Paris Hilton

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Paris Hilton
Paris Hilton 2009.jpg
Hilton at the Fox Reality Channel Really Awards, Hollywood, California, 2009
Born Paris Whitney Hilton
(1981-02-17) February 17, 1981 (age 33)
New York City, New York, United States
Residence Beverly Hills, California, United States
Occupation
  • Socialite
  • television personality
  • jewelry designer
  • model
  • actress
  • singer
Years active 2000–present
Religion Roman Catholicism
Parents
Relatives
Website
parishilton.com

Paris Whitney Hilton (born February 17, 1981)[1] is an American socialite, actress and entertainer. She is the great-granddaughter of Conrad Hilton, the founder of Hilton Hotels. Born in New York City and raised there and in Beverly Hills, California, Hilton began her modeling career as a teenager when she signed with Donald Trump's agency, T Management. Her lifestyle and rumored short-lived relationships with Leonardo DiCaprio and Oscar De La Hoya made her a feature of entertainment news, and Hilton was called "New York's leading It Girl" in 2001.[2]

In 2003, a sex tape with Hilton and then-boyfriend Rick Salomon was made public. Later that year she starred with Nicole Richie in the reality television series The Simple Life, which gave both women international recognition. Hilton later released her autobiography Confessions of an Heiress: A Tongue-in-Chic Peek Behind the Pose (2004), played a supporting role in the horror film House of Wax (2005) and released her debut album, Paris (2006). She returned to reality television in Paris Hilton's My New BFF (2008) and its two spin-offs: Paris Hilton's British Best Friend (2009) and Paris Hilton's Dubai BFF (2009). Hilton was a voice actress in the TV movie The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation (2010) and appeared in the reality show The World According to Paris (2011). She had a part in Sofia Coppola's independent film, The Bling Ring (2013).

Critics and admirers have said that Hilton is famous for being famous,[3] exemplifying the celebutante: a celebrity not through talent or work, but through inherited wealth and lifestyle. She has parlayed her media fame into perfumes and a fashion line with her endorsement; her fragrances have reportedly earned $1.5 billion. There are 44 Paris Hilton stores worldwide, with products including perfumes, handbags, watches and footwear. Hilton earns over $10 million a year from product sales[4][5] and, as of 2005, was paid about $300,000 for appearances in clubs and events.[6]

Life and career

1981–2002: Early life and career

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Hilton with her mother Kathy Hilton and aunt Kyle Richards at an NBC party on February 5, 2011 (photo by Greg Hernandez)

Hilton was born in New York, New York. Her mother, Kathy Hilton (née Kathleen Elizabeth Avanzino),[7][8] is a socialite and former actress; her father, Richard Howard "Rick" Hilton, is a businessman. Hilton is the oldest of four children; she has one sister, Nicholai Olivia "Nicky" Hilton (born 1983), and two brothers: Barron Nicholas Hilton II (born 1989) and Conrad Hughes Hilton III (born 1994). Her paternal great-grandfather was Conrad Hilton, who founded Hilton Hotels. Hilton has Norwegian, German, Italian (a maternal great-grandfather), English and Irish ancestry.[9][10][11][12] She is the half-niece of two 1970s child stars, Kim and Kyle Richards.[citation needed]

Hilton is a practicing Roman Catholic.[13][14] She moved frequently in her youth, living in a suite in the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Manhattan, Beverly Hills and the Hamptons. As a child she was friends with other socialites, including Nicole Richie and Kim Kardashian.

Growing up in Los Angeles, Hilton attended the Buckley School and St. Paul the Apostle School, finishing elementary school in 1995.[15] Her freshman year of high school (1995–1996) was spent at the Marywood-Palm Valley School in Rancho Mirage, California. In 1996, Hilton and her family moved to the East Coast.[16] In New York, she briefly attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart (where Lady Gaga was a fellow student) in 1996 before transferring to the Dwight School.[17][18] At age 16, Hilton spent one year at the Provo Canyon School for emotionally-troubled teens.[19][20] She then attended the Canterbury Boarding School in New Milford, Connecticut from fall 1998 to February 1999 (her junior year), where she was a member of the ice hockey team.[21] In February 1999 Hilton was expelled from Canterbury for violating school rules,[18] returning to the Dwight School before dropping out a few months later. She later earned a GED certification.[22][23]

