Paris Hilton primps for start of cross-country trip

    Let the road trip begin.

    In the sequel to Hilton and Nicole Richie’s hit Fox reality show “The Simple Life,” the socialites-turned-TV stars are driving themselves on a 30-day cross-country trip with no money, credit cards, cell phones or boyfriends.

    “I’ve never been on a road trip anywhere,” Hilton, 23, told The Associated Press, sitting in her plush hotel room bed. “The farthest I’ve driven is from L.A. to Palm Springs, which takes like two hours. It seems fun.”

    Hilton, the leggy blonde hotel heiress, and Richie, the equally blonde daughter of singer Lionel Richie, helped make the first season of “The Simple Life” a huge success for Fox. The pretty young ladies broke free from their sheltered upbringings, working odd jobs milking cows and hawking burgers at a fast food restaurant while living with a family in ultra-rural Altus, Arkansas, population 817.

    They drew laughs from viewers who were amazed that Hilton and Richie had never held a regular job or seen a paycheck, much less knew what to do with one. They did manage to bake a pie, but the family’s dog ate most of it before it could be presented at a local festival.

    “The worst thing was working at the dairy farm, cause that was, like, our first job,” Hilton said. “I hated the cow smell. It was gross.”

    In “The Simple Life 2,” they’ll stay with several different families in a continuation of the theme that made the first season a success. Filming was to begin in the next few days; the show airs in June.

    “It’s going to be definitely more interesting and more adventurous because last time, we were just stuck in Arkansas with a family, but this time it’s going to be different families every episode,” Hilton says.
    A truck and a trailer

    Jon Murray, the show’s executive producer, says there will be eight episodes. Hilton and Richie will travel throughout the southern United States, towing the live-in trailer from Miami Beach to Beverly Hills. Murray hopes they will again charm TV audiences.

    “Paris and Nicole are so full of energy in life,” Murray says. “They’re outlandish sometimes, they’re foolish sometimes, they’re a little clueless sometimes, but they really are nice and they’re not mean spirited in the fun they’re having.”

    Murray says “the girls” will have jobs set up for them, but will be on their own for almost everything else. They have to deal with their own wardrobes, hair and makeup. If the pickup breaks down, it’s their problem. And there’ll be plenty of small-town fun, Murray says.

    “Everyone likes it because it’s for all ages,” Hilton says. “People from the city will be like, ‘Oh my God, I cannot believe you did that,’ and people from the country think it’s funny because they do it every day.”

    Hilton’s social life is regular fodder for tabloids, TV shows and Web sites. She also became an inadvertent Internet icon when a homemade sex video she shot with her then-boyfriend circulated online.

    But Hilton says the late-night party scene is losing it’s appeal.

    “I don’t like going out anymore. It’s not that much fun,” Hilton says. “Since the show came out, I can’t really have fun anymore because people coming up every minute and, are like, ‘Oh, can I have a picture.’ … I really can’t even hang out with my friends very much anymore.”

    While she was well-known as a model before the hit, the show has provided new avenues of work for Hilton. She’s recording a CD and has acting jobs lined up.

    As for her public image, Hilton says she may be misunderstood.

    “People who don’t know me or haven’t met me they’ll assume she’s spoiled or this or that,” Hilton said. “That’s what people will think because of where I come from. Every time I meet someone or people talk to me, they’re like “You’re completely the opposite of what I thought. You’re so sweet.”

    Posted: March 13th, 2004
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    Paris Hilton loves Simple Life

    SILVER-spoon brats Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie might take the second installment of their hit show, ‘The Simple Life,’ to mild-mannered Brooksville, Florida, population 7,264, whether locals like it or not.

    To date, the Central Florida town’s lone claim to fame has been its proximity to Weeki Wachee, the 1950s-era mermaid theme park 12 miles away. But townspeople might find the eyes of America upon them if ‘Simple Life’ producers find what they want during an upcoming scouting session.

    Bunim-Murray Productions and Fox Television have put the call out for ‘All-American families’ and will be auditioning potential host families at Hernando County Fairgrounds in downtown Brooksville on Saturday.

    The show’s first season saw the hotel heiress and pop star progeny shacking up with a family in teeny Altus, Ark., where they shocked residents with their irreverent hijinks and rampant libidos. ‘The Simple Life 2’ will find the spoiled-silly 22-year-olds on a cross-country road trip, alighting on heretofore wholesome families along the way. Host family auditions are also slated for Grand Canyon Village, Ariz., and Lafayette, La.

    In Brooksville, reaction to the duo’s potential visit was mixed. ‘We’ve got some who are totally opposed, some who think it’s fun and some who think it’s not going to happen,’ said City Clerk Karen Phillips, who passed along names of potential host families to producers. ‘I’m kind of leery because I don’t want us to look like a laughingstock.’

