Elder of 2 daughters born to Irv and Joni Richards. She grew up in the Chicago area, until the family relocated to Oceanside, CA when Denise was 15. She began working as a model, and moved to L.A. after she graduated from high school. She landed parts in both TV and movies, and gave breakthrough performances in Starship Troopers (1997) with Casper Van Dien, Wild Things (1998) and The World Is Not Enough (1999), in which she plays a Bond Girl. She also was in Undercover Brother (2002) with Eddie Griffin and appeared in Scary Movie 3 (2003) with her husband, Charlie Sheen.
Said to have had a crush on John Travolta growing up.
Attended El Camino High School in Oceanside, California located 25 miles north of San Diego, California.
Graduated from high school in Oceanside. 
Moved from Downer's Grove, Illinois to Oceanside, California when she was 15.
Loves animals. Has several cats and dogs.
Father Irv Richards used to work for a phone company.
Parents now own a coffeehouse in San Diego.
Was said to have been quiet and shy as a child.
Auditioned for the role of Beth in Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995).
Was a high school cheerleader.
She attended Downers Grove High School (Illinois) for her freshman year.
She attended Herrick Junior High School (Illinois) until she completed the eighth grade.
engaged to Charlie Sheen [January 2002]
Was ranked 9th of the 100 Sexiest Women by FHM Taiwan (2001).
Appears with Eddie Griffin, Neil Patrick Harris and Snoop Dogg in Snoop Dogg´s music video "Undercova Funk".
Daughter, Sam Sheen, was born [9 March 2004] at 10:57 p.m in Los Angeles, weighing in at 7 pounds, 3 ounces.
Her mother, Joni, owns a chain of coffee shops called 'Jitters.'
Ranked #21 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women in the World" (2002).
Guest-starred in the "Two and a Half Men" (2003) episode "Yes, Monsignor" as a former girlfriend of husband Charlie Sheen's character, who now has a baby girl. The baby was played by the pair's daughter, Sam Sheen.
Daughter-in-law of Martin Sheen and Janet Sheen.
Sister-in-law of Ramon Estevez, 'Renee Estevez' , and Emilio Estevez.
Once worked as a grocery clerk.
Filed for divorce from husband Charlie Sheen after less than three years.
She and Charlie Sheen both had very small roles in Loaded Weapon 1 (1993) (they do not share on-screen time), years before they met and fell in love on the set of Good Advice (2001).
Daughter, Lola Rose, was born [1 June 2005], weighing in at 6 pounds, 10 ounces.
She and her ex-husband Charlie Sheen, have both guest-starred on the TV-show "Friends" (1994), though not in the same episode.
Her daughters: Sam J. & Lola were from her marriage to Charlie Sheen.
Drives a Mercedes-Benz S55 AMG
Shares a birthday with Paris Hilton.
Stepmother of Charlie Sheen's daughter Cassandra
One of her first acting roles was in an episode of "Doogie Howser, M.D." (1989), which starred Neil Patrick Harris, in which Richards played a girl being interviews by Doogie as a potential girlfriend candidate. Several years later, she and Harris co-starred in Starship Troopers (1997).
Is of Welsh and Croatian heritage.
Ranked as #82 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement. (2005)