Hilton began modeling as a child, originally at charity events.[24] When she was 19 she signed with Donald Trump's modeling agency, T Management.[24] Hilton said that she "wanted to model," Trump wanted her at his agency and she was "loving" the work.[24] While modeling, she became a daily feature of entertainment news for her partying; according to Vanity Fair, Cisco Adler (producer of Sweetie Pie, in which Hilton acted) called her "a young party girl who gets sucked into the L.A. party scene and grew up a little too fast".[25] In 2001 Hilton developed a reputation as a socialite; she was called "New York's leading It Girl", whose fame was beginning to "extend beyond the New York tabloids".[24] Around that time she made a cameo appearance in Zoolander and appeared on several magazine covers, including the UK's Tatler, Italy's Giola and the US' Vanity Fair and FHM.[26] Hilton also appeared in Vincent Gallo's "Honey Bunny" video.[27][28] In 2002 she played a lead role in the straight-to-video horror film, Nine Lives. According to Beyondhollywood.com, "Hilton's presence in the cast is the film's main marketing point, which is plainly obvious by the fact that she's front and center on the box art and is the only recognizable name in the cast". The website noted that her character was, basically, herself: "Hilton plays—what else?—a spoiled American socialite who shops on three continents in one day. The script is even clever enough to take a few jabs at Hilton's real-life social standing, even mentioning that she's been on the cover of a few sleaze rags in her day".[29] That year Hilton became engaged to fashion model Jason Shaw, but they broke up in early 2003.[30]

2003–05: The Simple Life and breakthrough

Hilton's breakout role came in 2003, when she co-starred with her socialite counterpart Nicole Richie in the Fox reality series The Simple Life. The series premiered on December 2, 2003, shortly after the release of Hilton's sex tape.[31] The Simple Life had good ratings; its first episode attracted 13,000,000 viewers, increasing Fox's adult 18–49 rating by 79 percent.[32] She became known for an onscreen dumb blonde persona; after the series ended, she said several times that she played a character (not herself) on the show.[33][34] In 2003, Hilton began a relationship with singer Nick Carter which lasted until the following year.[35]

The socialite introduced a lifestyle brand in 2004, helping to design a purse collection for the Japanese label Samantha Thavasa. A jewelry line designed by Hilton was sold on Amazon.com;[36] she said that she wanted to "create a line that was beautiful and very high quality, yet affordable and available to everyone".[37] The jewelry was "inspired by Hilton's personal style – feminine, flirtatious and glamorous – with heart, star and cross motifs."[37] In the fall of 2004 Hilton released an autobiography co-written by Merle Ginsberg, Confessions of an Heiress: A Tongue-in-Chic Peek Behind the Pose,[38] with color photos and advice on life as an heiress.[39] The book was seventh on ''The New York Times'' Best Seller list.[40] Her quote, "Dress cute wherever you go; life is too short to blend in", was added to The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations in September 2009.[41] Hilton was involved in creating a perfume line by Parlux Fragrances. Originally planned for a small release, high demand led to increased availability by December 2004. Its introduction was followed by a 47-percent increase in Parlux sales, primarily of the Hilton-branded perfume.[42] After this success Parlux released several more perfumes with her name, including fragrances for men.[43] Hilton published her second book, Your Heiress Diary: Confess It All to Me, in 2005;[44] that year she introduced another fragrance, Just Me.

Smiling blonde woman, surrounded by people
Hilton in May 2005, when she played a major role in the horror movie House of Wax

After Hilton hosted NBC's Saturday Night Live in February 2005 with Keane as the musical guest[45] she received her first major role, starring with Elisha Cuthbert and Chad Michael Murray in the horror film House of Wax.[46] The movie, first screened at the Tribeca Film Festival,[47] opened in May 2005[48] to mixed reviews.[49] In View London, Matthew Turner said that Hilton "does better than you might expect".[50] Although MTV thought her "actually pretty good",[51] TV Guide called Hilton "talentless".[52] Her role as Paige Edwards won the Teen Choice Award for Best Scream and earned her a nomination for Choice Breakout Performance – Female;[53] it also won her the 2005 Razzie for Worst Supporting Actress at the 2005 Golden Raspberry Awards.[54] Hilton received a nomination for Best Frightened Performance at the 2006 MTV Movie Awards,[citation needed] and House of Wax grossed over $70 million.[55]

From May to October 2005, she was engaged to Greek shipping heir Paris Latsis.[56] The Simple Life was cancelled after three seasons in 2005 following a dispute between Hilton and Richie. Hilton said, "It's no big secret that Nicole and I are no longer friends. Nicole knows what she did, and that's all I'm ever going to say about it."[57] Neither Richie nor Hilton spoke publicly about their split, although it was speculated that they fell out after Richie showed one of Hilton's homemade sex tapes to a group of their friends.[58] They reconciled in October 2006.[59]

2006–07: Paris, films and arrests

After The Simple Life was cancelled by Fox in 2005, other networks (NBC, The WB, VH1 and MTV) were reportedly interested in obtaining the rights for new seasons of the show.[60] On November 28, 2005, E! announced that it had picked up The Simple Life, ordering the production of a fourth season and obtaining the rights to repeat the first three seasons. Shooting for the new season began on February 27, 2006.[61] The fourth-season premiere received high ratings, attracting 1.3 million viewers.[62] Hilton released her self-titled debut album, Paris, on August 22, 2006. The album reached number six on the Billboard 200, and sold over 600,000 copies worldwide.[63] Its first single, "Stars Are Blind", was played on more than 125 pop stations in the U.S.[64] The song was a worldwide hit,[65] reaching the top ten in 17 countries.[66] Although The Guardian said that Hilton sounded "both distracted and bored stiff",[67] AllMusic called the album "more fun than anything released by Britney Spears or Jessica Simpson".[68] Critical reception was generally mixed.[69]

