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Paris Hilton

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".
Media career
Actress
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 .
Recording artist
Hilton began working on an album in 2004 and her self-titled debut, , was released on , . Although the album reached number six on the for a week, its total sales volume has been low. Producers for Paris include , , and . Hilton collaborated with and on the song "Fighting Over Me". The first single from Paris, "", produced by Fernando Garibay, was released for download on , and peaked at number eighteen on the ; "" and "" followed as worldwide singles. While commented on the album, "it's more fun than anything released by or , and a lot fresher, too.", critical reception as a whole has been mixed.
In August 2006, it was revealed that artists and replaced 500 copies of Hilton's debut album in various record stores with their own and cover art. Along with completely reworked liner notes that included topless photos of Hilton slathered with slogans like "Every CD you buy puts me even further out of your league", Danger Mouse has replaced Hilton's original songs with his own remixes.
Hilton is the founder of , a sub-label of , which she created in 2004. Heiress Records' only release as of yet has been Paris, though Hilton has said that she plans to sign new artists in the future. According to news reports, however, Hilton has been dropped by Warner Bros. Records, because single and album sales did not meet expectations. Furthermore, a Warner reprensentative was quoted saying, "We are not expecting any new Paris Hilton material in the foreseeable future."
Business ventures
In the autumn of 2004, Hilton released an book, , co-written by Merle Ginsberg, which includes full color photographs of her and gives her advice on the life as an heiress. Hilton reportedly received a $100,000 in advanced payment for this book. Some in the media panned the writing as amateurish, and the book was parodied by on . Nonetheless, the book became a . Hilton followed it up with a designer diary, also with Ginsberg, called Your Heiress Diary: Confess It All To Me.
Hilton has helped design a collection of purses for label Samantha Thavasa, and has also been involved in the design of a jewelry line for . In 2004, Hilton was involved in the creation of a perfume line by Parlux Fragrances. Originally set to be a small release, demand was high and necessitated a wider release before Christmas of 2004. The launch was followed by a 47% increase in sales for Parlux, which was predominantly due to sales of the Hilton-branded perfume. After the success of Hilton's perfume, Parlux Fragrances released several more perfumes with Hilton's name, including fragrances lines for men.
Hilton lent her name to a chain of known as Club Paris in 2005. The first of which in has been a success, and a second club located in opened in July 2006. Hilton was fired in January 2007 by the owner of Club Paris, Fred Khalilian, after she had failed to attend several scheduled promotional appearances.
According to , Hilton earned approximately $2 million in 2003–2004, $6.5 million in 2004–2005, and $7 million in 2005–2006.
Personal life
Hilton was engaged to fashion model from mid- to early . On , , she announced her engagement to , a shipping heir; the engagement was called off five months later. Thereafter, she began dating another Greek shipping heir, , but in May 2006, Hilton publicist informed the press Paris and Stavros had broken up. In an attempt to rediscover herself, Hilton imposed a ban on sexual activity for one year starting in July 2006. She told : "One-night stands are not for me. I think it's gross when you just give it up. Guys want you more, if you don't just hand it to them on a platter."
In July 2006, Hilton was photographed kissing her best male friend Brandon Davis, the man who "ranted against" on national television, five days later.
In January 2007, Hilton's private life again created headlines with the launch of ParisExposed.com, a website that featured images of personal and medical documents, video, and other private material, allegedly obtained when the contents of a storage locker rented by Hilton were auctioned off due to lack of payment. 's discussed footage obtained from the website which features Hilton using several ethnic slurs. On , Hilton obtained a temporary injunction against ParisExposed.com, closing down the website.
In a , phone interview from jail, Hilton told that while , God has given her a new chance, and that she will no longer "act dumb"
Sex video
The leak of a three-year-old home-made of Hilton with her then-boyfriend a week prior to the premiere of her attracted worldwide attention in late 2003. The release of the tape led to speculation that it was a deliberate publicity stunt, but Hilton has strongly denied such claims and stated she was "embarrassed" and "humiliated" by the publicity brought by the tape. The sex video, subsequently titled in 2004, was later released on DVD and Hilton received directorial credit. The film earned three in 2005, including "Best Selling Title of the Year". Hilton originally sued Salomon over the release of the tape, but settled out of court in July 2005. Hilton was reportedly awarded up to $400,000 and planned to donate a percentage to charity, although in a 2006 interview with magazine she stated that she never received money from the sale of the video.
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