Birth Date : February 17, 1981
Birth Place : New York City, New York, USA
Birth Name : Paris Whitney Hilton
Height : 5′ 7½” (1.71 m)
Nationality : American
Profession : Model, socialite, actress, author, recording artist, fashion designer
Best Known As : Party-hopping Hilton Hotel heiress and star of TV’s The Simple Life
Nicknames : Star, Princess
Religion : Roman Catholic
Paris Hilton has gone from being merely a wealthy young heiress to the Hilton hotel chain, to becoming an entrepreneur on her own. Among other things, she became the star of her own reality TV show and had her own line of jewelry. At twenty-five years old, she’s also became well known as a fashionable party girl.
Before Paris was even born, she had quite the lineage. Her great grandfather, Conrad Hilton, founded the Hilton hotel chain, and also happened to be the second of nine men that Zsa Zsa Gabor (click on link to read biography) married. His son, Conrad Nicholson Hilton, Jr., was the first husband to another actress who married often, Elizabeth Taylor. Paris’s maternal side of the family offers her even more famous lineage, as her aunt and uncle, Kim Richards and Kyle Richards, were child actors, appearing in movies like Escape to Witch Mountain, and the television shows Nanny and the Professor and Little House on the Prairie.
This famous lineage came close to being worthless when Conrad Hilton died in 1979, his will left nothing to his children or their descendants. Paris’s grandfather, Barron Hilton, contested Conrad’s will in court and eventually won, nine years after Conrad’s death. Paris should be grateful, as she is expected to someday inherit some of those millions.
Growing up as an heiress, Paris lived in places adults could only dream of, such as the Waldorf-Astoria in Beverly Hills and the exclusive Hamptons in Long Island. She and her sister, Nicky, lived in a $10 million mansion in Hollywood Hills, which is one of the three mansions owned by their parents, Richard Hilton, a real estate mogul, and Kathy Hilton.
Probably realizing that an education wasn’t needed for her to make it in the world, Paris quit high school and later earned her GED. While she made a quick name for herself as a socialite, Paris parlayed her notoriety into a successful modeling career, namely as a spokes model for Guess jeans. Playboy magazine named Paris as “Sex Star of the Year” in 2005, and someone looking very much like her appeared on the cover of the magazine, though her spokespeople say it is not her.
Paris Hilton Playboy Magazine
Paris transitioned quickly from modeling to acting, making the movies Sweetie Pie and Nine Lives in 2000 and 2002. In 2005 she earned her first acting award, a 2005 Worst Supporting Actress Razzie for her role in the movie House of Wax. Current plans for Paris include a part in Bruce Willis’s next Die Hard movie. Along with the movies came a reality TV show with her longtime friend, Nicole Richie, the adopted daughter of singer Lionel Richie. The two first starred in the show The Simple Life in 2003 as they lived and worked on an Arkansas family farm, did short working stints at local places, and met and got friendly with a collection of local young men. These two young socialites working farm jobs made for many humorous moments.