Adopted daughter of famed soul veteran Lionel Richie, Nicole Richie recently
gained notice for starring in the hit reality TV series “The Simple Life”
(2003-2006), alongside former best friend and fellow socialite Paris Hilton. She
also recently appeared as a cheerleader in the drama/comedy Kids in America
(2005). Nicole, a member of rock band "Darling," will soon launch her debut
album and as of August 2006, she has finished 6 tracks for her record.
Nicole, who befriends with Hollywood starlets Mischa Barton and Lindsay Lohan,
has become media spotlight several times. She was arrested for driving with a
suspended driving license and heroine possession in 2003, said the "f" word
during the 2003 Billboard Music Awards, and since early 2005, she received
tabloid speculation of having an eating disorder.
As for her private life, 5' 2" inches tall Nicole, who has nine tattoos and many
piercings, briefly dated Cher's son, singer/actor Elijah Blue Allman and had an
on-off relationship with disc jockey Adam Goldstein (a.k.a. DJ AM). Currently,
she is reportedly dating actor Jeff Goldblum, who is nearly 30 years her senior.
Childhood and Family:
Of Caucasian, Black Creole and Mexican decent, Nicole Camille Escovedo, who
would later be known as Nicole Richie, was born on September 21, 1981, to Peter
Michael Escovedo and an unknown Caucasian mother. Three-year-old Nicole moved in
with Lionel Richie and his then-wife Brenda Harvey-Richie and was officially
adopted by the couple when she reached 9. Nicole has two siblings, Sophia and
Miles Richie. She is also the niece of '80s pop percussionist Sheila E. and the
goddaughter of King of Pop, Michael Jackson.
Born in Berkeley, California, Nicole attended The Buckley School (with best
friend Paris Hilton) and studied for two years at the University of Arizona. She
also graduated from the Montclair College Prep School. Currently, she lives in
Lionel's 40 million dollar mansion in Los Angeles with her dogs, Honeychild and
Kids in America
"I went to the University of Arizona. I stopped because I went there for two
years and I felt like I experienced college or whatever. I'm over it. I like
Hollywood better." Nicole Richie
Dropping out of college after studying two years, Nicole Richie gave her music
talent a try. She set up the rock band "Darling" with Josie Maran (model),
Soleil and Sofia Alberti.
Nicole then branched out to acting, replacing Paris Hilton's sister, Nicky, in
Fox's reality soap, The Simple Life. The series was a hit and spawned the
following installments: The Simple Life 2: Road Trip and The Simple Life 3:
Interns, in which Nicole reprise her role.
While working on the sitcom, Nicole guest starred in several shows, including
Eve, Punk'd, Rock Me Baby, and MADtv. She also appeared as a guest in such shows
as Howard Stern, Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and The Tonight Show with Jay
In 2004, film director Josh Stolberg cast her to play character Kelly Stepford
in his film, Kids in America. The film is a fact-based drama comedy about the
experiences of young people in modern-day America. In the film, Nicole shared
the screen with young actors like Gregory Smith, Julie Bowen, and Chris Morris.
Nicole, just like her bitter rival Paris Hilton who just released her debut
album, is planning to branch out in music. She is now recording her debut album,
with no release date specified as of yet. Nicole, who appeared and co-hosted at
the 19th Annual Soul Train Music Awards, revealed that the seven songs she has
done so far are a mixture of rock, soul and dance. One song, called "Dandelion,"
a demo recording and a cover of a song by boy band LFO, was leaked early.
"It's like a mixture of rock and soul, a little bit of dance also. I play piano,
violin and cello, so I'm gonna be playing (those instruments) on my album as
well." Nicole Richie