Kathy Hilton Biography

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Birth Name: Kathy Hilton

Kathy Hilton is more known for the company she keeps than her own endeavors. The socialite is married to hotel multimillionaire Rick Hilton (whom she met at age 15 and married in 1979) and is the mother of reality star Paris Hilton, fashion designer Nicky, and sons Nicholai and Barron.

She was born Kathy Elizabeth Avanzino on March 13, 1959, in New York City. When her mother remarried, Kathy changed her last name to Richards. Her famous step-sisters Kim and Kyle Richards are known for their appearances on "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills." Hilton has admitted she eventually stopped watching the series because she didn't like to see her sisters' lives "fall apart."

As a child, Kathy appeared on the TV shows "Bewitched," "Family Affair," "Happy Days" and "The Rockford Files." In 2005 she hosted the reality show "I Want To Be A Hilton." In the 80s and 90s she owned a gift and antiques store.

She has also sold merchandise on QVC and started promoting a skincare line on HSN in 2007. Hilton also sells a line of cocktail/party dresses in department stores such as Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. She has considered launching furniture and jewelry lines.

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