Like her fellow socialite and best friend, Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie attained fame largely through partying alongside as well as co-starring with the blonde heiress on their reality hit show, "The S...
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|Candidly Nicole||2012 2011 - 2012||Herself||n/a||1|
|The Tonight Show With Jay Leno||2013 1990 - 2013||Actor||Guest||20137|
|Chuck||2011 2006 - 2011||Actor||Heather Chandler||20117|
|Conan||2014 2009 - 2014||Actor||Guest||20147|
|The Simple Life Reunion||2003 2002 - 2003||Actor||Herself||20037|
|The Simple Life 2: Road Trip: The Stuff We Weren't Allowed to Show You||2004 2003 - 2004||Actor||n/a||20047|
|The Simple Life||2006 2002 - 2006||Actor||Herself||20067|
|Jimmy Kimmel Live||2013 2001 - 2013||Actor||Guest||20137|
|America's Party: New Years Live from Las Vegas||2003 2002 - 2003||Actor||n/a||20037|
|8 Simple Rules||2004 2001 - 2004||Actor||Ashley||20047|
|Fashion Star||2012 2010 - 2012||Actor||Mentor||20127|
|The New Normal||2012 2011 - 2012||Actor||Herself||20127|
|Eve||2005 2002 - 2005||Actor||n/a||20057|
|Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's||2013||Actor||Herself||20137|
|The Hills||2009 2004 - 2009||Actor||Herself||20097|
|Rock Me Baby||2003 2002 - 2003||Actor||Amanda||20037|
|2012 NCLR ALMA Awards||2012 2011 - 2012||Presenter||n/a||1|
|The 2004 Billboard Music Awards||2004 2003 - 2004||Actor||Presenter||20047|
|Kids in America||2005||Actor||Kelly Stepford||20057|
|TV Guide's Greatest Moments 2004||2004 2003 - 2004||Actor||n/a||20047|
|The 2006 American Music Awards||2006 2005 - 2006||Actor||Presenter||20067|
|The 2005 American Music Awards||2005 2004 - 2005||Actor||Presenter||20057|
|Maxim Hot 100||2003 2002 - 2003||Actor||Interviewee(#27)||20037|
|ACM Presents: Lionel Richie and Friends - In Concert||2011 2010 - 2011||Special Appearance||n/a||1|
|The 4th Annual TeenNick HALO Awards||2012 2011 - 2012||Actor||Celebrity Guest||20127|
|Six Feet Under||2004 1999 - 2004||Actor||Herself||20047|
|Project Runway||2012 2003 - 2012||Actor||Guest Judge||20127|
|The 2003 Billboard Music Awards||2003 2002 - 2003||Actor||Performer||20037|
|The 2006 MTV Video Music Awards||2005 2004 - 2005||Actor||n/a||20057|
|The 2013 American Music Awards||2013 2012 - 2013||Presenter||n/a||1|
|The 2004 Teen Choice Awards||2003 2002 - 2003||Host||n/a||20035|
|Wrote a semi-autobiographical novel, The Truth About Diamonds|
|Played herself in an episode of HBO's "Six Feet Under"|
|First major acting role, played a cheerleader in the comedy, "Kids In America"|
|Met Paris and Nikki Hilton while attending Buckley, a private school in California|
|Made her TV debut on the FOX Reality series, "The Simple Life," with her long time friend Paris Hilton|
|Returned for an additional three seasons of "The Simple Life," with Paris Hilton; season 4 aired on the E! network|
|Made her musical debut, playing the piano, with a live appearance on "The View" (ABC)|
|Adopted at age nine by Lionel Richie and his wife|
|Played the recurring character Heather Chandler on "Chuck" (NBC)|
|Penned her second novel Priceless|
|Joined NBC's reality competition show "Fashion Star" as a judge|
Born Nicole Camille Escovedo in Berkeley, CA on Sept. 21, 1981, this multi-ethnic beauty started life as the biological child of musician Peter Michael Escovedo and an anonymous mother. Unable to financially support their daughter at the time, Escovedo and his wife surrendered custody of their daughter over to family friend Lionel Richie and his wife, Brenda Harvey, in 1983. Raised unofficially as Richie's own daughter from the age of two on - her adoption would be legally formalized in 1991 - Nicole grew up in the posh suburbs of Beverly Hills and attended the prestigious Buckley School. It was here where she met future best friend and partner-in-crime, hotel heiress Paris Hilton.
