Paris Hilton in , May 2005.
Born | Paris Whitney Hilton
, (1981-02-17) (age 26)
Occupation | , , ,
Paris Whitney Hilton (born , ) is an , , and . She is an to a share of the fortune, as well as to the fortune of her father .
Hilton rose to fame when a home-made of her was leaked onto the Internet in late 2003. The release of the tape, later titled (2004), attracted worldwide publicity and contributed to the success of Hilton's . As an actress, she has appeared in several minor roles, most notably in the horror film (2005), and in 2006, she released the self-titled album . Hilton has since attracted controversy by various arrests for and , and their legal consequences.
Early life and family background
Born in , , Hilton is the oldest of four children of and . Her younger sister is , and her younger brothers are Barron Hilton II, and Conrad Hilton III. On the side of her family, Hilton is a niece of two of the 1970s, and . By marriage, she also is related to and . Her paternal grandparents are hotel chairman , and his wife, the former Marilyn Hawley; Hilton's paternal great-grandparents were founder 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 prevailed in court in 1988. The value of Paris's has been variously estimated at between $30 and $50 million.
Hilton moved between several exclusive homes in her youth, including a suite in the in Manhattan, , and . She attended her freshman year of high school in , at the Marywood-Palm Valley School and her sophomore and junior years of high school at the in , but dropped out, and eventually earned a .
Hilton began modeling as a child, appearing first in charity events. At 19, she signed with 's modeling agency, T Management. Hilton has worked with modeling agencies such as Ford Models Management in New York, in , Nous Model Management in Los Angeles, and in London. She has appeared in numerous advertising campaigns, including , , , , and . In 2001, Hilton began to develop a reputation as a 19-year-old socialite, being identified as "New York's leading It Girl" whose fame was beginning to "extend beyond the New York tabloids".
The premiered on , , starring Hilton and , the adopted daughter of , and it became a mid-season success for the . During the course of the season, Hilton and Richie lived with a family on their farm in rural , . The show featured the two working at a variety of blue collar jobs, making out with local men, and performing menial tasks associated with farm life. The pair's resistance to appreciate and engage in the "simple life" was a central theme on the series.
After the success of the first season, The Simple Life was followed by two more seasons on Fox. The network then canceled the show after a falling out between Hilton and Richie, but the show was consequently picked up by for a fourth season, and another season is scheduled to premiere in May 2007 on E!.
Hilton has appeared in minor and supporting roles in the feature films (2002), (2004), (2004), and (2005). Her role as Paige Edwards in House of Wax won the for "Best Scream" and earned her a nomination for "Choice Breakout Performance – Female". She also earned a nomination for "Best Frightened Performance" at the . Hilton landed her first lead roles in 2006 with the releases (2006) and (2006). She also appeared in in films such as (2001) among others.
Hilton has several upcoming theatrical releases in which she is the lead role, including (2008), and an untitled superhero movie involving . Plans for Hilton to lend her name, and also star in a which follows the animated life of herself, her sister Nicky, and her dog are in production. Hilton has also guest starred in episodes of , , , and .
Hilton has also appeared in several music videos, including by and by .
Hilton began working on an album in 2004 and her self-titled debut, , was released on , .