Paris Hilton – Hotel Heiress
Paris Hilton is one of those celebrities that people just can’t get enough of. She isn’t exceedingly beautiful nor abnormally wealthy but she has carefully crafted a career as being the slightly ditsy, super sexy, hotel heiress and the queen bee of the Hollywood and New York socialite scene. Who knows how long she can play this role before she is knocked off her thrown but so far nothing seems to be able to stop her and as you’ll see, she is cashing in on every opportunity she can get.
Starting with the Paris Hilton Sex Tape and her own reality show, and continuing with countless products, a decent modeling career, a short but successful music career, several acting roles, and even her own catch phrase “that’s hot”, Paris has become a masterful businesswoman that knows how to market herself and give the people what they are starving for… more of this wild, sexy, and unpredictable lifestyle of a hotel heiress.
If you want to check out her official site here it is below:
Paris Hilton’s Family History
Paris Hilton, whose full birth name is Paris Whitney Hilton, was born on February 17th, 1981 in New York City to Richard and Kathy Hilton. She is the oldest of four children that include younger sister Nicky and brothers Barron Hilton II and Conrad Hilton III.
Conrad Hilton (Paris Hilton’s Great Grandfather)
Paris Hilton is the fourth generation of the Hilton Hotel empire. Her paternal great grandfather Conrad Hilton founded Hilton Hotels Corporation in 1946 after buying his first hotel in 1919 and building his first hotel (now the Plaza Hotel in El Paso) in 1930. Conrad had three wives that include Mary Adelaide Barron, the famous socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor, and Mary Frances Kelly.
Conrad and Mary Adelaide Barron had three sons:
- Conrade Nicholson “Nicky” Hilton, Jr. (1926-1969) – Elizabeth Taylor’s first husband
- William Barron Hilton (born 1927) – Paris Hilton’s grandfather
- Eric Michael Hilton (born 1932)
Conrad Hilton had one daughter with Zsa Zsa Gabor, Constance Francesca Hilton (born 1947)
Barron Hilton (Paris Hilton’s Grandfather)
Paris Hilton would have never been an “heiress” if not for her grandfather. When her great grandfather, Conrad died in 1979 he gave the bulk of his estate to the Roman Catholic Church among other charities and nearly nothing to his children. But Barron contested and because of his lifelong career of helping to build the Hilton Hotel chain, he won the lawsuit in 1988. In 2007, Forbes listed the his worth at $2.3 billion.
Barron’s half-sister Constance Francesca also sued but lost her case and received nothing.
Barron wasn’t just a successful hotelier and co-chairman of the Hilton Hotel chain, he was also the founder and owner of the San Diego Chargers NFL football team (then the AFL Los Angeles Chargers). The Chargers were later sold to Gene Klein in 1966 for a then record price of $10 million.
Rick Hilton (Paris Hilton’s Father)
Paris’ father Richard “Rick” Hilton was born August 17th, 1955 and was the sixth of Barron’s eight children. He is currently chairman of Hilton and Hyland Real Estate, a successful real estate firm in Beverly Hills. Though he is one of many heirs to the Hilton Hotel chain, he has made significant wealth independently and has net assets worth an estimated $800 million.
Paris Hilton’s Career
Paris has had a successful career as a model, actress, businesswoman, and musician though most of this is due to her fame as being America’s top “party girl” and her pseudo-innocent, ditsy-blond demeanor.
Paris has been seen on many magazine covers and it is clear that her modeling shoots have only gotten better over time. People all over the Internet are in search of Paris Hilton pictures (though they are mostly searching for nude pics but that’s the case with just about every female actress).
|Paris Hilton Modeling Pictures|
Paris Hilton has made cameo appearances in many films but her fame came toward the end of 2003 when she co-starred with Nicole Richie in the Fox reality series The Simple Life. Coincidentally, one week before the premiere, a leaked home-made sex tape called 1 Night in Paris, recorded three years earlier with then boyfriend Rick Salomon, vaulted Paris to the forefront of the public eye. Combined with unyielding media exposure that reminded everyone of her “heiress” status, she became a household name immediately.
Paris has made guest appearances in episodes of The O.C., Las Vegas, American Dreams, and Veronica Mars. She’s made appearances in music videos included the Eminem single Just Lose it. Her filmography has included cameos in Zoolander, Wonderland, and The Cat In The Hat. She added some supporting roles to her resume in feature films Nine Lives, Raising Helen, The Hillz, and House of Wax.
Music & Writing
2004 was a big year for Paris Hilton. After a successful first season of The Simple Life and the release of her New York Times bestseller autobiographical book, Confessions of an Heiress: A Tongue-in-Chic Peek Behind the Pose, she founded Heiress Records, a sub-label of Warner Bros. Records. On August 22, 2006 she released her self-titled album and it shot to number six on the Billboard 200 music charts. Though her musical success was brief she clearly has found a niche in being able to effectively market her own image.
