Whitney Hilton (born February 17, 1981 in New York City) is
an American heiress of the Hilton Hotel fortune, a socialite, model,
singer, actress, and writer. She is commonly described as a "celebutante,"
a portmanteau of "celebrity" and "debutante";
in other words, "famous for being famous".
She is the eldest of four children born to Richard Hilton and Kathy
Richards. Her younger sister is Nicky Hilton, and younger brothers
are Barron Hilton and Conrad Hilton.
On the maternal side of her family, Hilton is a niece of two popular
child stars of the 1970s, Kim Richards and Kyle Richards, who appeared
in the motion picture Escape to Witch Mountain and TV shows like
Nanny and the Professor, Little House on the Prairie, and later,
Her paternal grandparents are Barron Hilton and Marilyn Hawley.
Barron Hilton is the second child of Hilton Hotel founder Conrad
Hilton and Mary Barron. When Conrad Hilton died in 1979, he left
nothing in his will to his children or other descendents. Barron
Hilton contested this, and won in 1988. According to Forbes magazine
in 2005, the net worth of Barron Hilton is estimated at just over
US $1 billion, of which Paris is expected to inherit over US $50
Hilton moved between several exclusive homes in her youth, including
a suite in the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Manhattan, Beverly Hills,
and the Hamptons. Currently, her parents own a $10 million mansion
in Bel Air, a $6.3 million estate in the Hamptons, as well as $3
million house in the Hollywood Hills in which she and her sister
stay to give them privacy and easy access to LA clubs.
After attending high school at the Dwight School in New York, but
dropping out and eventually earning a GED, Hilton decided not to
attend a university. Instead, she worked as a fashion model for
Catherine Malandrino and Marc Bouwer, and on an ad campaign for
Italian label Iceberg. She appeared in cameo roles in Zoolander
(2001), The Cat in the Hat (2003) and Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!
What really shot Hilton to fame/notoriety was a sex video of her
with her then-boyfriend Rick Salomon, was leaked onto the Internet,
shortly before The Simple Life debuted, causing a sensation. On
June 9, 2004 it was released as a DVD titled 1 Night in Paris which
was hosted by Salomon. Hilton sued Salomon for releasing the tape,
but the suit was settled, with Hilton receiving US $400,000 and
a percentage of the profits, which she donated to charity.
In recent years Hilton has gained notoriety by appearing in television,
movies, commercials, and modeling. According to Forbes magazine,
in 2003-2004 she earned approximately US$2 million for her television
and movie roles, but in 2004-2005 her earnings from television,
movies, modeling, and personal appearances have earned her an additional
$6.5 million. During this period Forbes Magazine has ranked Hilton
as one of the top 100 celebrities in the world.
She also appeared in the short subjects QIK2JDG and L.A. Knights,
as well as minor and supporting roles in the feature movies House
of Wax, The Hillz, Wonderland, Uptown Girls, Raising Helen and Nine
Lives. She landed her first lead role in a theatrical release with
National Lampoon's Pledge This! (2005).
Hilton and Nicole Richie (daughter of Lionel) starred in the 2003
FOX hit reality series The Simple Life, in which they lived with
a family on their farm in rural Altus, Arkansas. Highlights of the
show included the girls performing poorly at various jobs, making
out with the local boys, and numerous instances of them shown as
"fish out of water." On March 19, 2004, Hilton suffered
a horseback riding accident while filming The Simple Life 2, requiring
treatment at a hospital. Following the success of the first season
of the show, Hilton is now being paid around US$3 million per season.
In April 2005, however, Hilton announced that she severed both
personal and professional ties with Richie. Neither party has commented
on the reason why, though Hilton has alluded that it is due to actions
on the part of Richie. Unconfirmed reports suggest that Hilton hosted
a party to watch her performance as host of Saturday Night Live,
but that Richie switched the SNL tape with a tape of Hilton's infamous
sex video. However, earlier reports mentioned that Richie became
furious with Hilton because she reportedly referred to African Americans
as "niggers" (though not in front of Richie.) This was
also documented in a yet to be released DVD which Richie reportedly
She was also the subject of a South Park episode entitled "Stupid
Spoiled Whore Video Playset" in which she opens a store called
"Stupid Spoiled Whore" selling girls everything they need
to emulate her.
