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I miss episode. we're going to be swearing like a hotel heiress. He didn't get her side of ranch. Truly the worst thing that could happen so brooke Have you ever been to the waldorf astoria hotel new york now. But i've had a waldorf salad. That's almost the same thing in fun. Fact it just so happens. The waldorf salad was invented. Right there at the hotel in eighteen ninety three. But that's not what the story is about saying god or this would be a very short series. Wait what do you mean a salad. Featuring grapes walnuts and celery. What could be better literally any other guy. Okay we'll let me paint you a picture of the waldorf hotel in two thousand and three because that's where our story starts. The waldorf is on park avenue and it was once the tallest and largest hotel in the world. it's got marble floors these long mirrored hallways and fancy ballrooms and most of the people who stay there are loaded. We're talking movie. Stars kings and queens. Titans of industry in fact to past presidents even lived there but now in two thousand and three paris hilton lives in the residential part of the hotel along with her parents and brothers and sister. But it's still pretty sweet digs for twenty two year old plus there's housekeeping and twenty four hour room service which she calls a lot. Yahoo wouldn't can you imagine. Please end up some eggs. Benny a bottle of dom and some clippers. I chip to nail. Oh my gosh. Do you know why she lives in the waldorf. I'm assuming just because she's a rich heiress. Rich heiresses live and fancy hotels so true. It's because she's a hotel heiress Her family owns the hotel or more specifically her great grandfather. Conrad hilton bought it back in nineteen forty nine so as you can imagine everyone. There is really nice to her. It's miss hilton. This miss hilton. Matt how can i make your chihuahua. More comfortable miss hilton. They probably don't want to get fired. I wouldn't be surprised if they make fun of her behind her back because she's become a pretty easy target. She seems like ditsy wild child. At least that's the way the media portrays she's always on page six for something or other like the time. She danced a nightclub table and flashed her to the paparazzi or the time her nicole richie showed up to a club in matching denim suits and nothing else underneath. What does paris care if she sometimes the butt of jokes she pretty much has it all. She's loaded. She's beautiful and a few years back when she was nineteen. She signed with a modeling agency trump model management. Then she and her sister nikki. Linda shoot with one of the most famous photographers. David chapelle this opens a ton of doors for paris by two thousand and three in the confines of new york. She's one of the city's most famous boldface names. The tabloids cover her antics. She's walking the runway at new york fashion week. She can get into any club. Helped clubs sometimes pay her to be there but in the rest of the country. People still don't know much about her if she's going to be more than just a socialite and a model famous last name than the world has to know more about paris hilton and in just a couple of weeks they will. She's got a reality. Tv show called the simple life. That's about to premiere on a major network. If it works the show will take her career and her life to the next level and bring her face into millions of homes. And let me just say this is two thousand and three well before keeping up with the kardashians and the real housewives. she's gonna be a star and then something goes terribly wrong in mid november two thousand three paris on a flight back from australia when someone tells her a tape is out there online a tape of her and her ex boyfriend. That's let's just say influence a sex tape. Yup who's the ex. His name is rick salomon and he's one of the top pro poker players in the world and paris's i love. They dated for about seven months. Split up then got back together. But it wasn't meant to be and this was back in two thousand one. They both since moved on. Rick got married and had the marriage annulled. Paris got engaged to than broke it off. Even the rich have commitment issues especially the rich for parasol. Relationship was so long ago back when she was nineteen. She doesn't even remember making a video with ric. maybe it isn't her when her flight lands. She rushes home. It doesn't take long to find. She holds her breath and presses play. Its home movie a single camera. It looks like it was shot. In night-vision she watches a woman walk into frame. And this woman is tall and blonde and wears nothing but lebron's underwear then. She looks over her shoulder at the camera. And it's her yup and now it's out there online and she's mortified who else has seen it. When her phone rings she knows who it is. Damage control it's jason. More jason's been working to be paris's goto manager. He's a trainee. One of hollywood's biggest talent management firms and paris is his ticket to a corner office and he's not happy either. He knows that this tape is out there. That means the tablet tablet the national enquirer the star the globe. He asks her. If that's all there is or if there's more details of the night start to form in paris's mind the drinking rick with a video camera. There's more she says. Why would