In September 2006 Hilton was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, with a blood alcohol content of 0.08%. Her arrest complicated the fifth season of The Simple Life. Hilton's driver's license was suspended in November 2006,[70] and in January 2007 she pleaded no contest to a reckless driving charge.[71] Her sentence was 36 months' probation and fines totaling about $1,500.[72] Her straight-to-DVD film Bottoms Up was released in late 2006. It received negative reviews; Australia's Urban Cinefile said that Hilton, is the lead role, "spends most of her screen time flicking her hair as she delivers lines like 'books are those things you read'".[73] In December 2006 National Lampoon's Pledge This!, in which Hilton appeared and produced, premiered in a limited release before going directly to video. She missed its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, protesting the addition of several nude scenes: "I was so angry I snubbed my own premiere."[74] In August 2008 Worldwide Entertainment Group sued Hilton in Miami District Court, alleging that she did not fulfill her contractual agreement to provide "reasonable promotion and publicity" for the film.[75] She reportedly received $1 million for her work.

Hilton in her 2007 mug shot

On January 10, 2007, Hilton introduced her DreamCatchers line of hair extensions in partnership with Hair Tech International.[76] On January 22 her private life became public on ParisExposed.com, a website with images of personal documents, video and other material allegedly obtained when the contents of a storage locker rented by Hilton were auctioned in lieu of a $208 payment.[77] The website, which charged for online access to the material, had 1.2 million visitors in just over 40 hours.[78] Among its contents were medications, diaries, photographs, contracts, love letters and a video shot by Joe Francis of Girls Gone Wild.[79] Hilton obtained a temporary injunction against ParisExposed.com which shut down the website.[80] In January Hilton was stopped for driving with a suspended license, and signed an agreement that she was not permitted to drive.[81] The next month, she was caught driving 70 mph in a 35-mph zone without headlights at night with a suspended license. Prosecutors in the office of the Los Angeles City Attorney charged that these infractions and her failure to enroll in a court-ordered alcohol-education program violated her probation.[70] On May 4, Hilton was sentenced by Judge Michael T. Sauer to 45 days in jail for the probation violation. She planned to appeal the sentence, supporting an online petition (created on May 5 by Joshua Morales) asking California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for a pardon.[82][83] A counter-petition to maintain the sentence was posted.[citation needed] Hilton changed lawyers and dropped her plans to appeal.[84]

She was required to begin her jail term on June 5,[85] and entered the Century Regional Detention Facility (a women's prison in Lynwood, California) after attending the 2007 MTV Movie Awards on June 3. On June 7, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca signed an order resentencing Hilton to 40 days of home confinement with an electronic monitoring device due to an unspecified medical condition.[86] Baca said, "My message to those who don't like celebrities is that punishing celebrities more than the average American is not justice."[87] He added, "The special treatment, in a sense, appears to be because of her celebrity status ... She got more time in jail".[88] Judge Michael Sauer summoned her to reappear in court the following morning (June 8), since her original sentence specified imprisonment: "No work furlough. No work release. No electronic monitoring."[89] At the hearing, Sauer declined a briefing in chambers by Hilton's attorney on her medical condition and sent her back to jail to serve the original 45-day sentence. When she heard the decision, Hilton shouted "It's not right!" Screaming, she asked to hug her mother.[90][91] Hilton was moved to the medical wing of the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles, and returned to the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood on June 13.[92]

The socialite was influenced by minister Marty Angelo in jail, referring to a "new beginning" in an interview with talk-show host Larry King on June 28, 2007 (two days after her release)[93] and quoting from Angelo's autobiography (Once Life Matters: A New Beginning). On June 9, Angelo unsuccessfully petitioned Sauer[94] to let him serve the remainder of Hilton's sentence if the judge would release her to an alternative treatment program.[95] Hilton told King during the interview that she had taken Adderall for ADHD since childhood.[96] Due to her incarceration, The Simple Life finished its run at the end of its fifth season in July 2007.[97] In early August, Hilton signed a licensing agreement with Antebi for a signature footwear line (Paris Hilton Footwear, featuring stilettos, platforms, flats, wedges and a sports collection) which was expected to reach stores in 2008.[98] In mid-August, she introduced a line of tops, dresses, coats and jeans at the Kitson Boutique in Los Angeles.[99] Hilton called the event "a dream come true", describing the clothing line as "fun, bright and flashy".[100] In December 2007 she posed nude (covered with gold paint) to promote "Rich Prosecco", a canned version of the Italian sparkling wine,[101][102] traveling to Germany to appear in print ads for the wine.[103]

Smiling blonde woman at an awards ceremony
Hilton at the 2007 Scream Awards, after spending time in jail for her September 2006 DUI arrest

