Nicole Camille Richie
Born Nicole Camille Escovedo; September 21, 1981. Nicole is an American fashion designer, author, actress and television personality. Richie rose to prominence for her role in the Fox reality television series, The Simple Life, alongside her childhood best friend and fellow socialite Paris Hilton, which lasted five seasons. The Simple Life was a hit for the Fox network, premiering with 13 million viewers. Richie’s personal life attracted significant media attention during The Simple Life‘s five-year run, and she was a constant fixture of tabloid journalism before and after her appearance.
Richie is married to musician Joel Madden and they have two children, Harlow and Sparrow. Richie and Madden founded “The Richie Madden Children’s Foundation” in 2010. Richie has starred as one of the three mentors on NBC‘s Fashion Star. In July 2014, Richie’s reality show Candidly Nicole premiered on VH1. The show was renewed for a second season which premiered in July 2015.
Richie was born in Berkeley, California, and has Mexican, English, and African-American ancestry. Her biological father, Peter Michael Escovedo, is the brother of Sheila E, and her biological mother is Karen Moss. When she was three years old, her biological parents agreed to let her move in with Lionel Richie because they could not afford to provide for her. “My parents were friends with Lionel,” she told People in 2003. “They trusted that they would be better able to provide for me.” Initially, Lionel Richie became her guardian.
Richie and his wife Brenda Harvey legally adopted Nicole when she was nine. Shortly after, Lionel’s affair with another woman became public knowledge. Lionel and Brenda went through a bitter public split; as a result, they were indulgent to the young Nicole. “Their way of making me happy was to say, ‘yes,’ to everything I wanted, but I don’t think a little girl should have that much freedom,” said Richie in an interview with Vanity Fair. Following the divorce, Lionel remarried and had two more children: Myles (b. 1994) and Sofia (b. 1998).
Richie’s godmother is Nancy Davis, daughter of Marvin Davis and mother of Brandon avis. Michael Jackson was Richie’s godfather. Quincy Jones said in a People magazine interview that he has “known Nicole Richie since she was a baby. She’s a very smart girl”.
Richie graduated from Montclair College Preparatory School in 1999, then attended the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, alongside Kourtney Kardashian and Luke Walton, where she studied Arts and Media. She did not have a definitive study plan in Arizona, dropped out after two years, and returned to California.
In 2003, Richie and her then–best friend Paris Hilton starred in the reality series The Simple Life, in which they lived for a month with a family in the rural community of Altus, Arkansas. The series premiere debuted on Fox on December 2, 2003, to 13 million viewers, increasing Fox’s reach among viewers 18–49. The series continued for a second and third season.
Fox subsequently canceled the show after a dispute between Hilton and Richie, but it was aired by E! Entertainment Television for its fourth season, drawing nearly one million viewers and was followed by a relatively unsuccessful fifth season. Complications arose during production of the fifth season, with both Richie and Hilton facing major charges for DUI, and at risk of serving jail time. Hilton was sentenced to 23 days in jail, though this was after production of the season had finished. Richie accepted a plea agreement and was sentenced to four days in jail, again after production had wrapped. Despite talks of a sixth season, the series finished its run at the end of the moderately unsuccessful fifth season.
In 2005, Richie made her acting debut in the comedic drama Kids in America. Richie has guest starred in television series including Eve, Six Feet Under and American Dreams, 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, and playing the recurring character Heather Chandler on Chuck. In July 2008, plans were announced to turn Richie’s 2005 novel, The Truth About Diamonds, into a television series.
On January 1, 2010, it was announced that Richie would appear as a guest judge on Project Runway.
In early 2016, Richie auditioned for a role in the NBC sitcom, Great News, created by Tracey Wigfield and produced by Wigfield and Tina Fey, which is set in the world of television news. Although Richie’s audition was not successful, she was later brought in to replace Kimrie Lewis-Davis in the supporting role of Portia, an anchorwoman at the news channel depicted in the series. The show’s producers had initially cast Lewis-Davis as Portia, but decided to go in a different direction with the character after seeing the results of the pilot episode.
When speaking about casting Richie in her first scripted series-regular television role, Fey explained: “She’s a really funny person and has an instant likability. Those are instincts you can’t teach. People have it or not. She has good timing without really pushing it