Denise Richards

as Bentley Fintch


Another James Bond alumnus, Denise Richards is well-known as both a television and film actress. Beginning her career as a model after she’d completed high school, Richards is now acclaimed for her roles as Carla Ibanez in Starship Troopers (1997), Kelly Van Ryan in Wild Things (1998), and Dr. Christmas Jones in The World Is Not Enough (1999). She has continued acting in movies like Valentine (2002), Scary Movie 3 (2003), and Love Actually (2003). Her television acumen includes the Bold and the Beautiful, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and her own reality show, Denise Richards: It’s Complicated. In 2011, Richards published her memoir, The Real Girl Next Door, which quickly became a New York Times Bestseller.


Her role as Bentley Fintch in Paper Empire is one shrouded in mystique and intrigue as she plays the estranged wife of the Bernie Madoff of Crypto and ex-wife of the shady yet well-connected William Noir. As the plot unfolds, Bentley’s firm roots in materialistic pursuits are uplifted as her husband’s once insurmountable funds become frozen. While she plays the role of the loyal and naive wife/secretary in the eyes of the public and the FBI, this masquerade collapses as we watch her turn against her husband and pragmatism while conspiring with dangerous connections behind closed doors. Fully submerged in the humiliation of financial wreckage and a failing marriage, Bentley struggles to come to terms with life beyond the wealth she once knew, inadvertently crossing lines to redeem herself. With her lifestyle at risk, Denise Richards as Bentley comments on the instability introduced by a life dependent on the desire to remain wealthy and blissfully ignorant.


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