Around that time, Hilton's grandfather Barron Hilton pledged 97 percent of his estate (the Hilton family fortune) to a charitable organization founded by her great-grandfather Conrad N. Hilton: the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.[104] As a result, his grandchildren's inheritance was reduced.[105][106] An immediate pledge of $1.2 billion (proceeds from the sale of Hilton Hotels Corporation) was made, with a further $1.1 billion due after his death.[104] Barronon cited the actions of his father, Conrad N. Hilton, as the motivation for his pledge.[104] Conrad (Barron's father) had also left 97 percent of his estate to the foundation, and Barron contested his father's will to regain a sizable amount of the family fortune in a settlement.[107] In 2007, Hilton modeled for 2 B Free[108] and introduced her fourth perfume, Can Can.[109]

2008–09: Focus on acting and My New BFF shows

Hilton's love for dogs led her to create an apparel line for dogs called Little Lily by Paris Hilton, with some of the proceeds going to benefit animal rescue. "I have 17 dogs and I like to dress them, so I started designing this clothing line and it's really cute, like dresses and jeans – everything you can imagine for humans, but for dogs," she said in an interview during Super Bowl XLII festivities.[110] In April 2008, she guest starred on the My Name Is Earl episode "I Won't Die with a Little Help from My Friends".[111] On August 6, 2008, Hilton appeared in a video online, Paris Hilton Responds to McCain Ad, directed by Adam McKay and posted on the Funny or Die website.[112] The video featured Hilton in a parody advertisement, and was made in response to a television campaign advert Celeb, by the 2008 John McCain presidential campaign.[113][114] In Celeb, McCain briefly compared his rival Barack Obama to that of celebrities such as Hilton and Britney Spears, going on to question his readiness to lead and criticize his energy policy.[113][115][116] In what The Washington Post opined "might just be her best acting role yet,"[117] Hilton appears in the video wearing a leopard print swimsuit.[118] The video received seven million views in two days garnering worldwide press coverage, and drew both written and verbal media response from both campaigns.[119] In October Hilton featured in a second parody video posted on Funny or Die, Paris Hilton Gets Presidential with Martin Sheen, alongside Hollywood actor Martin Sheen, with his son, actor Charlie Sheen, appearing in a cameo role.[120] Hilton, heavily made up and in a green evening dress, interviews Martin Sheen in a kitchen, discussing various political issues, seeking his advice from his days playing a fictional President on The West Wing.[121]

Hilton at the premiere of documentary Paris, Not France at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival

At the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival, a documentary about Hilton called Paris, Not France was screened.[122] She comments in the movie about how the media had portrayed her: "I'm basically being judged, and they're creating this false person, and I can't do anything about it".[123] Petty, during the premiere at the festival remarked that Hilton has "created a mystery about herself that a film like this maybe wouldn't have been a great thing for her in the past. But now, she's been so saturated in the media. We're so used to her. To see a new side of her is so exciting".[123] Later, in 2009, the film was aired in July for MTV.[124][125]

Hilton starred in an MTV reality series titled Paris Hilton's My New BFF, about her search for a new best friend.[126] The series premiered on September 30, 2008.[127] That day, Hilton released her song "My BFF" on KIIS-FM with host Ryan Seacrest.[128][129] It was the theme song for the BFF show .[129] The series proved to be a hit; 1,200,000 viewers watched the premiere episode, and it averaged a 1.6 rating among viewers 12–34 in its Tuesday 10 p.m slot, topping all other cable shows in the hour.[130] Hilton's next project was the goth/rock musical with a cult film following, Repo! The Genetic Opera,[131] where she played the character of Amber Sweet, the surgery- and painkiller-addicted daughter of a biotech magnate. Horror.com said: " Not only is this by far Hilton's best role, she's actually got a grain of gravitas in the end".[132] However, Jam! Movies called her a "hopeless twit as an actress".[133] She remarked that "Just getting a role like this offered to me was new to me because I always get offered a certain role just basically playing myself".[134] She was nominated for the Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress in 2009 for her role.[135] The film, first screened at the 2008 San Diego Comic-Con International, received a limited release in the United States and Canada on November 7, 2008.[136] Repo! made "solid numbers" for its opening weekend, with a $51,600 gross in eight theaters.[137][138] Around that time, Hilton released her fifth fragrance for women called, Fairy Dust[139] and broke up with Good Charlotte guitarist Benji Madden, who she was in a relationship with since early that year.[140][141][142][143]

