Nicole Richie was born Nicole Camille Escovedo in Berkeley, California. Initially, Lionel Richie became her guardian. At age two, Nicole went to live with Richie and his wife, Brenda Harvey, who raised her as their daughter. Nicole began attending weekly sessions with a psychotherapist at age three, remaining in therapy throughout childhood. She was legally adopted by the Richies at age nine. Shortly after the adoption was formalized, Lionel’s affair with another woman became public knowledge. The Richies went through a bitter, public split, and as a result, indulged Nicole’s every whim. “Their way of making me happy was to say yes to everything I wanted, but I don’t think a little girl should have that much freedom,” said Richie in an interview with Vanity Fair magazine. Lionel Richie remarried following his divorce and gave Nicole two younger half-siblings: Myles (born 1994) and Sofia (born 1998). Richie has one godmother, Nancy Davis, daughter of Marvin Davis and mother of Brandon Davis. Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson were each Richie’s godfathers. Jones said in a People magazine interview that he has “known Nicole Richie since she was a baby. She’s a very smart girl”.
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In 2003, Richie and best friend Paris Hilton starred in Season 1 of the reality series The Simple Life, in which they lived for a month with a family in the rural community of Altus, Arkansas. The series debuted on Fox on December 2, 2003, to high ratings. The premiere episode drew 13 million viewers, increasing Fox’s Adults 18-49 rating to 79%. Although Season 4 was a hit for E!, drawing nearly one million viewers per episode, Season 5 saw a sharp decline in ratings. While the premiere episode and ones that followed during this season drew about the same viewership, by the 7th episode the ratings had declined to around 700,000 viewers. It was announced on July 30, 2007 that the show would not be renewed for a sixth season. In 2005, Richie made her acting debut in the comedic drama Kids in America. Richie has guest starred in television series including Eve, Six Feet Under and American Dreams, 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, and Chuck. In July 2008, plans were announced to turn Richie’s 2005 novel, The Truth About Diamonds, into a television series.
In 2005, Richie wrote a semi-autobiographical novel, The Truth About Diamonds, which was released by Bharell Jackson Publishing. The novel is loosely based on her life, but is mostly fictional. It chronicles the life of Chloe Parker, the adopted daughter of a singer who makes her way through all of the hottest nightclubs and parties in Hollywood and battles a drug addiction. In early January 2006, The Truth About Diamonds peaked at number #32 in Hardcover Fiction on The New York Times Best-Seller List.
Nicole wrote another novel, titled Priceless, which will be released on September 28th, 2010. On January 1, 2010, it was announced that Richie would guest judge on Project Runway.
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