Denise Lee Richards is an American actress and a former fashion model. She is known for starring in the reality TV show ‘Denise Richards: It's Complicated’ and for playing the role of Debra Simon in the comedy series ‘Mountain State’. She is also known for appearing in several movies, such as ‘The World Is Not Enough’, ‘Wild Things’, 'Starship Troopers' and 'Love Actually', to name a few. Born in Downers Grove, Illinois, to a telephone engineer father and a coffee shop owner mother, Richards grew up in Downers Grove and Mokena alongside her younger sister Michelle. She was educated at El Camino High School and Downers Grove North High School. After her high school graduation, she started working as a model and travelled to famous cities such as Paris, Tokyo, and New York to do photo shoots and commercials. Eventually, she ventured into acting as well. An avid animal lover, Richards has been associated with a number of organizations that work for the welfare of animals. She is also totally devoted to her own dogs and cats who she has been raising from a long time. The blonde-haired actress is also a supporter of same-sex marriage. Once married to actor Charlie Sheen, she is the mother of three daughters.