As a result of the American version success, on January 29, 2009, Paris Hilton's British Best Friend, a spin-off, began airing on ITV2 in England.[144] She began to film the show in October 2008.[145][146] The series did quite well; it was watched by 428,000 viewers in its first episode[147] and brought 605,000 viewers for its finale.[148] The second season of Paris Hilton's My New BFF premiered on June 2, 2009. In that same month, Hilton shot Paris Hilton's Dubai BFF[149] (which, after some complication, it was aired in 2011). Runner-up of the British series Kat McKenzie died on July 3, 2009, of a suspected overdose.[150] Hilton guest-starred in the fifth episode of Supernatural's fifth season.[151][152] In July 2009, her sixth fragrance for women Siren was launched.[153] She won the Female Celebrity Fragrance of the Year Award at the 2009 Fifi Awards.[154][155] She got involved in the creation of a sunglasses line by Gripping Eyewear. She first launched the line on October 7, 2009 and the collection became available in stores in March 2010.[156] The next month, she launched a Hair and Beauty Products line, which includes a range of shampoos, conditioners, and hair vitamins.[157] Also in 2009, she began dating The Hills star Doug Reinhardt,[158] who she broke up with in April 2010, because she was worried he was just using her to further his career.[159]

2010–11: Legal issues and reality television comeback

In February 2010, Hilton participated in an advertising campaign for the launch of the Brazilian beer Devassa Bem Loura, whose slogan in English roughly translates to "very blonde bitch".[160] As part of the campaign, Hilton joined the brewery's float in the carnival of Rio de Janeiro.[161] On July 2, Hilton was accused of smoking marijuana at the 2010 FIFA World Cup game between Brazil and the Netherlands. She was escorted from the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium by local police, however the case was later dismissed for unknown reasons. Hilton's publicist, Dawn Miller, stated "I can confirm that the incident was a complete misunderstanding and it was actually another person in the group who did it".[162][163] Two weeks later, Hilton was detained and released after being caught in possession of cannabis at Figari airport, Corsica.[164]

On August 10, Hilton released her 10th fragrance, Tease inspired by Marilyn Monroe.[165] On August 19, she launched a footwear line in Las Vegas. The collection costs between $60 and $160 and Hilton, during an interview, said that she "chose the styling, design, materials and colours for the line and also wanted to make sure it was super comfortable".[166] That same month, she was arrested on suspicion of cocaine possession in Las Vegas while her boyfriend, Cy Waits, was booked on charges of driving under the influence.[167][168] Initially her defence claimed that the handbag containing 0.8g of cocaine was not hers as "This purse in question was a high street brand – and by no means up to her high fashion standards."[169] Later she claimed some of the personal items (like cash and credit cards) from the bag acknowledging it was hers. In order to avoid being convicted of a felony, Hilton pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors on September 17, 2010. Under the terms of the plea bargain, she was sentenced to one year of probation, 200 hours of community service, a $2,000 fine and ordered to complete a drug-abuse treatment program.[170][171] Clark County District Attorney David Roger said that: "If she is arrested for anything besides a minor traffic violation she will spend a year in jail. There will be no discussion. The court will have no discretion."[170] On September 21, 2010, while travelling to a press conference in Tokyo to promote fashion and fragrance lines, Hilton and her sister Nicky were stopped by immigration officers at Narita Airport, Japan because of Hilton's conviction for drug possession a day earlier. Under Japan's strict anti-drug laws, people convicted of any drug crime are in general denied entry to the country.[172][173] Narita officials questioned Hilton "for hours" and Hilton and her sister were forced to stay at the airport hotel overnight.[172] On September 22, Japanese authorities decided not to grant Hilton entry into the country, and she was put on a plane back to the United States the same day. Other stops on their Asian promotion tour were cancelled, as countries like Indonesia and Malaysia have even tougher anti-drug laws.[173] The documentary Teenage Paparazzo, in which Hilton appeared, aired on HBO on September 27. The motion picture was met with critical acclaim.[174]

Hilton provided her voice for the character of Bella in the ABC made-for-television film The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation (it is her first voice over role).[175] She said of the film: "I just think it's a really cute film" and that "I love animal movies, I love Christmas movies, and also, my grandmother, who passed away a couple of years ago from breast cancer, actually had a standard poodle and her name was Paris. So when I'm watching this, it's kind of like watching grandma's dog. It's kind of like a sign to me."[176] The film aired on November 28, 2010[176] and attracted good ratings with 2.611 million viewers.[177] In December 2010 Hilton launched her own motorcycle team.[178][179] In November 2011, her Spanish driver Maverick Vinales won the final race and come up third overall in the 125cc world championship.[180] She modeled for the second time (the first time was early 2010) at the Brazil Fashion Week in 2011.[181] In February, it was released a new collection of fragrances called the Passport collection. The perfumes are inspired by popular cities such as Paris, France; South Beach, Florida; and Tokyo, Japan,[182] The following month, she launched a footwear collection in Mexico.[183][184][185] Around that time, she launched her mobile application, which became available for iPhone and iTouch.[186] On May 12, she opened her third store in Philippines. The store is located at Abreeza Mall in Davao City and it displays bags, earrings, wallets, belts, caps and perfumes.[187]

