Her first movie role was as Buddy Holly's wife Maria, in the 1978 biopic movie The Buddy Holly Story. Her performance received positive reviews. Newsweek critic David Ansen commented, "Her attractive performance suggests complexities of character that the script fails to explore." She was a regular on Norman Lear's 1984 series a.k.a. Pablo, and also appeared in the television series Three's Company, Sledge Hammer!, and Freddy's Nightmares.
- Frank Javier Garcia Berumen, Latino Image Makers in Hollywood: Performers, Filmmakers and Films Since the 1960s (McFarland & Company, 2014), ISBN 978-1476614113, pp. 89-90. Excerpts available at Google Books.
- David Ansen, "The Buddy Holly Story" (review), Newsweek, June 1978, reprinted in David Sterritt, ed., The B List: The National Society of Film Critics on the Low-budget Beauties, Genre-bending Mavericks, and Cult Classics We Love, Da Capo Press, 2008, ISBN 978-0306815669, p. 166. Excerpts available at Google Books.
- Al Carlos, "First Person: Maria Richwine: Latina Playboy Bunny Turned Actress", La Prensa San Diego, December 30, 2010 – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
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