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Kim Richards
Richards in 2010
Kim Erica Richards

(1964-09-19) September 19, 1964 (age 59)
Years active1970–1990; 2002–present
Notable credits
TelevisionNanny and the Professor
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
G. Monty Brinson
(m. 1985; div. 1988)
Gregg Davis
(m. 1988; div. 1991)
Partner(s)John Jackson (1992–1996)
Wynn Katz (2012–2018)
RelativesKyle Richards (sister)
Kathy Hilton (half-sister)
Paris Hilton (niece)
Nicky Hilton Rothschild (niece)

Kim Erica Richards[1] (born September 19, 1964)[2] is an American actress, socialite, and television personality. She began her career as a child actress, and rose to prominence from her roles in Nanny and the Professor, Escape to Witch Mountain, and Return from Witch Mountain. In 2010, Richards appeared as a main cast member on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alongside her sister Kyle Richards. She was part of the main cast for the first five seasons and has returned for guest appearances in subsequent seasons.[3]

Early life[edit]

Richards was born September 19, 1964, in Mineola, New York,[4] the daughter of Kathleen Mary (née Dugan) and her second husband, Kenneth Edwin Richards. They separated in 1972 and her mother later remarried.[2][5][6] Her younger sister is actress, socialite, and television personality Kyle Richards. Socialite Kathy Hilton is her half-sister, from her mother's prior marriage to Larry Avanzino, and her nieces include Nicky and Paris Hilton. Richards is of Welsh and Irish ancestry.[7][8]


Kim Richards (age 5); publicity photo for Nanny and the Professor (1970).

Richards' career began when she was months old and appeared in a TV commercial for Firth Carpet.[4] From 1970 to 1971, she starred as Prudence Everett in the television series Nanny and the Professor. She also starred in several Disney films, including Escape to Witch Mountain, No Deposit, No Return, and Return from Witch Mountain.[9][10]

In 1974 and 1976, Richards 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 that aired as part of The Wonderful World of Disney anthology series.[citation needed]

Nanny and the Professor cast 1970 (clockwise from top) Richard Long, David Doremus, Trent Lehman, Richards and Juliet Mills

Richards and her sister Kyle played sisters in the thriller film The Car (1977). She teamed up once again with Witch Mountain co-star Ike Eisenmann in the made-for-television movie Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell (1978). In the 1976 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 television series Hello, Larry (1979-80) and appeared as a guest on numerous episodes of American television shows, including Emergency!, Diff'rent Strokes, Alice, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, CHiPs, Magnum, P.I., James at 16, The Dukes of Hazzard, The Rockford Files, and Little House on the Prairie as Olga Nordstrom. [11][12][13]

As a young adult, she appeared in Meatballs Part II (1984) and Tuff Turf (1985). in 1990, she co-produced the film Escape, along with then-husband G. Monty Brinson.[14] Richards appeared in a supporting role as Christina Ricci's estranged mother in the drama film Black Snake Moan (2006). She made a cameo appearance in Race to Witch Mountain (2009), playing a waitress named Tina, a minor variation from the character Tia she played in the franchise's 1975 and 1978 films.[9][10][15]

In 2010, Richards began appearing as a regular cast member of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, alongside her sister Kyle. After five seasons, Kim was let go as a full-time cast member following her personal struggles.[16][17] She returned as a guest star, though, in the show's sixth, seventh, ninth, tenth and thirteenth seasons.[18] On April 10, 2023, in honor of National Sibling Day, Richards and half-sister Kathy Hilton appeared together on Entertainment Tonight's "Spill the ETea" segment discussing their relationship, their children and being grandparents.[19][20]

Personal life[edit]

In 1985, Richards married Monty Brinson, a supermarket-franchise heir who later became a professional poker player. They have one daughter together, Brooke Ashley (born February 21, 1986).[21]

Brinson and Richards divorced amicably in 1988.[22] Later that year, she married Gregg Davis, the son of petroleum mogul Marvin Davis and his wife Barbara Davis.[21] They have two children together: a daughter, Whitney Nicole Davis (born March 16, 1990) and a son, Chad Austin Davis (born May 26, 1991).[21] Richards and Davis divorced in 1991.[23]

Following her separation from Davis, Richards dated commodities salesman John J. Collett, a central figure in a criminal scheme involving 8,000 elderly investors and nearly US$150 million (equivalent to $336 million in 2023) in losses. On October 28, 1991, he was murdered outside Brent's Deli in Northridge. He was shot twice in the head at point-blank range by a hit man who had been paid US$30,000 (equivalent to $67,000 in 2023).[24] He was speaking with Kim on the phone when the shooting occurred.[25] Richards spoke about Collett's murder on an episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.[26]

After Collett's death, Richards was in a relationship with aircraft-parts supplier John Jackson from 1992 to 1996. She gave birth to their daughter, Kimberly Collette Jackson, on August 23, 1995.[21]