In November 2004, Hilton participated in Sean "P. Diddy"
Combs' Vote or Die campaign, to encourage youths to vote in the
Presidential election. She drew criticism when it was revealed she
did not vote, nor had she even registered to do so. Ironically,
she would somewhat fulfill her theoretical obligation to "die"
when the promoters of her film, House of Wax, employed a notorious
"See Paris die" advertisement campaign, highlighting the
death scene of her character in the film.
On top of her acting career, she has also helped to design purses
for Samantha Thavasa and Toys for Tots, and has created her own
jewelry line for Amazon.com. Currently, her design work earns around
US$250,000 per year. Despite her successes, Hilton's recent attempts
to start a modeling company and a makeup line seem to have been
She is the founder of Heiress Records, a label on which she plans
to release her debut album in 2005, tenatively titled Paris is Burning.
Her first single entitled 'Screwed' has been leaked to the Internet
and has been remixed by Alex G. Her producer for the album will
be Jane Wiedlin from The Go-Go's. Hilton will also be working with
Scott Storch. She will be covering Blondie's hit 'Heart of Glass'
for her album. She describes the album as pop, rock and hip hop,
she says it sounds like Blondie and Madonna.
Hilton is often photographed with her teacup Chihuahua, Tinkerbell.
According to Tinkerbell's memoirs The Tinkerbell Hilton Diaries,
Hilton has owned her since October 31, 2002. However, in the summer
of 2005, Hilton reportedly gave Tinkerbell to her mother, in favor
of a smaller dog named Bambi, after Tinkerbell had become too heavy.
It is rumored that Hilton has booked a $200,000 flight aboard a
Virgin Galactic spacecraft, which in 2008 will take her to suborbital
space, thus making her the youngest astronaut in history. Many other
celebrities, such as William Shatner and Sigourney Weaver, have
also been booked to be among the first riders in the exciting new
world of space tourism.
Hilton and her sister, Nicky, are known for their jet-set lifestyles,
though Paris has more readily sought the spotlight as a celebrity.
She has been widely discussed by tabloids. In 2000, the National
Enquirer reported a casual friendship with Leonardo DiCaprio as
something far more intimate. She has, however, also been linked
with several others, including actor Edward Furlong, boxer Oscar
De La Hoya, model Jason Shaw, Chicago Bears football player Brian
Urlacher, and singers Rob Mills, Deryck Whibley, and Backstreet
Boy Nick Carter. While Hilton was dating Carter, she sported bruises,
which caused rumors that Carter may have beat her. This rumor was
neither confirmed nor denied by Hilton at the time. A few months
later, she announced that those "bruises" were from a
magazine photo shoot (just when the magazine was coming out.) She
was also blamed by the media for breaking up the relationship between
Australian tennis player Mark Philippoussis and singer Delta Goodrem.
Hilton has also received a lot of press for a variety of other
incidents, mainly party antics. She has been said to have pushed
in front of others in line for a public bathroom, saying she only
wanted to look at herself in the mirror. She has reportedly danced
on the top of bar banquettes, worn shirts reading "Got Blow?,"
and other times worn no top at all. One of her more famous quotes
is: "What's a soup kitchen?" Her most famous quote, however,
is "That's hot," which she has used in myriad situations.
In August 2004, Tinkerbell was reported lost and a US$5,000 reward
was offered for her safe return. Tinkerbell was found a week later,
having been left at the home of Hilton's grandparents.
Hilton received a offer from the German version of the reality
TV show "Big Brother" to participate in their show. Rumors
said she has been offered more than US$1.8 million. If she will
agree to be in the reality-show, she will join a bizarre band
of ex-strippers, beauty queens, a married couple and a virgin, who
are living under 24 hour scrutiny on the set".
Paris has also been featured in several television commercials
including a T-Mobile commerical for which she was paid $250,000
and her Carl's Jr. commercial (see more below) for which she was
paid $400,000 according to Forbes Magazine.
Hilton is also a spokesmodel for various products, including in
2004, GUESS clothing. Photos of her have also been published in
several magazines, including GQ, Vanity Fair and FHM.
