Ever heard of celebrities that were famous for being famous? Long before Kim Kardashian rose to stardom for being friends with the who is who’s of Hollywood, Paris Hilton was the prime example of a Hollywood socialite. She set the pace, and Kim followed, in fact, Kim once worked as Paris Hilton’s stylist. Read on for the full details…
Paris Hilton’s Bio
Born Paris Whitney Hilton on February 17, 1981, Hilton attended Buckley School and St. Paul the Apostle School elementary school. She started High School at the Marywood-Palm Valley School in Rancho Mirage, California and when her family moved from California, she switched to Canterbury School in New Milford, Connecticut. She was expelled from the school for breaking school rules and she then dropped out of high school and began modeling. She signed up with T Management, a model agency owned by Donald Trump.
A regular presence among the city’s celebrities, she landed roles in Zoolander, and in the 2002 horror movie Nine Lives. However, despite her famous last name, it would take an unauthorized leak of a four-minute sex tape One Night in Paris for her to come to national consciousness. The tape was leaked by her then-boyfriend Rick Salomon who circulated the video making millions in sales. Paris took him to court and after legal proceedings, they settled out of court.
After the sex tape debacle, Paris Hilton made her debut on her reality television show The Simple Life alongside her friend, Nicole Richie. After initial skepticism, the show proved a success.
Beneath the beauty and glitz is a woman with the instincts of a serial entrepreneur. Her multiple revenue streams come from modeling appearances, acting, real estate and television. She also has tried her hands as a singer. and various clothing and accessory lines
Her public profile rose in 2003 after the scandal involving her leaked sex tape. After the sex tape debacle, she started her own TV show – The Simple Life – aired. She followed it up with other TV Show appearances such as My New BFF, Paris Hilton’s British Best Friend, and The World According to Paris. She has appeared in movies – House of Wax, The Hottie and the Nottie. At some point, Hilton was a DJ and she charged as much as $750,000 per appearance. She also owns a chain of luxury perfumes that has proved popular among celebrities. Her 25 fragrances have sold over 50 million bottles and have raked in $3 billion globally in sales.
At 24, Paris purchased her first luxury mansion – a 3,000 square foot Spanish-style edifice in Hollywood Hills for $3 million dollars. The house has four bedrooms and bathrooms. Her second mansion, a 7,000 square Mediterranean style palatial home is located in the Mulholland Estates neighborhood of Beverly Hills. The property which has five bedrooms and bathrooms cost her a whopping $5.9 million.
Paris also has a thing for luxury cars, she owns a $260,000 Rolls-Royce, a $400,000 Bentley Continental GT with a Barbie theme, fitted with a pink upholstery and its dashboard is encrusted with diamonds. She also owns a Lexus LFA with a turbocharged engine, a black Benz SLR McLaren with a V8 supercharged engine and a Cadillac Escalade.
Among Hollywoods high flyers, Paris Hilton is known for her extravagant spending. She once spent $5000 in 40 minutes (that’s $140 per minute), shopping for designer clothes in Melbourne. At a party in New York, she doled out $230,000 on cocktails for her friends.
Her spending became a source of embarrassment to her family and her granddad, Baron Hilton decided to give away 97% of his $4.4 billion fortune to charity, leaving just 3% to his heirs. Paris Hilton is worth $300 million.
Paris Hilton was born into one of America’s premier business dynasties – The Hilton Group. Paris Hilton’s great granddad, Conrad Hilton founded the Hilton Hotels & Resorts Group in 1919 when he bought his first hotel. The conglomerate has grown over the years into a worldwide hospitality company with over 3,600 hotels in 81 countries.
Paris’s dad, Richard Hilton is a son to Barron Hilton, successor to Conrad Hilton as Head of the Hilton empire. Paris has one sister Olivia “Nicky” Hilton and two brothers: Barron Nicholas Hilton II and Conrad Hughes Hilton III
In January 2018 it was announced that Paris Hilton got engaged to her boyfriend, Chris Zylka. Chris is a model and actor who began acting in small roles in the mid-2000’s. He made a guest appearance on 90210 in 2008 and then stared in Everybody Hates Chris and Hannah Montana.
Chris has made appearances in The Amazing Spider-Man and a few episodes of Freeform’s Twisted. He played the role of Jake Armstrong in the drama The Secret Circle, and Tom Garvey on HBO’s The Leftovers.
Hilton and Chris Zylka first met in 2010 at an Oscars party, however, they never really started dating until 2016. They got engaged in Aspen, Colorado during a ski trip.
Other Facts About Paris Hilton
1. At some point, an academic thesis was centered around her lifestyle. The thesis was titled – The Phenomenon of Paris Hilton in American Culture.
2. In 2006, Paris spent 45 days in prison for violating her probation for driving without a valid license.
3. The phrase “That’s Hot” a favorite line of Paris’ is a registered trademark for her products.
4. Paris has dated a lot of high profile men, the list of her exes include Paris Latsis, Doug Reinhardt, Nick Carter, Benji Madden and Thomas Gross.