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Denise Richards
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Cast Member
Biographical Information
Gender: Female
Birthdate: February 17, 1971
Birthplace: Downers Grove, Illinois, U.S.
Show Information
Portrays: Karen Desai
Status: Main Cast
First appearance: "Pilot"
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Denise Lee Richards (born February 17, 1971) is an American actress and former fashion model. She portrays Karen Desai on Twisted.


She has appeared in films including Starship Troopers (1997), Wild Things (1998), Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999) and in The World Is Not Enough (1999) as a Bond girl. She later appeared in Scary Movie 3 (2003), Love Actually (2003), Edmond (2005) and Madea's Witness Protection (2012).

Early Life[]

Richards was born in Downers Grove, Illinois, the daughter of Joni Lee, a coffee shop owner, and Irv Richards (born 1950), a telephone engineer. She has one sister, Michelle. Her ancestry includes Welsh, French, German and Croatian. Richards grew up in both Mokena and Downers Grove. She graduated in 1989 from El Camino High School in Oceanside, California. As a child, she was the "only girl on the baseball team."


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Loaded Weapon 1 Cindy #1 First film appearance
1994 Tammy and the T-Rex Tammy
1995 919 Fifth Avenue Cathy Damore Television film
1995 P.C.H. Jess Television film
1996 In the Blink of an Eye Tina Jacobs Television film
1996 Pier 66 Colleen Television film
1997 Starship Troopers Carmen Ibanez Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favourite Female Newcomer
1997 Nowhere Jana
1998 Wild Things Kelly Lanier Van Ryan Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss shared with Neve Campbell and Matt Dillon
1998 Lookin' Italian Elizabeth
1999 The World Is Not Enough Dr. Christmas Jones Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress
Nominated—Blockbuster Entertainment Awards

Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actress - Action
Nominated—Razzie Award for Worst Screen Couple shared with Pierce Brosnan

1999 Drop Dead Gorgeous Rebecca 'Becky' Ann Leeman
1999 Tail Lights Fade Wendy
2001 Good Advice Cindy Styne
2001 Valentine Paige Prescott
2002 Empire Trish
2002 Undercover Brother Penelope Snow/White She Devil
2002 You Stupid Man Chloe
2002 The Third Wheel Diana Evans
2003 Scary Movie 3 Annie Logan cameo appearance
2003 Love Actually Carla Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble Acting
2004 I Do (But I Don't) Lauren Candell Lifetime Television movie
2004 Whore Rebecca
2005 Edmond B-girl
2008 Blonde and Blonder Dawn St. Dom
2008 Jolene Marin Leger
2009 Kambakkht Ishq Herself[1] Bollywood Film (Hindi)
2009 Deep in the Valley Autumn Bliss
2010 Finding Bliss Bliss / Laura
2011 Cougars, Inc. Judy
2011 Freeloaders Herself
2012 Madea's Witness Protection Kate Needleman
2012 Blue Lagoon: The Awakening Barbara Robinson Lifetime (TV network)


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Married... with Children Girl #2 Kelly Does Hollywood: Part 2[2]
1991 Saved by the Bell Cynthia Slater's secret admirer, fakes drowning to be rescued by him.
1991 Doogie Howser, M.D. Alissa Doogie's date
1992 Beverly Hills, 90210 Robin McGill Girl at Jackie and Mel's wedding.
1993 Seinfeld Molly Dalrymple Russell Dalrymple's daughter in season 4 episode "The Shoes". Credited as Denise Lee Richards.
1994 Lois and Clark Angela Episode 30, "Season's Greedings"
1996 Melrose Place Brandi Carson 3-episode appearance
1996 Weird Science Valerie Episode 7, Funhouse of Death
2001 Friends Cassie Geller one-time guest appearance, episode: The one with Ross's and Monica's cousin
2001 Spin City Jennifer Duncan 4 episodes: "Chinatown", "She's Gotta Habit", "Sleeping with the Enemy" and "A Tree Falls in Manhattan"
2003 Two and a Half Men Lisa Charlie Harper's favorite ex-girlfriend (in episodes "Merry Thanksgiving" and "Yes, Monsignor")
2005 Sex, Love & Secrets Jolene Butler canceled after four episodes
Denise Richards: It's Complicated Herself
2009 Dancing with the Stars Herself Eliminated week 3 with Maksim Chmerkovskiy
2010 Harry Loves Lisa Herself Guest Star
2010-2011 Blue Mountain State Debra Simon Cast member
2011 Hollywood Moms' Club Herself
2012 30 Rock Herself Guest appearance
2012 Anger Management Lori Guest appearance
2012 Kickin' It Leona/The Black Belt Widow Guest appearance
2012 90210 Gwen Thompson Guest appearance
2013–present Twisted Karen Desai Series regular
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