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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Nicole Richie

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    Mon., Sep. 23, 2013 3:20 PM PDT
  4. 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
  5. Nicole Richie

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

    Wed., Sep. 18, 2013 1:00 PM PDT
  6. Nicole Richie, Sparrow, Harlow

    Nicole Richie and Joel Madden Throw Son Sparrow a Spiderman-Themed Birthday Bash—Get the Details!

    Mon., Sep. 09, 2013 5:05 PM PDT
  7. Nicole Richie

    Nicole Richie's Little Jean Dress: Gotta Have It or Make It Stop?

    Thu., Sep. 05, 2013 1:00 PM PDT
  8. Nicole Richie

    Nicole Richie Raps About Her Bangs and Gluten-Free Spaghetti—Watch Now!

    Wed., Sep. 04, 2013 12:31 PM PDT
  9. Christina Aguilera

    Christina Aguilera Enlists Son Max, Nicole Richie for Latest Music Video—Check It Out!

    Thu., Aug. 29, 2013 1:26 PM PDT
  10. Kristin Cavallari, Nicole Richie

    Fashion Face-off: Kristin Cavallari vs. Nicole Richie in Tank Top Crop Tops

    Thu., Aug. 29, 2013 11:36 AM PDT
  11. Nicole Richie, Domaine Home

    Inside Nicole Richie's Dinner Party—See the Star's Beautiful Backyard!

    Mon., Aug. 26, 2013 1:58 PM PDT
  12. Nicole Richie

    Nicole Richie's Dating Wardrobe Advice: LBD to the Rescue!

    Wed., Aug. 21, 2013 3:53 PM PDT
  13. Gwen Stefani, Nicole Richie

    Fashion Poll: Do You Like Star's Shirt-Tied-Around-Waist Trend?

    Mon., Aug. 19, 2013 2:46 PM PDT
  14. Red Carpet Bob, Beyonce, Brittany Snow, Alicia Keys

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    Fri., Aug. 16, 2013 10:45 AM PDT
  15. Rachel McAdams

    Best Looks of the Week: Rachel McAdams' Galactic Gown, Miley's Mixed-Print Frock and More

    Fri., Aug. 09, 2013 2:19 PM PDT
  16. Nicole Richie, Lisa Maria Fernandez Gold Bikini

    Gimme That! Nicole Richie's Gold Bikini

    Tue., Jul. 30, 2013 2:59 PM PDT
  17. Nicole Richie, House of Harlow Clothing Collection

    Nicole Richie Launches First Clothing Collection for House of Harlow—See the Pics!

    Mon., Jul. 29, 2013 12:44 PM PDT
  18. Nicole Richie

    First Look at Nicole Richie’s House of Harlow Fall 2013 Campaign: Designer Poses with Cute German Shepherd—Watch Now!

    Mon., Jul. 29, 2013 10:19 AM PDT
  19. Nicole Richie

    Bikini Shot of the Day: Nicole Richie Shows Off Her Toned Body on the Beach

    Wed., Jul. 17, 2013 9:54 AM PDT
  20. Nicole Richie

    Nicole Richie's '80s Inspired Attire: More Fresh Prince or Lisa Bonet?

    Thu., Jul. 11, 2013 5:00 PM PDT
  21. Nicole Richie

    Nicole Richie Shows Off Dance Moves in Hip-Hop Workout Video—Watch Now!

    Wed., Jun. 19, 2013 11:26 AM PDT
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    Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's Daughter Isn't Alone! 5 Other Famous Babies Born at Cedars-Sinai

    Tue., Jun. 18, 2013 2:54 PM PDT
  23. Joel Madden

    Joel Madden Busted for Marijuana Possession in Sydney Hotel

    Tue., Jun. 11, 2013 9:32 AM PDT
  24. Nicole Richie

    Nicole Richie Recycles Bra Top for a Sexy New Look

    Thu., Jun. 06, 2013 2:54 PM PDT
  25. Angelina Jolie

    Angelina Jolie, Nicole Richie and More Wow in Summer Whites

    Wed., Jun. 05, 2013 10:50 AM 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.

Watch Richie's Wild Yoga Class on "Candidly Nicole"

Nicole is flying high! Check out the fashionista's intense session in this exclusive sneak peek at the next episode of "Candidly Nicole."