Nicole Richie and her longtime friend Paris Hilton starred in the TV reality show The Simple Life from 2003 to 2007. The show, inspired in part by the 1960s sitcom Green Acres, featured wealthy society girls Richie and Hilton milking cows and adjusting to rural life while living in tiny Altus, Arkansas. The show was a hit, and the sequels The Simple Life 2 and The Simple Life 3: Interns soon followed. The co-stars had a falling-out in 2005, with Hilton announcing that she would replace Richie with Kimberly Stewart (daughter of rock star Rod Stewart) for future shows, but in 2006 the show returned with its original stars (although on a different network). Nicole Richie is the daughter of 1980s pop music star Lionel Richie, whose hits included "All Night Long" and "Dancing on the Ceiling." She had a daughter, Harlow Winter Kate Madden, in January of 2008; the father is Joel Madden, singer for the rock group Good Charlotte. Their son, Sparrow James Midnight Madden, was born on 9 September 2009. Nicole Richie and Joel Madden married 11 December 2010.
Nicole Richie is the author of a novel, The Truth About Diamonds (2005)… Richie was arrested in Malibu in February 2003 and charged with possession of heroin and driving with a suspended license; she later pleaded guilty to both charges and was given probation and ordered to attend drug rehab… On 11 December 2006 she was caught in Glendale, California driving down the freeway in the wrong direction and ended up being sentenced to spend four days in jail after pleading guilty to driving under the influence… Nicole Richie was adopted as an infant by Lionel Richie and his first wife Brenda; her biological father is musician Pete Escovedo, brother of 1980s pop percussionist Sheila E. and son of famed Latin percussionist Pete Escovedo. The younger Pete Escovedo later became the musical director on The Wayne Brady Show… Nicole Richie’s godfather is the singer Michael Jackson.