Kim Richards

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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 51)
Mineola, New York, United States
Occupation Actress, Television Personality
Years active 1970–1990; 2002–present
Television Formerly on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Spouse(s) G. Monty Brinson (m. 1985-88; divorced)
Gregg Davis (m. 1988-91; divorced)
Children 4
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),[1] is an American former child actress and television personality (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills).[2]

Early life[edit]

Richards was born September 19, 1964 in Mineola, New York,[3] the daughter of Kathleen Mary (née Dugan) and Kenneth Edwin Richards.[1][4][5] 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).[6] Kyle is married to Mauricio Umansky, son of Estella Sneider. Socialites Nicky and Paris Hilton are her nieces, daughters of her half-sister, Kathy. She is of Welsh and Irish ancestry.[7][8]


Her career began when she was months old and appeared in a TV commercial for Firth Carpet.[3] From 1970 to 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.[9][10] She starred in an episode of Little House on the Prairie as Olga Nordstrom.

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.[citation needed]

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.[11][12][13] As a young adult, she appeared in the films Meatballs Part II, Tuff Turf and Escape. She co-produced Escape, along with then-husband G. Monty Brinson.[14]

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.[9][10][15] Since October 2010, she has starred as a full cast member of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alongside her sister Kyle. As of 2015, Kim is no longer a paid cast member on RHOBH.[16]

Personal life[edit]

She was married from 1985 to 1988 to G. Monty Brinson,[6] a supermarket-franchise heir who later became a professional poker player.[17] In September 1986, the couple had a daughter, Brooke.[17] Richards then married Gregg Davis, son of petroleum mogul Marvin Davis,[17] divorcing him in 1991.[6] The couple have two children: a daughter, Whitney Davis, and a son, Chad Davis.[6][17] Brinson died of cancer on January 25, 2016, at age 58.[18]

Richards was engaged to commodities salesman John J. Collett, a central figure in a criminal scheme involving 8,000 elderly investors and nearly $150 million in losses. On October 28, 1991, he was murdered outside Brent's Deli in Northridge.[19] The two were speaking on the phone when the shooting occurred.[20] The killing had a deep impact on Richards, who spoke about Collett's murder on an episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.[21]

Later, she was in a long-term relationship with aircraft-parts supplier John Jackson. She gave birth to their daughter, Kimberly Jackson, in 1995.[17]

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.[22][23]

She spent the night at the Los Angeles County Jail and was released the next morning on a $20,000 bail.[22] She was arrested again on August 2, 2015, for allegedly shoplifting at a San Fernando Valley Target department store. She was booked into the Van Nuys jail and released on August 3 after posting a $5,000 bail.[24]


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 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 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 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
1977–78 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 Hizzonner Jamie 1 episode, "Mizzonner"
1979 Fantasy Island Rebecca 1 episode, "Cornelios and Alphonse/The Choice"
1979 Diff'rent Strokes Ruthie Alder 3 episodes
1979–80 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 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 Hazzard 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
2010–15 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 Episode "Kindred"
2015 Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! Babs Jensen


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  2. ^ "Kim Richards | The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills". Retrieved 2016-01-27. 
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  10. ^ a b Lang, Derrick J. (March 16, 2009). "'Witch Mountain' gets a 21st-century makeover". Reading Eagle. 
  11. ^ Jerry Buck, 'Country's McLean Stevenson Always Top Ten Gets His New TV Series', in The Robesonian, February 7, 1979 Google News
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  13. ^ Howard Rosenberg, 'McLean Stephenson: Rejection doesn't bother him--he's used to it', The Spokesman-Review, Google News
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  18. ^ Nahas, Aili. "Kim Richards' Ex-Husband Monty Brinson Is Dead". People. Retrieved 2016-01-27. 
  19. ^ Breur, Howard (November 7, 2010). "Inside Story: The Brutal Murder in Real Housewives Star Kim Richards's Past". People. Retrieved April 21, 2015. 
  20. ^ "RHoBH's Kim Richards' fiance John Collett murdered over $150 million scam". Retrieved 2013-01-27. 
  21. ^ "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills – Beverly Hills Housewife Kim Richards' Fiance Was Murdered!". 2010-11-04. Retrieved 2013-01-27. 
  22. ^ a b Joseph Serna, 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' cast member Kim Richards arrested, The Los Angeles Times, April 16, 2015.
  23. ^ 'Real Housewives' star Kim Richards arrested in Beverly Hills,, April 16, 2015.
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