Denise Richards is a model and actress known for movies like Wild Things, Starship Troopers, and Drop Dead Gorgeous, as well as television series like Melrose Place, Spin City, and Blue Mountain State. She joined the cast of The Bold and the Beautiful as Shauna Fulton in 2019.
Hailing from Downers Grove, Illinois, Richards' first love was baseball -- she claims she was the "only girl on the baseball team" when she was a child. However, her passion eventually turned to acting and modeling, which she began seriously pursuing after her family moved to California when she was 15. That same year, Richards appeared in the music video for Double's "The Captain of her Heart" and then went on to do modeling and commercials in cities like Paris, New York, and Tokyo.
Some of Richards' early acting credits include television shows like Saved by the Bell, Married with Children, Beverly Hills, 90210, Seinfeld, Lois and Clark, and Melrose Place. She later went on to appear on Friends, Two and a Half Men, Sex, Love & Secrets, and Blue Mountain State.
The actress began her film career in 1997 with a role in Starship Troopers, which landed her a Blockbuster Entertainment Award nomination for Favorite Female Newcomer. She followed this with films like Wild Things, James Bond's The World Is Not Enough, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Love Actually, and Edmond.
Richards starred in E!'s confessional reality program Denise Richards: It's Complicated in 2008, and she appeared on the 8th season of Dancing with the Stars in 2009 (but was the second to be eliminated). She joined the Bravo reality show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills in 2019.
Richards shares two daughters, Sam and Lola, with actor Charlie Sheen, whom she married in 2002 and divorced in 2006. Sheen granted Richards full custody of their two children in 2010. In June 2011, the actress adopted a third daughter, Eloise Joni Richards, as a single parent. The girl's middle name is that of Richards' mother, who died from cancer in December 2007. Richards remarried in 2018 and now calls Aaron Phypers -- ex-husband of actress Nicollette Sheridan -- her husband.
Richards has given her time to various charities and volunteer efforts over the years, including teaming up with Best Friends Animal Society on several projects, including its Pup My Ride program, which transports dogs from high-kill animal shelters to other parts of the US for adoption. She has regularly appeared on Access Hollywood's monthly pet segment showcasing shelter dogs rescued by Best Friends and available for adoption. Richards also appeared in the NOH8 Campaign as part of her support of gay marriage and posed semi-nude for the July 2006 issue of Jane magazine to raise money for the Clothes Off Our Back Foundation.
The Secret Lives of Cheerleaders (TV Movie)
Christmas Break-In (TV Movie)
Tomboy (TV Movie)
Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce
A Girl Is a Gun
Roch in a Hard Place
Jane the Virgin
A Christmas Reunion (TV Movie)
Fatal Acquittal (TV Movie)
Blue Lagoon: The Awakening (TV Movie)
Blue Mountain State
Secrets of a Small Town
Sex, Love & Secrets
I Do (But I Don't) (TV Movie)
Two and a Half Men
Time Well Spent (TV Movie)
919 Fifth Avenue (TV Movie)
Pier 66 (TV Movie)
In the Blink of an Eye (TV Movie)
P.C.H. (TV Movie)
One West Waikiki
Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
Against the Grain
In Living Color
Bodies of Evidence
The Ben Stiller Show
Beverly Hills, 90210
Doogie Howser, M.D.
Married with Children
Saved by the Bell
Life Goes On
Saturday at the Starlight
Timecrafters: The Treasure of Pirate's Cove
Adventures of Dally & Spanky
The Prayer Box
Destined to Ride
A Violent Man
A Life Lived
Operation: Neighborhood Watch!
Madea's Witness Protection
Deep in the Valley
Blonde and Blonder
Dawn St. Dom
Elvis Has Left the Building
The Life: What's Your Pleasure?
Scary Movie 3
Carla -- The Real Friendly One
You Stupid Man
The Third Wheel
White She Devil
Wild Things: Outtakes (Short)
Kelly Van Ryan
Tail Lights Fade
The World Is Not Enough
Dr. Christmas Jones
Drop Dead Gorgeous
Rebecca "Becky" Ann Leeman
Kelly Van Ryan
Tammy and the T-Rex
Loaded Weapon 1
Northeast Film Festival Winner, Best Ensemble Cast (2017; American Satan)
Northeast Film Festival nomination, Best Supporting Actress (2017; American Satan)
Los Angeles International Underground Film Festival Winner, Best Actress at the (2016; A Life Lived)
Named one of the 100 Hottest Women of All-Time by Men's Health (2013)
Ranked as one of the worst Bond girls by Entertainment Weekly (2008)
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards nomination, Best Ensemble Acting (2004; Love Actually)
Ranked 2nd in FHM's USA 100 Sexiest Women (2001)
Ranked 5th in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women (2001)
Ranked 19th in AskMen.com's 50 Most Beautiful Women (2001)
Ranked 9th in Maxim's 50 Sexiest Women (1999)
Razzie Awards Winner, Worst Supporting Actress (2000; for The World Is Not Enough)
Razzie Awards nomination, Worst Onscreen Couple (2000; for The World Is Not Enough, shared with Pierce Brosnan)
MTV Movie Awards nomination, Best Kiss (1999; Wild Things, shared with Neve Campbell and Matt Dillon)
Blockbuster Entertainment Award nomination, Favorite Actress -- Action (1999; The World Is Not Enough)
Blockbuster Entertainment Award nomination, Favorite Female Newcomer (1999; The World Is Not Enough)
PLACE OF BIRTH: Downers Grove, Illinois
DATE OF BIRTH: February 17, 1971
MARITAL STATUS: Married, Aaron Phypers (September 8, 2018 to present)
MARITAL STATUS: Divorced, Charlie Sheen (June 15, 2002 to November 30, 2006)
CHILDREN: Daughter Sam, by Sheen. Daughter Lola, by Sheen. Daughter Eloise, by adoption.