Kathy Hilton was born as Kathleen Elizabeth Avanzino. She is an American actress, philanthropist and fashion designer. She is the mother of fashion designer and model, Nicky Hilton, and popular socialite Paris Hilton.
Kathy Hilton was born on March 13, 1959, in New York City, New York, United States. Kathy was born to Kathleen Mary (nee Dugan) and Laurence K. Avanzino. Her parents divorced and her mother married Kenneth Richards. She used her step father’s last name, Richards for some time. She met Michael Jackson in a private High School in Los Angeles. They became close friends until his demise in 2009.
Kathy Hilton and her husband Richard Hilton met when she was fifteen years old. Richard Hilton is an American businessman. They got married five years later in 1979. The couple has four children named Paris Hilton who was born in 1981, Nicky Hilton who was born in 1983, Barron Nicholas Hilton II also born in 1989 and Conrad Hudges Hilton III born in the year 1994. She has one granddaughter, Lily Grace Victoria Rothschild, a child born to her daughter Nicky Hilton. She is also the step-sister of reality show stars Kim and Kyle Richards.
Kathy Hilton worked as an actress for 11 years. She started her acting career in 1968. She appeared in movies including “Bewitched”, “Happy Days”, “Nanny and the Professor”, and “Family Affair”. She retired in 1979.
In 2005, she hosted the show “I Want to Be a Hilton”. The show saw Kathy Hilton guide two groups to compete against each other. They learn about etiquette and manners. The contestants are also made to through several subjects including arts, fashion, beauty and many others. The show ran for one season, eight episodes. It was aired from June 21, 2005, to August 9, 2005. On May 13, 2008, she made a cameo appearance in “The Young and the Restless”.
Hilton ran a gift and antique shop in Los Angeles in the 1980s and the 1990s. she has also been selling a signature skincare line, HM. she also started the Kathy Hilton Collection of Part Dresses in 2012. This collection is now sold in four hundred shops including Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom.
How much is Kathy Hilton Net Worth in 2017
Although Kathy Hilton’s acting career was short-lived, she has also done well in the business ventures she chose. Kathy Hilton’s net worth is an estimated $330 million US dollars as of 2017. Part of her net worth is attributed to the fact that her husband is the son of the owner of the legendary Hilton hotels.
Kathy Hilton is known for her philanthropic gestures. She has been involved in raising funds for several foundations including the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In 2007, she came out to ask celebrities to donate items to be auctioned so that the proceeds can go to the foundation. She has even been recognized by Starlight Children’s Foundation for her contributions. Kathy once revealed that she does not watch the “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” reality show because it saddens her heart to see how her half-sisters Kim and Kyle are “