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Denise Richards smiles at a red carpet event. She has long blonde wavy hair that sits past her shoulders and she's wearing a sleeveless yellow dress.

Denise Richards Celebrates Her 50th Surrounded by Love – And Thinking Of Her Mum

Denise Richards just turned 50 – and she can’t believe it!

The actress shared a message on Instagram the day after her February 17th birthday, having a laugh about the strange feeling of growing older but also thinking of her mum Joni, who passed away around the same age.

“How is the chick from Wild Things & Starship Troopers 50?!!! Yikes,” she begins.

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“I’ll be honest, I had a bit of anxiety leading up to this birthday. And not just for obvious reasons, because I really do still feel like I’m a silly big kid. It’s because of my mom. She turned 50 when I was pregnant with Sami and shortly after was diagnosed with cancer & passed away a few years later.”

Denise explains that she knows logically she shouldn’t worry but she feels some fear and anxiety.

“I don’t know if any of you have experienced this when you lost your parent and you got to the age they were. And you hope & pray you’ll pass the age. It’s very surreal.”

Denise says she could feel her mum’s presence on her birthday and knows she’s watching from above.

So how exactly did Denise spend the day? Surrounded by family and according to a video taken by one of her daughters, there was lots of cake and ice-cream too!

Though Denise admits she’d hoped for a party “in Bora Bora, St Barts or Australia” to mark the big birthday she says she still feels grateful for her time at home.

(Feature Image Credit: Kathy Hutchins/Shutterstock.com)

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