Kyle Richards

Kyle Egan Richards (born January 11, 1969) is an American actress, socialite, television personality, memoirist and philanthropist. She began her career as a child actress, appearing in a recurring role on Little House on the Prairie, and in several horror films, including The Car (1977), Tobe Hooper's Eaten Alive (1977), and John Carpenter's Halloween (1978). Since 2010, she has appeared as a main cast member on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. She was a contestant on The New Celebrity Apprentice (also known as The Celebrity Apprentice 8), playing for the charity Children's Hospital Los Angeles. She was the 5th contestant fired, finishing in 12th place and raising $25,000 for her charity.

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Kyle Richards
Richards in 2014
Born
Kyle Egan Richards

(1969-01-11) January 11, 1969 (age 50)
ResidenceBel Air, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActress, television personality, memoirist, philanthropist
Years active1974–present
Known forLittle House on the Prairie
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Spouse(s)
Guraish Aldjufrie
(m. 1988; div. 1992)
Mauricio Umansky (m. 1996)
Children4
Relatives

Kyle Egan Richards (born January 11, 1969)[1] is an American actress, socialite, television personality, memoirist and philanthropist. She began her career as a child actress, appearing in a recurring role on Little House on the Prairie, and in several horror films, including The Car (1977), Tobe Hooper's Eaten Alive (1977), and John Carpenter's Halloween (1978). Since 2010, she has appeared as a main cast member on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. She was a contestant on The New Celebrity Apprentice (also known as The Celebrity Apprentice 8), playing for the charity Children's Hospital Los Angeles. She was the 5th contestant fired, finishing in 12th place and raising $25,000 for her charity.

Early life

Richards was born on January 11, 1969, in Hollywood.[1][2] She is the daughter of Kathleen Mary Richards (née Dugan; 1938–2002) and Kenneth Edwin Richards (1917-1998).[3][4] The couple separated in 1972 and Kathleen later remarried twice more. Richards' siblings are Kathy Hilton (her older half-sister from her mother's first marriage to Lawrence Avanzino (born 1959) and Kim Richards (born 1964),[5] as well as three paternal half-siblings from her father's first marriage, all of whom were adults by the time Richards was born. Nicky and Paris Hilton are her half-nieces.

Acting career

Richards began acting in 1974. She appeared in 18 episodes of the television series Little House on the Prairie as Alicia Sanderson Edwards. Her sister, Kim, was also an actress. In the 1970s, Richards appeared on several television series and in a few horror films, including the cult classic Halloween (1978). In 1980, she appeared opposite Bette Davis and Lynn-Holly Johnson in The Watcher in the Woods. Most of her 1980s roles were minor, and included made-for-television, direct-to-video, or other video work. Subsequent roles included Nurse Dori in 21 episodes of ER (1998–2006) and Lisa, a supporting character in National Lampoon's Pledge This!. She also appeared in The Simple Life and My New BFF.

She appears on Bravo's The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, which also previously featured her sister, Kim Richards.

Philanthropy

With her husband, Richards is listed on the "First Families" of the Children's Hospital Los Angeles which means they have donated US$100,000 or more to the hospital.[6] She also held a fundraiser for the CHLA in 2013, which was featured on the Real Housewives.[7][8]

Personal life

Left to right, half-sister Kathy Hilton, Hilton's daughter Paris Hilton and Kyle Richards at NBC party, February 2011.

In 1988, at age 18, Richards married Guraish Aldjufrie from Indonesia while she was pregnant with their daughter Farrah (b. 1988), but they separated in 1990 and divorced two years later.[9][10][11]

Richards met second husband Mauricio Umansky, a Los Angeles real estate agent, in 1994. Umansky is of Russian and Greek Jewish descent. He is the son of Estella Sneider. He was born and raised in Mexico. The couple wed on January 20, 1996, when Kyle was 4 months pregnant. Their daughter Alexia was born on June 18, 1996. The couple went on to have two more daughters, Sophia (born 2000) and Portia (born 2008). Richards, who is of English, Irish and Welsh descent, converted to Modern Orthodox Judaism when she married Umansky.[12][13][14] She also attends events at the Kabbalah Centre in Los Angeles.[12]

She resides in Bel Air, Los Angeles, with her husband and children.[15][16][17]

