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Denise Richards Denise Richards was born in Downers Grove, Illinois, the daughter of Joni, a coffee shop owner, and Irv Richards, a telephone engineer. She has one sister, Michelle, and grew up in both Mokena, Illinois and Downers Grove, Illinois. She graduated from El Camino High School in , Oceanside, California, where she was a cheerleader. she was a 'tomboy' when little, the only 'girl on baseball.' Before she was an actress, Richards was a fashion model. Richards spent the majority of the s appearing in lower-budget films and TV shows like Saved by the Bell, television movies, and guest starring in episodes of several television shows. Her first starring role in a wide theatrical release was Starship Troopers in , which was followed by her role in the moderately successful cult film Wild Things in . Richards was cast as the nuclear scientist Christmas Jones in the James Bond film The World Is Not Enough (), which had a high box office gross. Though she considered her role "brainy", "athletic", and having depth of character, she was criticised as not credible in it. Her outfit comprising a tank top and shorts also elicited similar opinions. She was ranked as the worst Bond girl of all time by Entertainment Weekly in . In addition to her film work, Richards made regular appearances in the situation comedies Spin City, Two and a Half Men, Friends and Seinfeld. She also starred in the short-lived UPN series Sex, Love Secrets in . Throughout the early s, Richards appeared in several film roles which both parodied and utilized her image as a sex symbol, including Valentine, Undercover Brother, Scary Movie and Love Actually. In December , she posed for a nude pictorial in Playboy magazine. Richards also posed semi-nude for the July issue of Jane magazine to raise money for the Clothes Off Our Back Foundation. In she ranked in Maxim's Sexiest Women and in she was voted nd in FHM's USA Sexiest Women, th in FHM Sexiest Women and in AskMen.com Most Beautiful Women. In , she married actor Charlie Sheen, with whom she appeared in Scary Movie , in which she played his character's dying wife. The couple has two daughters Sam J and Lola. Richards was named the Sexiest Mom of by In Touch Weekly magazine. In March , Richards filed for divorce from Sheen. The couple briefly reconciled and were seeking marriage counseling to mend their relationship. However, on January , , Richards' representative announced that she was continuing with the divorce, and she later sought a restraining order against Sheen, citing his alleged death threats against her. Richards briefly dated Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora shortly after their respective separations from Sheen and Heather Locklear, ending what Locklear had considered to be a close friendship. Richards once dated actor Patrick Muldoon she has also been linked to actor John Stamos, whom she dated during her teenage years. On April , , Richards filed formal legal papers asking for divorce from Sheen under the laws of the state of California. In her -page court filing (not counting additional supporting evidentiary documents), Richards alleged that Sheen's behavior was increasingly erratic, making their marriage impossible, and that she feared for her safety and the safety of their daughters. Richards claimed that Sheen was physically and verbally abusive and threatened to kill her or have her killed, and that despite having accidentally shot his previous fiance, Kelly Preston, he wanted to place firearms under their coffee table to protect them. Richards claimed that Sheen had become paranoid and obsessive, citing his belief in conspiracy theories, a belief that baby formula caused brain damage, a desire to purchase gas masks, and an "abnormal fascination" with Nicole Simpson's death. Further, Richards alleged that Sheen visited prostitutes and was addicted to gambling, prescription drugs (which he bought over the Internet), and pornography. Richards also alleged that Sheen posted a picture of his erect penis on his online profile of a "sex-search type" website and that he frequently viewed pornography featuring "very young girls," and websites "involving gay pornography also involving very young men who also did not look like adults." Based on these allegations, Richards sought and received a restraining order against Sheen. Sheen denied the allegations. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, he described Richards' actions as a "smear campaign" and insisted that he was a responsible father who would "give his life for his children." He added that Richards is "the only one entirely culpable for putting these radical allegations out for public consumption... my children included." On December , , it was announced that Richards's mother, Joni, died from cancer. On November , , officers from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) were called to the River Rock Casino in Richmond, B.C., where Richards was making a movie. After seeing two photographers taking her picture from a nearby balcony, she confronted them, and threw their two laptop computers over the balcony. One laptop struck an -year-old woman in a wheelchair. The other laptop grazed the arm of a -year-old woman. Neither woman suffered serious injury, and no charges were pressed against Richards. In , Richards decided to include her two daughters with Charlie Sheen in a her own upcoming reality television show. He deemed her plans "greedy, vain and exploitative". On January , , Richards won a court case against Sheen so that she can include her daughters in the show. When a judge rejected Sheen's request to block it, the latter urged fans to boycott it. An agreement was reached between Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards regarding the custody of the children.