After graduating high school in 2000, Richie attended the University of Arizona but dropped out after two years, declaring that she was "over it." Returning to L.A. in 2002, Richie reunited with her BFF Hilton. Thanks to their talent for 'round-the-clock partying, Hilton and Richie quickly became fixtures on the Hollywood club scene, inspiring the coinage of a new term: the "celebutante." Hob-knobbing with celebrities promptly earned the photogenic pair their own press - publicity which they were able to parlay into careers of their own.
In 2003, Richie and Hilton made their television debuts as the stars of "The Simple Life" (Fox/E!, 2003-07), an unscripted reality show that focused on the misadventures of the two pampered beauties. Initially less confident in front of the cameras than her more outgoing co-star, Richie found herself playing second fiddle and sidekick to Hilton for most of the first season. Eventually, however, Richie came into her own and went from being simply Paris' wisecracking junior partner to the funnier, smarter of the two. It was Richie who was forced to explain to a perplexed Hilton what a Wal-Mart was; in another, Richie had to explain what a water well found in their bedroom was for. While the concept of watching Richie and Hilton struggling to survive out of their element, week in and week out, might have seemed amusing on paper, some viewers found the show repugnantly condescending and even mean-spirited - especially to the real-life "simple folk" who were forced to tolerate their antics. One reviewer, in particular, blasted the show for being nothing more than a spectacle which celebrates "the callow arrogance of two spoiled little rich brats." Little did it matter. In the end, "The Simple life" was a ratings hit for Fox and the two were signed on for a second season.
In the meantime, Richie went into the recording studio to record her first album. Though she insisted the attempt was not meant to capitalize on her newfound fame, few found her claim credible. Richie also auditioned for the part of Maureen in the popular Broadway hit, "Rent," though she later confessed she had never seen the play. Richie did manage to rack up some TV acting roles, including guest stints on "Six Feet Under" (HBO, 2001-05), "American Dreams" (NBC, 2002-05), "8 Simple Rules..." (ABC, 2002-05) and "Eve" (UPN, 2003-06), but it was "The Simple Life" that kept her in the spotlight. In the second and third seasons respectively, Richie and Hilton were sent on a cross country road trip; then worked as interns for a variety of professions.
But in 2005, a well-publicized falling-out between the two lifelong friends nearly jeopardized the future of "The Simple Life." For a while, rumors floated that Richie would be dumped from the show and replaced by another celebutante, Kimberly Stewart - daughter of rock icon Rod Stewart. However, after several months of speculation, Fox announced that both heiresses would return for a new season together. Just a few weeks later, though, Fox unexpectedly did an about-face and announced there was "no longer room" on its 2005-06 schedule for "The Simple Life." Once the series was released and shopped around to other networks, cable's E! Entertainment snapped up the rights. The fourth season of "The Simple Life" debuted in spring 2006 to impressive ratings - at least by E!'s standards. Part of the draw was watching how the two former friends would interact with one another while hating each other.
Unfortunately, not unlike her friends Lindsay Lohan and Hilton, Richie was not immune to running astray of the law. On Feb. 27, 2003, Richie was arrested in Malibu for felony possession of heroin and driving with a suspended license. Richie further exacerbated the situation when she missed her April 29th court date. Luckily a high-priced Hollywood lawyer persuaded the judge to skip remanding the wayward felon. Richie was then arrested again in California on Dec. 11, 2006 after failing a field sobriety test when motorists reported Richie entering the freeway on the exit ramp driving in the wrong direction. Charged with a DUI by the California Highway Patrol, Richie eventually admitted to using marijuana and Vicodin before the incident. On July 27, 2007, the socialite was sentenced to four days in jail.