On June 1, 2011, Oxygen's show The World According to Paris, which marked Hilton's comeback to reality television, premiered.[188] The show followed her in her daily life,[189] and attracted 409,000 viewers. Although being the highest Wednesday premiere for a show,[190] it was considered a bomb, which led to the suspicion Hilton's popularity had faded.[191] The New York Times wrote that Hilton "is an attractive woman with proven talent for marketing and self-promotion, though as a reality heroine she seems a little passé — a Sony Walkman in an iPod era, a Friendster in the age of Facebook or, to put it in context, a single-process blonde in a triple-process world", and also remarked that she "appears to have plenty of boyfriends, present and ex. Paparazzi still snap her picture. But it's hard to see how she can recapture the kind of audience she enjoyed in her heyday – even by streaming her premiere live on Facebook".[192] She appeared on the show alongside her boyfriend Cy Waits (a entrepreneur and co-owner of Tryst Nightclub and XS Nightclub in Las Vegas),[193] who she broke up with in June.[194] Hilton was named "Billion Dollar Entrepreneur" by Variety magazine and was featured on the cover.[195][196] She opened up her fourth store in the Philippines on August 18, 2011.[197][198][198][199] In September, she launched a footwear line in Istanbul, Turkey[200][201] and a Paris Hilton brand store was opened in India with plans to open 8 more stores.[202] She also modeled during Ukraine Fashion Week for designer Andre Tan in October 2011.[203]

2012–2013: Acting work and projects

Hilton in a Shanghai mall during an event in September 2012

In early 2012, Hilton launched a new line of sunglasses in Shanghai.[204] The launch was a "huge success", she said.[205] Hilton's next project was her DJ debut at the Pop Music Festival in Brazil,[206][207] she premiered her single called "Last Night", produced by Afrojack. Having attracted extremely negative reviews after some videos were posted on YouTube and being dissed by the DJs Deadmau5,[208] Samantha Ronson,[209] and even Afrojack,[210] she gained positive reviews from DJ Poet,[211] fans and the crowd at the festival. As a whole, her set received mixed reviews.[212] Shortly after her performance, she became a trending topic on Twitter.[213] "Last Night" was later given to Pitbull, he included the song on his 2012 album, Global Warming; Pitbull's version features Havana Brown as the main vocalist. Afterwards, Hilton's footwear line was nominated for Best Celebrity Licensee of the Year at the 2012 International Licensing Excellence Awards[214] and she released her fifteen perfume, Dazzle.[215][216][217][218] Hilton appeared in a music video for Korean singer, Kim Jang-hoon.[219] The filming took place at the American resort of Malibu Beach, California from August 24 to 25, 2012. An agent for the Korean singer stated that they had considered several Hollywood stars for the lead actress role in Kim's music video, including Jessica Alba and Scarlett Johansson, as well as Hilton. However, she was finally chosen to play the role following a survey conducted by the Korean public who recognised Hilton more than the other contenders.[220] It is alleged that Hilton was paid $1 million for her appearance in the video shoot,[221][222][223] with a 3D premiere that took place in October 2012.[224]

On September 20, 2012, an audio recording of her making derogatory comments about gay people appeared on the Internet.[225][226][227] On the same day, after the backlash caused over the comments, Hilton issued an apology throughout GLAAD where she wrote she is a "huge supporter of the gay community" and labels gay people as "the strongest and most inspiring people I know".[228][229] As a result of the remarks, gay-focused channel Logo pulled a documentary about her called Paris Hilton Inc., which was scheduled to air.[230][231][232] Since that month, she has been in a relationship with Spanish model River Viiperi.[233] Hilton opened her fifth store in the city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia in early November 2012. As Mecca is considered the "holiest city in the Muslim world" and Saudi Arabia is a conservative country, a controversy regarding her personal life was generated on Twitter.[234][235][236] In early December, she modeled for designers Shane and Falguni Peacock at India Fashion Week.[237][238][239] She also made a performance as a DJ there.[240] Like her debut, the set was met negatively after a video was posted on YouTube but received acclaim from the audience.[241][242]

In January 2013, Hilton started to appear in various episodes of the Danish version of the reality show Paradise Hotel, for which she was allegedly paid $300,000.[243] She then had guest-appearances in two episodes of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, where her aunts Kyle and Kim have the leads.[244][245] On April 24, Hilton opened a store in Bogotá, Colombia, making it the 44th Paris Hilton store worldwide. While promoting the store, Hilton expressed that she considers herself a creative businesswoman, having several product lines such as bags, sunglasses, perfumes and shoes, and numerous fashion stores around the world.[246][247] Hilton also said that although being an heiress to a wealthy family, she has worked since she was a teenager.[248][249] In early May, it was premiered the music video of Birdman's song "Tapout", where she appeared alongside Lil Wayne, Christina Milian and Nicki Minaj.[250]

