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Denise Richards
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Celebrity Profile
Birth Date 17 February 1971 (1971-02-17) (age 51)
Hometown Downers Grove, Illinois
Known For Actress, model

Dancing with the Stars 8

Partner(s) Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Placement 12
Highest Score 21 (Quickstep)
Lowest Score 16 (Samba)
Average Score 18.3

Denise Lee Richards is a celebrity from Season 8 of Dancing with the Stars.

Early Life

Richards was born in Downers Grove, Illinois to Joni, who owned a coffee shop, and Irv Richards, a telephone engineer. Her ancestry includes German, Welsh, and French-Canadian. She has a younger sister, Michelle. Richards grew up in both Mokena and Downers Grove. When Richards was fifteen years old, she and her family moved to Oceanside, California where in 1989 she graduated from El Camino High School. As a child, she was the "only girl on the baseball team." Richards was raised Roman Catholic. After her high school graduation, she began working as a model and traveled to big cities such as Paris, New York, and Tokyo to do photo shoots and commercials.

Career

She spent the majority of the 1990s appearing in lower-budget films and television 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 five-second walk through. She later made guest appearances in shows such as Beverly Hills, 90210 (1992), Seinfeld (1993), Lois and Clark (1994), and a guest-arc in Melrose Place (1996). Her first starring role in a wide theatrical release was Starship Troopers in 1997 for which Richards was nominated for the Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Female Newcomer. She followed this with a role in Wild Things. Variety praised Richards' transition from good-girl-type roles to manipulative villainess and the review continued to include her as part of "an ensemble that appears to be enjoying the challenge of offbeat roles and unusual material. There's not a wrong note struck by the game group of players." In 1998, she appeared in the music video for the Blues Traveler song "Canadian Rose".

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, she was criticized as not credible in the role. Her outfit, which often comprised a low-cut tank top and tight shorts, elicited comments. She was ranked as one of the worst Bond girls of all time by Entertainment Weekly in 2008, and was chosen as "Worst Supporting Actress" at the 1999 Razzie Awards for the role, although, Richards was also nominated for the Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favourite Actress – Action, for the same film. Later that year, Richards starred alongside Kirsten Dunst in the beauty pageant satire, Drop Dead Gorgeous. Richards, playing a spoiled princess, was praised for her performance by Los Angeles Times for being "as rightly nasty as she is pretty."

In 2001, she guest-starred in Friends as Ross and Monica Geller's cousin, Cassie Geller in the episode "The One with Ross and Monica's Cousin". Later that year she appeared in four episodes of Spin City as Jennifer Duncan, a love interest of Charlie Sheen's character. She starred as Sheen's character's ex-girlfriend two years later in two episodes of Two and a Half Men. In 2005, she starred in the short-lived UPN series Sex, Love & Secrets. Richards appeared in films such as Valentine (2001), Undercover Brother (2002) and Scary Movie 3 (2003). In 2003, she made a very brief appearance in the British romantic comedy, Love Actually. In 2005, she starred in the ensemble drama, Edmond, alongside Julia Stiles.

In December 2004, she posed for a nude pictorial in Playboy magazine, five months after giving birth. Richards posed semi-nude for the July 2006 issue of Jane magazine to raise money for the Clothes Off Our Back Foundation. In 1999, she ranked 9th in Maxim's 50 Sexiest Women and in 2001 she was voted 2nd in FHM's USA 100 Sexiest Women, 5th in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women and 19th in AskMen.com's 50 Most Beautiful Women. She was named one of the "100 Hottest Women of All-Time" by Men's Health. In 2008, she reunited with her Wild Things on-screen mother Theresa Russell in Jolene.

In 2010 she joined the cast of Blue Mountain State, a Spike comedy series. Richards plays Debra, the ex-wife of Coach Daniels. In July 2011, Richards published a memoir, The Real Girl Next Door, a New York Times Best Seller. Richards was part of TV Guide Network's show, Hollywood Moms' Club, which aired in November 2011. In September 2011, Richards reportedly turned down $100,000 to appear as an ex-girlfriend at Charlie's funeral in Two and a Half Men. A month later, she began filming a guest spot for an episode for the sixth season of NBC comedy 30 Rock. In 2012, Richards joined the cast of ABC Family pilot, Twisted (formerly Socio). In February 2013, ABC Family commissioned the drama for a full series.

Personal Life

Richards first met actor Charlie Sheen on the set of Loaded Weapon in 1991. They became engaged 26 December 2001, and married in a Roman Catholic ceremony 15 June 2002, at the estate of Spin City creator Gary David Goldberg. They have two daughters together, Sam J. Sheen (born 9 March 2004) and Lola Rose Sheen (born 1 June 2005).

In March 2005, while pregnant with their second daughter, Richards filed for divorce from Sheen. The couple briefly reconciled and sought marriage counselling. However, on 4 January 2006, Richards' representative announced that she was continuing with the divorce. She later sought a restraining order against Sheen, alleging death threats against her. On 19 April 2006, Richards filed formal legal papers seeking a divorce from Sheen under the laws of the state of California. Richards' and Sheen's divorce became final 30 November 2006, with Sheen being ordered to stay 300 feet away from his ex-wife and their daughters, except during supervised visits.

In 2008, Richards included her and Sheen's two daughters in her confessional reality program on E!, Denise Richards: It's Complicated, which premiered 26 May 2008. He deemed her plans "greedy, vain and exploitative". On 25 January 2008, Richards won a court case against Sheen so that she could include their daughters in the show. When a judge rejected Sheen's request to block it, Sheen urged fans to boycott it. An agreement was reached between Sheen and Richards in the custody of the children, with Sheen stating in April 2009 that "we had to do what's best for the girls."

In May 2010, Richards was handed over custody of her and Sheen's two daughters by Sheen. The two signed a written agreement stating that she now has sole legal custody of Sam and Lola. They previously had joint legal custody of the girls and Richards wanted sole custody, given Sheen's then "marital turmoil (with his third wife Brooke Mueller), sobriety issues, and criminal problems." According to sources, Sheen did not fight about signing the agreement.

In June 2011, Richards adopted a third daughter, Eloise Joni Richards (born 24 May 2011), as a single parent. Her middle name is that of Richards' mother, who died from cancer in December 2007. Richards adopted her at birth domestically within the United States, following a two-year adoption process.

By mid-2012, Richards and Sheen were on good terms, often spending time together with their children. In 2012, he made a cameo appearance in her movie Madea's Witness Protection and she appeared in Sheen's television series, Anger Management on the FX network. In a move supported by Sheen, in May 2013, Richards was awarded temporary custody of Bob and Max, the twin sons born in 2009 to Sheen and Mueller, after the children were removed from Mueller's home by child protective services due to concerns over drug use. Richards had previously cared for the children on other occasions as well, including during Mueller's December 2012 stint in rehab for addiction to Adderall.

Dancing with the Stars 8

Richards appeared in the 8th season of Dancing with the Stars, paired with Maksim Chmerkovskiy. She was eliminated second on 24 March 2009.

Scores

Week # Dance/Song Judges' Scores Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-Cha-Cha/ "Nothin' but a Good Time" 6 6 6 N/A
2 Quickstep/ "We Go Together" 7 7 7 Safe
3 Samba/ "Take a Picture" 5 6 5 Eliminated

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