Paris Hilton is the eldest of four children of Richard Hilton
and Kathy Richards. Her younger sister is Nicky Hilton, and her
younger brothers are Barron Hilton II and Conrad Hilton II.
On the maternal side of her family, Hilton is a niece of two popular child stars of the 1970s - Kim Richards and Kyle Richards, who appeared in the motion picture Escape to Witch Mountain and TV shows like Nanny and the Professor, Little House on the Prairie, and later, ER. By marriage, she also is related to Zsa Zsa Gabor (the Hungarian-born actress married Paris Hilton's great-grandfather Conrad Hilton), as well as Elizabeth Taylor (the actress's first husband was Paris Hilton's great-uncle, Conrad Nicholson Hilton Jr.).
Her paternal grandparents are hotel chairman Barron Hilton and his wife, the former Marilyn Hawley, and her paternal great-grandparents were Hilton Hotel founder Conrad Hilton and his first wife, Mary Barron. When Conrad Hilton died in 1979, he left nothing in his will to his children or other descendants. Barron Hilton contested this decision and won in 1988.
Hilton moved between several exclusive homes in her youth, including a suite in the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Manhattan, Beverly Hills, and the Hamptons. Currently, her parents own a $30.5 million mansion in Bel Air, a $12.3 million estate in the Hamptons, and a $10 million house in the Hollywood Hills in which she and her sister stay to give them privacy and for easy access to clubs in Los Angeles.
Paris Hilton attended high school at the Dwight School in New York, but dropped out and eventually earned a GED. Hilton decided not to attend a university.
Paris Hilton shot to prominence when a s-- tape of her with then-boyfriend Rick Salomon was leaked onto the Internet shortly after The Simple Life debuted. On June 9, 2004 it was released as a DVD titled 1 Night in Paris which was presented by Salomon. Hilton sued Salomon for releasing the tape, but the suit was settled. Hilton received US $400,000 and a percentage of the profits, which were donated to charity. She has had acting roles in a number of films, in which she refuses to appear naked.
Paris Hilton has been widely discussed by tabloids. In 2000, the National Enquirer reported a casual friendship with Leonardo DiCaprio as something far more intimate. She has also been linked/had flings with other celebrities, including professional skateboarder Chad Muska, filmmaker Vincent Gallo, actor Edward Furlong, boxer Oscar De La Hoya, Chicago Bears football player Brian Urlacher, singers Deryck Whibley and Backstreet Boy Nick Carter, former University of Southern California quarterback Matt Leinart, Australian tennis player Mark Philippoussis (whose girlfriend at the time, Australian singer/actress Delta Goodrem, had cancer), Australian Idol contestant Robert 'Millsy' Mills, oil heir Brandon Davis, male fashion model Lucas Bain, NHL goaltender Jose Theodore, and English cricketer Kevin Pietersen.
Hilton was engaged to male fashion model Jason Shaw from mid-2002 to early 2003. On May 29, 2005, she announced her engagement to Paris Latsis, a Greek shipping heir. However, on October 1, 2005, Hilton announced that the five-month engagement had been called off. Soon thereafter, she began dating another Greek shipping heir, Stavros Niarchos III, but as of May 2, 2006, Hilton publicist Elliot Mintz told the press of the reported breakup.
In an attempt to "rediscover herself," Paris Hilton imposed a ban on s--ual activity for one year. She told Regis and Kelly, "I'm doing it just because I want to. I feel I'm becoming stronger as a person. Every time I have a boyfriend, I'm just so romantic, and I'll put all my energy into the guy, and I don't really pay attention to myself. One-night stands are not for me. I think it's gross when you just give it up. Guys want you more if you don't just hand it to them on a platter. If they want you, then they will wait. You have to make them work for it. I think that's the only way you know if they really want you or just want to be able to brag that they've been with you." Despite her comments of a single life, Paris was photographed kissing Brandon Davis on July 16, 2006 in West Hollywood. Paris Hilton was also photographed making out with Stavros Niarchos III in St. Tropez on July 30, 2006. On July 31, 2006, Paris told People that she and Stavros are together again. The couple split in May after seven months of dating. "We're together now here. We love each other," Hilton says.
In 2006, Hilton told HX Magazine the reasons for her split with ex-best friend Nicole Richie. She claims that she and Nicole, "grew apart because of fame." On 20 April 2005, amid media reports that their friendship was in trouble, Paris Hilton released a statement saying "It's no big secret that Nicole and I are no longer friends," and "Nicole knows what she did, and that's all I'm ever going to say about it."
In recent years Hilton has gained recognition by appearing in television, movies, television commercials, and modeling photographs. According to Forbes, in 2003-2004 she earned approximately US $2 million for her television and movie roles, but in 2004-2005 her earnings from television, movies, modeling, and personal appearances have earned her an additional $6.5 million.
