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  1. Lily Collins

    Nicole Richie, Jessica Alba and Olivia Palermo Among Best Dressed of the Week

    Fri., Mar. 08, 2013 5:40 PM PST
  2. Nicole Richie

    Stars in the Snow: Kate Middleton, Nicole Richie, Anne Hathaway and More!

    Fri., Mar. 08, 2013 3:45 PM PST
  3. Marion Cottilard, Nicole Richie, Olivia Palermo

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    Tue., Mar. 05, 2013 1:26 PM PST
  4. Nicole Richie, Vanessa Hudgens

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    Thu., Feb. 21, 2013 4:18 PM PST
  5. Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie, Fashion star

    Jessica Simpson First Look: See Why She Says Season 2 of NBC's Fashion Star Is "Sexy as Heck!"

    Tue., Feb. 19, 2013 2:09 PM PST
  6. Taylor Swift

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    Sat., Jan. 26, 2013 9:30 AM PST
  7. Jennifer Lawrence

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    Thu., Jan. 24, 2013 7:30 AM PST
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    Nicole Richie Cuts Her Hair, Shows Off New Bob on Instagram

    Wed., Jan. 23, 2013 4:27 PM PST
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    Sun., Jan. 13, 2013 9:00 PM PST
  10. Nicole Richie

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    Wed., Jan. 09, 2013 2:24 PM PST
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    Obsessions: Nicole Richie's Healthy Pressed Juice

    Thu., Jan. 03, 2013 8:00 AM PST
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    Wed., Dec. 26, 2012 1:36 PM PST
  13. Boho Girl: Nicole Richie

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    Sat., Dec. 08, 2012 6:00 AM PST
  14. Nicole Richie

    Trend Alert! Kim Kardashian, Beyoncé, Nicole Richie and More Rock Elegant Top Buns

    Thu., Dec. 06, 2012 1:56 PM PST
  15. Boho Girl: Nicole Richie

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    Tue., Nov. 27, 2012 6:00 AM PST
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    Fri., Nov. 16, 2012 2:46 PM PST
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    Fri., Nov. 09, 2012 6:00 AM PST
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    The 40 Biggest Trends Right Now! Boots, Velvet and Middle Parts

    Wed., Nov. 07, 2012 6:30 AM PST
  19. Jessica Alba, Nicole Richie

    Jessica Alba and Nicole Richie Emerge as Beautiful Conjoined Twins at the Baby2Baby Gala in Los Angeles

    Mon., Nov. 05, 2012 12:14 PM PST
  20. Selma Blair

    Trend Alert! Taylor Swift, Nicole Richie and More Try Out Unusual Updos

    Fri., Oct. 26, 2012 12:58 PM PDT
  21. The New Normal, Nicole Richie

    First Look: The New Normal Takes Nicole Richie to the Paparazzi Pumpkin Patch

    Fri., Oct. 26, 2012 12:17 PM PDT
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    Nicole Richie, Unplugged! Stars Share Their Eco-Friendly Habits

    Fri., Sep. 28, 2012 2:41 PM PDT
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    Happy Birthday, Nicole Richie! Trendsetting Mom Turns 31, Still Has "a Lot to Learn"

    Fri., Sep. 21, 2012 8:15 AM PDT
  24. Nicole Richie

    Nicole Richie's ALMA Awards Gown: Gotta Have It or Make It Stop?

    Mon., Sep. 17, 2012 11:43 AM PDT
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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.