he do this. No one can actually legally publish this video right. I don't think so he says but my guess is they're going to and all of a sudden that new life paris is about to start. It's going up in flames business. Movers has a new podcast from wandering to dive deep into the most successful companies of all time because behind each are stories of the difficult decisions that made them who they are. First up is disneyworld. Business movers premieres january fourteenth. But you can listen. January seven and free by joining one re plus in the wondering wondering feel the story from wondering marisha skidmore williams and brooks different. And this is even the rich where we bring you absolutely true and absolutely shocking stories about the greatest dynasties the world has ever seen. It's a show about power high. You get it how you keep it and what happens when it goes to your head. It's also about how the rich are just like us because even the rich love and cry and dream and hope and sub tweet about their xs. Well drunk those are the fastest so brooke. I'm taking marines on this one. Because i'm fascinated by social media influencers. Isn't it crazy that people can be famous for. Just you know being famous And they're making money like really good money just today. I learned that there's a nine year old youtuber who earned twenty nine point five million dollars this year alone. I'd like to get off the ride. Now please save but before anyone could grow up wanting to me and influence her. Before there was even the term influencer. Someone had to pave the way and that someone was paris hilton. She was really the first celebrity of the first century who was famous for being famous and who understood the power of the media in reality. Tv and social media age. She realized her fame was a brand. Which is something. We practically take for granted today and our friend. Kim was fast to cash into kim kardashian. Yup emma kardashians took it to a whole new level. That's why this is going to be a two parter with our next series after paris. Hilton focusing on the kardashian family. First part over the next four episodes. We're going to dive into all. That is paris. we're gonna learn. She was shaped by her famous family. How she turned a sex tape which could have ruined her into superstardom and how the name paris hilton. What from the pinnacle of fame to people asking whatever happened to her. This is episode one. Do you know who. I am okay. So in order to understand how paris became paris. We have to go back in time to meet the matriarch who started it all paris's grandmother kathleen dugan also known as big kathy. Wait why big kathy. Because she eventually has a daughter named cathy who everyone calls little kathy who will marry a hilton and have our girl paris but that comes later. We need to know about big cathy because she's the one who set this whole ball in motion and she's a big reason. Paris became who she is as paris will later say it was her grandmother who made her feel like she could be whoever she wanted. Oh man. I love grandma's me to picture this. It's one thousand nine hundred fifty seven elvis presley's at the top of the charts sheath dresses and trim sweaters are all the rage. Love mia trim sweater. It's truly fashion. That's what i picture big kathy wearing when she steps off the subway at twenty third street and park avenue in new york city. She's nineteen years old and she has flirty. Green is in chestnut brown hair. Done up in font. Hairdo like elizabeth taylor. She's in new york for an audition at the american academy of dramatic arts. And she's ready to meet her destiny. Big kathy has always gone after what she wanted. No one's sure where she got it from exactly. Maybe her father. Big ed dugan who was a bigger than life politician and successful businessman or maybe from her mother dodo who is an energetic fashionable fireball. God big at dodo. I love these names. Big editor dodo. Hail from nebraska. But when capitalist ten they moved to long island's gold coast manhasset to be exact about twenty minutes outside of new york. Kathy is kid number three but she was always the most precocious of the bunch which is another way of saying. She does things her own way. Once she drops out at sixteen big at and dodo barely. Bad i have. He doesn't have much use for studies. She doesn't want to be a doctor. She wants to be a star famous. An actor singer. Maybe both and this is her shot. All she has to do is nail this audition but it's harder than it sounds. This is the oldest and best acting school in the country. Big cathy walks in and a receptionist takes into a large room. There's a huge table off to the side behind. It are four people. These are the judges who have her fate in their hands. They not hello polite but not exactly warm if she's going to make an impression she's gotta go. Big one of the judges asked kathy's ready. She says yes stages hers. I don't know what she performed. But i do know she killed it because fifteen minutes later. She's in it's a two year program but she actually only makes it through a semester or two turns out acting isn't as interesting as the honky guys. She hooks up with his name. Is larry ovens. He's handsome blond off and looks like a cross between steve mcqueen all newman and larry is equally smitten with her after some fun in the backseat