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Paris Hilton also appeared in cameo roles in Zoolander
(2001), The Cat in the Hat (2003) and Win a Date with Tad
Hilton also has several upcoming theatrical releases in which she is the lead role, including The Hottie and the Nottie (2008) and an untitled superhero movie involving Stan Lee.
Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie (adopted daughter of Lionel) starred in the 2003 FOX hit reality series The Simple Life, in which they lived with a family on their farm in rural Altus, Arkansas. Highlights of the show included the girls performing poorly at various jobs, making out with the local boys, and numerous instances of them shown as "fish out of water." It was followed by two more seasons on FOX: The Simple Life 2: Road Trip and The Simple Life 3: Interns, and one currently airing on E!: The Simple Life 4: ' Till Death Do Us Part.
Plans for Hilton to lend her name and also star in a cartoon series, which follows the animated life of herself, her sister Nicky, and her dog Tinkerbell are in development.
Hilton also guest starred in episodes of The OC, The George Lopez Show, Las Vegas, American Dreams and Veronica Mars.
Paris Hilton's voice was used in See Paris Die! a viral animation promoting House of Wax.
Hilton started working on an album in 2004. The album, has had rumoured titles of Paris Hilton, Paris Is Burning, 1 Crazy Party and Screwed. The final title announced for the album is simply self-titled; Paris. She has indicated that the album will feature a number of genres of music, including pop, reggae, and hip-hop. Paris has supposedly worked with Fat Joe and Jadakiss with songs on her current album.
Hilton announced "Stars are Blind", a reggae influenced track produced by Fernando Garibay, as the first single. Her producers for the album include Greg Wells and Kara DioGuardi, Jane Wiedlin, and Scott Storch.
The album was set for release in the USA on August 7, 2006. But Paris later confirmed on TRL that the release date would be August 22nd.
Hilton is also the founder of her own Heiress Records, the label on which she plans to release her debut album. It is a sub-label of Warner Brothers Records and was created in 2004. Hilton also plans to eventually sign new artists.
On August 11, 2006, the full album Paris leaked online.
In the fall of 2004, Paris Hilton released a book, Confessions of an Heiress: A Tongue-in-Chic Peek Behind the Pose co-written by Merle Ginsberg, which has full color photographs of her and gives her tips on the do's and don'ts of living as an heiress. Hilton was reportedly given $100,000 in advanced payment for this book. Some in the media panned the writing as amateurish, and the book was parodied by Robert Mundell on The Late Show with David Letterman. Nonetheless, the book became a New York Times bestseller.
Hilton followed it up with a designer-diary, also with Ginsberg - Your Heiress Diary: Confess It All To Me. Aimed at her young fans, it contained pages encouraging fans to write about their goals, their friends and family, boys, celebrities they admire, etc. Hilton plans to release another book in 2007.
Paris Hilton has helped design a collection of purses for
Tokyo label Samantha Thavasa and has also been involved in the
design of a jewelry line, The Paris Hilton Collection, for
Hilton launched the Paris Hilton Limited Edition Watch Collection brand during a news conference at the Tourneau store in New York November 30, 2005. Hilton's 18kt white gold and diamond encrusted watches that she helped design start at $100,000.
Hilton also has plans to launch fashion and cosmetics lines.
In early May of 2004, Paris Hilton was involved in the creation of a fragrance line by Parlux Fragrances. The perfume would be aptly named "Paris Hilton".
Hilton said, "It's really hot. I mixed all these scents together...it smells so good".
The perfume launch was a success. Originally set to be a small release, demand became popular and they had a wider release before Christmas of 2004. The launch as followed by a 47% increase in sales for Parlux, which was predominantly due to sales of the Hilton-branded perfume.
After the success of Hilton's perfume, Parlux Fragrances released "Paris Hilton for Men", a cologne for Hilton's male admirers, as well as another fragrance called "Just Me by Paris Hilton", which is available for both women and men.
Another perfume titled "Paris Hilton: Heiress" is due for release in October 2006. A counterpart for men, "Paris Hilton: Heir", is also due by the end of the year, along with a new line of color cosmetics.
In November 2004, Hilton participated in Sean "Diddy" Combs' Citizen Change campaign to encourage youths to vote in the Presidential election. She drew criticism after it was revealed she had neither voted, nor even registered to do so.
Paris Hilton also drew criticism in the Australian media during June 2006 for failing to keep her promise of organizing a benefit concert to raise funds for seriously ill children.