From 2012 to 2018, she was in a relationship with businessman Wynn Katz. They appeared together on WE TV's Marriage Boot Camp in 2018, and split after their appearance on the show.[27][28]

On April 15, 2015, Richards was arrested and charged with trespassing, public intoxication, resisting an officer, and battery on a police officer at the Beverly Hills Hotel.[29][30] She spent the night in Los Angeles County Jail and was released the next morning on bail of US$20,000 (equivalent to $26,000 in 2023).[29]

Four months later, on August 2, 2015, Richards was again arrested for allegedly shoplifting at a San Fernando Valley Target department store. She was booked into the Van Nuys jail, being released the next day, on August 3, after posting bail of US$5,000 (equivalent to $6,000 in 2023).[31]

Richards remained close friends with first husband Brinson and helped care for him during his struggle with lung cancer, which eventually caused his death on January 25, 2016, at age 58.[23]

Richards has two grandsons and a granddaughter through her oldest daughter Brooke and husband Thayer Wiederhorn.[32][33]


Film and television
Year Show Role Notes
1970–71 Nanny and the Professor Prudence Everett 54 episodes
1971 The Strange Monster of Strawberry Cove Girl TV movie, uncredited
1971–76 The Wonderful World of Disney Girl, Daphne 'Daffy' Fernald, Sara, Leroy 5 episodes
1972 The F.B.I. Barbie Ghormley Episode: "Dark Christmas"
1972 Nanny and the Professor Prudence Everett Animated TV-movie
1973 Nanny and the Professor and the Phantom of the Circus Prudence Everett Animated TV-movie
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
1973–77 ABC Afterschool Specials Missey, Minnow 2 episodes
1974 Police Story Melanie Episode: "The Wyatt Earp Syndrome"
1974 The New Temperatures Rising Show Little Girl
1974 Little House on the Prairie Olga Nordstrom Episode: "Town Party-Country Party"
1974 Benjamin Franklin Episode: "The Whirlwind"
1974 Return of the Big Cat Amy McClaren TV movie
1974 Emergency! Melissa Episode: "How Green Was My Thumb?"
1975 The Streets of San Francisco Julie Todd Episode: "River of Fear"
1975 Medical Story Episode: "Million Dollar Baby"
1975 Escape to Witch Mountain Tia Malone Major film
1976 Sara Maude Episode: "Code of the West"
1976 The Rockford Files Marin Rose Gaily Episode: "The Family Hour"
1976 No Deposit, No Return Tracy Major film
1976 Police Woman Kerry McGuire Episode: "Father to the Man"
1976 Medical Center Penny Episode: "If Wishes Were Horses"
1976 Family Laura Richardson Episode: "Monday is Forever"
1976 Special Delivery Juliette
1976 Assault on Precinct 13 Kathy Lawson Independent film
1977 Raid on Entebbe Alice TV movie
1977 Police Story Melanie Episode: "Stigma"
1977 The Car Lynne Marie Parent Major film
1977–78 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 $weepstake$ Episode: "Lynn and Grover and Joey"
1979 Hizzonner Jamie Episode: "Mizzonner"
1979 Diff'rent Strokes Ruthie Alder 3 episodes
1979–80 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 Episode: "Command Performance/Hyde and Seek/Sketchy Love"
1982 CHiPs Sheila Episode: "Tight Fit"
1982 Alice Lisa 2 episodes
1982 Magnum P.I. Carrie Reardon Episode: "Mixed Doubles"
1983 Lottery! Valerie
1983 The Dukes of Hazzard Nancylou Nelson Episode: "Cooter's Girl"
1984 The Mississippi Episode: "Informed Consent"
1984 Meatballs Part II Cheryl
1985 Tuff Turf Frankie Croyden
1990 Escape Brooke Howser Also as producer
2002 The Blair Witch Mountain Project Tia Malone TV short
2004, 2007 The Simple Life Herself Episodes: "Back in the Saddle", "Almost Fame-Less"
2006 Black Snake Moan Sandy
2009 Race to Witch Mountain Tina
2010–2020, 2023–24 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Herself Series regular (Seasons 1–5); Guest star (Seasons 6–7, 9-10, 13)
2013 Stars in Danger TV special
2013 Vanderpump Rules Episode: "Tooth or Consequences"
2014 G.U.Y. Music video by Lady Gaga
2015 Revenge Stephanie Episode: "Kindred"
2015 Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! Babs Jensen
2015 Dr. Phil Herself Episode: "Real Housewife's Exclusive: Kim Richards Tells All About Drunken Arrest"
2016 The Mother/Daughter Experiment: Celebrity Edition Episodes: "Housewife vs. Bad Girl", "The Hot Seat"
2018 Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars Season 13; 11 episodes


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