of his chevy. She's pregnant and they're on their way to the altar. It's actually big kathy. Who insists on the marriage. And you don't say no too big. Cathy i definitely would not say no to cathy. She scares me same actually. Eight months later the baby is born a little girl. They name her kathleen elizabeth avenue but in her family. She's known as little. Kathy is his mother. No she's just a baby but eventually she be. Okay kathy's thrilled and she tries to be a good mother but she's just a kid herself. Plus her new husband is an exactly helping turns out. O'leary larry has a dark side. He likes to drink a lot. Big kathy can handle the drinking. She likes now and then herself. What she can't handle is his lack of ambition. He may be hot but the only job he can get is at the esso gas station but at least he's the manager. I mean listen. A job's a job right. You're right you're right. She and larry start to fight like crazy. And i mean really fight. According to one book he busted her nose one after she threw milk bottle at his head. This is nothing like big. Kathy pictured her life she was supposed to be a famous singer or movie star and now she's stuck at home with the baby and a crap marriage while her friends are out partying and having the time of their lives but big. Cathy was blessed with big determination and even though her own dreams might be dissolving away. She's still got her daughter and as luck would have it little. Kathy looks about as perfect as a baby can. Look i mean. Of course all babies are cute. Sure sure but also are they or is this something we have to say. I mean it's definitely something we have to say. So we're just going to saying but seriously little kathy is actually truly really cute. Now bullshit cute. She has light blonde hair and face like a doll. All pudgy rosie. People are always stopping big chemistry to tell her how beautiful her baby is which sets off a light bulb in kathy's head if she can't be a star maybe her daughter can so she starts schlepping little kathy from agent to agent in new york. She takes her to ad agencies to look at my baby's face. Look cute on your gerber label. Now larry doesn't like this at all. His wife is always gone when she's home. He's second fiddle but big caffeine. Doesn't care if larry doesn't like it. Larry can leave so he does. And then big kathy catches a break. There's a famous baby. Photographer named constants bannister. Who's a studio. Near big kathy's home bannister. Practically invented the baby photo. She so famous her photos are known as bannister babies. Their little faces can be found in books and on calendars and inside magazines. Big caffeine takes a chance and shows up on her doorstep with little kathy intel and bannister signs her on the spot pretty soon. She's in a dial so bad. Which leads to more paying gigs. At last big kathy's dream is coming true. Someone in the family is going to be famous around the same time little. Kathy's career starts to rise. Big kathy meets. A man is ambitious as she is his name. Is ken richards. Ken is a successful business guy. He markets women's clothes and he's good at it. He pretty much invented no iron cotton and the skirt Skorts the perfect attire to say. Hey boys wanna see what's under here. Bloom short. I still have my waiting for them to come but can is loaded. He's got a home on long island. An apartment in manhattan and a farm in upstate. New york basically. He's living the lifestyle big. Kathy always imagined for herself. Sure is twenty years older. But he's handsome and he seems interested. There's only one problem he's already married and he has three kids to boot. Y- yeah except that's not really a problem for big kathy. She leaps into a passionate affair but she doesn't just want to play the mistress. She wants to be the wife to him. She has moxie. I'll give her that. But at the same time i'm nervous i mean i sent a broken marriage coming. Yeah you're right. There's a story in the book house of helton's about how she shows up at kens hotel when he's out of town on business trips and eventually cans wife figures out he's having an affair and one day. The wife shows up at a restaurant to confront kathy about it and this is where the story gets a little scary. Somehow the wife ends up stumbling back to her car and lands in the hospital with a mangled ankle. She tells her kids. Big kathy drugged her and chased her to her car and slammed her april in the door when she tried to get away. I'm like i mean who knows if it's true you have to take these third hand stories with a grain of salt but what is true. Is that big. Kathy gets her man. After she gets pregnant can divorces his wife and may get married in that order. I'm seeing a pattern here when the baby is born. They named her kimberly and then a few years later another comes along and they name her. Kyle wait kansas laissez. Ms richard so that would make them kim and kyle richards from the real housewives of beverly hills. Yup and fun fact for you little. Kathy's joining them next season. Oh my god. I can't wait anyway. Now big kathy has three beautiful daughters and three shots at fame. Now let's fast forward a few years. The richards moved to california or bel air to be exact. And for those of you. Who don't know bel air. It's basically one of the richest neighborhoods in los angeles. I mean we're talking