Kyle Richards Umansky is an American actress, socialite, television personality, and philanthropist. She began her career as a child actress, appearing in a recurring role on Little House on the Prairie, and in several adventure and horror films, including The Car (1977), Tobe Hooper’s Eaten Alive (1977), and Walt Disney’s The Watcher In The Woods (1980), as well as portraying Lindsey Wallace in John Carpenter‘s Halloween (1978) and later Halloween Kills (2021).
In the late ’70s, she shared screen time with the legendary James Brolin in the eerie, “The Car.” As a young actress in 1980, she joined a formidable cast in the horror classic “Halloween,” which starred Jamie Lee Curtis. Kyle’s career in television burgeoned further as she was cast alongside veteran actor Charles Bronson in the family drama “The Little House on the Prairie” during its late seasons. Transitioning into the reality TV realm, her dynamism with fellow housewives such as Lisa Vanderpump, Erika Jayne, and Dorit Kemsley has been the talk of Beverly Hills, turning household dinners into iconic moments of television history. Moreover, the bond she shares with her sister Kim Richards, another starlet of the series, brings an unparalleled depth to the show, emphasizing the genuine familial ties amidst the glitz and glamour. Since 2010, she has appeared as a main cast member on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and as of 2021, is the last remaining original cast member on the show. In 2017, she was a contestant on The New Celebrity Apprentice (also known as The Celebrity Apprentice 8), playing for the charity Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
In 2019, Kyle’s outstanding contribution to television was acknowledged when she and her “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” co-stars were awarded the MTV Movie & TV Award for “Reality Royalty.” While the RHOBH series itself has seen numerous nominations, it was a testament to the collective effort of the cast, with Kyle being an integral part. Earlier in her career, in 1983, her portrayal in the television movie “Little House: Look Back to Yesterday” garnered attention, earning her a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Young Actress in a Drama Series.