Nicole Camille Richie-Madden (born Nicole Camille Escovedo; September 21, 1981) is an American fashion designer, author, actress and television personality.Richie rose to prominence for her role in the Fox reality television series, The Simple Life, alongside her childhood best friend and fellow socialite Paris Hilton, which lasted five seasons.
When speaking about casting Richie in her first scripted series-regular television role, Fey explained: "She's a really funny person and has an instant likability. The novel is loosely based on her life, but is mostly fictional.
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 playing the recurring character Heather Chandler on Chuck.
Richie graduated from Montclair College Preparatory School in 1999, then attended the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, alongside Kourtney Kardashian and Luke Walton, where she studied Arts and Media.
She did not have a definitive study plan in Arizona, dropped out after two years, and returned to California.