huge twenty thousand square foot mansions that cost on average three point. Eight million dollars. Lots of celebrities live there beyond say jennifer aniston jaylo an fun fact. We used to park cars and belair for the rich which is about as close to rich people if we got except that time. I sent a letter to brian. Latrell from the backstreet boys and he wrote back. Okay was a restraining order. He sent back irrelevant anyway. For big kathy feller is the perfect home base to further her girls careers and she goes full speed ahead as a stage mom. She enrolls her daughters acting classes. Dance classes singing classes. Guitar classes horseback riding classes. That's literally more classes than i took my senior year of college. And then in nineteen seventy. It pays off six year old. Kim lindsay starring role in the tv series danny and the professor a few years later she gets the lead a disney movie which ends up being a huge box office. Hit that same year kyle. Who's now six gets a regular role on little house on the prairie. Damn this is like the stage. Mom jackpot yes. She's killing it. Meanwhile little kathy. Who isn't so little anymore isn't doing as well. She gets role here and there. But nothing breakout or recurring. Those always go to someone else like her sisters. Which obviously isn't easy for little cathy. She's a beautiful young woman. She's trained her heart out before she could even talk. She was in front of a camera. I mean she was abandoned her baby. For god's sakes it doesn't help that her mother doesn't let her forget how well kathy sisters are doing as in better than her. But then little kathy gets a break showed. This is a backup singer for an episode of happy days. The band is made up of girls from reform school. Fronted by leather tuscan. Herro banzi is going to manage them and they had the coolest plots back then. It's not a big role but happy. Days is huge. Thirty million people watch each week. Maybe it could be her big break and kathy can really sing. And she nabs. The role wanna hear clip of her performance. Yeah of course. She's not bad so that's actually leather tuscany. Aero kathy's behind you can't really hear her but she looks great. Unfortunately though it doesn't lead to other parts not anything big anyway as their acting careers fizzling out little kathy ships refocused to her love life specifically marrying up mary rich and have lots of babies is the mantra. Kathy drilled into her daughter's heads that's according to big kathy's best friend jane halloran. Who will later say. It's all big kathy. Ever wanted out of life little. Kathy starts going on dates with rich and famous guys or famer jason. Anyway she hates dean paul. The son of pack icon dean martin. But he's in the middle of an ugly divorce and not ready to commit again so that doesn't work out so little. Kathy moves onto another guy with famous. Parents desi arnez junior son of the legendary lucille ball but lucy makes little kathy for a gold digger and puts the kyw bosch on the whole thing but little kathy bounces right back. She's young and pretty immense seem to like her. She starts hanging out at the playboy mansion back then a lot of celebrities and rich guys party there and they're known for slamming all over hot girls. Wow i'm shocked but also gross gross little. Kathy doesn't lend a husband at the mansion but she does. Landon offered opposing the magazine. Once she tells her mom. Big kathy is over. The moon. being playboy in the seventies is a huge deal. Stars like farah fawcett and raquel. Welch have been on the cover help. Marilyn monroe was their first covergirl. Back in nineteen fifty three plus. It's a lot of money. Twenty five thousand bucks which today would be like a hundred grand. Her daughter's going to be a star. Okay that might be a stretch. But i guess you never know for little kathy. I'm sure it would be nice to her. Mother's approval and be the sister that her mother brags about but the more she thinks about it. The more ambitious. She feels the way she sees it. Rich guys might sleep with miss october. 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In december nineteen seventy-eight trento beach the fanciest part of santa monica. It's christmas break but still warm enough for little kathy. They'd be tanning herself. In a bikini she stares out at the ocean pinochle in hand. At least this is how i picture it. Good choice with the pina colada. I mean what's the beach without a pena exactly. She's add another she she party except this one is different because little kathy has her eye on a guy. His name is rick hilton. He's the twenty three year old grandson of hilton hotels founder. Conrad she knew rick in high school but not very well now. He's all grown up with a mop of curly blond hair and a killer smile. He's finishing his last year at denver university where he studying hotel and restaurant management hoping to go into the family business. The hilton hotel empire is a billion dollar business. And someday it'll be his at least that's what i imagine kathy things now. She just has to get his attention. He's talking to a couple of girls but little caffey butts in. Hey you she says rick recognizes her and gives her a hug and that's all it takes the other girls disappear and kathy doesn't leave his side for the rest of the party or for the next few weeks it was the pina