    Shooting for ‘The Simple Life 2’ is expected to last less than a month, with the series airing by year’s end.”

    Posted: February 11th, 2004
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    Paris and Nicole hit the road

    fter traumatizing parts of northwest Arkansas, Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie are taking on the rest of the country.

    The socialites and best friends will spend the second season of their reality show, “The Simple Life,” on a road trip, Fox TV announced Monday.

    “It’ll be interesting to see the country through their eyes,” Mike Darnell, Fox’s executive vice president of special programming, told the trade paper Variety. “Maybe Paris will visit a Wal-Mart. I’m kind of hoping they stop at a Hilton.”

    Auditions for families to play host to Hilton and Richie will begin this weekend and are scheduled to last throughout the month; casting information is available on the Bunim-Murray Productions Web site. Production is expected to begin this spring, with the show airing later this year.

    The first season of “The Simple Life” was a huge hit for Fox. It featured Hilton, the hotel heiress, and Richie, daughter of Lionel Richie, milking cows, washing trucks and shocking the locals while living with a family in rural Altus, Arkansas.

    Posted: February 9th, 2004
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    Hilton, Richie Take Show on the Road

    After traumatizing parts of northwest Arkansas, Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie are taking on the rest of the country.

    The socialites and best friends will spend the second season of their reality show, “The Simple Life,” on a road trip, Fox TV announced Monday.

    “It’ll be interesting to see the country through their eyes,” Mike Darnell, Fox’s executive vice president of special programming, told the trade paper Variety. “Maybe Paris will visit a Wal-Mart. I’m kind of hoping they stop at a Hilton.”

    Auditions for families to play host to Hilton and Richie will begin this weekend and are scheduled to last throughout the month; casting information is available on the Bunim-Murray Productions Web site. Production is expected to begin this spring, with the show airing later this year.

    The first season of “The Simple Life” was a huge hit for Fox. It featured Hilton, the hotel heiress, and Richie, daughter of Lionel Richie, milking cows, washing trucks and shocking the locals while living with a family in rural Altus, Ark.

    Posted: February 9th, 2004
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    Paris Hilton may host Miss USA Pageant

    Despite being tall, leggy and glamorous, socialite Paris Hilton doesn’t exactly dress or act like a pageant queen. Donald Trump, however, thinks Hilton could be a pageant host, and is negotiating with her to host the Miss USA Pageant, which he owns.

    Trump told Us Weekly magazine he got the idea while Hilton’s parents, Kathy and Rick, were visiting him at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla. And he said Hilton’s infamous Internet sex tape doesn’t bother him.

    “I’ve known Paris since she was a little girl,” Trump said. “She’s a fine girl … I think she will give the pageant its highest TV ratings.”

    The 53rd annual Miss USA Pageant is scheduled to air April 12 on NBC, live from the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles.

    Posted: February 4th, 2004
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    Paris Hilton stars at Rio fashion show

    Topping the year’s worst dressed list hasn’t made Paris Hilton any less of a fashion plate. The socialite and reality TV star became a model – and the main attraction of Rio’s fashion week – as she strolled the catwalk for local designer Colcci.She also delayed the show for an hour to cope with hair problems.

    “This is my first time in Brazil, in Rio for the fashion show. I’m so exited, the show is amazing,” Hilton, who opened and closed the designer’s show, told AP Television News.

    With most top models staying away from this season’s Fashion Rio – the weeklong fashion event ending Saturday – Hilton was the closest thing the event had to a star.

    Hilton’s visit was talked up in the local press all week and she was mobbed after the show by reporters and fans.

    After the show, Hilton headed straight for the airport, but told fans not to fear: “I plan to come back for Carnival.”

    Posted: January 24th, 2004
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    Mock street sign honors Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie

    Folks looking for the intersection of Paris Hilton Boulevard and Nicole Richie Avenue can find it in the middle of Altus’ town hall.

    The mock street sign was featured at a Fox-sponsored ceremony in Altus honoring the stars of the TV series The Simple Life, spawning comments that residents had renamed two of their streets.

    “If you’d seen the signs you would laugh,” said Jennifer Brown, the city hall clerk and mayor’s assistant. “They’re nothing like real street signs. They were probably out there for five hours. We did not rename the streets.”

    The 8-foot-tall sign features faux fur, pink beads, and pink feather boas wrapped around the sign post, which is crowned with a tiara. The Fox-made sign, which went on display Sunday, sits on a base adorned with decorative hat boxes, more beads and more feathers, Brown said.

    “You can definitely say it’s very unique,” she said. “It definitely has a Simple Life twist to it.”

    Hilton, the socialite heiress to the Hilton hotel fortune, and Richie, daughter of Lionel Richie, spent a month in Altus, population 817, for the hit reality series.

    Posted: January 22nd, 2004
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