"I don't want to be known as the granddaughter of the Hiltons. I want to be known as Paris." Paris Hilton
Young actress and model Paris Hilton is best recognized as a Hilton Hotel heiress (shares empire legacy with sister Nicky). Not only the star of the Fox hit reality series "The Simple Life" (with Nicole Richie), Paris has also appeared on the big screen, playing roles in such recent films as The Cat in the Hat (2003), Raising Helen (2004), The Hillz (2004) and House of Wax (2005). Soon she will act in the upcoming National Lampoon's Pledge This, and Bottom's Up. She will also star in "The Simple Life" (4th season) with her new costar, actress Kimberly Stewart (Rod Stewart's daughter), who will be replacing her now estranged friend Nicole Richie.
The heiress has drawn controversy several times. She first caught the public's attention with her leaked homemade sex video (One Night In Paris) with then boyfriend Rick Salomon (Shannen Doherty's ex husband) in 2003. Following the incident, Paris reportedly was charged (but later escaped) with stealing a copy of her One Night In Paris DVD from a Los Angeles newsstand in early 2005. Then her TV commercial for burger chain Carl's Jr. found itself under protest by the Parents Television Council because of her suggestive, soft-core porn in the ad.
5' 8" tall Paris has 34B-25-35 measurements and size 11 feet. The young billionaire, whose trademarks are her blue colored contact lenses and the quotation "That's Hot," is noted for her glitzy lifestyle and high media coverage relationships. She has been linked to a string of famous names including actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Edward Furlong, Jamie Kennedy, Simon Rex, Australian Idol star Rob Mills, Sum 41 lead singer Deryck Whibley, producer Robert Evans, nightclub owner Ingrid Casares, Tommy Hilfiger model Jason Shaw, Backstreet Boys' Nick Carter, and boxer Oscar De La Hoya, as well as tennis player Mark Philippoussis.
More recently, a report said that Paris has become engaged to her boyfriend, the Greek shipping heir Paris Latsis, and marked the engagement with a barbecue party in their Hollywood home. She also recently issued an apology to her celebrity friends, via tabloid, after their private phone numbers and e-mail addresses were released on the Internet when her mobile phone was hacked.
Childhood and Family:
Great-granddaughter of the Hilton hotel-chain founder Conrad Hilton and granddaughter of Conrad "Nicky" Hilton, Jr. (Elizabeth Taylor's first husband), Paris Whitney Hilton was born on February 17, 1981, in New York City. The first daughter of parents Rick Hilton and Kathy Richards Hilton (actress; born on April 7, 1959), Paris shares the $300 million family fortune with her younger sister Nicky Hilton (actress; born on October 5, 1983). She is also the niece of Kim and Kyle Richards.
"The only person who really knows me is Nicky. And not many people know this, but my sister is one of the funniest people you'll ever meet." Paris Hilton
Paris Hilton, nicknamed Star or Princess, grew up in Manhattan's glamorous Waldorf-Astoria, the family's New York home. She Briefly attended the Canterbury School, a boarding school in Connecticut, then transferred to the Dwight School in New York City and earned a GED in 1999. Paris also once studied at the Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, California.
A fan of golf, Paris also has three Pomeranians named Dolce, Sebastian and Prince. She also has two Chihuahuas named Tinkerbell and Bambi.
The Simple Life
"If you have a beautiful face you don't need big fake boobs to get anyone's attention." Paris Hilton
Hilton's Paris Hilton began her public appearances as a model for such designers as Marc Bouwer, Tommy Hilfiger and Catherine Malandrino. She also starred for Italian label Iceberg and was showcased on GQ, Vanity Fair and FHM magazines. Additionally, she was profiled in People magazine alongside her younger sister, Hilton co-heiress Nicky.
A cameo appearance as herself in Ben Stiller's fashion spoof Zoolander (2001), was Paris' debut in motion pictures. She followed it up with a role in the next year's short film QIK2JDG, playing a strung-out supermodel, and in Andrew Getty's straight-to-video supernatural thriller Nine Lives. In 2003, she appeared in films like L.A. Knights, James Cox's crime thriller Wonderland (starring Val Kilmer) and a film version of Dr. Seuss' classic, The Cat in the Hat (alongside Mike Myers).
Paris received negative publicity for her leaked homemade sex video with then boyfriend Rick Solomon in 2003. However, the video helped to raise the ratings of her show, "The Simple Life," which she starred in with Nicole Richie. In Fox's hit reality series, based on the 1965 sitcom "Green Acres," Paris and Nicole left the comforts of their lavish life to live and work on a farm. She also guest starred on a "Saturday Night Live" weekend update with Jimmy Fallon in December of 2003.
In 2004, Paris shared the screen with then boyfriend Jason Shaw in The Hillz and with Kate Hudson in Raising Helen. She also guest starred as Madison, the pampered fiancé of a high roller, on the NBC drama series "Las Vegas" and as Kate in an episode of The O.C. As for her "The Simple Life" show, Paris starred again in its second season, "The Simple Life 2: Road Trip."
More recent, Paris played the lead role of Paige Edwards in the teen horror House of Wax. She also was the executive producer and starred in the upcoming National Lampoon's Pledge This! Paris Hilton, who recently signed up with major Hollywood talent agency Endeavor, won the role of Lisa Mancini in the next Indie comedy Bottom's Up, alongside Jason Mewes. On the small screen, she appeared as a host on "Saturday Night Live" and starred in the third season of her show, "The Simple Life: Interns."
Adding to her acting and modeling career, Paris has branched out as a designer. Along with sister Nicky, she designed a high-end collection of purses for Tokyo label Samantha Thavasa. She also opened her own Florida nightspot called "Club Paris" in Orlando, Florida, in January of 2005.
"I think the biggest misconception about me is that I'm this spoiled brat. But I'm not. I'm the total opposite." Paris Hilton