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Kyle Richards
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Richards in 2014
Kyle Egan Richards

(1969-01-11) January 11, 1969 (age 54)
Occupation(s)Actress, socialite, television personality
Years active1974–present
Known forThe Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Guraish Aldjufrie
(m. 1988; div. 1992)

Mauricio Umansky
(m. 1996)

Kyle Egan Richards Umansky (née Richards; born January 11, 1969)[1] is an American actress, socialite, and television personality.[2] Since 2010, she has appeared as a main cast member on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and as of 2022, is the last remaining original cast member on the show.

She began her career as a child actress, appearing in a recurring role on Little House on the Prairie, and in several adventure and horror films, including Tobe Hooper's Eaten Alive (1976), The Car (1977), and Walt Disney’s The Watcher in the Woods (1980), as well as portraying Lindsey Wallace in John Carpenter's Halloween (1978) and later Halloween Kills (2021) and its sequel, Halloween Ends (2022). In 2017, she was a contestant on The New Celebrity Apprentice (also known as The Celebrity Apprentice 8), playing for the charity Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

Early life[edit]

Richards was born on January 11, 1969, in the Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.[1][3] She is the daughter of Kathleen Mary Richards (née Dugan; 1938–2002) and Kenneth Edwin Richards (1917–1998).[4][5] She was named for Kyle Rote, a football player who played for the New York Giants.[6] The couple separated in 1972 and Kathleen later remarried twice more. Richards' siblings are Kathy Hilton (born 1959), her older half-sister from her mother's first marriage to Lawrence Avanzino, and Kim Richards (born 1964),[7] as well as three paternal half-siblings from her father's first marriage, all of whom were adults by the time Richards was born. Nicky and Paris Hilton are her nieces. In 1987, she graduated from Central Union High School in El Centro, California.[8]


Film and television[edit]

Richards began her acting career in 1974, portraying Julia in the television series Police Woman. She appeared in 18 episodes of NBC's Western historical drama television series Little House on the Prairie as Alicia Sanderson Edwards. Her sister, Kim, was also an actress, who appeared in one episode of Little House on the Prairie, the season before Kyle joined the cast. The two sisters played on-screen sisters in the 1977 the thriller film The Car. Through the 1970s, Richards appeared on several television series, such as Flying High, Vega$, Fantasy Island, Time Express and Carter Country. Richards portrayed Lindsey Wallace in the slasher film Halloween (1978) alongside Jamie Lee Curtis. Halloween became a widely influential film within the horror genre; it was largely responsible for the popularization of slasher films in the 1980s and helped develop the slasher genre.

In 1980, she appeared in the supernatural horror film The Watcher in the Woods. Subsequent roles included Nurse Dori Kerns in 21 episodes of NBC's medical drama series ER (1998–2006) and Lisa, a supporting character in the comedy film National Lampoon's Pledge This! (2006). She played Tricia in Lifetime's television film Deadly Sibling Rivalry (2011) and Housewife Heather in the comedy film The Hungover Games (2014). She had guest roles in several television shows, including C.S.I., 7th Heaven, City Guys, Beverly Hills, 90210, Love Boat: The Next Wave, and CHiPs.

Since 2010, she has appeared as a main cast member on Bravo's reality television show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. In 2012, she graced the magazine cover of The Hollywood Reporter along with other Real Housewives franchise's cast members Vicki Gunvalson, Ramona Singer, Caroline Manzo and NeNe Leakes.[9] She was nominated for "Reality Star of 2019" award at the 2019 People's Choice Awards.[10][11] In 2013, she portrayed modeling agent Casey McGraw in three episodes of NBC's soap opera Days of Our Lives.[12][13] In 2017, Richards appeared as a contestant on The New Celebrity Apprentice and earned $25,000 for her charity of choice, Children's Hospital Los Angeles.[14][15] She was the 5th contestant fired, finishing in 12th place.

Richards co-executive produced Paramount Network's comedy television series American Woman (2018), which was inspired by her childhood in the 1970s.[16][17][18] On August 30, 2019, it was confirmed that Richards would reprise the role of Lindsey Wallace, the role she originated in the original 1978 film, in Halloween Kills.[19][20] Following a year delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Halloween Kills had its world premiere at the 78th Venice International Film Festival on September 8, 2021, and was theatrically released in the United States on October 15, 2021, by Universal Pictures.[21][22] The film made $4.85 million from Thursday night previews, the biggest for both an R-rated title and a horror film amid the pandemic.[23] The film has grossed a total of $131 million at the worldwide box office and stands as one of the year’s highest grossing horror movies behind A Quiet Place Part II.[24][25] Her performance in the film attracted positive reactions from fans.[26]