In the fall of 2004, Hilton released a book, Confessions of an
Heiress: A Tongue-in-Chic Peek Behind the Pose, which brings full
color photographs of her and gives her tips on the dos and don'ts
of living as an heiress. Hilton was reportedly given a $100,000
advanced payment for this book. Some in the media panned the writing
as amateurish, and the book was parodied by Robert Mundell on The
Late Show with David Letterman. Still, it became a New York Times
Hilton as sex symbol
There has been speculation that Hilton may be lesbian or bisexual.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Hilton stated that she did not
receive much enjoyment from sex with men. It has also been rumored
that there exists a video featuring Paris having sex with her friend
Nicole Lenz, a Playboy Playmate. In February 2005, she admitted
in an interview that she has a crush on Jennifer Aniston.
In the March 2005 issue of Playboy, she was named the "Sex
Star of the Year" in their list of the 25 Sexiest Celebrities,
she posed for the cover of the issue.
Hacked address book
On February 19, 2005, the contents of Hilton's personal T-Mobile
account were posted to the Internet. They included phone numbers
(which included many celebrities such as Christina Aguilera, Fred
Durst, Eminem, Lindsay Lohan, Jay-Z, Anna Kournikova, Snoop Dogg,
Andy Roddick, Benjie Paras, Avril Lavigne, Frankie Muniz, Ashlee
Simpson, Jerry Yan), notes (with even more numbers and email addresses
and reminders such as her date to host Saturday Night Live), and
thirty-five digital snapshots. In two of the leaked photos, Hilton
is standing topless next to the MTV Latin America's VJ Eglantina
Zingg, whom she kisses. This further added to the speculation that
Hilton might be gay or bisexual. Many of her notes showed heavy
usage of Internet slang.
Within days, it was revealed that Hilton's account could be accessed
by anyone guessing the answer to the "forgotten password"
challenge question she chose: "What is your favorite pet's
name?" As the answer to this question is a matter of public
record, an anonymous party was able to guess it and notify the press.
In September, it was reported that a 17-year old teenager in Massachusetts
plead guilty to accessing Hilton's account and making bomb threats.
He was sentenced to 11 months in a juvenile detention center and
prohibited from using computers or other devices that can connect
to the internet for two years.
"That's hot" is a phrase used by Hilton (although an earlier
usage is attributed to her Simple Life co-star Nicole Richie and
has been used by others for many years). The catch phrase, a synonym
for "That's cool" or "That's awesome," has since
been parodied in pop culture outlets such as Saturday Night Live
and even by Hilton herself, on The Late Show with David Letterman.
In 2004, Hilton filed a successful request to trademark the phrase.
She wishes to market clothing with the phrase prominently emblazoned
on the garments; she felt it was time to trademark the phrase because
"I've been saying it forever. I want to put it on T-shirts
and stuff like that."
Another controversy involving Hilton was her appearance in a Carl's
Jr. television advertisement, originally broadcast in May 2005.
In the commercial, which introduces the restaurant's "Spicy
BBQ Six Dollar Burger", Hilton wears a provocative swimsuit
and soaps up a Bentley automobile and herself before taking a big
bite out of the burger.
This has drawn criticism from television watchdog groups, including
the Parents Television Council. The research director for the PTC,
Melissa Caldwell, says; "This commercial is basically soft-core
porn. The way she moves, the way she puts her finger in her mouth
- it's very suggestive and very titillating." The Los Angeles,
California based group says they plan to mobilize their more than
1 million members to contact the restaurant chain and voice their
Andy Puzder, CEO of Carl's Jr., says the group needs to "get
a life...This isn't Janet Jackson; there is no nipple in this. There
is no nudity, there is no sex acts; it's a beautiful model in a
swimsuit washing a car." Puzder was referring to the Super
Bowl XXXVIII halftime show controversy. According to Forbes Magazine,
Carl's Jr. paid Hilton $400,000 for filming in this commercial.
FOX News host Bill O'Reilly speculated that Hilton did not in fact
eat the burgers she endorsed and was therefore dishonest, inviting
her to come on his show The O'Reilly Factor and eat one of the burgers
on the air, thus proving him wrong. Hilton has not thus far acknowledged
In addition to featuring the ad on their website, Carl's Jr. has
also built a separate site to play a longer version of the commercial.
A similar ad with Hilton for Hardee's hamburger chain (also owned
by Carl's Jr. parent corporation CKE Restaurants) is expected to
air June 2005.
