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  1. Denise Richards (L) and Tracy Morgan film a scene at the "30 Rock" movie set at Rockefeller Center on October 17, 2011 in New York City. The guest starring effort comes just as Denise recently opened up about her decision to adopt a baby girl despite the fact that she is single. "I had always wanted more children," she wrote in a blog post earlier today. "I needed to make a decision: Do I wait for the right partner or move ahead with my life and do it on my own? I decided to do it on my own." Richards went onto explain that the adoption process took two years, which left her feeling defeated at times. "But I always had faith that the right baby would find us," she wrote. "I've always felt that children choose their parents, and Eloise found me a different way." Hollywood Gossip http://www.celebrity-gossip.net/denise-richards/denise-richards-films-30-rock-guest-spot-553307 (Ray Tamarra / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Actress Denise Richards promotes the new book "The Real Girl Next Door" at Barnes & Noble Tribeca on July 26, 2011 in New York City. (Joe Corrigan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Denise Richards (C) and daughters Sam Sheen (R) and Lola Rose Sheen (L) attend Nickelodeon's exclusive premiere for the upcoming primetime TV event of the summer. "iParty with Victorious," Saturday, June 4, 2011 at The Lot in Los Angeles. (Christopher Polk / Getty Images for Nickelodeon) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. 'Blue Mountain State'

    Denise Richards sizzles onscreen in 2010 opposite Ed Marinaro on Spike TV's "Blue Mountain State," a comedy about a football-obsessed university. (Spike TV) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Fashion forward

    Kelly Osbourne and Richards attend Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on Sept. 13, 2010 in New York. (Donald Bowers / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. With her girls

    Richards has two daughters with former husband Charlie Sheen. Sam, left, was born in 2004 and Lola in 2005. (Jason Laveris / FilmMagic) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Good cause

    Richards attends the 21st annual "A Time For Heroes" celebrity picnic sponsored by Disney to benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation on June 13, 2010 in Los Angeles. (Christopher Polk / Getty Images The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Reality hits

    Richards' daughters appear on the actress's E! reality show, "Denise Richards: It's Complicated." Although their father, Charlie Sheen, was against the kids being on the program, Richards took the matter to court and won. Richards recently told Larry King, however, that the kids are in the show "very little." (INFphoto.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Richards, unscripted

    The actress also told King that she wanted her show to be "real," saying, "The reality is I'm a single mom to two little girls. The show's not about my children; they are definitely not being exploited." (E! Entertainment) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Blondes have more fun?

    In early 2008, Richards appeared with Pamela Anderson in Canadian comedy film "Blonde and Blonder," in which the two actresses played dim assassins. (First Look International/Courtesy Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Richards rebounds

    After separating from Sheen in 2005, Richards dated Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora, who had recently finalized his own divorce with Heather Locklear. Richards and Sambora were together for a year. (Peter Kramer / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Christmas unwrapping

    In December 2004, Richards posed for a nude pictorial in Playboy magazine. The photos were taken just five months after the actress had given birth. (Playboy) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. A family falls apart

    During divorce proceedings, Richards alleged that Sheen was addicted to gambling, prescription drugs and pornography, and that his erratic behavior made her fear for her and her children’s' safety. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Va-va-va-voom

    In 2002's blaxploitation spoof "Undercover Brother," Richards played up her image as a sex symbol. The previous year, she was voted No. 2 in FHM's sexiest women list. (Universal/Courtesy Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Sharing the screen

    Richards married Sheen in 2002, but filed for divorce for the first time in 2005. While they were married, Richards guest-starred on two episodes of "Two and a Half Men" alongside Sheen. (CBS via Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Hot for cousin

    Richards played Ross and Monica's hot cousin in a season seven episode of NBC sitcom "Friends." She also made appearances on "Spin City" and "Seinfeld." (Warner Bros./Courtesy Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Don't all nuclear scientists look like this?

    In 1999's "The World is Not Enough," Richards played nuclear scientist Dr. Christmas Jones, although she was criticized for not doing justice to the role (her outfit -- hot pants and a tank top -- probably didn't help matters). (MGM/Courtesy of Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Beauty queen

    Richards starred alongside Kirstie Alley, Ellen Barkin and Kirsten Dunst in 1999's dark comedy "Drop Dead Gorgeous." The mockumentary-style film follows the contestants (one of whom was played by Richards) in a small-town beauty pageant. (Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. A tomboy grows up

    As a child, Richards was a tomboy, but eventually got her start as a fashion model. She then moved on to low-budget films and guest-star roles on television shows like "Saved by the Bell." (Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Wild thing

    Richards starred alongside Neve Campbell in the 1998 cult thriller "Wild Things." This was the first film in which she appears topless, and it further reinforced her status as a new Hollywood sex symbol. (Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. A star(ship) rises

    Richards had her first starring role in 1997's "Starship Troopers." The sci-fi action film was loosely based on a Robert A. Heinlein novel of the same name. (TriStar Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
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