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Karen Desai

played by Denise Richards
Character Biography
Danny’s mother is a beautiful, perfectly coiffed, designer-clad woman who once ruled her small town’s social scene. Karen was married to the town’s most affluent citizen, Vikram Desai, who disappeared in an accident just a few months ago. Now, with her son returning home under a cloud of scandal and shame, Karen puts on a brave face and tries her best to make everything return to “normal,” an effort that’s clearly in vain.
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Actor Biography

Denise Richards is an accomplished actress, businesswoman, philanthropist and New York Times best-selling author (of the memoir The Real Girl Next Door).

Richards recently filmed a supporting role in Lifetime’s television film Blue Lagoon, a remake of the 1980 film. She can also be seen in Madea’s Witness Protection, Tyler Perry’s latest addition to the Madea franchise. Other recent projects include a small screen appearance as Lori on FX’s Anger Management, a notable guest appearance on NBC’s 30 Rock, and a recurring role as Debra, the contentious ex-wife of the BMS football coach (Ed Marinaro) on Spike TV’s Blue Mountain State.

Richards made her big screen debut in the cult classic Starship Troopers. She garnered international recognition for her leading Bond Girl role as Dr. Christmas Jones, opposite Pierce Brosnan. Additional film credits include her memorable performance in the Universal film Wild Things and a cameo in the hit romantic comedy Love Actually.

Along with standing out on screen, Richards has advanced her professional career to develop prime business partnerships and to support causes close to her heart. Her recent collaboration with Shoedazzle to design the “Eloise” heel raised over $15,000 for the Kidney Cancer Association. Teaming up with world-renowned hair stylist Christophe, Richards helped develop Volume Extend, an integrated hair care system. As an animal rights advocate, she commits her ambitious nature and her love of animals to Best Friends Animal Society as Ambassador. Since her involvement, Richards has furthered the cause, saved lives, raised awareness and fostered her own rescues.

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