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Hollywood Mom: Kim Richards

She was the Sarah Michelle Gellar of her generation - but is way cooler...

23 October 2003

She's come a long way from hugging Tom Selleck and sleeping with James Spader and rescuing her alien brother from Christopher Lee. Nowadays she is a mother of four, and there's a faraway pain in her beautiful eyes, eyes which were always slightly too far apart to appear comfortable. An unfathomable pain.

She’s Kim Richards, and she was once a star, and people still
love her very much:


And you should love her too. Love her enough and the pain will go away. Love her until she glows bright with love and the fickle cameras of Hollywood see what they’ve been missing and once again the world can hug her to its chest like Tom Selleck does in the episode where Kim plays young tennis ace Carrie Reardon.

All true love starts with knowledge (just as it is completed in the act of knowing) and so the best thing you can do if you want to love her properly is brush up on her filmography:


Kim is perhaps best known for her role as Tia in Escape To Witch Mountain (and the sequel Return From Witch Mountain which features the astonishing double act of Christopher Lee and Bette Davis). Tia, like her brother Tony, has special powers, and can move stuff with her mind, much like Harry Potter can - but with
added advantage of not having Robbie Coltrane poncing around in the background.

The Witch Mountain films were a big hit for Disney. All the boys fell in love with the spirited coltish wide-eyed Tia, and all the girls wanted to be her:

"I always wanted to have cool powers. Plus I loved Kim Richards' beautiful long hair. I used to put my poncho on over my face and flip it over the back of my head so it would stream down my back like a long woollen version of hair."


Time then to round off your study of Kim with a visit to her official website... where you can see her hugging Eric Estrada, and can test your now extensive knowledge using the Kim Richards quiz which you’ll find under the 'misc' link.

Good luck, and don't forget: in 'Raid on Entebbe' she plays Alice.

'Raid on Entebbe' - 1977 - Alice.

Got that?


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