Kim Richards

Kim Erica Richards[1][2] (born September 19, 1964)[3] is an American former child actress (Nanny and the Professor) and television personality (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills).[4]

Kim Richards
Kim Richards in a promotional photo in 1971.
Kim Erica Richards

(1964-09-19) September 19, 1964
Years active1970–1990; 2002–present
TelevisionThe Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
G. Monty Brinson
(m. 1985; div. 1988)

Gregg Davis
(m. 1988; div. 1991)
RelativesKyle Richards (sister)
Kathy Hilton (half-sister)
Paris Hilton (niece)
Nicky Hilton Rothschild (niece)

Early life

Richards was born September 19, 1964 in Mineola, New York,[5] the daughter of Kathleen Mary (née Dugan) and her second husband, Kenneth Edwin Richards.[3][6][7] They separated in 1972 and her mother later remarried.

Her sisters are Kathy Hilton (from her mother's first marriage) and Kyle Richards (born 1969).[8] Socialites Nicky and Paris Hilton are her nieces, daughters of her half-sister, Kathy. Richards is of Welsh and Irish ancestry.[9][10]


Richards' career began when she was months old and appeared in a TV commercial for Firth Carpet.[5] From 1970-71, 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.[11][12]

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 which aired as part of The Wonderful World of Disney anthology series.[13]

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).[13] 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 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 in an episode of Little House on the Prairie as Olga Nordstrom.[13][13][14][15][16]

As a young adult, she appeared in Meatballs Part II and Tuff Turf. She co-produced Escape, along with then-husband G. Monty Brinson.[17]

Richards appeared in a supporting role as Christina Ricci's estranged mother in 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.[11][12][18]

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.[19][20] However, she returned as a guest star in the show's sixth, seventh and ninth seasons.[21]

Personal life

In 1985, Richards married Monty Brinson,[8] a supermarket-franchise heir who later became a professional poker player.[22] In 1986, the couple had a daughter, Brooke.[22] Brinson and Richards divorced in 1988.[23] Later that year, Richards married Gregg Davis, the son of petroleum mogul Marvin Davis and his wife Barbara Davis.[22] The couple have two children: a daughter, Whitney Davis, and a son, Chad Davis.[8][22] Richards and Davis divorced in 1991. Richards' first husband Brinson died of cancer on January 25, 2016, aged 58.[24]

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. He was shot twice in the head at point-blank range by a hit man who had been paid $30,000.[25] He was speaking with Kim on the phone when the shooting occurred.[26] Richards spoke about Collett's murder on an episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.[27] Later, she was in a long-term relationship with aircraft-parts supplier John Jackson. She gave birth to their daughter, Kimberly Jackson, in 1995.[22]

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.[28][29] She spent the night in Los Angeles County Jail and was released the next morning on a $20,000 bail.[28] She was arrested again on August 2, 2015, for allegedly shoplifting at a San Fernando Valley Target department store, was booked into the Van Nuys jail, and was released on August 3 after posting a $5,000 bail.[30]


Film and television
1970–71Nanny and the ProfessorPrudence Everett54 episodes
1971The Strange Monster of Strawberry CoveGirlTV movie, uncredited
1971–76The Wonderful World of DisneyGirl, Daphne 'Daffy' Fernald, Sara, Leroy5 episodes
1972The F.B.I.Barbie Ghormley1 episode, "Dark Christmas"
1972Nanny and the ProfessorPrudence EverettAnimated TV-movie
1973Nanny and the Professor and the Phantom of the CircusPrudence EverettAnimated TV-movie
1973The Picture of Dorian GrayBeatrice (as a child)TV movie
1973Here We Go AgainJan Standish13 episodes
1973Alvin the MagnificentTV movie
1973–77ABC Afterschool SpecialsMissey, Minnow2 episodes
1974Police StoryMelanie1 episode, "The Wyatt Earp Syndrome"
1974The New Temperatures Rising ShowLittle Girl
1974Little House on the PrairieOlga Nordstrom1 episode, "Town Party-Country Party"
1974Benjamin Franklin1 episode, "The Whirlwind"
1974Return of the Big CatAmy McClarenTV movie
1974Emergency!Melissa1 episode, "How Green Was My Thumb?"
1975The Streets of San FranciscoJulie Todd1 episode, "River of Fear"
1975Medical Story1 episode, "Million Dollar Baby"
1975Escape to Witch MountainTia MaloneMajor film
1976SaraMaude1 episode, "Code of the West"
1976The Rockford FilesMarin Rose Gaily1 episode, "The Family Hour"
1976No Deposit, No ReturnTracyMajor film
1976Police WomanKerry McGuire1 episode, "Father to the Man"
1976Medical CenterPenny1 episode, "If Wishes Were Horses"
1976FamilyLaura Richardson1 episode, "Monday is Forever"
1976Special DeliveryJuliette
1976Assault on Precinct 13KathyIndependent film
1977Raid on EntebbeAliceTV movie
1977Police StoryMelanie1 episode, "Stigma"
1977The CarLynne Marie ParentMajor film
1977–78James at 15/16Sandy Hunter21 episodes
1978Return from Witch MountainTia MaloneMajor film
1978Project UFOAmy Forman
1978Devil Dog: The Hound of HellBonnie BarryTV movie
1979HizzonnerJamie1 episode, "Mizzonner"
1979Diff'rent StrokesRuthie Alder3 episodes
1979–80Hello, LarryRuthie Alder35 episodes
1980Kraft Salutes Disneyland's 25th AnniversaryHerselfTV special
1981Why Us?Holly SanbornTV short
1982The Love BoatGail, Lilian Gerbert1 episode,
"Command Performance/Hyde and Seek/Sketchy Love"
1982CHiPsSheila1 episode, "Tight Fit"
1982AliceLisa2 episodes
1982Magnum P.I.Carrie Reardon1 episode, "Mixed Doubles"
1983The Dukes of HazzardNancylou1 episode, "Cooter's Girl"
1984The Mississippi1 episode, "Informed Consent"
1984Meatballs Part IICheryl
1985Tuff TurfFrankie Croyden
1990EscapeBrooke Howser
2002The Blair Witch Mountain ProjectTia MaloneTV short
2004–2007 The Simple Life Herself Episodes: "Back in the Saddle", "Almost Fame-Less"
2006Black Snake MoanSandy
2009Race to Witch MountainTina
2010–2017The Real Housewives of Beverly HillsHerselfSeries regular (Seasons 1–5); Guest star (Seasons 6-7, 9)
2013Stars in DangerHerselfTV special
2014G.U.Y.HerselfMusic video by Lady Gaga
2015RevengeStephanieEpisode: "Kindred"
2015Sharknado 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 Herself Episodes:"Housewife vs. Bad Girl", "The Hot Seat"
2018 Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars Herself Season 13


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