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    Nicole Richie Compares Herself to The Beast in Throwback Thursday Twitpic

    Thu., May. 02, 2013 2:47 PM PDT
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    Nicole Richie Gets Bangs, Still Rocks Bob

    Wed., May. 01, 2013 3:22 PM PDT
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    Which Star Wore the Best LWD Last Night?

    Wed., May. 01, 2013 11:47 AM PDT
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    Nicole Richie Talks Tramp Stamp Removal in Hilarious New Show Candidly Nicole

    Tue., Apr. 30, 2013 4:08 PM PDT
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    Nicole Richie to Chelsea Handler: "I Don't Know" About Having More Kids—Watch Now!

    Wed., Apr. 24, 2013 7:21 AM PDT
  6.  Joel Madden, Nicole Richie

    Joel Madden Begged Nicole Richie: "Just Give Me One Date"

    Fri., Apr. 19, 2013 4:33 PM PDT
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    Try This Trend: Bold Black and White

    Wed., Apr. 17, 2013 8:00 AM PDT
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    Nicole Richie Takes a Dive in Tiny Black Bikini in St. Barts

    Sun., Apr. 07, 2013 4:39 PM PDT
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    Nicole Richie and Jessica Alba Vacation Together in St. Barths—See the Beach Pic!

    Fri., Apr. 05, 2013 2:27 PM PDT
  10. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

    Coachella's Best Dressed Ever: See Pics of Vanessa Hudgens, Nicole Richie and More

    Thu., Apr. 04, 2013 3:15 PM PDT
  11. Bobby Brown

    Bobby Brown's Insta-Jail Sentence: Why It's Not the Shortest...for a Star

    Thu., Mar. 21, 2013 3:11 PM PDT
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    Ask The Trend: Hot Spring Nail Colors and the Perfect Pair of Leggings

    Wed., Mar. 13, 2013 5:27 PM PDT
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    Nicole Richie, Jessica Alba and Olivia Palermo Among Best Dressed of the Week

    Fri., Mar. 08, 2013 5:40 PM PST
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    Stars in the Snow: Kate Middleton, Nicole Richie, Anne Hathaway and More!

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

    Fashion Week Trend Alert! Celebs Wear Black and White in Paris and London

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

    Crop Top Challenge: Nicole Richie vs. Vanessa Hudgens

    Thu., Feb. 21, 2013 4:18 PM PST
  17. 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
  18. Taylor Swift

    Best Looks of the Week: Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and More

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

    Sustainable Style! Jennifer Lawrence and Nicole Richie Rock Down-to-Earth Red Carpet Looks

    Thu., Jan. 24, 2013 7:30 AM PST
  20. Nicole Richie, Instagram

    Nicole Richie Cuts Her Hair, Shows Off New Bob on Instagram

    Wed., Jan. 23, 2013 4:27 PM PST
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    Wild 'n' Sexy Golden Globes Twitpics! Sofia Vergara, Zooey Deschanel, Nicole Richie and More

    Sun., Jan. 13, 2013 9:00 PM PST
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    Bikini Shot of the Day: Nicole Richie Blissfully Paddleboards in a Tiny Teal Two-Piece

    Wed., Jan. 09, 2013 2:24 PM PST
  23. Nicole Richie, Pressed Juicery

    Obsessions: Nicole Richie's Healthy Pressed Juice

    Thu., Jan. 03, 2013 8:00 AM PST
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    Mariah Carey, Khloé Kardashian Odom, Neil Patrick Harris and More Celebrate Christmas on Twitter

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Nicole Richie
Nicole Richie

Age: 33; September 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.

Find Out How Nicole Richie Is Spending Christmas

Get the scoop on what "The Simple Life" star has planned for the upcoming holidays.