Reality show fans can recognize Kyle Richards from the crowd. This popular actress, reality star, and businessperson started her career as a child actress on the iconic “Little House on the Prairie” series. But her career catapulted to greater heights when she appeared in “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” Because of her massive success, Richards is reportedly worth $50 million. Here is how the actress earned her riches.
Kyle Richards: Early Life
Born on the glitzy and glamorous portion of Los Angeles, California, on January 11, 1969, to Kenneth Edward Richards and former Kathleen Mary Dugan, Richards has always been a part of the Hollywood crowd as a young child. Her parents separated in 1972. She has two older siblings from her mother’s side, including half-sister Kathy Hilton from Kathleen’s first marriage, while her other sister is Kim Richards. She also has three half-siblings from her father.
Kyle Richards: Early TV Career
In 1974, Richards started appearing in the “Little House on the Prairie” series as Alicia Sanderson Edwards, the adopted daughter of Grace (Bonnie Bartlett) and Isaiah Edwards (Victor French). She had a total of 18-episode appearance during the second to the eighth season of the historical drama series. She and her older sister Kim also appeared as on-screen sisters in the thriller “The Car” in 1977. Throughout the 1970s, she starred in various TV series like “Flying High,” “Fantasy Island,” “Vega$,” as well as “Carter Country.” She was also a part of the hit 1978 slasher movie “Halloween” in 1978.
Richards also appeared in the 1980 supernatural horror flick “The Watcher in the Woods.” She returned on TV via a recurring role in “ER” from 1998 to 2006. She also has several guest roles in various TV shows like “CSI,” “Beverly Hills, 90210,” and “7th Heaven,” among others.
Kyle Richards: Her Stint As A “Real Housewife”
Bravo tapped Richards to become one of the main cast members of the reality show called “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” She is one of the original members of the sixth installment of the “Real Housewives” franchise, together with her sister Kim, Camille Grammar, Adrienne Maloof, Lisa Vanderpump, and Taylor Armstrong. After Vanderpump’s departure in season 9, Richards became the only original member who remained in the show for all ten seasons.
Kyle Richards: Other Ventures
Aside from acting and appearing in a reality series, Richards also had a clothing line designed for HSN. Her style reportedly inspired the clothing collection. She also collaborated with Shahida Clayton for a clothing line called Kyle + Shahida, which they launched during the 2019 Fashion Week. She also owns a boutique chain called Kyle by Alene Too in New York City and The Hamptons.
Richards also released a memoir called “Life In Not A Reality Show: Keeping It Real with the Housewife Who Does It All” in December 2011.
Kyle Richards: Personal Life
Richards also has a very interesting personal life, making her one of the most colorful personalities in the hit reality series. She was first married when she was 18 years old and pregnant to Indonesian Guraish Aldjufrie in 1988, but divorced in 1992. She got married again in 1996 to Mauricio Umansky. She had a daughter with Aldjurie named Farrah and three daughters with Umansky named Alexia, Sophia, and Portia. The family lives together in the Encino neighborhood in Los Angeles.