A model and actress who experienced a modicum of notoriety in broad comedies and B-movies, Denise Richards utilized her swimsuit figure and clichéd dumb model persona to carve out a thriving career in film and on television that lasted longer than most would have predicted. After gaining notice for the campy action thriller "Starship Troopers" (1997) and the steamy neo-noir "Wild Things" (1998), Richards was arguably the most unconvincing nuclear scientist ever as Christmas Jones in "The World is Not Enough" (1999), a role that tagged her as one of the worst Bong Girls of all time. From there, she enjoyed a few moderate box office successes, but was more steadily seen in guest appearances on TV sitcoms and melodramatic nighttime soaps where her limited acting range was not considered a detriment. Meanwhile, Richards became the focal point of ongoing tabloid coverage thanks to her ill-fated marriage to Charlie Sheen, which included reports of drug abuse, pornography addiction and domestic abuse on his part. Managing to break free for her sake and the sake of their two children, Richards pieced her life back together while successfully balancing being a single mother and steadily working actress.