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Master of the quick celebrity bio (Idol: Rock Hudson, etc.), Oppenheimer does a cursory, glib job of dishing the dirt on the famous hotelier dynasty established by Conrad Hilton by the 1920s. Oppenheimer begins and ends his increasingly sordid saga with the plight of the youngest in the Hilton line, arriviste Paris, who made herself an instant household name in 2002 with an erotic home video pirated on the Internet. Oppenheimer works backward from Paris's maternal line, which stars a succession of pushy stage moms and gold diggers like her mother, Kathleen, a successful child model; he then moves on to her paternal line, featuring great-grandfather Conrad Hilton, a big-talking Catholic German from San Antonio, Tex., who made a name and a fortune buying hotels, eventually marrying the apocryphal Miss Hungary, Zsa Zsa Gabor. However, with his first wife, Mary, he produced the three sons (Nick, Barron, and Eric) who would fuel the subsequent family slide, especially glamorous firstborn Nicky, the deeply alcoholic Hollywood skirt chaser who had the honor of being Elizabeth Taylor's first husband (for seven months). The reader will gasp to learn of the Hilton men's sexual athletics—and shudder to hear that such a privileged family could be so shockingly uneducated and uncouth. (Nov. 17)
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About the Author

Jerry Oppenheimer is a New York Times bestselling author who has been writing definitive biographies of American icons for twenty years. He has worked in all facets of journalism, from national investigative reporting in Washington DC to producing TV news and documentaries.


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  • File Size: 1705 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype; Reprint edition (November 7, 2006)
  • Publication Date: November 7, 2006
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000MAH7TU
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Format: Hardcover
The Hilton name has become synonymous with trashy behavior, media stunts and sex tapes, as well as one of the most infamous nonentities of the twenty-first century.

So it was inevitable that somebody would write a juicy tell-all about that family. It's misnamed, however -- Jerry Oppenheimer's "House of Hilton" should have been called "Paris Hilton and the Four Generations From Hell That Spawned Her." Because that basically describes this moderately juicy little tell all, which could use more telling and more Hiltons.

After an introduction revealing that Kathy Hilton is basically an older version of her daughter -- and unafraid to come up with ridiculous lies -- the book starts delving into her family history... backwards. Kathy and Rick became the trashy, demanding lordlings of the hotel, treating the less moneyed as so many unpaid servants so they could go partying.

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, it turns out. Kathy was the daughter of a frustrated singer (known as Big Kathy) who got pregnant, and had to give up her aspirations. But instead she decided to achieve fame through her daughters, turning them into diva child actors -- and Kathy into a younger version of herself. Namely, a psychotic user of everyone she came across.

Just when you're despairing of anything about the title family, Oppenheimer thankfully changes his focus to Conrad Hilton, the last of the clan to do any real work. He was a shrewd businessman who turned a single dusty hotel into a massive chain -- the Depression was only a stumbling block for this guy. He was also a devoted womanizer, with a pair of sultry spitfire wives -- one of whom slept with his son.

But his children and grandchildren managed to outpace Connie's wild life.
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Format: Paperback
This book is exactly what I thought it would be a nice cheap read. Afterall, I got it at the 99 Cents Only store! The author did a brilliant job; when I picked it up I couldn't put it down. I wanted to know more about Kim Richards because I remember her as a stunning little actress when I was growing up. That is the only reason I got the book I could care less about Paris. When you grow up going to see Disney movies you want to know more about the real life celebrities like Paris' aunt Kim Richards who also played in the Nanny and the Professor as Prudence. So it amazed me that this little girl who is actually beautiful had such an ugly mother(Paris' grandma) I am usually not impressed with child stars but Kim Richards was everything the author portrayed her to be such as having a husky voice, plus more like talking to her boyfriend in the valley(also where I grew up) while he is shot dead, due to him being shady.
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To really understand Kim and Kyle Richards - you must read the book on their side of the family. It is fascinating to read how their mother raised them. You even get a peek into how Faye Resnick became a family friend. I always thought Kyle was "acting" on the show, after reading this book I am almost certain she is.
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Format: Hardcover
When I first picked up HOUSE OF HILTON to read, I thought it was going to be a juicy tell-all about Paris Hilton and her family, especially her parents and the famous lineage back to her great-grandfather who started the whole Hilton Hotel chain. Though some of that is in the book, there is a lot missing and the stories aren't as interesting as I thought they might be.

The book is divided into two major parts. The first section looks at Paris' family on her maternal side while the second section of the book examines the lives of Paris' great-grandfather Conrad and her great-uncle Nick Hilton. The work is bookend by some stories about Paris and a few anecdotes about her sister Nicky. It then follows the life of Paris' mother Kathy Richards and her grandmother "Big" Kathy Dugan Avanzino Richards Catain Fenton. The second half of the book examines how Conrad Hilton built his hotel empire and his very eccentric lifestyle, including his contrary religious devotion and playboy lifestyle. The last part of the book takes an in-depth look at Conrad's son, Nick who lived a lifestyle that parallels Paris'.

I can understand why the book looks at the Paris Hilton's maternal heritage because by examining the lives of her mother and maternal grandmother one can see where Paris learned her sense of entitlement and her gold-digging ways. I realize that much of this information about Paris Hilton's maternal legacy has never been collected together, but I found much of it to be repetitive and not all that interesting. The second half of the book held my attention better. However, as with the first part of the book there is a great deal lacking. The last fourth of the book is all about Nick Conrad, Paris Hilton's great-uncle.
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This was a fun book to read. I was hoping, though, that it might focus on Hiltons other than just Paris' parents and grandparents. I wanted to know what some of the other Hiltons are up to. I am sure they can't all be like Rick Hilton. I definitely hope some find that education is a good thing - Paris' immediate family sound as if they're dumb as rocks.
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