Born: Feb. 17, 1972 Downers Grove, Illinois, USA
In the fantasy world of most guys, all nuclear weapons experts (and doctors and lawyers and tax auditors) would look like Denise Richards’ The World Is Not Enough character, Dr. Christmas Jones. Seeing as she played a weapons expert, it’s only fitting that Roger Ebert called her a first-rate sex bomb.
Denise Richards was born on February 17th, 1972 in the Chicago suburb of Downers Grove. When she was 15, the family moved to California, a state that just loves girls that look like her. She started doing some modeling and after graduating high school in 1989 she moved to New York for more work in that field. Though great for print ads, her five-foot six-inch figure wasn’t really runway material and Denise headed back west.
She was able to land the pretty girl bit parts on shows like Saved By the Bell and Married with Children. She also met then boyfriend, actor Patrick Muldoon. She had a part on Seinfeld in 1993 and won a role in a forgettable movie, Tammy and the T-Rex. In 1996 she played a conniving beauty pageant contestant on a few episodes of Melrose Place, a show which also featured Muldoon.
In 1997, Denise and Muldoon worked together on the big screen, in the sci-fi bug flick Starship Troopers. Males everywhere took notice. But not as much notice as they gave her next picture. Richards was cast in Wild Things opposite Neve Campbell and Matt Dillon. The film featured a partially nude threesome with Dillon and Campbell. “Partially” in the sense that Neve’s no-nudity clause meant that Richards was the naked one being pawed over by the other two.
Her role as a beauty contestant in Drop Dead Gorgeous didn’t stir the excitement of the audience too much and left cinemas pretty quickly. Her role in the James Bond flick The World is Not Enough redeemed her though and also tossed her into the Bond Girl club.
In 2001, she started making appearances on TV’s Spin City. She married the show’s star, Charlie Sheen in 2002.
In 2004, Richards appeared in Scary Movie 3 and gave birth to daughter, Sam Sheen, in March of that year. The actress shocked the media in March of 2005 when, six months pregnant with her and Sheen’s second child, she filed for divorce from the actor.
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