colada. Wasn't it probably pinochle out. Our hot little. Kathy follows rick back to denver while he finishes his final semester. The two are in love and she's already planning the wedding in her head. There's only one problem the hiltons are royalty and big. Kathy isn't especially now. she divorced. Ken richards when his career started to flounder and now she's gotten remarried to husband number three and let's just say he's a little not exactly the kind of guy i imagine. The hilton family would be thrilled. To welcome. As an in-law his name is jack. Cotin legit business front but word on the street is. He's a mobster. Probably because he's facing federal racketeering charges big kathy mott jacket a golf tournament in palm springs and fell hard. He sexy and has swagger. She's into his tough guy vibe when he gives her a huge rock. It's don big. Kathy really does love him but she also loves her daughter and she's not going to let her marriage to a questionable guy. Get in the way of little kathy marrying a hilton so she divorces him wow escalated quickly and it works on november twenty fourth nineteen seventy-nine at the church of the good shepherd in beverly hills. Kathy puts on a white gown. And says i do to rick hilton. She finally landed a bigger role than kevin kyle. I picture her looking over at her mother sitting in front row. Thinking hell ya. I finally got her approval. Hell yeah wait hold on. Should i be happy. I mean yeah why not. Everyone's happy big cafe is so happy. She remarries jack again. A few months later though they live in separate mansions a little over a year later on february seventeenth nineteen eighty-one little. Kathy gives birth to a baby girl. The couple name her after their favorite city in the world paris school. My gosh baby hilton. We'll kathy's must be thrilled. Oh bay are. Both copies may have missed their chance at stardom. But there's always the next generation. It's october nineteen eighty-one. Paris is nine months. Old and her cute chubby roles are tightly strapped into a carseat as her mom. Little kathy drives them through beverly hills. Kathy is all dressed up now that she's a hilton. She's part of an elite social society. I picture her driving a mercedes in chanel suit and pearls. I'm picturing skirt because she has great legs. I'm picturing super teased early. Eighties hair. So much mousse inaugurnat. It's one of my favorite things about the eighty s. Yes kathy's on her way to her in laws house maryland and barron hilton. Baron is the second son of his famous father. Conrad he's the heir apparent to the hilton hotels empire. Cathy secretly hopes when barron retires. He'll hand the torch to rick and she'll be queen when kathy arrived with the baby. Her mother-in-law maryland walks her into the mansion. Today maryland has a visitor from texas pat hilton. Who married to another of conrad sons. As soon as kathy arrives she hands paris to pat. Who choose and is she says well. Isn't she just the cutest little thing. Cathy nods probably meet star paths confused. She bought the baby's name was paris. If it is says kathy but stars what. I've called her since the day she was born. Because that's what she's going to be and then she excuses herself pet figure she went to the powder room or something except she did it. She left she got in her car and drove away. Didn't even leave any extra diapers. Where's she going wherever she's got a life. What in our nation here she is holding the baby with no idea what she eats or when she takes a nap and she has no idea when kathy will be back mother-in-law maryland just laughs. She says cathy does this all the time. She wants to go out and she knew you take care of the kid. One kathy comes back that night. Pat gives her earful. How could you just leave me with your baby. It's not the first or the last time kathy leaves pairs with whoever will watch according to the house of hilton book. Whenever kathy and rick state of the new york hilton they'd get someone from housekeeping to watch her sometimes for a whole weekend. Okay as a former housekeeper. I wouldn't love that again though. This is third party info. So who really knows. But i could see it. I mean she and rick are young just like her mom was when she had kathy they both work hard and liked to party may probably figure paris will be fine. She's so cute. Who wouldn't want to take care of her. But it's hard to imagine what that might do to a kid i mean. How do you think that would affect a little girl paris. I mean i don't know she'd probably do whatever she could to get attention. I would assume. But also i'm not therapist. The most of the attention she gets is from nannies. Since her parents are a lot of her hernandez was bethany frankel. My god will house of new york. Somebody housewives in this story. The skinny girl mogul. She was friends with kyle. Kathy's younger sister and that's how they met. When paris gets older bethany takes her and nikki to school. A fancy french place called lunasafwan say that she picks them up at the end of the day and they might go ice skating or she takes paris to the pet store to look at. Ferrets pairs loved ferrets. She had a couple. She carried around in her products are so cute they really are then. They all go back to the belair mansion. We're the hiltons live. It's a big white traditional house. More than seven thousand