Richards starred in The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip, a spin-off featuring various women from The Real Housewives franchise, that premiered on November 16, 2021 on streaming service Peacock.[27][28] In August 2021, Richards started filming Christmas film The Real Housewives of the North Pole in Utah, set to air on Peacock in December.[29][26] The film follows two "Christmas Queens" Trish, played by Richards and Diana, portrayed by Betsy Brandt,[30] who take part in decorating contest every year, but the two get into an argument just days before Christmas.[31][32] On October 25, 2021, Entertainment Weekly released first photos of the film.[33]

On December 7, 2021, People magazine announced that Richards is returning for the upcoming sequel Halloween Ends to reprise her role as Lindsey Wallace.[26] In 2022, she is nominated for the second time in the category "The Reality TV Star of 2022" at the People’s Choice Awards.[34][35]

Fashion and other ventures[edit]

On February 25, 2014, Richards launched a clothing line for shopping network HSN.[36] The eight-piece collection was inspired by her personal style and was priced between $69.90 and $199.90.[36] Richards and Shahida Clayton debuted their clothing collection titled Kyle x Shahida at New York Fashion Week on September 8, 2019.[37][38] Richards is the owner of Kyle by Alene Too, a chain of boutiques in The Hamptons and New York City.[39][40] Her boutique in Beverly Hills opened in 2012 and closed in 2018 with plans to re-open the store in a new location.[41] In November 2021, Richards opened a luxury resort and loungewear boutique Kyle x Shahida in Palm Desert.[42][43]

Her memoir titled Life Is Not a Reality Show: Keeping It Real with the Housewife Who Does It All was published by HarperOne on December 27, 2011.[44] Richards shares tips on relationships, family and beauty in the book.[45]

List of fashion collections by Kyle Richards
Year Title Brand Notes
2014 "Kyle by Kyle Richards" HSN Clothing collection for shopping network HSN.[36]
2019 "Kyle x Shahida" Kyle Richards

Shahida Clayton

Clothing collection by Richards and Shahida Clayton.[38]


Richards with husband Mauricio and daughters Farrah, Alexia, Sophia and Portia

With her husband, Richards is listed on the "First Families" of the Children's Hospital Los Angeles which means they have donated US$100,000 or more to the hospital.[46] She also held fundraisers for the CHLA in 2013 and 2019, which were featured on the Real Housewives.[47][48]

Personal life[edit]

In the 1980s she dated actor C. Thomas Howell.[49] In 1988, at the age of 19, Richards married Guraish Aldjufrie from Indonesia while she was pregnant with their daughter Farrah Brittany (born October 31, 1988), but they separated in 1990 and divorced two years later.[50][51][52]

Left to right: half-sister Kathy Hilton, Hilton's daughter Paris Hilton and Kyle Richards at NBC party, February 2011

Richards met her second husband, Mauricio Umansky, a Los Angeles real estate agent, in 1994. Umansky is of Russian and Greek Jewish descent. He is the son of Estella Sneider. He was born and raised in Mexico. The couple wed on January 20, 1996, when Kyle was 4 months pregnant. Their daughter Alexia Simone was born on June 18, 1996. The couple have two more daughters, Sophia Kylie (born on January 18, 2000) and Portia (born on March 1, 2008). Richards, who is of English, Irish and Welsh descent, converted to Modern Orthodox Judaism when she married Umansky.[53][54][55] She attends events at the Kabbalah Centre in Los Angeles.[53]

She resides in Encino, Los Angeles with her husband and children.[56]

In December 2020, it was reported that Richards tested positive for COVID-19, along with her co-star Dorit Kemsley and sister Kathy Hilton. Production for season 11 of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills was temporarily suspended.[57]


Film and television[edit]

