Biography Of Heiress Paris Hilton

Get the dish on America's favorite tabloid princess, from her beginnings as a spoiled, hard-partying socialite to burgeoning actress.

Paris Hilton is familiar to television audiences as one of the stars of the Fox reality show, "the Simple Life." As a tabloid celebrity, "Paris the heiress" marked her initial claim to fame with her bad-girl antics as a spoiled socialite, party girl, and paparazzi queen. She has recently sought to clean up her image by pursuing concrete work as an actor and clothing designer.

Paris Whitney Hilton was born on February 17, 1981 in New York City, New York. She is the eldest daughter of Rick Hilton, grandson of hotel magnate Conrad Hilton, and Kathy Richards, a former child star in the 1970s on the television series, "Family Affair." Her younger siblings include sister and fellow party-girl Nicholai Olivia "Nicky" Hilton, and brothers Barron and Conrad Hilton. As a young girl, Paris lived at the exclusive Waldorf Historia in New York, with frequent travel to family homes in both Beverly Hills, California and the Hamptons. She attended various boarding schools across the country, finally settling at The Dwight School in New York for a few months during her senior year before dropping out and earning her GED in 1999.

The socialite set her sights on a career in the celebrity spotlight. Following high school, Paris sought out work as a model in the fashion world, appearing in fashions shows given by designers such as Marc Bouwer, Catherine Malandrino, Tommy Hilfiger, Richard Tyler, and Jeremy Scott. Paris's romantic flings included Leonardo DiCaprio, Edward Furlong of Terminator 2 fame, boxer Oscar de la Hoya, and Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter. She was even briefly engaged in 2001 to model Jason Shaw. Paris Hilton has appeared on the covers of Elle, Seventeen, and Maxim, and posed in trade publications such as GQ, Vanity Fair, and Rolling Stone magazine. In 2004, she trademarked her favorite saying, "That's hot."

Her outrageous antics and over-the-top behavior in public with sister Nicky solidified Paris's notoriety. The Hilton sisters attended every party possible, and acted in typical diva-fashion while on the club circuit. Paris was rumored to have pushed her way to the beginning of a line to the women's room at a club in a vain attempt to look at her self in the mirror. In another incident, Paris danced topless at a bar. She has been known to walk about without shirts. The event that really put Paris on the pop icon radar was the infamous sex tape. The homemade sex tape of then 19 year old Paris with Rick Salomon, ex-husband of actress Shannen Doherty, was circulated on the Internet in the fall of 2003, and subsequently released on DVD in 2004. Paris sued the makers of the DVD. The lawsuit was settled; Paris received a percentage of the profits for the sale of her famous romp. Paris Hilton has become so synonymous with partying that she now has a club in Orlando named after her (Club Paris).

Seeking to legitimize her fame, Paris began a career in acting, scoring minor cameos in the comedy "Zoolander" (2000) and "Pauly Shore Is Dead" (2003), as well as having bit parts in "The Hillz" (2004), the crime drama "Wonderland" (2003), and as a model in "QIK2JDG" (2002). She also had a small role in the 2004's "The Cat in the Hat." She has minor parts in two films to be released in 2005: "National Lampoon's Pledge This" and "House of Wax."

In 2003, Paris starred in a reality television show called the "Simple Life", with pal and fellow-socialite, Nicole Ritchie. This reality show was a modern spin of the popular 1960s series, "Green Acres." The audience followed the girls around weekly as they tried to survive and live on a farm. The show became a bonafide hit and generated the 2004 sequel, "Simple Life 2." This time, the camera followed the girls' tour of the country in a trailer while they stayed in little towns and worked middle-class jobs. In 2005, "The Simple Life" returned with its third season. The current situation finds the girls interning at east-coast companies while traveling about on a Greyhound bus.

The year 2004 saw the release of Paris's new book, Confessions of An Heiress: A Tongue-In-Chic Peek Behind the Pose. In addition to her burgeoning acting career, she founded Heiress Records, and recorded her first album, with an unknown scheduled release date in 2005.

Paris lives with her 3 Pomeranians and a pet Chihuahua named Tinkerbell and splits her time bicoastally between New York and California. She is an avid yoga and tennis fan, and designs her own line of purses.

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