Paris Hilton has defined a new kind of celebrity, and continues to make headlines around the world. Paris Whitney Hilton (born in New York City on February 17, 1981) is the oldest of four children of Richard and Kathy Hilton. Her great-grandfather, Conrad founded the Hilton Hotels chain. Growing up, Paris lived a lavish lifestyle, splitting her time between her family homes in Manhattan's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, Beverly Hills and the Hamptons. School wasn't really Paris' 'thing,' and she dropped out to pursue a career as a model. At 19, she signed with Donald Trump's modeling agency, T Management, and appeared in advertisements for Iceberg Vodka, GUESS, Tommy Hilfiger, Christian Dior and Marciano. Around that time, the media dubbed the socialite "New York's leading It Girl." Paris parlayed her modeling into cameo appearances in Zoolander, Wonderland and The Cat In The Hat. Supporting roles followed in the Kate Hudson comedy-drama Raising Helen, Nine Lives and the horror flick House of Wax. She then made her first foray into reality TV with The Simple Life, which co-starred childhood friend Nicole Richie. The show premiered on December 2, 2003, ran for three seasons on FOX and was later picked up by cable network E! for two additional seasons. In 2004, Paris founded Heiress Records, a sub-label of Warner Bros., and released her self-titled debut album, Paris, on August 22, 2006. The album reached number six on the Billboard 200 for a week, and the single "Stars Are Blind" peaked at number 18 on the Billboard Hot 100. Paris has also published an autobiography, 2004's Confessions of an Heiress: A Tongue-in-Chic Peek Behind the Pose, and markets her own lines of perfume, shoes, jewelry and even hair extensions.
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