The Bombshell Arrival Of Denise Richards!
One of the most enjoyable aspects of my “2021 Sex Kitten Countdown” is sharing stories of Cult Movie Queens who made a huge splash in entertainment almost overnight…like Denise Richards!
Richards was born in Downers Grove, Illinois. She has German, French-Canadian, Irish, English, and Welsh ancestry.
She grew up in the Chicago area, until the family moved to Oceanside, CA when Denise was 15.
Before long, she was working as a model, and moved to L.A. after she graduated from high school.
She learned early on how to use her assets wisely. As she said:
“I found out early I could make more money modeling than I could waitressing and scooping Häagen-Dazs. But I always wanted to be an actress.”
She quickly landed small parts in TV shows, like playing the daughter of Bob Balaban’s NBC Network Executive in “Seinfeld” – when George Costanza got caught staring at her cleavage!
After several years of small role, her big “splash” of stardom arrived.
Denise broke out big in 1997 when she starred in one of the most wildly entertaining and bloody sci-fi films of all!
This 1997 science fiction classic was directed by Paul Verhoeven, and it remained one of the most entertaining “bug invasion” films of all time!
Look how young Denise Richards looks alongside Jake Busey and Casper Van Diem, all rookie soldiers sent to a “bug planet” – and what a spectacle awaits!
Check out the trailer, which gives a good idea of the incredible action ahead:
The following year, Denise Richards cemented her position as Hollywood’s newest “Sex Kitten” when she stole a film from three very popular stars!
Richards wasn’t even listed on the movie poster alongside the three main “stars” of the film, but make no mistake – she owned this film!
First, check out the trailer:
“Wild Things” is the wildly entertaining story of a police detective who uncovers a conspiracy when he investigates a high-school guidance counselor who is accused of rape by two female students.
These two students:
While Neve Campbell may have been willing to kiss Denise, it was Richrds who willingly bared all and stole the film, especially when she let Matt Dillon drink champagne off her naked body!
The following year that she really hit the big time, when she achieved the ultimate role for many Actresses – she became a “Bond girl!”
“The World Is Not Enough”
The legacy of “Bond girls” is a long one: from Ursula Andress in “Dr. NO” to Diana Rigg, Halle Berry and more, it’s a career-making role, and now it was Denise!
In the film, James Bond uncovers a nuclear plot while protecting an oil heiress from her former kidnapper, an international terrorist who can’t feel pain.
Check out the trailer:
Denise Richards plays Dr. Christmas Jones, who she felt was “brainy”, “athletic”, and had “depth of character”, a change in direction from previous Bond Girls.
However, as one website said bluntly:
“Audiences did not agree, and often consider Christmas to be the worst Bond Girl ever.”
Oh, and there’s this: it was the first ever Bond movie to win a Razzie Award – the anti-Oscars! And it went to Richards as Worst Supporting Actress!
Denise was also voted the “Worst Bond Girl of All Time” by the readers of the British newspaper Daily Mail – oops!
On the flip side, others were celebrating a different aspect of Richards’ career….she was ranked as the 9th “Sexiest Women in the World” by FHM magazine in 2001.
Her popularity continued to grow when she ended up on the cover of Playboy.
Richards graced the cover of the Christmas Gala issue of Playboy in 2004. and the photo shoot she did inside the magazine were spectacular.
It was a wise choice to take this “beach girl” down to the beach for her photo shoot – these shots show how much the camera loves her:
Denise Richards has more than 100 screen credits to date, but these early films made her much more than a star: they made her an Icon in many ways.
It was only then that her personal life got in the way.
She made tabloid headlines for marrying “bad boy” Charlie Sheen, but divorced him after less than three years. She continued on in a variety of roles, but the three I mention are the ones that made her a Star, and are for me still the most entertaining way to watch her.
No matter what you think of her role in the 007 film, she was fun to watch!
And let’s not forget another “Bond girl” who “bared all”:
Barbara Bach married a Beatle, but she also did a provocative Playboy photo shoot as well…click here to see more of her provocative career:
Sadly we recently lost another great “Bond Girl”:
Tanya Roberts had a great career, and yes, she loved to bare all as well!
Click here to see more of her life and career:
Oh, and back to Denise’s breakthrough role: “Starship Troopers” was directed by Paul Verhoeven, who also made this film:
That’s right: he gave Elizabeth Berkley the chance to bare all in “Showgirls”!
Click here to see more about this wild wild film!
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