Hilton had a small role as herself in Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring,[251][252][253] a film about a group of teenagers who robbed the houses of celebrities such as Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Orlando Bloom between 2008 and 2009.[254] The movie premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival,[255][256] and opened theatrically on June 14.[257][258] Besides appearing in the motion picture, she, more significantly, lent Coppola her actual house to film in for two weeks so that the director could re-create the burglaries onscreen.[259][260][261][262][263] In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Hilton said that Coppola loved her house when she went to one of her birthday parties before shooting the movie and ask her to use it for filming.[264] Recalling walking through the house, Coppola said: "It was like we have to get this into the movie. It was so unique. It would be hard to recreate that. She is larger than life and her house is like Paris World."[265] The movie received critical acclaim[266] and was a success at the box office in its opening weekend, grossing $210,000 in five theaters.[267]

2013–present: Second studio album and other projects

In May 2013, it was reported that Hilton had signed with Cash Money Records with plans to release her second album sometime in 2013.[268][269] The album features collaborations with RedOne, Snoop Dogg and Flo Rida.[270] Hilton told Rolling Stone, "I'm working with so many talented and awesome people for my album and can't wait to share more of the music".[270] Hilton also described her upcoming album as "very eclectic" and will be an full length album.[271]

Hilton filmed the music video for the album's lead single, "Good Time" featuring rapper Lil Wayne on July 23, 2013.[272] The music video for the song was released on October 7, 2013.[273] "Good Time" debuted at number 18 on the US Billboard Hot Dance/Electronic Songs.[274] During the month of August, she was a DJ at Amnesia nightclub's weekly "Foam & Diamonds" parties in Ibiza, Spain.[275][276][277] The reaction from critics and audiences alike was so positive that her contract was renewed for 2014.[278][279][280][281][282] On September 11, 2013, it was announced that Hilton will be a guest Housemate in the fifth season of VIP Brother Bulgaria, the celebrity edition of the Big Brother format.[283][284][285]

On 2014 July 8, Hilton's second single off her sophomore album "Come Alive" was released.[286] The official music video was released on July 15.[287]

Public image

Hilton in 2006, a period when she was constantly the subject of media scrutiny

Already a fixture in entertainment news for her party lifestyle,[288] Hilton gained significant notoriety for her participation in 1 Night in Paris, a sex tape that was leaked before the premiere episode of her reality show The Simple Life, which aired to high ratings.[289] Some entertainment writers felt the overnight success of Hilton was due to the tape controversy.[290] Entertainment Weekly commented: "I dare say the Paris Hilton-Rick Salomon tape received more print and television coverage in a week than the run-up to The Simple Life received in the months since its premiere was announced. We in the media have become Paris-ites".[291] People magazine wrote that the show "no doubt was helped by the very public saga of a pirated three-year-old video tape, which recently made the rounds on the Internet showing Hilton engaged in various sex acts with ex-boyfriend Rick Salomon".[31] Hilton's profile was raised significantly; paparazzi began following her; and her relationships, lavish lifestyle and legal issues became frequent targets of gossip sites and tabloid media worldwide. Critics suggest that Hilton epitomizes the title of famous for being famous[3] and that she is an example of the modern phenomenon of the celebutante.

Hilton ranked at 59, 23, 34 and 35 in FHM's 100 "Sexiest Women" poll in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2012 respectively.[292][293][294] She was featured as #20 and #38 in Maxim magazine's "Hot 100" list in 2005 and 2006.[295][296] In a poll conducted by the Associated Press and AOL, Hilton was voted the second "Worst Celebrity Role Model of 2006", behind Britney Spears.[297] Lloyd Grove banned her from his New York Daily News gossip column, and in February 2007, the Associated Press tried not to report on her for a week.[298] In May of that year, she denied proclaiming herself as the "iconic blonde of the decade" such as Diana, Princess of Wales, and Marilyn Monroe in Harper's Bazaar magazine.[299] She then appeared in the 2007 Guinness World Records as the world's "Most Overrated Celebrity".[300][301]

In 2009, a quiet free relationship between Hilton and tabloid headlines led entertainment writers to surmise Hilton's popularity had plummeted. In an article from CNN called "Why has Paris Hilton disappeared?", editor Samantha Yanks (of Gotham and Hamptons magazines) was quoted saying: "Phase one was the ascension, seemingly out of nowhere. That came with a media frenzy, the antics, the partying, the music, the babe-like status and of course, the fashion label. Phase two, she disappears".[302] The absence of Hilton in the news and tabloids seemed to be a response to a new generation of tabloid consumers' lack of interest in her.[302] The suspicion of her star power fading came back in June 2011, when her reality show, The World According to Paris, failed to get high ratings. As a result, Hilton walked out during an interview with Good Morning America after she was asked if she worried about her moment having passed.[303][304]

