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  1. Nicole Richie, Harlow, Sparrow

    Nicole Richie Bounces Between Basketball and Ballet Classes Makeup-Free—See the Pic!

    Fri., Feb. 07, 2014 3:54 PM PST
  2. Nicole Richie, Marie Claire Mexico

    Nicole Richie Stuns on New Marie Claire Cover, Opens Up About The Simple Life and Relationship With Paris Hilton

    Thu., Jan. 23, 2014 6:51 PM PST
  3. Nicole Richie, Kris Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Rap, Keek

    Kim Kardashian Giggles as Nicole Richie and Kris Jenner Rap "Shoop"—Watch Now!

    Thu., Jan. 16, 2014 7:45 AM PST
  4. Kim Kardashian, Nicole Richie, Instagram

    Kim Kardashian Shares Throwback Thursday Pic With Nicole Richie—Check It Out!

    Thu., Jan. 09, 2014 4:16 PM PST
  5. Nicole Richie

    Nicole Richie Not Anorexic, Eating Disorder Reports Are "Completely False," Says Source

    Thu., Jan. 09, 2014 11:11 AM PST
  6. Nicole Richie, Instagram

    Nicole Richie Posts the Cutest Throwback Christmas Photo of Her 4-Year-Old Self

    Tue., Dec. 24, 2013 2:16 PM PST
  7. Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, Derek Blasberg, Instagram

    Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie Have a Simple Life Reunion in Miami—Take a Look!

    Mon., Dec. 09, 2013 7:39 PM PST
  8. Nicole Richie Pinterest Gift Guide

    Best of Nicole Richie's Holiday Pinterest Picks

    Thu., Dec. 05, 2013 8:55 AM PST
  9. Nicole Richie, Lady Gaga

    Lady Gaga, Nicole Richie and More Stars Who Rock Retro-Inspired Looks—See the Pics

    Tue., Dec. 03, 2013 12:31 PM PST
  10. Taylor Swift, American Music Awards

    Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry Pass the Fashion Police Test at the 2013 AMAs

    Mon., Nov. 25, 2013 12:21 PM PST
  11. Kendall Jenner, Nicole Richie, American Music Awards Beauty

    Nicole Richie, Kendall Jenner & More Stars with the Best Beauty Looks at the 2013 AMAs

    Sun., Nov. 24, 2013 9:12 PM PST
  12. Nicole Richie, Christina Aguilera, 2013 American Music Awards

    Nicole Richie and Christina Aguilera Stun at the American Music Awards in Similar White Dresses

    Sun., Nov. 24, 2013 7:02 PM PST
  13. Nicole Richie, Miley Cyrus

    Bitch Stole My Look! Nicole Richie vs. Miley Cyrus in Marc Jacobs

    Mon., Nov. 18, 2013 1:00 PM PST
  14. Jessica Alba, Nicole Richie

    Nicole Richie and Jessica Alba Brighten Up Baby2Baby Red Carpet

    Mon., Nov. 11, 2013 9:53 AM PST
  15. Nicole Richie, Joss & Main Holiday Collection

    Nicole Richie Shares Festive Family Traditions, Entertaining Tips and the Ultimate Holiday Playlist

    Thu., Nov. 07, 2013 10:00 AM PST
  16. Nicole Richie

    Meow! Nicole Richie Makes a Sexy Pussycat

    Fri., Oct. 25, 2013 11:45 AM PDT
  17. Rachel Zoe, Nicole Richie

    Nicole Richie Affectionately Touches Pregnant Rachel Zoe's Belly as They Enjoy "Moms Night Out" With Gwen Stefani

    Fri., Oct. 18, 2013 1:16 PM PDT
  18. Nicole Richie

    Nicole Richie Flashes Her Granny Panties in a Sheer Dress

    Fri., Oct. 18, 2013 11:30 AM PDT
  19. Hats, Katie Holmes, Kourtney Kardashian, Kristin Cavallari

    Trend Alert! Kourtney Kardashian, Katie Holmes and More Celebs Who Love Wide-Brim Hats

    Tue., Oct. 15, 2013 8:30 AM PDT
  20. Nicole Richie, Airline Passenger

    Nicole Richie Shares Hysterical Bridesmaids-esque Video With Drunk Airline Passenger—Watch Now!

    Fri., Oct. 04, 2013 1:19 PM PDT
  21. Nicole Richie, Harlow

    Nicole Richie Takes Daughter Harlow, Son Sparrow and Their Dog to Lunch in L.A.

    Thu., Sep. 26, 2013 2:54 PM PDT
  22. Bionda Castana Boots, Ashley Benson

    Having a Moment: Nicole Richie, Emma Roberts & More Stars Step Out in Studded Booties

    Tue., Sep. 24, 2013 3:14 PM PDT
  23. Nicole Richie

    Nicole Richie Flaunts Bikini Bod in Cabo While Celebrating 32nd Birthday—See the Pics!

    Mon., Sep. 23, 2013 3:20 PM PDT
  24. CFDA Fashion Awards, Nicole Richie

    Nicole Richie's Style Transformation: See the Fashion Icon's Greatest Looks From the Past 10 Years

    Sat., Sep. 21, 2013 9:00 AM PDT
  25. Nicole Richie

    Nicole Richie's Fall Scene Style: Gotta Have It or Make It Stop?

    Wed., Sep. 18, 2013 1:00 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.

Nicole Richie Steals Kelly Osbourne's Style!

Nicole shows off purple hair in Las Vegas, but is she just ripping off her friend Kelly Osbourne? The "Fashion Police" host addresses the snafu.