Kyle Richards

Kyle Egan Richards (born January 11, 1969)[1] is an American actress, socialite, television personality, and philanthropist. She began her career as a child actress, appearing in a recurring role on Little House on the Prairie, and in several adventure and horror films, including The Car (1977), Tobe Hooper's Eaten Alive (1977), John Carpenter's Halloween (1978), Walt Disney’s The Watcher In The Woods (1980), and later Halloween Kills (2021). Since 2010, she has appeared as a main cast member on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and as of 2021, is the last remaining original cast member on the show. 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.

Kyle Richards
Richards in 2014
Born (1969-01-11) January 11, 1969
OccupationActress, television personality
Years active1974–present
Known forHalloween
Little House on the Prairie
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Spouse(s)
Guraish Aldjufrie
(m. 1988; div. 1992)

Mauricio Umansky
(m. 1996)
Children4
Relatives

Early life

Richards was born on January 11, 1969, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, California.[1][2] She is the daughter of Kathleen Mary Richards (née Dugan; 1938–2002) and Kenneth Edwin Richards (1917–1998).[3][4] She was named for Kyle Rote, a football player who played for the New York Giants.[5] The couple separated in 1972 and Kathleen later remarried twice more. Richards' siblings are Kathy Hilton (born 1959), her older half-sister from her mother's first marriage to Lawrence Avanzino, and Kim Richards (born 1964),[6] 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.

Career

Film and television

Richards began her acting career 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, who appeared in one episode of Little House on the Prairie, the season before Kyle joined the cast. The two sisters played on-screen sisters in the 1977 the thriller film The Car. Through the 1970s, Richards appeared on several television series, such as Flying High, Vega$, Fantasy Island, Time Express and Carter Country. Richards portrayed Lindsey Wallace in the slasher film Halloween (1978) alongside Jamie Lee Curtis. Halloween became a widely influential film within the horror genre; it was largely responsible for the popularization of slasher films in the 1980s and helped develop the slasher genre.

In 1980, she appeared in the supernatural horror film The Watcher in the Woods. Subsequent roles included Nurse Dori Kerns in 21 episodes of NBC's medical drama series ER (1998–2006) and Lisa, a supporting character in the comedy film National Lampoon's Pledge This! (2006). She played Tricia in Lifetime's television film Deadly Sibling Rivalry (2011) and Housewife Heather in the comedy film The Hungover Games (2014). She had guest roles in several television shows, including C.S.I., 7th Heaven, City Guys, Beverly Hills, 90210, Love Boat: The Next Wave, and CHiPs.

Since 2010, she has appeared as a main cast member on Bravo's reality television show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. In 2012, she graced the magazine cover of The Hollywood Reporter along with other Real Housewives franchise's cast members Vicki Gunvalson, Ramona Singer, Caroline Manzo and NeNe Leakes.[7] She was nominated for "Reality Star of 2019" award at the 2019 People's Choice Awards.[8][9] In 2013, she portrayed Casey McGraw in three episodes of NBC's soap opera Days of Our Lives. In 2017, Richards appeared as a contestant on The New Celebrity Apprentice and earned $25,000 for her charity of choice, Children's Hospital Los Angeles.[10][11] She was the 5th contestant fired, finishing in 12th place. Richards co-executive produced Paramount Network's comedy television series American Woman (2018), which was inspired by her childhood in the 1970s.[12][13][14] On August 30, 2019, it was confirmed that Richards is reprising the role of Lindsey Wallace, the role she originated in the original 1978 film, in Halloween Kills, which is set for release in 2021.[15][16]

Fashion and other ventures

On February 25, 2014, Richards launched a clothing line for shopping network HSN.[17] The eight-piece collection was inspired by her personal style and was priced between $69.90 and $199.90.[17] Richards and Shahida Clayton debuted their clothing collection titled Kyle + Shahida at New York Fashion Week on September 8, 2019.[18][19] Richards is the owner of Kyle by Alene Too, a chain of boutiques in The Hamptons and New York City.[20][21] Her boutique in Beverly Hills opened in 2012 and closed in 2018.[22]

Her memoir titled Life Is Not a Reality Show: Keeping It Real with the Housewife Who Does It All was published by HarperOne on December 27, 2011.[23] Richards shares tips on relationships, family and beauty in the book.[24]

Philanthropy

Richards with husband Mauricio and daughters Farrah, Alexia, Sophia and Portia

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.[25] She also held fundraisers for the CHLA in 2013 and 2019, which were featured on the Real Housewives.[26][27]

