Nicole Richie

Active - 2005 - 2013  |   Born - Sep 21, 1981 in Berkeley, California, United States  |   Genres - Comedy Drama

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Biography by Matthew Tobey

The adopted daughter of pop star Lionel Richie, Nicole Richie (born September 9th, 1981) entered the limelight when she signed on to appear with fellow heiress Paris Hilton in the Fox reality show The Simple Life. The show placed the socialites in working-class situations and proved to be a hit for the network. And though ratings dropped in subsequent seasons, the show found new life on the E! network, where it lasted several more seasons and even endured a public falling out between its two stars.

Richie guest-starred on a host of television shows (8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, Eve, Six Feet Under) throughout the 2000s, and authored a loosely biographical novel called The Truth About Diamonds in 2005. Richie also plays the recurring character of Heather Chandler on NBC's Chuck.


  • Was a classmate and best friend of Paris Hilton at California's Buckley School while growing up.
  • Joined model Josie Maran and socialite sisters Soleil and Sofia Alberti in the rock band Darling in 2004.
  • Published The Truth About Diamonds, a semi-autobiographical novel about the Hollywood life of a girl adopted by a rock star, in 2005.
  • Appeared in ads for Jimmy Choo shoes and Bongo jeans.
  • Has made guest appearances on a number of TV series, including American Dreams8 Simple Rules and Chuck.
  • Plays the cello, piano and violin.