On July 31, 2007 - just three days after her sentencing - Richie officially broke the news that she was pregnant, resulting in the tides turning for the better in her life. The father of her unborn child was Richie's boyfriend of four months, Joel Madden, lead singer of the rock group, Good Charlotte. Richie's pregnancy mellowed the celebutante, as she settled into serene domestication with the rocker before giving birth to her first child, daughter Harlow on Jan. 11, 2008. The couple would go on to announce Richie's second pregnancy in early 2009, but her happiness was soon dashed when she suffered the loss of her first real love and one-time fiancé, Adam "D.J. AM" Goldstein, after he miraculously survived a plane crash in September 2008, only to die of a rumored prescription drug overdose on Aug. 28, 2009. The couple had endured a tempestuous on-off love affair, beginning in 2004. By February 2005 they were engaged, but rumors of her wild ways and possible substance abuse at that time resulted in the couple calling off their engagement in December 2005. Despite any initial hard feelings, Richie had remained fond of Goldstein.
|Adam Goldstein||Companion||Began dating January 2004; engaged February 2005; called off engagement December 2005; reportedly dating again as of March 2006; confirmed split May 2006; he passed away on August 28, 2009 a year after surviving a plane crash|
|Michael Jackson||Godfather||Born Aug. 29, 1958; longtime friends with Nicole's father Lionel Richie|
|Brody Jenner||Companion||Childhood friends; dated for three months in 2006; no longer together|
|Harlow Madden||Daughter||Born January 11, 2008; father, Joel Madden|
|Joel Madden||Husband||Began dating in December 2006; father of her two children; announced their engagement in February 2010; married December 11, 2010 at the home of Nicole's father in Beverly Hills, CA|
|Sparrow Madden||Son||Born Sept. 9, 2009; father, Joel Madden|
|Lionel Richie||Father||Born June 20, 1949; legendary singer with The Commodores as well as a solo singer/songwriter|
|Brad Salyn||Companion||Dated for several months in 2002; the two continue to be friends, with Salyn producing several tracks on Nicole's upcoming debut album|
|University of Arizona|
|Montclair College Preparatory School|
|Nicole Richie entered a residential drug treatment program after cops found heroin in her wallet during a traffic stop in February 2003.|
|According to an April 2006 Tatler magazine interview with Nicole, her biological father was a drummer who worked with Lionel Richie; Her biological mother was a backstage assistant for Lionel. When Nicole was three, Lionel and his wife Brenda Harvey-Richie informally adopted her and raised her as their daughter. When she was nine, they went through the legal formalities of the adoption.|
|On April 20, 2005, amid media reports that their friendship was in trouble, Paris Hilton released a statement saying "It's no big secret that Nicole and I are no longer friends," and "Nicole knows what she did, and that's all I'm ever going to say about it."
A circulating rumor was the story that Nicole had shown Paris's sex tape at a party (Richie has denied this. There were also rumors of Hilton's being jealous of Nicole's rising stardom).
In fall 2006, the two socialites resumed their friendship.
|Former model for Bongo Jeans and Jimmy Choo.|
|Nicole Richie checked into a treatment facility on Oct. 26, 2006 to address her inability to gain weight; Her publicist, Nicole Perna said, "She is working with a team of doctors and specialists whose focus is nutrition. It is important to Nicole that she achieves this goal in a healthy way as this is not a treatment for an eating disorder."|
|Nicole Richie was arrested Dec. 11, 2006 for investigation of driving under the influence of alcohol. California Highway Patrol officers took Richie, 25, into custody without incident after she failed a field sobriety test. Authorities said they received 911 calls about a car going the wrong way on the freeway and the car matched the description of Richie's. Richie was set free on $15,000 bail.|
|On July 27, 2007, Nicole Richie pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of drugs and was sentenced to 90 hours in jail and fined $2,048. Richie also received three years' probation and was warned by the Judge that she would go to jail for a year if she violates it.|
|On Aug. 23, 2007, Nicole Richie spent just 82 minutes in custody after she checked in for a four day sentence for driving under the influence of drugs.|
|In October 2008, Richie debuted a jewelry line, House of Harlow 1960. In Spring 2010, the line was extended to include apparel and shoes.|
|In 2009, Richie joined maternity store A Pea in the Pod to create the new collection maternity clothes.|
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