Denise Richards

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Denise Lee Richards (born February 17, 1971)[1] is an American actress and former fashion model. She achieved success during the late 1990s in several films, including Starship Troopers, Wild Things, and The World Is Not Enough. She appeared on the reality TV show, Denise Richards: It's Complicated, which was carried by American cable channel E!.


Early life and career

Richards was born in Downers Grove, Illinois,[2] the daughter of Joni, a coffee shop owner, and Irv Richards, a telephone engineer. She is of Welsh descent on her father's side and of Croatian descent on her mother's, and was raised a Catholic.[3] She has one sister, Michelle, and grew up in both Mokena and Downers Grove, Illinois. She graduated in 1989 from El Camino High School in Oceanside, California. As a child, she was the "only girl on the baseball team."[4]

Before she was an actress, Richards was signed by the Judith Fontaine Modeling & Talent Agency as a model.[citation needed] She spent the majority of the 1990s appearing in lower-budget films and TV shows such as Saved by the Bell, television movies, and guest starring in episodes of several television shows such as Married with Children (1991), a 5 second walk through. Her first starring role in a wide theatrical release was Starship Troopers in 1997, which was followed by her role in the moderately successful cult film Wild Things in 1998.[5] In 1998, she appeared in the music video for the Blues Traveler song Canadian Rose.[6]

Richards was cast as the nuclear-physicist Christmas Jones in the 1999 James Bond film The World Is Not Enough (1999). Though she considered her role "brainy", "athletic", and having depth of character,[7] she was criticized as not credible in the role.[8][9] Her outfit, which often comprised a low-cut tank top and tight shorts, elicited comments.[10] She was ranked as one of the worst Bond girls of all time by Entertainment Weekly in 2008,[11] and was chosen as "Worst Supporting Actress" at the 1999 Razzie Awards for the role.[12]

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