square feet with chefs kitchen and a wine room and a big lodge fireplace. There's even pool in a spa and a separate house next to the pool just for the gym. Which is good because the hiltons are throwing huge lavish parties. We're talking big catered events. Fancy food champagne. The works little. Paris often comes downstairs to make an appearance where she runs into celebrity. Friends of hilton's like with taylor ronald reagan and our moms pal from high school. You may have heard of him. Michael jackson Most of the time though paris's home alone with the hired help while her parents are off working or on trips but when their home. Oddly they're kinda strict stricter than most of the other rich kids parents. She knows it's forever until they'll give her a cell phone and they're always stressing the value of hard work. Oh and they have no makeup role which paris skit around by barring her friends and puts on at school and then washes off before she goes home then she gets bolder and start shortening her skirts just a little at first then a little more until one day the headmistress notices and calls her parents caffeine rick are irritated but let's face it. It's a minor offence but by eighth grade. Paris goes even bigger. She starts sneaking out of the house and going to clubs in la just a night out here and there but pretty soon she staying out later in going out more often. I mean she probably learned from her parents. Her parents are both big parties but to be fair they're adults old enough to vote and make mature life. Choices i don't know about that pairs is having fun. She likes the music dancing and the attention. She gets older guys. She's living it up. Maybe her parents won't notice but they do and they're pissed harris's lake just doing what you're doing but it's a do as i say not do as i do kind of situation. Okay all i can think about for. Some reason. is that anti-drugs ad from the eighties. Where the data was in the room and he's got a box of drugs like where did you learn that from the kids like i learned from watching you. I love the idea of keeping drugs in a box. Not just good sense. It's my drugs in box anyway. Rick and kathy are worried. Her behavior will influence her younger siblings. There's nikki in paris. Now has two younger baby brothers plus. Her parents are about to embark on a months-long yachting trip. So they won't be around to keep a close eye on her. They need help. It's august nineteen ninety-five and fourteen year. Old perez is being driven out of la for a little over two hours. She stews in the car furious with her parents. But there's nothing she can do. They pull up to a house in palm desert. That's much smaller than her belair mansion. She gets out of the car and slams the door and drags her luggage to the front stops. The door opens. Its her grandmother. Big kathy who is that the best choice in kathy's kind of a wild card. Yeah but remember. Cathy is tough. If anyone can get paris to behave. It's her but it turns out big cathy's not a drill sergeant. She's actually fine. She's adored baby para since day. One calling her marilyn monroe. One peirce arrives grandma. Lets her meet up with her friends whenever she wants. And she opens her doors to paris's friends. Everyone is welcome. Big kathy tells a friend that her daughter didn't pay enough attention to paris and that's why she acts out but still it's paris go out partying in palm springs. Twelve miles away turns out big. Kathy didn't take her in so she could straighten her out. She wants to make things happen for her help. Her realize she can be a star. In a few months. Paris's parents are back from their trip. Paris rejoins them but not in. La rick is opening an office in new york city and moves the whole family there into a penthouse at the waldorf birthplace of the waldorf salad. I listen exactly paris. Hilton is going to take manhattan. Hi i'm lindsey graham. The host of one reason new series business movers where we dive deep into the inner workings of some of the most successful companies of all time business. Movers is available early and ad free on one. Three plus from the origin stories of their famed leaders to the million dollar idea that catapulted them to success. How exactly did these companies grow from just a dream to multi-billion dollar corporations cure the landmark decisions to scandals and the stunning triumphs that propelled these companies to the top. I up disneyworld business. Movers premiers on january fourteenth on apple podcasts. Spotify or wherever you get your podcast you can listen to the first episodes now early an ad free by starting your free trial of one plus in the wondering app with business. Movers feel the journey. One-day feel the story it's nineteen ninety-six and fifteen year old. Paris is living in new york city. And she's back to her old ways. Her parents have strict rules. No dating no makeup early curfew. But they don't work for her. She loves the city and it loves her back so she sneaks out at night when her parents are off at charity events are fancy dinners. I imagine her strutting through the lobby of the waldorf. She's wearing a slinky leopard print skirt and a low cut laptop. The doorman gives her a smile. Going out ms hilton. She puts a finger to her lips. Sh and gives him a wink. He opens the door. Hails her cab. She heads downtown and gets