Paris Hilton

Socialite / TV Personality
Date Of Birth:
17 February 1981
Best Known As:
Party-hopping Hilton Hotel heiress and star of TV reality shows

At first known to the tabloids as "Paris the Heiress," Hilton went from party-hopping socialite to self-made entertainment brand early in the 21st century. She is the great-granddaughter of hotel magnate Conrad Hilton, granddaughter of Barron Hilton, grand-niece of Nicholas Conrad "Nicky" Hilton (the one-time husband of Elizabeth Taylor) and daughter of real estate magnate Rick Hilton. In 2003 Hilton starred in a fish-out-of-water "reality" show called The Simple Life on the Fox Network. The show was a takeoff on the 1960s sitcom Green Acres, with city girls Hilton and Nicole Richie (daughter of singer Lionel Richie) spending a month on a farm in Altus, Arkansas. A big hit, the show continued on in various forms from 2004-07. Hilton released a book in 2004, Confessions of an Heiress, and the same year Hilton became a partner in an Orlando nightclub, Club Paris. Her first musical album, Paris, was released in 2006. On the big screen she has appeared in the remake of the 1950s horror film classic House of Wax (2005, also starring Elisha Cuthbert) and the 2008 romantic comedy The Hottie and the Nottie. Hilton also had scrapes with the law: in September of 2006 she was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, and was given probation after pleading guilty to reckless driving; she was jailed in June 2007 after violating her probation by driving with a suspended license. Since then she's been twice busted for marijuana possession, with no charges filed, and in 2010 Hilton entered a guilty plea for cocaine possession and was sentenced to a year's probation. Meanwhile, she continued her fledgling modeling career and socialite ways, and in 2011 launched a new reality television series, The World According to Paris.

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Paris Hilton’s jail was the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, California, near Los Angeles. She was originally sentenced to 45 days in jail, but that was reduced to 23 days for good behavior. She entered jail on the evening of 3 June 2007 and, in a surprise move, was released by the sheriff on the morning of 7 June 2007 for what a Sheriff’s Department spokesman said were medical reasons. The next day, however, the judge said he had not agreed to her release and ordered Hilton back to jail. She was released just after midnight on 26 June 2007… Hilton became engaged to Greek shipping heir Paris Latsis in May of 2005; however, the two Parises broke off their engagement later that year… The Simple Life was cancelled by Fox in 2005. The E! cable network then picked up the show for 2006 and 2007… By coincidence, the original Green Acres starred Eva Gabor, the sister of Zsa Zsa Gabor, who was married to Paris Hilton’s great-grandfather Conrad Hilton… A similar reality-type show of 2003, Rich Girls, starred fashion fortune heiress Ally Hilfiger… Hilton’s younger sister Nicky is also a well-known socialite… Hilton made the news in 2003 when an explicit home video of her cavorting with then-boyfriend Rick Salomon was published online; the tape was reportedly made in 2000. Salomon has been married to actresses Shannen Doherty, Elizabeth Daily, and Pamela Anderson.

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