Actress and TV personality Kim Richards, who has been a part of the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” since 2010, has had a very controversial life that includes arrests and drug use.
Born in September 1964, Kim Richards has been involved in the entertainment industry since she was only a child. By the time she was only four years old, she had already appeared in over a dozen TV commercials.
Her big break as a child actress came in 1970 with “Nanny and the Professor.” After that, she landed parts in “Escape to Witch Mountain,” “Assault on Precinct 13,” and “James at 15.”
KIM RICHARDS’ MOVIES
Richards’ acting career slowed down in the mid-80s, however. Between 1990 and 2021, she has only booked a handful of roles in films and TV series, including “The Blair Witch Mountain Project” and “Sharknado 3.”
In 2010, and after years of going unnoticed in the entertainment business, she started appearing on the reality TV show “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” (“RHOBH”).
Kim Richards was one of the main cast members during the first five seasons. In the next two, she was only a guest. She took a break for season eight and came back as a guest for seasons nine and ten.
Richards’ career has not been as steady as she probably would have liked. Her personal life has made some headlines throughout the years, too, and not always for the right reasons.
The TV personality, described as a woman who has been “through hell and back,” is expected to release her tell-all memoir, “The Whole Truth,” in February 2021.
In it, she will detail how she felt being treated like “a show pony” as a child star, a “disposable object” as a wife, a “whipping post” as a sister, and a “tabloid commodity” as a celebrity.
KIM RICHARDS ON “DR. PHIL”
Her years-long battle with drugs and alcohol is very likely to be a part of the book, as well, especially because it has been a recurrent problem in the life of the “RHOBH” star.
In April 2015, for example, Kim Richards was arrested for public intoxication at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Shortly after, she appeared on “Dr. Phil” for an intervention.
In August 2015, [Richards] was arrested again for shoplifting.
Richards confessed that her addiction problem began in 1998 when her mother got sick with cancer as it was hard watching her struggle. After she died in 2002, it got worse.
At some point during the interview, she walked out after Dr. Phil, who offered her a 60-day rehab program close to her California home, tried to discuss a sensitive topic.
Kim Richards’ children, Brooke, Kimberly, and Chad, who disapprove of her friendship with “RHOBH” star Brandi Glanville, went to Richards’ hotel room, and the camera crew followed them.
There, the mics caught audio of her kids, asking her to seek professional help. Chad also confronted Richards with her lack of sobriety, saying she had been drinking, taking pills, and smoking marijuana.
KIM RICHARDS’ SECOND ARREST
Kim Richards confirmed her son’s claims by saying, “every once in a while.” Eventually, Richards entered rehab – the fourth time in her life – but in August 2015, she was arrested again for shoplifting.
To make matters worse, her ex-husband Monty Brinson passed away in 2016, which is why she took a hiatus from “RHOBH” to grieve, cope with her sobriety, and focus on her wellbeing.
In August 2018, Richards made headlines again after revealing that she had been in a secret relationship with businessman Wynn Katz for six years. They even appeared together in “Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars.”
Kim Richards and Wynn Katz parted ways for good during the show’s season finale, and at the moment, the TV personality is mostly focused on her upcoming memoir.
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