 Escape Brooke Howser
2002 The Blair Witch Mountain Project Tia Malone TV short
2006 Black Snake Moan Sandy
2009 Race to Witch Mountain Tina
2010–present The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Herself 101 episodes
2013 Stars in Danger Herself TV special
2014 G.U.Y. Herself Music video by Lady Gaga
2015 Revenge Stephanie 1 episode, "Kindred"


  1. ^ Bravo TV: Kim Richards - Bio
  2. ^ a b c d e f Heartbreak for Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills star Kim Richards as one of her children is placed on a psychiatric hold, The Daily Mail, September 6, 2013
  3. ^ Casablanca, Ted (23 March 2010). "Are You Ready for Another Hilton Takeover?". E! Online. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Ancestry of Paris Hilton". Retrieved 2013-01-27. 
  5. ^ "Kyle Richards - The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills - Drama in the City - Blog". 2010-11-11. Retrieved 2013-01-27. 
  6. ^ a b Vancheri, Barbara (March 13, 2009). "Primer for previous 'Witch' versions". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  7. ^ a b Lang, Derrick J. (March 16, 2009). "'Witch Mountain' gets a 21st-century makeover". Reading Eagle. 
  8. ^ Jerry Buck, 'Country's McLean Stevenson Always Top Ten Gets His New TV Series', in The Robesonian, February 7, 1979 Google News
  9. ^ Howard Rosenberg, 'Hello McLean Stevenson', in The Los Angeles Times, January 26, 1979
  10. ^ Howard Rosenberg, 'McLean Stephenson: Rejection doesn't bother him--he's used to it', The Spokesman-Review, Google News
  11. ^ "Escape". The New York Times. 
  12. ^ 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
  13. ^ imdb: Brooke Brinson
  14. ^ Hilton & Hyland: Brooke Brinson
  15. ^ a b c d Jenny McGrath (November 15, 2012). "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills - Who Is Kim Richards' Ex-Husband?". Retrieved 2013-01-27. 
  16. ^ a b "RHoBH's Kim Richards' fiance John Collett murdered over $150 million scam". Retrieved 2013-01-27. 
  17. ^   (2010-11-04). "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills - Beverly Hills Housewife Kim Richards' Fiance Was Murdered!". Retrieved 2013-01-27. 
  18. ^ Liz Raftery; Aili Nahas (January 9, 2012). "Kim Richards Leaves Rehab". People. 
  19. ^ a b Kindelanm, Katie (January 27, 2012). "'Housewives' Kyle Richards Reveals What Sent Kim to Rehab". ABC News. 
  20. ^ Chen,, Joyce (January 18, 2012). "Kim Richards feeling 'phenomenal' after rehab". New York Daily News. 
  21. ^ Brian Orloff (January 26, 2012). "Kim Richards Admits, 'I'm an Alcoholic' on Real Housewives Reunion". People. 
  22. ^ Johnson, Zach (May 22, 2012). "Kim Richards: I'm Trying to Reconnect With My Kids After Rehab". US Weekly. 

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