In 2011, she was named one of the "100 Hottest Women of All-Time" by Men's Health,[305] and according to a poll conducted by Ipsos, Hilton is the most unpopular celebrity among Americans, with 60% of the responders having an unfavorable opinion on her.[306] In 2012, she ranked at number five in the "Most Over-exposed" list by Forbes, which observed that Hilton "is another star who hasn't been on magazine covers for a long time. But she was so ubiquitous at one point that the public still views her as overexposed."[307][308] On the May 2, 2013, episode of The Wendy Williams Show, Hilton addressed her presence in the news circuit, saying that she was simply "staying out of trouble" and that she has grown up.[309] Following her small appearance in The Bling Ring (2013), writer Nancy Jo Sales stated that Hilton was "enjoying a little comeback".[310] Shortly after the premiere of the movie at the Cannes Film Festival, her deal with Cash Money Records made her a trending topic worldwide on Twitter.[311] With her recent work, media outlets have noted that 2013 is Hilton's "pop culture renaissance" year.[312] Birdman, the co-founder of Cash Money Records, said that her deal "being so talked about shows the strength of her popularity."[313]

Filmography

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1992 Wishman Girl on beach
2000 Sweetie Pie
2001 Zoolander Herself Cameo
2002 Nine Lives Jo Direct-to-video
2002 QIK2JDG Strung-out supermodel
2003 Wonderland Barbie Cameo
2003 Cat in the Hat, TheThe Cat in the Hat Clubgoer Cameo
2004 Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! Heather
2004 Hillz, TheThe Hillz Heather Smith
2004 Raising Helen Amber
2004 1 Night in Paris Herself Sex tape
2005 House of Wax Paige Edwards
2006 Bottoms Up Lisa Mancini Direct-to-video
2006 National Lampoon's Pledge This! Victoria English Direct-to-video
2008 America the Beautiful Herself Documentary
2008 Paris, Not France Herself Documentary
2008 Hottie and the Nottie, TheThe Hottie and the Nottie Cristabel Abbott
2008 Repo! The Genetic Opera Amber Sweet Limited release
2008 American Carol, AnAn American Carol Herself
2010 Teenage Paparazzo Herself Documentary
2010 The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation Bella TV film
2013 The Bling Ring Herself Cameo
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2003–2007 The Simple Life Herself
2004 Las Vegas Madison "Things That Go Jump in the Night" (season 1, episode 14)
2004 George Lopez Ashley "Jason Tutors Max" (season 3, episode 18)
2004 O.C., TheThe O.C. Kate "The L.A." (season 1, episode 22)
2004 Veronica Mars Caitlin Ford "Credit Where Credit's Due" (season 1, episode 2)
2005 American Dreams Barbara Eden "California Dreamin'" (season 3, episode 15)
2008 My Name Is Earl Herself "I Won't Die with a Little Help from My Friends" (season 3, episode 15)
2008–2009 Paris Hilton's My New BFF
2009 Paris Hilton's British Best Friend
2009 Supernatural Herself
Leshii
"Fallen Idols" (season 5, episode 5)
2011 Paris Hilton's Dubai BFF Herself Filmed in 2009 and aired in 2011
2011 The World According to Paris
2013 Paradise Hotel TV series; Danish version
2013 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills "Home Is Where the Art Is" (season 3, episode 10)
"Secrets Revealed" (season 3, episode 22)

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2004 Teen Choice Award Choice Reality Television Star – Female The Simple Life Nominated[314]
2004 Teen Choice Award Choice Television Personality – Female N/A Nominated[314]
2005 Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Scream Scene House of Wax Won[53]
2005 Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Breakout Performance – Female House of Wax Nominated[53]
2005 Teen Choice Award Choice Television Personality – Female N/A Nominated[314]
2005 Teen Choice Award Choice Crossover Artist N/A Nominated[314]
2005 AVN Awards Top Renting Release of the Year 1 Night in Paris Won[315]
2006 Golden Raspberry Award Worst Supporting Actress House of Wax Won[54]
2006 Golden Raspberry Award Most Tiresome Tabloid Targets N/A Nominated[314]
2006 Teen Choice Award Choice Reality Television Star – Female The Simple Life Nominated[314]
2006 MTV Movie Award Best Frightened Performance House of Wax Nominated[314]
2007 Teen Choice Award Choice Reality Television Star – Female The Simple Life Nominated[314]
2007 Teen Choice Award Choice OMG! Moment N/A Nominated[314]
2009 Fifi Award Female Celebrity Fragrance of the Year N/A Won[316]
2009 Fox Reality Award Innovator of the Year Award N/A Won[317]
2009 Golden Raspberry Award Worst Actress The Hottie and the Nottie Won[314]
2009 Golden Raspberry Award Worst Screen Couple (shared with Christine Lakin and Joel David Moore) The Hottie and the Nottie Won[314]
2009 Golden Rospberry Award Worst Supporting Actress Repo! The Genetic Opera Won[314]
2009 Teen Choice Award Choice Reality Television Star – Female Paris Hilton's My New BFF Nominated[314]
2009 Teen Choice Award Choice Summer Television Star – Female Paris Hilton's My New BFF Nominated[314]
2009 F.A.M.E. Awards Favorite Celebrity Sex Tape 1 Night in Paris Won[318]
2010 Golden Raspberry Award Worst Actress of the Decade House of Wax, The Hottie and the Nottie and Repo! The Genetic Opera Won[314]

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