Before this deal with Carl's Jr., Hilton lost out on a $750,000
multi-commercial deal with Burger King because the company did not
feel her sexy image was a good fit with their brand.
Perfume and Cologne
In early May of 2004, Parlux Fragrances (who have made fragrances
for Guess, Perry Ellis, XOXO) announced that they would be releasing
a fragrance line created by Hilton. The perfume would be aptly named
"Paris Hilton". The scent was described as "a brilliant
flirtatious charm, this head-turning fragrance can be dressed up
or down for both day and evening wear." The scent consists
of "an ethereal halo with delicious notes of frozen Apple and
juicy Peach Nectar wrapped with sparkling Muguet and a splash of
wet Ozone. A luminous bouquet of sensual floralcy is at the heart
of this fragrance. Delicate Mimosa Blossoms are entwined with sheer
Freesia and Night-Blooming Jasmine petals, while heady, rich Tuberose
provides depth and texture."
The perfume launch was a success. Originally set to be a small
release , demand became popular and they had a wide release before
Christmas of 2004. The launch was a big part of the Parlux stock
increasing 30%. Ilia Lekach, a CEO at Parlux, said "I am delighted
with our record performance and Im optimistic regarding results
through the end of our fiscal year. We have recently commenced shipments
of our Paris Hilton fragrance which has surpassed our expectations."
After the success of Hilton's perfume, Parlux Fragrances had her
create Paris Hilton for Men, a cologne that has a "sensual
aura." The packaging states : "Paris Hilton knows how
she likes a man to smell, so she has created a scent to share with
her male admirers around the world." The colgone is available
at Lazarus-Macy's. Sales reports are not available.
Although she has been linked to many other famous men, on May 29,
2005 it was announced that she is to marry her boyfriend of five
months, Paris Latsis, son of Gregory Kasidokostas and Mariana Latsis,
a Greek shipping heir. It will be the first marriage for both.
Latsis will be the eventual heir of his mother's family's reputed
$7.5 billion dollars.
However, the media has reported that this engagement was called
off after a meet and greet occurred with the groom's family. Incredibly,
according to the media, the groom's family were unaware of the engagement.
See also: Paris Hilton & Fiance Paris Latsis @ SPIDER, video
(8 May 2005, ourmedia)
Wishman (1991) (Girl on the Beach)
Sweetie Pie (2000) (Girl)
Zoolander (2001) (Herself) (Cameo)
Nine Lives (2002) (Jo)
QIK2JDG (2002) (short subject) (Strung-Out Supermodel)
L.A. Knights (2003) (short subject) (Sadie)
Pauly Shore Is Dead (2003) (Herself)
Wonderland (2003) (Barbie)
The Cat in the Hat (2003) (Female Club Goer)
1 Night in Paris (2004) (herself)
Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! (2004) (Herself) (Cameo)
Raising Helen (2004) (Amber)
The Hillz (2004) (Heather)
House of Wax (2005) (Paige Edwards)
National Lampoon's Pledge This! (2005) (currently in post-production)
(also executive producer) (Victoria English)
Bottom's Up (2006) (currently in post-production) (Lisa Mancini)
Selected TV appearances
The Simple Life (2003) (reality series regular) ... Herself
Las Vegas (February 2, 2004) ... Madison ... episode: Things That
Go Jump in the Night
The George Lopez Show (February 27, 2004) ... Ashley ... episode:
Jason Tutors Max
The O.C. (March 24, 2004) ... Kate ... episode: The L.A.
The Simple Life 2: Road Trip (2004) (reality series regular) ...
Veronica Mars (September 28, 2004) ... Caitlin Ford ... episode:
Credit Where Credit's Due
The Simple Life 3: Interns (2005) (reality series regular) ... Herself
Saturday Night Live (February 5, 2005) ... Hosting ...
American Dreams (March 16, 2005) ... Barbara Eden of "I Dream
Live at Much Music (May 3, 2005) ... With the cast of House of Wax.
The Diary (May 8, 2005) ... Becky ...episode: The Truth
Charmed (May 20, 2005) ... Ashley ...episode: Something Wicca This
KL Minute (June 2, 2005) ... Archive Footage as Herself/Paige Edwards
of House of Wax... episode: Original One
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