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Kim Richards

Kim Richards was one of the most popular and adorable star child actresses of the 70s.Kim was born September 19, 1964 in Mineola, New York, to Kathleen Mary (Dugan) and Kenneth Edwin Richards, a business executive. She is of Irish, English, and Welsh descent. Kim made her TV commercial debut at four months in a diaper ad. By age four and a half Kim had already appeared in 20 TV commercials. Richards made her television series debut in 1970 on the show Nanny and the Professor (1970). Kim later had substantial recurring roles on the TV programs James at 16 (1977) and Hello, Larry (1979). Richards achieved her greatest enduring fame as spunky psychic alien girl Tia in the terrific Disney family feature Escape to Witch Mountain (1975) and its equally solid sequel Return from Witch Mountain (1978). Kim was likewise memorable as an obnoxious little brat who gets brutally killed in John Carpenter's fantastic urban action cult gem Assault on Precinct 13 (1976). Among the TV shows Richards has done guest spots on are Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1954), The Rockford Files (1974), Police Woman (1974), Little House on the Prairie (1974), Family (1976), Alice (1976), CHiPs (1977), The Dukes of Hazzard (1979), The Love Boat (1977), Diff'rent Strokes (1978), Project U.F.O. (1978), Magnum, P.I. (1980) and Medical Center (1969). Kim was reunited with her "Witch Mountain" co-star Ike Eisenmann for the hilariously horrible made-for-TV horror howler Les chiens de l'enfer (1978) (Richards did a delightful career interview for the recent DVD of this film). A very cute kid, Richards grew up to become a strikingly beautiful woman. Kim played more mature adult roles in the mid 80s movies Meatballs Part II (1984) and Tuff Turf (1985) in which Richards gives an especially sexy performance as a teenage gang leader's brash and enticing girlfriend. Richards took a hiatus from acting to raise her four children Brook, Whitney, Chad and Kimberly. After a regrettably lengthy absence from the big screen, Kim Richards made a welcome and triumphant comeback with a fine portrayal of Christina Ricci's bitter estranged mother in the excellent Black Snake Moan (2006). She's the sister of fellow actress Kyle Richards -- they appeared together in The Car (1977) as James Brolin's daughters -- and Kathy Hilton, who is the mother of Paris Hilton.

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Sep 19, 1964 In Mineola, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Emergency! 1972-01-15
Latest Project:
Series The Arsenio Hall Show 2013-09-09

2 nominations.

Known For
Poster of Revenge
Poster of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Poster of Family
Poster of Little House on the Prairie
The Arsenio Hall Show Unknown 2013-09-09
Revenge Unknown 2011-09-21
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Self 149 episodes, 2010-2020 2010-10-14
Watch What Happens: Live Unknown 2009-06-16
The Wendy Williams Show Unknown 2008-05-14
The Simple Life Unknown 2003-12-02
Dr. Phil Unknown 2002-08-08
Magnum, P.I. Unknown 1980-12-11
The Dukes of Hazzard Unknown 1979-01-26
Diff'rent Strokes Unknown 1978-11-03
The Love Boat Unknown 1977-05-05
CHiPs Unknown 1977-09-15
Alice Unknown 1976-08-31
Family Unknown 1976-03-09
Little House on the Prairie Unknown 1974-03-30
The Rockford Files Unknown 1974-03-27
Police Woman Unknown 1974-09-13
Police Story Unknown 1973-03-20
Emergency! Melissa 1 episode, 1974 1972-01-15
ABC Afterschool Specials Minnow / ... 2 episodes, 1973-1977 1972-10-04
The Streets of San Francisco Unknown 1972-09-16