Paris Hilton is an heiress to the Hilton fortune, being the great-granddaughter of Conrad Hilton, the founder of the Hilton group of hotels. She is a socialite, and part-time model, actress, author, recording artist, and fashion designer.

She was born on February 17, 1981 in New York City to Richard and Kathy Hilton. She is the eldest of four siblings, and she grew up shuttling among several exclusive homes, which included Beverly Hills, the Hamptons, and a suite at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Manhattan.

She attended high school at Marywood-Palm Valley School in Rancho Mirage, California; then moved to Dwight School in New York for her sophomore and junior years; after which she spent a few months at Canterbury School in New Milford, Connecticut before dropping out to become famous. She eventually earned a General Equivalency Diploma to round out her education, though.

As a child, Paris was already modelling, mostly at charity events. When she turned 19 though, she signed up with Donald Trump’s modelling agency, T Management. She has also worked with Models 1 Agency and Premier Model Management in London, Nous Model Management in Los Angeles, and the well-known Ford Models in her hometown, New York.

She appeared in shows for designers like Catherine Malandrino and Marc Bouwer and posed for spreads in national magazines like FHM, GQ, and Vanity Fair. She was New York’s leading It Girl by this time, and then her fame continued to spread outside of the city’s boundaries because of her relationships with some of Hollywood’s hot young stars, like Leonardo DiCaprio and Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys. Her many other relationships kept her in the tabloid eye, and her fame started growing because of her association with other famous people.

In 2001, she made a cameo appearance in Ben Stiller’s “Zoolander”, and in 2002, she did a low-budget slasher flick called “Nine Lives”. She was mostly still famous for being a socialite and party girl though, along with her sister Nicky, until her sex tape hit.

Paris was a tabloid smash in 2003, grabbing headlines for a taped sex session she had with Rick Salomon, her boyfriend during the time they shot the video. The video was leaked on the internet, though later released as legitimate porn production called “1 Night in Paris”. This scandal was the talk of the town and further made Paris Hilton a recognizable name to those who weren’t aware of her before then.

The publicity from the tape helped her become a mainstream a celebrity week later when she co-starred with best friend Nicole Ritchie in the Fox reality TV series “The Simple Life”. The instantly-hot show saw these two spoiled brats try out ordinary things in different situations far from their usual Beverly Hills haunts. The show ran for three years on Fox, and then a dispute between Ritchie And Hilton caused it to be cancelled, but it returned on the E! Entertainment network for two more seasons after that. It was a big hit in the beginning though, so Paris was on her way to becoming a cross-platform artist, especially with more movie cameos in 2003 and various projects in 2004.

That was when she released her autobiographical book, “Confessions of an Heiress: A Tongue-in-Chic Peek Behind The Pose” co-written by Merle Ginsberg, which was made up of photographs of her and written advice on life as an heiress. The book became a New York Times bestseller, despite being panned by some critics. She released a follow up designer diary, also co-written by Ginsberg, called “Your Heiress Diary: Confess It All To Me”. This was slo the year Paris established her Heiress Records sub- label (of Warner Bros. Records).

Paris continued with TV guest spots, music video appearances, modelling and product endorsements, as well as her partying and dating, and in 2005 she even got engaged — to another Paris. This was Paris Latsis, a Greek shipping heir, but they broke up in late 2005. Paris also appeared in her most high profile movie role yet during this year. “House of Wax” was a big Hollywood remake of a classic horror film, and she was cast in it with young Hollywood hotties like Elisha Cuthbert and Chad Michael Murray. She won a “Choice Movie Scream Scene” Teen Choice Award for her role in the film, though she also won a “Worst Supporting Actress” trophy from the Razzies.

The year 2006 was eventful for her because she finally released her self-titled debut album in August of that year, making her a truly multimedia phenomenon, although the album received mixed reactions. “Paris” reached number six on the Billboard Top 200, although overall, its total sales volume wasn’t very big. The first single off the album, “Stars Are Blind”, was one of the highest debuting singles of 2006, entering at No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100, and it eventually made the Top 5 in the UK and Europe.

In September of 2006 though, Paris was arrested by police and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. She had a blood alcohol content of 0.08%, which makes it illegal to drive in California, and her driver’s license was suspended in November.

The case reached 2007, and in January of that year she pleaded no contest to the charges, and was let off with probation and fines of $1,500. That amount was probably too small for her to notice or remember, because on January 15, she was again pulled over, for driving with a suspended license. She was let go after signing a document acknowledging that she was not allowed to drive, and then she hit the headlines again with another driving violation. On February 27, she was caught doing 70 mph in a 35 mph zone, with her headlights off, and still with that suspended license again. All of those incidents, plus her non-attendance of any court-ordered alcohol education program, constituted a violation of her parole, according to Los Angeles city prosecutors.

And so on May 4, Hilton was sentenced to 45 days in jail by Judge Michael T. Sauer for violating violation of the terms of her probation. She attended the 2007 MTV Movie Awards on June 3, and then was supposed to start her sentence on June 5. With time off for good behaviour, she was projected to spend just 23 days in the all-female Lynwood, California Century Regional Detention Facility.

On June 7 though, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca signed orders reassigning her to 40 days of home confinement because of an unspecified medical condition, with electronic monitoring. This caused a big scandal, and in the ensuing legal wrangle, Judge Sauer clarified that the sentencing statement had explicitly stated she would serve her jail time with “No work furlough. No work release. No electronic monitoring.” And so Paris was sent back to jail, but not before she managed to dramatically shout “It’s not right!” and cry for her mommy. She spent 22 days there, and was released on June 26, 2007.

Hilton was reportedly influenced by prison minister Marty Angelo while in jail, and she vowed that she was a changed person. She announced that she would be visiting Rwanda in November 2007, but has not done so up until now. She is currently working on her next album with producer Scott Storch as well as planning a new reality series with MTV.