Kathy Hilton is a well-known American actress, fashion designer, and television personality. She was born on March 13, 1959, in New York City, and she holds American nationality. Kathy is the daughter of Larry Avanzino and Kathleen Mary (née Dugan). Her mother’s family is Irish, while her father’s family has Italian origins.
After her parents’ divorce, her mother married Kenneth E. Richards, who had two daughters from a previous marriage named Kim and Kyle Richards, making them Kathy’s half-sisters. Kathy also has five paternal half-siblings from her father’s second marriage.
She attended Montclair College Preparatory School in Los Angeles, where she became close friends with Michael Jackson, a friendship that lasted until his passing in 2009.
Kathy Hilton started her acting career at a young age in 1968 and continued until 1979. She appeared in various TV shows like Nanny and the Professor, Bewitched, Family Affair, Happy Days, The Rockford Files, as well as films like The Dark and On the Air Live with Captain Midnight. Additionally, she made a cameo appearance as herself in an episode of The Young and the Restless in 2008.
Apart from acting, Kathy also ventured into reality television. She anchored the NBC reality program “I Want to Be a Hilton” in 2005 and appeared on “The World According to Paris” in 2011. In October 2020, she joined The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills as a friend of the housewives, earning her a significant number of fans and recognition as a “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills legend.”
In the business world, Kathy Hilton ran her own gift and antique shop called “The Staircase” on Sunset Plaza in Los Angeles during the 1980s and early 1990s. She also ventured into the fashion industry, creating the Kathy Hilton Collection, which includes party gowns available in several shops worldwide.
Kathy Hilton is also involved in philanthropy. She has supported causes like the Make-A-Wish Foundation and was honored by the Starlight Children’s Foundation in 2011.
On November 24, 1979, Kathy Hilton married Richard Hilton. Together, they have four children, including Paris Hilton and Nicky Hilton, and several grandchildren.
You can find Kathy Hilton on Instagram under the handle @kathyhilton.