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  1. Celebs' Most Unglamorous Moments

    Lady Gaga's Freaky Face Mask, James Franco's Under Eye Treatment and More Unglamorous Celeb Moments—See the Pics!

    Thu., Sep. 18, 2014 12:58 PM PDT
  2. Nicole Richie

    You Need to See Nicole Richie's Wild Candidly Nicole Yoga Class—Watch Now!

    Thu., Aug. 28, 2014 6:05 AM PDT
  3. Celebs Locking Lips

    Cara Delevingne Smooches Rita Ora, Eric Decker Makes Out With His Wife and More Celebs Locking Lips—See the Steamy Pics!

    Thu., Aug. 21, 2014 3:42 PM PDT
  4. Cannes Film Festival, Blake Lively

    E! Special: Who Wore It Better

    Tue., Aug. 12, 2014 6:25 PM PDT
  5. Taylor Swift

    You Can't Hate Taylor Swift, Be Clingy or Break Up With Us—The 10 Things You Absolutely Cannot Do While Dating a Woman!

    Tue., Aug. 05, 2014 11:04 AM PDT
  6. Nicole Richie, Oprah, Twitter

    Nicole Richie Tells Oprah Winfrey About the Easiest/Hardest Part of Being Married to Joel Madden

    Tue., Jul. 29, 2014 5:12 AM PDT
  7. Cameron Diaz, Benji Madden

    Benji Madden Brings Cameron Diaz to Nicole Richie's Show Premiere Celebration: Get the Details!

    Fri., Jul. 18, 2014 7:23 PM PDT
  8. Nicole Richie

    Nicole Richie Reveals Her Biggest Regret and Explains Why a Jay Z Concert Is the Perfect Place for a Fanny Pack

    Wed., Jul. 16, 2014 7:31 PM PDT
  9. Nicole Richie

    Nicole Richie's Baggy-Topped Mini: Gotta Have It or Make It Stop?

    Fri., Jul. 11, 2014 5:00 PM PDT
  10. Nicole Richie, WWHL

    Is Nicole Richie Still Friends With Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan?! The Answer Might Surprise You

    Wed., Jul. 09, 2014 7:02 AM PDT
  11. Nicole Richie, Lance Bass Instagram

    Nicole Richie and Lance Bass Both Dye Their Hair Bright Blue—Which Shade Do You Like Better?

    Mon., Jul. 07, 2014 2:32 PM PDT
  12. Nicole Richie

    Did Nicole Richie Steal Kelly Osbourne's Look? Watch This Fashion Police Clip to Find Out!

    Mon., Jun. 30, 2014 2:00 PM PDT
  13. Nicole Richie, Ask a Stylist

    Ask A Stylist: How To Wear a Lace Crop Top Like Nicole Richie

    Fri., Jun. 20, 2014 2:22 PM PDT
  14. Kylie Jenner

    Kylie Jenner Gets Cozy With Miles Richie, Dyes Hair Black—See The Pics!

    Sat., Jun. 14, 2014 3:52 PM PDT
  15. Nicole Richie

    Nicole Richie Ditches Purple Hair for New Blue 'Do!

    Fri., Jun. 13, 2014 5:04 PM PDT
  16. Nicole Richie

    Ouch! Nicole Richie Is the Latest Celeb to Try Cupping—See the Pics!

    Tue., Jun. 03, 2014 3:31 PM PDT
  17. Rihanna, Ryan Gosling, Pajamas

    Rihanna, Ryan Gosling, Jessica Alba and More Celebs Love Their Pajamas—See Their Sleepwear Pics!

