by a larger role in an explicit homemade sex video, which her
ex-boyfriend promptly sold to the salivating Internet hoards.
Interestingly enough, the ensuing lawsuit and barrage of negative
publicity did nothing but bolster the ratings of The Simple
Life, a reality show starring Hilton and fellow heiress Nicole
Richie. The series chronicled Hilton and Ritchie's reactions
to the pitfalls of "simple" living, such as holding
a job and shopping in outlets that don't stock haute couture.
While the show could never quite decide who the novelty was
-- the ridiculous rich girls or "hayseed" townsfolk
-- The Simple Life was, nonetheless, a huge success.