Year Show Role Notes
1974 Police Woman Julie Faulkner Episode: "The Cradle Robbers"
1975 Escape to Witch Mountain Young Tia Malone Uncredited
1975–1982 Little House on the Prairie Alicia Sanderson Edwards / Samantha 19 episodes
1976–1978 Police Story Viki Jo Vero / Shannon / Nance 3 episodes
1976 Eaten Alive Angie
1977 A Circle of Children Sarah TV movie
1977 The Car Debbie
1977 The Father Knows Best Reunion Ellen TV movie
1977 Father Knows Best: Home for Christmas Ellen TV movie
1978 Halloween Lindsey Wallace
1978 The Wonderful World of Disney Naomi Episode: "The Million Dollar Dixie Deliverance"
1978 Flying High Katie Episode: "The Vanishing Point"
1979 Vega$ Julie Travis Episode: "Kill Dan Tanna!"
1979 Fantasy Island Rebecca Episode: "Cornelius and Alfonse/The Choice"
1979 Time Express Billie Jane Culper Episode: "Rodeo/Cop"
1979 Carter Country Gerry 4 episodes
1979 Friendships, Secrets, and Lies Livia TV movie
1979 Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar and Grill Laurie Jean TV movie
1980 Once Upon a Family Liz Demerjian TV movie
1980 The Watcher in the Woods Ellie Curtis
1980 Beulah Land Young Sarah TV mini-series
1981 Concrete Cowboys Isobel Episode: "Episode #1.1"
1981 Halloween II Lindsey Wallace Archival footage
1981 Hellinger's Law Julie Braden TV movie
1982 This is Kate Bennett ... Jennifer Bennett TV movie
1982 CHiPs Jodi Episode: "The Spaceman Made Me Do It"
1984–1987 Down to Earth Elizabeth 'Lissy' Preston 106 episodes
1989 Curfew Stephanie Davenport Lead role
1990 Escape Lydia
1998 Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher N/A Episode: "Model Citizen"
1998 Love Boat: The Next Wave Scheming Woman Episode: "Captains Courageous"
1998–2006 ER Nurse Dori Kerns 21 episodes
1999 Beverly Hills, 90210 Anna Murphy Episode: "Bobbi Dearest"
1999 City Guys Kate Episode: "Miracle on 134th Street and Lexington Avenue"
2003 7th Heaven Matt's Patient Episode: "Life and Death: Part 1"
2006 Pledge This! Lisa
2011 Deadly Sibling Rivalry Tricia Lifetime television film
2012 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Ms. Young Episode: "Play Dead"
2013 Days of Our Lives Casey McGraw 3 episodes
2014 The Hungover Games Heather
2021 The Prince Kyle Richards Voice; Episode: "Beverly Hills"
2021 Halloween Kills Lindsey Wallace
2021 The Housewives of the North Pole Trish Peacock original film[58]
2022 Halloween Ends Lindsey Wallace

As herself[edit]

Year Show Notes
2003–2006 The Simple Life 3 episodes
2005 I Want To Be a Hilton 4 episodes
2010–present The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 269 episodes
2013 Vanderpump Rules Episode: "Tooth or Consequences"
2013 Betty White's Off Their Rockers Episode: "Episode #2.8"
2013, 2022 Whose Line Is It Anyway? Episode: "Kyle Richards" and "Kyle Richards 2"
2014 The Doctors Episode: "Compulsive Behaviors Triggered by Medication?/

Reality Star Reveals Secret Health Struggle/Dangers of Prescription Drugs"

2015 Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce Episode: "Rule #58: Avoid the Douchemobile"
2015–2016 FabLife 3 episodes
2016, 2021 Keeping Up with the Kardashians Episode: "Lord of the Cougars" and "The End of An Era"
2017 The New Celebrity Apprentice Contestant; 7 episodes
2019 Match Game Episode: "Horatio Sanz/Sherri Shepherd/Thomas Lennon/

Ellie Kemper/Kenan Thompson/Kyle Richards"

2020 Barkitecture Episode: "Kyle Richards: Real Housedogs of Beverly Hills"
2020 This Is Paris Documentary film
2020 Celebrity Family Feud Episode: "Andy Cohen vs. Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and

Kevin Nealon vs. Drew Carey"

2021 For Real: The Story of Reality TV Episode: "How the Other Half Lives"
2021 The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip 7 episodes
2022 Buying Beverly Hills[59] Episode: "Who's Coming With Me?"

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Role
2014 "G.U.Y." Lady Gaga The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Band

As producer[edit]

Year Show Role Notes
2018 American Woman Co-executive producer 11 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

List of awards and nominations
Year Ceremony Award Work Result
1982 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films Best Supporting Actress The Watcher in the Woods Nominated
1982 Young Artist Awards Best Young Motion Picture Actress Nominated
1984 Best Young Actress in a Movie Made for Television This Is Kate Bennett... Nominated
1985 Best Young Actor/Actress in a Cable Series or Program Down to Earth Nominated
2019 People's Choice Awards Favorite Reality TV Star The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Nominated
2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards Most Frightened Performance Halloween Kills Nominated
2022 People's Choice Awards The Reality TV Star Of 2022 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Nominated


  • Richards, Kyle (December 27, 2011). Life Is Not a Reality Show: Keeping It Real with the Housewife Who Does It All. New York, NY: HarperOne. ISBN 978-0062113481.


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