The music video Nothing in This World is actually pretty cute and better than some of the other things that have come out from many of the other pop stars.
You can see her MySpace Music site here.
You can view her official Paris Hilton Records website here.
Also in 2004, Paris assisted in the creation of a fragrance line by Parlux Fragrances. It was hugely successful and lead to a 47% increase in sales of Parlux products. The Paris Hilton perfume is so successful that several more fragrances are planned with her name including Can Can by Paris Hilton. This will be her fourth fragrance after Paris Hilton, Just Me, and Heiress.
In 2005 Paris licensed her name to a chain of nightclubs owned by Fred Khalilian that have been titled Club Paris. This partnership was terminated in 2007 after she reportedly missed several scheduled promotional appearances.
In January 2007, Paris released a line of hair extensions called DreamCatchers in a partnership with Hair Tech International. But she didn’t stop there. In August 2007 Paris closed a deal with Antebi for a line of footwear dubbed “Paris Hilton Footware” that will feature stilettos, platform shoes, flats, wedge shoes, and a sports shoe collection. The same month saw a launch of her line of dresses, coats, jeans, and tops at Kitson clothing boutique in Los Angeles.
The Paris Hilton Crew
Paris Hilton has been seen hanging with friends Nicole Richie, Kimberly Stewart, two different Greek shipping heirs, and others but it was her sudden friendship with the crash-and-burn Britney Spears that actually made Paris look like an angel in comparison. Paris was seen trying to cover the no-panty wearing Spears during her crazy period after her divorce with Kevin Federline.
As if the public wasn’t already saturated with Paris Hilton, her legal issues sent the pop culture world into a frenzy. She was arrested and charged with a DUI and a 0.08% blood alcohol level in September 2006 which led to a suspended license in November 2006. She pleaded no contest in January 2007 and she got 36 months of probation and $1500 in fines. Later the same month she was pulled over for driving with a suspended license and a month later she was caught driving 70 mph in a 35 mph speed zone. Her license was still suspended. She also didn’t have her headlights on after dark.
She was prosecuted with a violation of the terms of her probation and on May 4th 2007 Judge Michael T. Sauer sentenced Hilton to 45 days in jail. After going through some initial thoughts of appealing the sentence she decided to serve her jail term. By now, Paris mania had consumed the media. Swarms of photogs and other media were documenting every move by her and her family.
Two days after the 2007 MTV Movie Awards, she checked herself into the Century Regional Detention Facility, an all female jail in Lynwood, California on June 5, 2007. It was expected that Hilton wouldn’t actually serve the entire 45 day sentence as few ever do. With good behavior, 23 days would probably be the length of her stay at Lynwood. But that is when the story took another turn.
On the morning of June 7th, just two days into her stay at the detention facility, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca signed orders to release Hilton from the jail and have her serve a full 40 days under home confinement with electronic monitoring. This decision was due to a mysterious medical condition. This of course sent the world into an uproar. Baca argued that Hilton’s medical condition warranted this action and even that her “special treatment” actually resulted in her getting MORE jail time than an average American because an example was being made out of her.
This didn’t sit well with Judge Michael Sauer and it appeared that the jail was trying to circumvent the very specific decision given by the court. So, with helicopters overhead and countless media covering the story, she was summoned to reappear in court the next day. Paris’ attorney wanted to brief the judge on her medical condition in his private chambers but the Judge Sauer was clearly disturbed by the situation and ignored the request. He ordered that she be sent back to jail to server her original 45-day sentence. This led to the Paris Hilton outburst “It’s not right! Mom! Mom!”, trying desperately to reach her mother, also sitting in the courtroom.
At this point, Paris’ medical condition was still shrouded in mystery and concern of this condition led to her being moved to a medical wing of the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles. She was later moved back to Lynwood a few days later on June 13th.
Paris was finally released from jail on June 26, 2007 after serving a total of 22 days (including her one day at home). Two days after being released she had an interview with Larry King and discussed the life-changing experience. Paris alluded to “starting a new beginning” and read aloud some of her poems and letters that came from her time spent reflecting on her life.
The media circus was over but whether intentional or not, Paris Hilton once again proved her ability to capture the attention of America like few others can.
Paris may have been able to make her fame anyway but there is no doubt that the Paris Hilton sex tape, constant partying, choice of friends, and legal issues have greatly helped propel her into pop culture legendary status. Some people say she is the most overrated celebrity in the world with little or no talent other than the ability to market herself. Even if that were true, I bet all of us can think of many other no-talent celebrities that don’t market themselves nearly as well as Paris does.
As far as I’m concerned, that ability to promote and expand her own image is still quite a talent indeed and others like Donald Trump have done exactly the same thing (like putting his name on every building and product he produces while leveraging shareholders’ money and branding himself as one of the elite businessmen in the world when in fact he uses the illusion of his own image in nearly every business deal he does).