dropped off outside a nightclub. Maybe it's the limelight. That was big in the nineties. I picture a huge line at the door. And i'm guessing paris hilton doesn't do lines. Well maybe she does no way for us to know but she definitely wait in them. Paris saunters to the front in confidently flashes. Her smile at the bouncer. She may only be fifteen but paris is tall even taller. In her foreign stiletto heels she easily passes for twenty one. He glances at her fake. Id and lets her in the dance. Floor pulse eight men with men women with men women with women loving each other loving the moment drag queens artists fashioned. Isa's everyone is accepted here. Paris feels alive at the end of the night. She makes her way back uptown. I'm not sure how many times paris got away with this before she got caught but her mother has said it happened more than once paris would be out late and kathy would come home to find her gone so she'd start calling every nightclub in manhattan going out of her mind looking for her daughter so imagine one night. It's like four in the morning when paris sneaks back home for the trump team teamed time. But this time. Her parents are waiting arms crossed. And they're mad. They get even matter when they see what she's wearing leopard print and i'm picturing that necklace she had. That says hot bitch again. Definitely where that. Yeah mine's with joy is getting fixed. Eventually paris's parents have had enough. They take away her credit cards and flip phone. I remember flip phones. Such as the blur time the good old days. It's not just the clubbing net infuriates. Her parents her academic career. If you can call it. That is a disaster. Paris convinced her parents to send her to the professional children's school. It's this prep school for kids. Who are mainly in show business. Her classmates are broadway performers ballerinas and actors like macaulay culkin and christina ricci. But once she got there she had no interest in class or doing homework Given the number of razzies she's one. I can't say i'm surprised okay. I can't wait until episode. Four when we get to talk about her starring role in the classic film. The hottie and the naughty. It got a whole six percent on rotten tomatoes. Ouch yeah anyway. She's not doing well in school and she's breaking rules at home. Rick and kathy are at their wits end. They know they need to do something drastic. Get her away from the temptation of new york. So they pull some strings. And get paris to canterbury a fancy boarding school a couple of hours away in connecticut. I wouldn't be surprised if there was a nice donation that went along with that. Nor would i. but it doesn't stop paris from sneaking off campus and catching the train back into the city. People are starting to pay attention when she's at their clubs and she doesn't want to stop now sometimes. She even brings her younger sister nicky. Less than a semester later. Paris gets expelled from the boarding school for sneaking off campus to party. That's one her parents realize the issue. It wasn't far enough away from new york city. They're desperate to get paris out of the spotlight and clearly. They can't send her back to grandma's so they shipped her off to the most remote school they can find em- san bernardino national forest of southern california. It's literally in the middle of a redwood forest. The closest nightclub is hundreds of miles away but once she's there. Paris is completely isolated. The school is called c. Do it's an emotional growth. School like outward bound for rich troubled teens. She lives in a cold. No-frills cabin she's lucky to have running water. She yearns for her one thousand thread count sheets as she clings to a scratchy wool. Blanket counselors wake her up at the crack of dawn to start chopping wood. She's miserable she's used to room service. Not foraging for her own food. Yeah that'll fuck up your manicure. Extra this it's nineteen ninety-seven seven and sixteen year. Old perez is walking through the forest gathering up firewood with a classmate. It's midday in already over ninety degrees. They're both drenched in sweat and fed up. Paris looks around and sees that none of teachers are watching them she suddenly drops her kindling and says let's get out of here. She immediately takes off running through the woods through cornfields of mountain though it's hot as hell and she's parched. Paris is determined to get outta there. She can almost taste her freedom until she spots one of the teachers shit. She's hauled back to school what she knew what happened if she got caught but she didn't expect to be smacked across the face in front of her classmates. Paris holds her face in shock. They wanna make an example to everyone else. This is what happens when you try to escape. Thought it's like the handmaid's tale. Yeah it totally is. Paris calls her parents and tells them she hates the place to their credit. They listened to her except they transfer her to another wilderness. Therapy school this time in washington state. It's an offshoot of the first place owned by the same person. So what's the same. Hell just a different forest. And the counselors know. She escaped cd so they're watching her once again. Paris is determined to escape. And she does. But this time they're ready. The school shuts down local roads. And even the nearest airport peres