Paris Hilton began her own chain of nightclubs known as Club Paris in 2005. The first of which in Orlando, Florida has been a major success. The second located in Jacksonville, Florida opened July 1, 2006. Hilton is in talks to develop further clubs in Las Vegas, New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Cancun,Mexico. She also hopes to take the clubs to overseas markets and to expand the clubs to become five-star hotels featuring accommodation and casinos.
Gameloft, a developer and publisher of mobile games, previewed Paris-branded mobile at the 2006 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). At E3, the game was called "Paris Hilton's Jewel Jam", the name present on all of Gameloft's signage. Hilton was to appear at Gameloft's E3 booth to unveil the product, though she appeared an hour late, saying, "Sorry Iím late. Iím really excited to have my new video game, 'Diamondquest.' Thank you all for coming, and you can download the game."
As of May 26, 2005, Gameloft's press release states that the game's name is Paris Hilton's Diamond Quest, stating "With a previous working title of Jewel Jam, the company decided on a final title to better reflect the fresh, dynamic and s--y appeal of the heiress extraordinaire."
In the March 2005 issue of Playboy, Paris Hilton was named the "S-- Star of the Year" in their list of the 25 S--iest Celebrities. Someone appearing to be her was on the cover of the issue, but she did not pose for it; her spokeswoman said she did not know where Playboy got that picture.
On March 8, 2006, Brian Quintana, an event producer, was granted a three-year restraining order against Hilton after he testified that she harassed and threatened him. Quintana claimed their relationship soured after he urged Stavros Niarchos III to reconsider dating Hilton.
In May of 2006, Maxim magazine ranked Paris Hilton #38 on its annual Hot 100 list.
In an interview with TMZ.com's Harvey Levin, Hilton read thousands of comments by TMZ users. The comments were, for the most part, negative and focused on her public image of a partying rich girl. Hilton referred to the comments as "mean and sadistic." The comments included, "Paris is just an oversized human condom," "Paris is like a fart in a mitten. You know it's there, you can't stand it, but you can't get rid of it," and "Would you please drop over dead or commit suicide you damn slut." Hilton defended herself by noting that she is "far less promiscuous than any of her friends." Hilton also commented on her famous s-- tape, saying that she is "judged because of something that an ex-boyfriend did" and that she is "not a slut at all." Hilton said some of the comments made her cry. "They think I don't have any feelings."
In 2006, Paris Hilton told news media that she practiced s--ual abstinence. In fact, she told news media that "people think I sleep with everyone, but I'm not like that". The hotel heiress revealed her vow of s--ual abstinence as one of the most exciting things she has ever strived for, "I like the way guys go crazy when they can't have s-- with you. If he can't have you, he stays interested. The moment he has you, he's gone." Paris told media she had various boyfriends because, "guys are like, 'Hey, what's going on? It's been like four months and I'm only getting a kiss here.'"
On May 4, 2007 Hilton was sentenced by Judge Michael T. Sauer
to 45 days in jail for violating her probation. She was required
to begin her jail term June 5, 2007 or risk a doubling of her
Initially, Hilton planned to appeal the sentence, and supported an online petition asking California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for a pardon. In response, various opponents started a petition to maintain the sentence. Both petitions attracted tens of thousands of signatures. Paris later switched lawyers, and dropped her plans to appeal.
On June 3, 2007, after attending the 2007 MTV Movie Awards, Hilton checked herself into the Men's Central Jail of the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles at 11:38 pm PDT. From there, Hilton was transferred by authorities to a special section "reserved for police officers, public officials, celebrities and other high-profile inmates" within the Century Regional Detention Facility, an all female jail in Lynwood. Hilton was given the inmate booking number 9818783. With credit for good behavior, it was anticipated that Hilton would only serve 23 days of her 45 day sentence.
In an unexpected turn of events, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca's signed orders on the morning of June 7, reassigning Hilton to 40 days of home confinement with an electronic monitoring device due to an unspecified medical condition, which later emerged to be psychological and has been reported before. Sheriff Baca commented on the release saying, "My message to those who don't like celebrities is that punishing celebrities more than the average American is not justice." He also added "Under our early release program, she would not have served any time in our jail, or would have been directly put on our home electronic monitoring system, So the special treatment, in a sense, appears to be ... more time in jail."
The same day Paris was released from jail, Judge Michael Sauer ordered Hilton to reappear back in his court the following morning (June 8). At the hearing he declined to be briefed by Hilton's attorney in private chambers on the nature of her condition and sent her back to jail to serve out her original 45-day sentence. Upon hearing the sentence, Hilton shouted, "It's not right!" and started screaming for her mother, who was present in the courtroom. She was then escorted out. Concern about Hilton's condition has led to her being moved to the medical wing of a Los Angeles jail instead of the all female jail in Lynwood.
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