Filmography

Film and television

YearShowRoleNotes
1974Police WomanJulie1 episode, "The Cradle Robbers"
1975–1982Little House on the PrairieAlicia Sanderson Edwards, Samantha (S05E22)19 episodes
1977A Circle of ChildrenSarahTV movie
1977The CarDebbie
1977The Father Knows Best ReunionEllenTV movie
1977Eaten AliveAngie
1977Father Knows Best: Home for ChristmasEllenTV movie
1978HalloweenLindsey Wallace
1978The Wonderful World of DisneyNaomi1 episode, "The Million Dollar Dixie Deliverence"
1978Flying HighKatie1 episode, "The Vanishing Point"
1979Vega$Julie Travis1 episode, "Kill Dan Tanna!"
1979Fantasy IslandRebecca1 episode, "Cornelius and Alfonse/The Choice"
1979Time Express1 episode, "Rodeo/Cop"
1979Carter CountryGerry4 episodes
1979Friendships, Secrets, and LiesLiviaTV movie
1980Once Upon a FamilyLiz DemerjianTV movie
1980The Watcher in the WoodsEllie Curtis
1980Beulah LandYoung SarahTV mini-series
1981Concrete CowboysIsobel1 episode
1981Halloween IILindsey WallaceFlashback
1982This is Kate Bennett...Jennifer BennettTV movie
1982CHiPsJodi1 episode, "The Spaceman Made Me Do It"
1984–1985Down to EarthElizabeth 'Lissy' Preston12 episodes
1989CurfewStephanie DavenportLead role
1990EscapeLydia
1998Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher1 episode, "Model Citizen"
1998Love Boat: The Next WaveScheming Woman1 episode, "Captains Courageous"
1998–2006ERNurse Dori21 episodes
1999Beverly Hills, 90210Anna Murphy1 episode, "Bobbi Dearest"
1999City GuysKate1 episode, "Miracle on 134th Street and Lexington Avenue"
20037th HeavenMatt's Patient1 episode, "Life and Death: Part 1"
2006Pledge This!Lisa
2011Deadly Sibling RivalryTricia
2012CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationMs. Young1 episode, "Play Dead"
2013Days of Our LivesCasey McGraw3 episodes
2014The Hungover GamesHeatherParody of The Hunger Games and The Hangover

As herself

YearShowNotes
2003The Simple LifeVarious episodes
2010–presentThe Real Housewives of Beverly Hills138 episodes
2012TMZ on TV1 episode
2013Stars in DangerTVs special
2013Betty White's Off Their Rockers1 episode
2013Whose Line Is It Anyway?1 episode
2014G.U.Y.Music Video by Lady Gaga
2015Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce1 episode
2016Keeping Up with the KardashiansEpisode: "Lord of the Cougars"
2017The New Celebrity ApprenticeContestant/12th place

Memoir

  • Life Is Not a Reality Show: Keeping It Real with the Housewife Who Does It All (New York, NY: HarperOne), December 27, 2011; ISBN 0062113488; ASIN: B00ANYP1HA.

References

  1. 1 2 "Kyle Richards". TVGuide.com. Archived from the original on April 9, 2013. Retrieved September 20, 2015.
  2. According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905-1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California.
  3. Casablanca, Ted (March 23, 2010). "Are You Ready for Another Hilton Takeover?". E! Online. Retrieved June 26, 2013.
  4. Ancestry of Paris Hilton
  5. "First Families". Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
  6. Kyle Richards, Kyle Shares Why She Gives, Bravo, January 9, 2014
  7. Kyle By Alene Too Fashion Event: Benefiting Children's Hospital Los Angeles Archived 2015-05-26 at the Wayback Machine, theagencyre.com, June 21, 2013
  8. "Kyle Richards Bio". bravotv.com. Archived from the original on 7 August 2011. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
  9. McGrath, Jenny (January 24, 2013). "Who Is Kyle Richards' First Husband, Guraish Aldjufrie?". Wet Paint. Archived from the original on 2 June 2013. Retrieved June 26, 2013.
  10. Metz, Lauren (January 14, 2011). "Kyle Richards and Farrah Answer RHOBH Fans' Questions". Bravo TV. Retrieved June 26, 2013.
  11. 1 2 Lilit Marcus, Judaism, According to Reality TV, The Jewish Daily Forward, November 19, 2012
  12. Richards, Kyle (11 November 2010). "Drama in the City". Bravo TV. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  13. Richards, Kyle (November 4, 2010). "Happy Birthday, Portia!". Bravo TV. Retrieved June 26, 2013.
  14. Daniel Miller, 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Kyle Richards Buys $3 Million Bel-Air Home, The Hollywood Reporter, 1/20/2011
  15. Sheree R. Curry, Celebrity Home of the Day: 'Real Housewives' Kyle Richards, AOL, March 11, 2011.
  16. Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Kyle Richards puts $2.45M house up for sale, The Daily Mail, November 29, 2010.
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