Denise Lee Richards is an American actress probably as well known for her acting roles as she is for being Charlie Sheen’s ex-wife. She’s appeared in “Wild Things,” “Starship Troopers” and “The World is Not Enough,” among other projects.
Denise Richards grew up outside of Chicago until her family later moved to Oceanside, California when she was 15. It was then Denise began working part-time as a model. After she graduated from El Camino High School, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. In high school, she was voted Best Looking, even though Denise claimed she was skinny and had buckteeth and braces as a teenager.
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One of her first roles was on “Doogie Howser, M.D.” She had other small roles, but her big breakout role was “Starship Troopers.” Her turn as a Bond girl, however, was not received well, and Entertainment Weekly ranked her as one of the worst Bond girls of all time.
She met Charlie Sheen while working with him on “Spin City.” They were later married at the estate of the show’s creator. Her relationship with Charlie Sheen turned contentious. She claimed he had physically and verbally abused her and got a retraining order against him. They were married from 2002 to 2006. They have two children together, Sam and Lola.
Denise and Charlie have since, however, become friendly and supportive of each other. “He knows I don’t judge him and he knows that I will be there for him no matter what – and vice versa.” In 2011, Denise adopted a third daughter, Eloise as a single parent.
In 2004, she posed nude in Playboy, five months after she gave birth. She said, “I was having some problems with my marriage and I didn’t feel sexy and felt I had to prove something.”
She admitted during a radio interview with Howard Stern that she had a lesbian affair many years earlier.
Denise Richards also made gossip news when she began dating Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora. It wouldn’t have been a big deal, but Richie was still married to Denise’s former friend Heather Locklear.
In 2009, she appeared on “Dancing With The Stars,” but was eliminated second.
Aside from acting, she loves animals.
Denise Richards currently has temporary custody of Charlie Sheen’s children from his marriage to Brooke Mueller while Brooke is in rehab. Denise and her family reside in Los Angeles.