RHOBH alum Kim Richards' mesmerizing transformation: from Little House on the Praire child star to seasoned housewife

REAL Housewives of Beverly Hills alum Kim Richards recently made headlines by looking "unrecognizable" while attending Kyle Richard's daughter's bat mitzvah.

The former child star had been staying out of the limelight as she owes over $100K on unpaid taxes.

Here, we look back at how the 57-year-old has changed throughout the years:


Just like her sister Kyle Richards, who is still a housewife, Kim had her start in Hollywood as a child star.

She started her career at just a few months old when she appeared in commercials before graduating to movies and shows.

Kim, 6, appeared in the Nanny and the Professor in 1970 and Little House on the Praire in 1974.

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Kim grew up in front of the cameras and by 1984 had appeared in movies like Escape to Witch Mountain (1975) and its sequel Return from Witch Mountain (1978).

She continued to expand her resume as she also starred in movies like The Love Boat in 1982.

At the time, she rocked her blonde hair past her hips, completing the style with bangs across her forehead.

In 1984, Kim became a married woman when she married G. Monty Brinson. The two had one daughter, Brooke, before divorcing in 1988.


Kim took a ten-year break after she appeared in the 1990's movie Escape.

At the time, she had married for a second time and was mom of two more kids.

Kim and her second husband, Gregg Davis, only lasted three years as they ended things in 1991.

Like before, the child star had moved on and was engaged to John J. Collett, a central figure in a criminal scheme involving 8,000 elderly investors and nearly $150M.

Sadly, they never got to tie the knot because he was shot dead by a hired hitman while talking on the phone with her.


After a year of grieving, Kim moved on with her fourth partner, John Jackson, with whom she had her fourth child.

She kept up her long-hair look as she rocked it past her hips just like years prior.

Sadly, Kim became a single woman once more after ending things with Jackson in 1996.


Kim began acting again in 2002 when she appeared in The Blair Witch Project.

She also appeared in a few episodes of Paris Hilton's show, The Simple Life.

Paris is Kim's niece by the ways of her sister Kathy Hilton.


In 2010, Kim was one of the original housewives of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, alongside her sister Kyle.

Fans got to see firsthand the drama and issues Richard's family had as Kim and Kyle quickly fell out.

The two feuded for years on the end and their relationship was destroyed to the point where they no longer spoke to each other.

It was at this time that Kim began battling with her mental health and substance abuse when she was sent to rehab in 2012.

She later admitted to Bravo boss Andy Cohen that she was an alcoholic.


In 2015, Kim's issues worsened as she was then arrested and charged with trespassing, public intoxication, resisting an officer, and battery on a police officer at the legendary Beverly Hills Hotel. 

She spent the night in a Los Angeles jail but was released the next morning on a $20,000 bond. 

On an episode of Watch What Happens Live the following year, she took full responsibility for her actions leading up to the arrest. 

"I drank that night, no excuses. I stopped focusing on myself. I stopped taking the time for me and going to meetings because I was taking care of other people.

“And I stopped taking care of myself,” she told Andy.

Just a few months after her Beverly Hills Hotel altercation, Kim was arrested once again in August 2015 for shoplifting at a Los Angeles Target store. 

She was arrested and booked at a LA jail but released the following morning on a $5,000 bond. 

Following her back-to-back arrests, she was fired by Bravo as a full-time cast member and her stream of revenue immediately halted. 


This year, Kim shocked fans when she looked completely unrecognizable in a picture with her sister Kyle.

She had styled her blonde hair, which had grown long once more, in soft waves, parted over to one side.

Kim kept her make-up on more of the natural side, with pink on her cheeks and lips, along with some deep black eyeliner.

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