American socialite, fashion designer, and television personality Kathleen Elizabeth Hilton. She is the mother of socialite Paris Hilton, fashion designer Nicky Hilton, and half-sister of Kim Richards and Kyle Richards from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
With a $350 million net worth, Kathy Hilton is an American actress, fashion designer, and philanthropist. Together, she and Rick Hilton, her husband since 1979, have a net worth of that amount. The reason Rick and Kathy Hilton are most well-known is likely because they are the parents of Paris and Nicky Hilton.
Kathleen Elizabeth Avanzino was born on March 13, 1959, to Laurance K. and Kathleen Mary Avanzino. In addition to having Irish and Scottish ancestry, Kathy’s paternal grandfather was of Italian descent. After her parents divorced, Hilton’s mother wed Kenneth E. Richards, who was already the father of three adult children from a prior union. Kim and Kyle Richards, who are both actors, are Kathy’s half-sisters. As a result of her father’s second marriage, Hilton also has five paternal half-siblings. Michael Jackson and Kathy became great friends while attending a private high school in Los Angeles. The two stayed close until Michael Jackson’s passing in 2009.
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Before Kathy ever met her future husband, Hilton Hotels heir Richard Hilton, her profession started when she was a young child. She started acting professionally at the age of nine, making appearances in a variety of television programs, including “Bewitched,” “The Rockford Files,” “Nanny and the Professor,” “Happy Days,” and “Family Affair,” and others. In the movies “The Dark” and “On the Air Live with Captain Midnight,” she also made an appearance.
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She “retired” from acting about the time she met Richard Hilton when she was 15 years old. Five years later, in 1979, the two got hitched. Hilton ran The Staircase on Sunset Plaza, a novelty gift and antique shop, in the 1980s and the early 1990s in Los Angeles. Since getting married into the Hilton dynasty, Kathy has experimented with going back to her show industry roots. She started working as a broadcaster on the home shopping network QVC in 2002, and three years later, she hosted the NBC reality series I Want to Be a Hilton.
She started promoting skincare items on the competing home shopping network HSN two years later. She made a self-portrait cameo on The Young and the Restless in 2008 on the soap opera. She was a guest on The World According to Paris in 2011. “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills“, a popular Bravo reality series, stars Kim and Kyle Richards, Hilton’s half-sisters. Kathy said in 2012 that she doesn’t watch her sisters on the show because they make her feel depressed and cry uncontrollably. She has been creating party gowns since 2012, creating the Kathy Hilton Collection, which is offered in 400 shops worldwide, including Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Nordstrom.
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Rick and Kathy Hilton spent $3.385 million on a huge 7-bedroom, 3-acre home in the Hamptons in 1999. Over the years, they have often received between $300,000 and $400,000 for renting out this house during the summer months. They purchased a sizable mansion in Bel-Air for $9.2 million in 2004. They purchased a suite in the Pierre Hotel in New York City for $2.5 million in 2014.