Paris Hilton: Snapshot

Paris Hilton
Date of Birth
February 17, 1981
Birth Place
New York, N.Y.
If America was a shocking pink luxury car parked behind a fast food joint, then Paris Hilton would be the gold plated ornament on its hood. Long before the celebutant hit the small screen with Nicole Richie in the rich-girls-do-real-work reality show, The Simple Life, Hilton was already famous for her wealth, party-hearty lifestyle and a home sex tape that launched a million plain brown mailing wrappers.

Her ever-evolving feuds with other Hollywood party pack stars, ever-changing taste in pets and men and endless string of mishaps – having her sidekick hacked and her warehoused possessions displayed online – naturally made her every gossip magazine's dream.

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Paris Hilton: Five Fun Facts

  1. Paris Hilton admitted to Vanity Fair that she often hears the clicking noises of cameras even when there are no photographers around.
  2. Because she resembles Mother Teresa, Paris Hilton was placed on a short list to play the Nobel Peace Prize winner in a biopic by Indian film director T. Rajeevnath in 2006.
  3. In 2007, Paris Hilton was hailed as a hero after "rescuing" a little person injured as part of an Oompa Loompa act in Miami. After an unruly crowd accidentally shoved performer Robin Sherwood into a metal stage support that sliced open his leg, Hilton screamed for help and held Sherwood’s hand until he was taken away by an ambulance.
  4. Parish Hilton told Canada's National Post that she'd spend her last five dollars on a McDonald's Happy Meal.
  5. Among the tongue-in-cheek "Paris-isms" she relayed to wannabe heiresses in her autobiography: "Eat sushi because the coolest and best people eat sushi."

Paris Hilton: Biography


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Little Rich Girls

Hotel heirs Rick and Kathy Hilton enroll their daughter Paris in kindergarten at the posh Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, Calif., where she meets fellow classmate Nicole Richie. Before they were old enough to know what a nightclub was, the best pals "loved soccer and cheerleading," says a school official.


Movin' On Up

Hilton and her family move from L.A. to the family-owned Waldorf Towers in New York City. Hilton, 15, and sister Nicky, 12, begin crashing events at the hotel, getting their first taste of the local party circuit.


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November 06

Movie Blues

Less than four weeks before the debut of Hilton's FOX reality show, The Simple Life, a two-year-old sex tape featuring Hilton (and Shannen Doherty's ex-husband) Rick Salomon circulates. "I was in an intimate relationship, never thinking my foolish actions would become public," a "humiliated" Hilton tells PEOPLE. The crisis, says sister Nicky, makes her sister more spiritual: "She's taking kabbalah classes."

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Top Left: Walter Chin/Icon INTL

BIOGRAPHY (top to bottom): Splash News; JUDIE BURSTEIN/GLOBE

Edited by Julia Wang

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