Are Kim Richards' Acting Roles Really Better Than 'Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills' Star Lisa Rinna?
It's finally here. The time has come to watch our gals revisit all of the fights, lies, and wine glasses thrown during Season 5 reunion of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills . Unsurprisingly, it looks like Kim Richards and Lisa Rinna will be at it again, but the shade being thrown won't just be about Kim's sobriety and Lisa R.'s seemingly never-ending interest in it. It will also be about Kim Richards' past acting roles, of all things.
We all know that Lisa R. is famous for starring in Days of Our Lives and Melrose Place, in addition to guest roles on a bunch of dramas and sitcoms. That's all fine and dandy. However, we also know that Lisa R. is admittedly not one to turn down a paycheck, so she's starred on nearly every reality TV competition you can think of, as well as that infamous Depends commercial, which just so happens to be the root of her new beef with Kim at the reunion.
In a preview clip of the reunion already available to watch on BravoTV.com, Kim teases Lisa R.'s sultry modeling of the adult diaper product. When host Andy Cohen asks if Kim would take on any acting role for a buck, she says that she is more discerning in the roles she chooses because she has "a little more pride" than Lisa R. Ouch.
Before you flip over a table in a fashion that would make Teresa Giudice proud, just remember that before Kim was an off-her-rocker reality TV star, she was kind of a big deal as a child and young adult star in the '70s and '80s. However, has Kim really been as thoughtful about choosing her acting roles throughout her career as she makes it seem? Let's look back at some of Kim's major roles and rate them based on how much pride they should give her on a scale of one to five Depends briefs.
1. Prudence In Nanny And The Professor (1970-1971)
Kim made her TV debut in the feel-good family comedy Nanny and the Professor. She played Prudence, the youngest child and only daughter of Professor Everett, a widower who gets some help in the parenting department when Nanny mysteriously arrives at their door. Considering Kim was about six years old at the time Nanny and the Professor started, the role was nothing groundbreaking. All she really had to do was be a cute, sweet, little girl, but she certainly did that well.
Pride Soaked Up: 4 Depends Briefs
2. Tia and Tina In The Witch Mountain Movies
One of Kim's best-known roles was as clairvoyant orphan Tia in the 1975 Disney film Escape to Witch Mountain and its sequel, 1978's Return to Witch Mountain. These are a couple of classic live-action Disney movies that any actor would be proud to have on his or her resume. The movies have such a passionate fan following that the director of the 2009 remake Race to Witch Mountain, Andy Flickman, even cast Kim and the actor who played her brother Tony, Ike Eisenmann, in bit parts of the movie to act as little Easter eggs for fans.
Pride Soaked Up: 5 Depends Briefs
3. Kathy In Assault On Precinct 13 (1976)
Kim's role as a young girl named in John Carpenter's Assault on Precinct 13 wasn't huge, but it certainly was memorable. In one of the film's most infamous and NSFW scenes, the street gang overtaking Los Angeles shoots Kathy right in the chest after she returns to the ice cream truck where she just bought a cone and where the man who sold it to her has just been murdered by the thugs. It's hard to tell if there's a deeper meaning to this scene or if it was just included in the film for the sake of shocking the audience.
Pride Soaked Up: 2 Depends Briefs
4. Cheryl In Meatballs Part II (1984)
Kim wasn't in the first Meatballs movie, but she came back for a second helping anyway in the sequel to the comedy about all of the shenanigans that teens get up to during summer camp. Kim plays Cheryl, a naive teen whose bunkmates make it their mission to get Cheryl to see a "pinky" by the end of the summer, and I'm not talking about the one on your hand. Meatballs Part II is your typical teen romp, but it hasn't stood the test of time very well. Kim would probably prefer that no one ever see in her that red striped leotard ever again.
Pride Soaked Up: 1 Depends Brief
5. Frankie Croyden In Tuff Turf (1985)
Tuff Turf is so '80s, it almost hurts to watch. Scratch that. It would be painful to watch this movie no matter what decade it was made in. Kim plays Frankie, a not-so-bad girl who has fallen in with the tough crowd at school, but she soon falls for the new kid in town, played by James Spader. Roger Ebert described Kim in his review of the film as having "long blond hair that is very beautiful — and just as well, too, since there are long stretches of this movie where her hair is literally the only thing on the screen worth watching." And that's putting it nicely.
Pride Soaked Up: 0 Depends Briefs
6. Sandy In Black Snake Moan (2006)
Kim came out of retirement in 2006 for a role in Black Snake Moan as the mother of Christina Ricci's character Rae. As you can see in this clip, the two are very estranged, and this is isn't an easy movie to watch. I have to say, Kim's performance in this film is not bad for someone who hadn't acted for nearly 20 years.
Pride Soaked Up: 3 Depends Briefs
7. As Herself In Stars In Danger: The High Dive (2013)
With Kim's newfound fame on RHOBH, would her next step be to seriously get back into acting? Hell, no! It would be to star on another reality show, of course. For some reason in 2013, there were not one but two celebrity diving competitions on not one but two different networks. Kim appeared on Fox's Stars in Danger: The High Dive along with her sister Kyle. Well, if you're going to make a fool out of yourself, you might as well do it with family.
Pride Soaked Up: 1 Depends Brief
8. As Herself In Lady Gaga's "G.U.Y." Music Video (2014)
Lady Gaga rounded up almost the entire Season 4 cast of RHOBH for the music video for her single "G.U.Y." You see Kim for only a few seconds as she strums along to the dance pop tune, but hey, she got more screen time than cast mate Yolanda Foster, so that's something.
Pride Soaked Up: 3 Depends Briefs
9. Stephanie In Revenge (2015)
Kim's most recent acting role was a guest spot on the ABC drama Revenge as Stephanie, a well-to-do friend of Victoria Grayson's that attends a chilly lunch with her and some other gal pals. Yeah, that situation is completely foreign to Kim.
Pride To Soak Up: 4 Depends Briefs
Hey Kim, it looks like you need to review your IMDb page before you go bash anyone else's credits.
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