Personal life

In the 1980s she dated actor C. Thomas Howell.[28] In 1988, at the age of 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.[29][30][31]

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

Richards met her 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 have two more daughters, Sophia (born on January 18, 2000) and Portia (born on March, 1 2008). Richards, who is of English, Irish and Welsh descent, converted to Modern Orthodox Judaism when she married Umansky.[32][33][34] She attends events at the Kabbalah Centre in Los Angeles.[32]

She resides in Encino, Los Angeles with her husband and children.[35]

Filmography

Film and television

YearShowRoleNotes
1974Police WomanJulieEpisode: "The Cradle Robbers"
1975 Escape to Witch Mountain Young Tia Malone Uncredited
1975–1982Little House on the PrairieAlicia Sanderson Edwards / Samantha19 episodes
1976–1978 Police Story Viki Jo Vero / Shannon / Nance 3 episodes
1976Eaten AliveAngie
1977A Circle of ChildrenSarahTV movie
1977The CarDebbie
1977The Father Knows Best ReunionEllenTV movie
1977Father Knows Best: Home for ChristmasEllenTV movie
1978HalloweenLindsey Wallace
1978The Wonderful World of DisneyNaomiEpisode: "The Million Dollar Dixie Deliverance"
1978Flying HighKatieEpisode: "The Vanishing Point"
1979Vega$Julie TravisEpisode: "Kill Dan Tanna!"
1979Fantasy IslandRebeccaEpisode: "Cornelius and Alfonse/The Choice"
1979Time ExpressEpisode: "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 CowboysIsobelEpisode: "Episode #1.1"
1981Halloween IILindsey WallaceArchival footage
1982This is Kate Bennett ...Jennifer BennettTV movie
1982CHiPsJodiEpisode: "The Spaceman Made Me Do It"
1984–1987Down to EarthElizabeth 'Lissy' Preston106 episodes
1989CurfewStephanie DavenportLead role
1990EscapeLydia
1998Nick Freno: Licensed TeacherEpisode: "Model Citizen"
1998Love Boat: The Next WaveScheming WomanEpisode: "Captains Courageous"
1998–2006ERNurse Dori Kerns21 episodes
1999Beverly Hills, 90210Anna MurphyEpisode: "Bobbi Dearest"
1999City GuysKateEpisode: "Miracle on 134th Street and Lexington Avenue"
20037th HeavenMatt's PatientEpisode: "Life and Death: Part 1"
2006Pledge This!Lisa
2011Deadly Sibling RivalryTriciaLifetime TV movie
2012CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationMs. YoungEpisode: "Play Dead"
2013Days of Our LivesCasey McGraw3 episodes
2014The Hungover GamesHeather
2021Halloween KillsLindsey WallacePost-production

As herself

YearShowNotes
2003The Simple LifeVarious episodes
2010–presentThe Real Housewives of Beverly Hills211 episodes
2013Vanderpump RulesEpisode: "Tooth or Consequences"
2013Betty White's Off Their RockersEpisode: "Episode #2.8"
2013Whose Line Is It Anyway?Episode: "Kyle Richards"
2014 The Doctors Episode: "Compulsive Behaviors Triggered by Medication?/Reality Star Reveals Secret Health Struggle/Dangers of Prescription Drugs"
2014G.U.Y.Music video by Lady Gaga
2015Girlfriends' Guide to DivorceEpisode: "Rule #58: Avoid the Douchemobile"
2015–2016 FabLife 3 episodes
2016Keeping Up with the KardashiansEpisode: "Lord of the Cougars"
2017The New Celebrity ApprenticeContestant; 7 episodes
2019 Match Game Episode: "Horatio Sanz/Sherri Shepherd/Thomas Lennon/Ellie Kemper/Kenan Thompson/Kyle Richards"
2020 Barkitecture Episode: "Kyle Richards: Real Housedogs of Beverly Hills"
2020 Celebrity Family Feud Episode: "Andy Cohen vs. Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Kevin Nealon vs. Drew Carey"

Music videos

YearTitleArtist Role
2014"G.U.Y."Lady Gaga The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Band

As producer

YearShowRole Notes
2018American WomanCo-executive producer 11 episodes

Memoir

  • Richards, Kyle (December 27, 2011). Life Is Not a Reality Show: Keeping It Real with the Housewife Who Does It All. New York, NY: HarperOne. ISBN 978-0062113481.

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