ultimately caught and sent home back to the waldorf. Yeah but that's what she wanted right. Yes she did and she couldn't be happier to be back in her own. Bed fluffy pillows. Expensive sheets wants to stay here forever. She promises her parents. You'll behave. she'll never sneak out again. But rick and kathy aren't stupid. They've been fooled one too many times. It's midnight march of one thousand. Nine hundred eight pairs fast asleep when she opens her eyes to find. Two burly men standing over her paris bolts upright. What the fuck is going on. One of the guy says you're coming with us. He dangles a pair of handcuffs and ads. We can do it. The easy way or the hard way paris screens. She calls out for her parents. I'm being kidnapped help. But no one comes as she's being dragged out of the apartment. She sees caffeine rick. Just standing there watching turns out there in on it. H- plot twist yeah. Paris wakes in some kind of dorm room wearing a tan jumpsuit. She's not sure where they've taken her. She tries the door but it's locked. She looks out the only window in the room which is also locked and sees a beautiful greenlawn framed by purple mountains and a high chain link. Fence topped with razor wire. There's no way out now. This sounds like juvie not exactly but not far off. She finds a notebook on the little wooden desk. And it says provo canyon school in utah. It's another emotional. Gross school part of what's known as the troubled teen industry but those other schools were like summer camp compared to this place. Paris doesn't have classes most of the time. She sits in a chair facing the wall if she speaks or moves she gets smacked with a ruler. Pairs is terrified to even ask to go to the bathroom. She watches as the staff hits. Her classmates sometimes going as far as to strangle them. Pretty sure that's abuse. Yeah but they claim it's to instill obedience might add more like fear. Paris has to tell her parents about this right. She doesn't in fact it's going to be twenty years before she tells anyone she and her classmates are convinced that no one will believe them. Paris watches as many of the kids break from the abuse and are put on suicide watch but she does her best to stay strong which is really hard. When you're from drugs. Provo forces all of the kids. Take pills. Paris doesn't want to but she has no choice. She has to open her mouth to prove she's swallowed them but our girl is smart. She eventually figures out how to hide the pills in her mouth and when they aren't watching she spits them out and she gets away with it for a while. A few months into her stay at provo is keeping a low profile staying under the radar and out of the way of the staffers. Until she's confronted with pill. She spit out in secretly dropped in the trash. Are these yours a staffer. She denies it but one of the girls points at her and says i saw her do it. Wo- switches get stitches. My girl except it's like that at provo. Everyone is broken in paranoid. Harris is shocked. The biggest guy in the staff grabs her by the arm and marches are down a hallway. He throws her into a small windowless room. There's no bad no desk. Just a bucket and a roll of toilet paper. He orders paris to take off her clothes. She sits on the floor. Make it and shivering. It's utah and late fall. It's cold all she can hear are the screams of classmate in the next cell over. Who how long has she. They're twenty hours freezing scared alone. She says later the one thing that keeps her from losing. Her mind is planning what she'll do when she gets out she's going to be independent. She going to be famous and she's going to do everything in her power to be successful that no one will ever control her again. This is episode one of our four part series paris. Hilton if you enjoyed it. Please subscribe on apple. Podcasts spotify google dot com or wherever. You're listening if you're listening on a smartphone tap or swipe over the cover. Art of this podcast. We'll find some offers from our sponsors by supporting them. You help us offer you this show for free if you like what you're hearing we'd love you to give us a five star rating and leave a review. We'd love to know your thoughts another way to support us as the answer. A short survey at one three dot com slash survey. Wanna listen to even the rich ad free head over to wondering dot com slash p l u s. We use many sources when researching are stories like the hiltons by j randy tara borelli but we especially recommend house of hilton by jerry oppenheimer and the documentary. This is paris directed by alexandra dean. I'm arenas skidmore williams and brooks fron adam. Prince wrote this episode editing by alison. Rhymer our producer is natalie shisha. Our associate producer. Is kate young our audio engineer. Sergio and rica's sound design is by james. Morgan are executive producers. Are stephanie jones marshal. Louis and her non lopez. The story wonder he's new true crime. Podcast the apology line begins with allen bridge posting fliers around new york city asking people to anonymously apologized for their crimes not to god not to the police but to his answering machine. The apology line is available. Early and add free on. Wondering plus allen got dozens of calls from people claiming to be murderers but one stood out ritchie. 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