Denise Richards

by ethnic on January 4, 2010

Birth Name: Denise Lee Richards

Place of Birth: Downers Grove, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 17, 1971

Ethnicity: German, French-Canadian, Irish, English, Welsh, distant Dutch

Denise Richards is an American actress and model. She became famous in the late 1990s, after a string of films that highlighted her sex appeal, including Starship Troopers, Wild Things, and The World Is Not Enough. Denise has three children, including two with her former husband, actor Charlie Sheen.

Denise is the daughter of Joni and Irv Richards. Her family surname was originally Reichert. Her ancestry is German, French-Canadian, Irish, English, Welsh, and distant Dutch.

Several web sites have stated that Denise’s mother was of Croatian descent. This is not accurate.

Denise’s paternal grandfather was Irving Bernard Richards (the son of Theodore Edward Richards and Theresa Cormier). Irving was born in Illinois. Theodore was born in Illinois, the son of Adam Reichert, a German immigrant, and of Frances Mary Breternitz/Preteinitz, who was born in Illinois, of German descent. Denise’s grandfather was born with the surname Reichert; the surname was later changed to Richards. Theresa was also born in Illinois, the daughter of Albert Cormier, who was French-Canadian, and of Annie O’Neill, who was born in Illinois, to Irish parents.

Denise’s paternal grandmother was Dorothy M. Herron (the daughter of Fred Wesley Herron and Marguerite/Margaret A. Dando). Fred was born in Illniois, the son of Simon Wesley Herron and Charlotte Lucretia Sperry, and was of mostly English ancestry, along with some distant Dutch roots. Marguerite was also born in Illinois, the daughter of Albert I. Dando, whose parents were English, and of Margaret “Maggie” Loretta Broderick. Albert’s parents, Meshack/Meshach Dando and Martha Swanborough, were born in Bristol, Gloucestershire, England, and Aberystruth, Monmouthshire, Wales, respectively, while Denise’s great-great-grandmother Margaret’s parents, Richard Broderick and Mary Ann Gallagher, were Irish, with Richard being from Galway.

Denise’s maternal grandfather was James Donald Braden (the son of Robert E. Braden and Rose M. Baldwin). James was born in Michigan. Robert was the son of Robert Y. Braden and Any Welch. Rose was the daughter of Bert Baldwin and Lola Harris.

Denise’s maternal grandmother was Shirley Ann Kirkpatrick (the daughter of Mack/Mac Kirkpatrick and Florence Harriet Verta/Vietta/Vieta Parr). Shirley was born in Michigan. Mack was the son of Ephrim/Ephraim Kirkpatrick and Lydia Ida Graffins, who were from Pennsylvania. Florence was born in Canada, to English parents, James Parr and Mary Ann Cotterell.

Sources: Genealogies of Denise Richards (focusing on her father’s side) –

Birth record of Denise’s paternal grandfather, Irving Bernard Reichert/Richards –

Genealogies of Denise’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Simon Wesley Herron and Charlotte Lucretia Sperry –

Genealogy of Denise’s paternal great-grandmother, Marguerite/Margaret A. Dando (focusing on her own father’s side) –

Obituary of Denise’s maternal grandmother, Shirley Ann (Kirkpatrick) Lehmann –

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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

andrew February 15, 2018 at 4:15 pm
neiltennant August 15, 2015 at 2:24 pm

she looks german but can pass also for dutch

A user March 23, 2017 at 6:32 pm

Really? I thought she looked british.

smiley January 28, 2014 at 9:39 am

So she’s 1/8th German, 1/16th French-Canadian, and the rest is British Isles with the exception of the distant dutch (though we don’t know who her maternal grandfather is).

Dontchaknowanything January 1, 2014 at 4:11 am

Denise Richards is part black. Kaboom!

ashash April 1, 2014 at 7:39 pm

I know.

follers April 1, 2014 at 7:58 pm

Halle Berry?

midori29 February 18, 2015 at 1:28 pm

I read an article that said Denise Richards grandmother was biracial half black half white. Thats why Charlie Sheen called her the “N” word.

Kimmel February 24, 2017 at 6:41 am

When Sheen is on his snake juice, he’ll justify anything.

cecile September 29, 2013 at 3:42 pm
Adamina February 20, 2015 at 8:17 am

Couldn’t agree more. When I first saw Doutzen at the 2013 or 2012 (can’t really remember) Victoria’s secret fashion show for a second I thought it was Denise.. they really look alike

anna September 12, 2011 at 5:09 am

Her mother was Croatian/German. She has even confirmed this. Get your information right!

levangelista36 July 6, 2012 at 1:12 am

She did say on Twitter that she was of German, Croatian, Welsh, and French descent.

ethnic July 6, 2012 at 4:38 am

I found the german/ french quote on twitter but not the Croatian part.

levangelista36 July 6, 2012 at 6:36 am

Oh, you’re right. Thank you for finding the quote.

Trese May 26, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Interesting theory.

jackie May 10, 2011 at 5:46 pm

I thought she would have some italian, she is very tanned!

Jeff June 11, 2011 at 1:36 am

one of her grandparents has a drop of African American in them. Partly why shes so “tanned”.

James August 4, 2011 at 6:27 am

No she doesn’t. She’s FRENCH and GERMAN, can you people read. NOT BLACK. ugh.

cora August 26, 2011 at 10:19 pm

its called a spray tan, she did it on her television show. Gees have u people ever herd of tanning lol

Del October 15, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Most european ppl are tan depends on sun exposure. Ur brainwashed from jersey shore they tan 2 much along with most of new york, new jersey…

Del October 15, 2011 at 8:17 pm

And most people in illinois are really tan

gonzo April 28, 2011 at 1:06 am

sure its not croatian on her mothers side

GERARD April 4, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Lets put her to the test. Let her sit in the hot sun on the beach for 2 hours. If she turns red and blisters, she is white. If she turns a cool dark color than she is black :-)

nathalie May 27, 2011 at 11:10 pm

what the … i have never heard of such a crazy test like that! lol … what exactly does that test prove?

Richard Fiorello June 11, 2011 at 10:14 am

You’re stupid, dude. A few black people get sunburnt, and some people that are white get tanned! It doesn’t work at all!

multigrl July 5, 2012 at 2:20 am

Black people burn as well. I do and so does my mom.

levangelista36 July 6, 2012 at 12:53 am

My mother burns. She cannot be out in the sun for longer than an hour before her skin starts to burn.

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