Nicole Richie is a television personality, fashion designer, actress and book author who was born on September 21, 1981 in Berkeley, California, USA. She is a legally adopted daughter of singer, Lionel Richie. Nicole rose to fame in 2003 after she starred in the reality series The Simple Life, with Show more... her then best friend, Paris Hilton. Nicole launched her jewelry line, House of Harlow 1960 in 2008. She is married to Good Charlotte lead vocalist, Joel Madden.