The Evolution of Kathy Hilton: From Young Actress to a Fashion Designer
Paris Hilton and Nicky Hilton's mother, Kathy Hilton, is no stranger to the spotlight. In fact, she has been in front of the cameras from a young age, courtesy of her ambitious mother, Kathleen Richards.
Kathleen shoved Hilton and her two younger sisters, Kyle Richards and Kim Richards, into the entertainment industry at young ages. And following her dreams, the Richards sisters etched their name in the acting industry.
Hilton started as a child actress and went on to dip her hands into other professional endeavors.
Here's all we know about the famed Hilton's career and net worth.
Hilton Started Her Career as a Young Actress
Hilton was at the age of 11 when she kick-started her acting career through a TV series named Nanny and the Professor in 1970.
Thereon, she landed guest roles in popular shows such as Family Affair, Bewitched, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, and The Rockford Files.
In 1977, she portrayed Gertie, a member of Leather Tuscadero's all-girl rock group Leather and the Suedes. Following this, Hilton starred on The Dark and On the Air Live With Captain Midnight in 1979.
The same year, she married her boyfriend of five years, Rick Hilton. She was 20 while her partner was 23. In the light of the marriage, Hilton quit acting and dabbled in other professions.
She Became a Fashion Designer Out of Passion
After her wedding, Hilton joined then-Hilton-owned Waldorf Astoria's sales department and even ran a gift shop in the luxury hotel.
Then, she collaborated with her husband to land a deal with QVC, selling household items. She also launched a skincare line with HSN.
In January 2012, the 62-year-old made her eponymous dress line debut at The Coterie in New York City. The collection, comprising dresses from $350 to $550, aimed to create dresses for women of all sizes and ages.
Thanks to its versatility, the line became available for over 300 particular occasion stores worldwide within a year of its launch.
"I always loved fashion and growing up with sisters, we always enjoyed clothing," Hilton recounted during an interview with Haute Living in 2012. She even mentioned how excited she was about the new endeavor.
When Mon Cheri approached me with this, I was like wow this is very exciting! I thought about it and I realized this could really be wonderful, as long I went about it the right way.
The mother-of-four also recalled that having her collection would be an excellent way for her to develop a line for women worldwide, including her daughters, sisters, nieces, and friends.
Kathy Hilton's Net Worth
Hilton's net worth, undoubtedly, has got serious padding from her versatile professional endeavors.
On top of that, the New York native is one of the cast members of TLC's reality show, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. She appeared on the show in October 2021, reuniting with her younger sister Kyle.
Though her exact net worth has been concealed as of his time of writing, Celebrity Net Worth reports that she and her husband have a combined net worth of $350 million.