    Mon., May. 19, 2014 2:26 PM PDT
  18. Nicole Richie

    Beauty Police: Nicole Richie Rocks a Neutral Makeup Palette to Avoid Upstaging Her Lovely Lavender Hair

    Wed., Apr. 30, 2014 12:57 PM PDT
  19. Nicole Richie, Hair

    Hollywood Hair Update: Charlie Hunnam Shaves His Beard, Nicole Richie Gets a Cut, Jaimie Alexander is Back to Brunette

    Fri., Apr. 25, 2014 10:04 AM PDT
  20. Stella McCartney, Instagram

    Gwyneth Paltrow Has Girls' Night Out With Nicole Richie, Gwen Stefani & Naomi Watts—See the Pics!

    Fri., Apr. 18, 2014 10:30 AM PDT
  21. Katy Perry

    Katy Perry, Nicole Richie, Kourtney and Kim Kardashian Attend Political Campaign Event—See the Pics!

    Wed., Apr. 09, 2014 11:04 AM PDT
  22. Nicole Richie

    Nicole Richie Talks Purple Hair, Botched Eyebrows, Organic Gardening and More

    Mon., Apr. 07, 2014 3:29 PM PDT
  23. Lingere, Lea Michele, Kate Moss, Nicole Richie

    Lea Michele, Kate Moss, Nicole Richie and More Celebs Prove '90s Lingerie Looks Will Never Die

    Fri., Apr. 04, 2014 1:30 PM PDT
  24. Nicole Richie Instagram

    Nicole Richie Flaunts Purple Hair and Flawlessly "Swings Into Spring"—See the Gorgeous Pics!

    Thu., Apr. 03, 2014 12:49 PM PDT
  25. Nicole Richie

    Nicole Richie Launches House of Harlow's First Clothing Line

    Tue., Mar. 25, 2014 3:08 PM PDT
Nicole Richie
Nicole Richie

AGE: 32 BORN: Sep. 21, 1981

Nicole Richie has grown up under the sometimes-harsh light of Hollywood media scrutiny.

When she was just three-years-old, little Nicole Escovedo went to live with the pop star Lionel Richie and his wife, who were friends of her biological father.  Six years later the couple adopted Nicole  and she took her adoptive father's last name. "My parents were friends with Lionel," she said. "They trusted that they would be better able to provide for me."

Richie's wild streak began in her teens. After high school graduation, she left Los Angeles to attend college at the University of Arizona in Tucson, studying arts and media. She eventually dropped out after two years.

Back home, the socialite was busted in February 2003 for heroin possession and driving with a revoked license. She pled guilty to all charges and was sentenced to probation and rehab.

After leaving rehab in 2003, Richie linked up with childhood friend Paris Hilton to film The Simple Life, a reality series that followed the rich girls' comical exploits on a farm in Arkansas. The show ran for five seasons—despite a public rift between the two stars—and ended in 2007.

As the show progressed, Richie slowly began  focusing on other priorities. "I will go to some parties and stuff, but I really just don't have time," she said. In 2005, she wrote a semi-autobiographical novel titled The Truth about Diamonds, and got engaged to boyfriend Adam Goldstein, aka DJ Am. However, the couple split only 10 months later.

In 2006, rumors began circulating that Richie was suffering from an eating disorder. However, the star vehemently denied all reports. In December 2006, she was pulled over after 911 calls claimed that she was driving her Mercedes Benz SUV on the wrong side of the highway. She was released on $15,000 bail and pled not guilty to her second misdemeanor DUI. She was sentenced to four days in jail and three years on probation.

After her release, she announced that she was four months pregnant by Good Charlotte front man, Joel Madden. The couple welcomed their daughter Harlow Winter Kate Madden in January 2008. In September 2009, the expanded their family with a son named Sparrow James Midnight Madden. In January, the couple announced their engagement after four years together, and tied the knot in December 2010.

In the midst of creating a family, Richie was also creating a successful brand. Over the years, she had become a style icon in Hollywood so it was only natural that she released a jewelry line called House of Harlow 1960 after the birth of her daughter in 2008. She soon added clothing into the mix, launching her Winter Kate fashion line in spring 2010. She even went back to reality television to mentor aspiring designers on Fashion Star in 2012.

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