Monday, November 08, 2004

A tale of two Frenchies.

Paris Hilton, I'm sure, you're all well-aware. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, maybe not so well, but still enough of a household name in the United States. What do they have in common? Read on.

What we all know.
Hilton is the daughter of hotel magnate Rick Hilton and his wife Kathy. She and sister Nicky are heiresses to a $550 million fortune. Hilton rose to fame when a sex video with ex-boyfriend Rick Salomon was unleashed online in 2003. Since then, she has taken on the duties of a recording artist, author, actress, and model. She may not portray them all extraordinarily well, but as Jay Leno said in an interview with her, she could win an Oscar, a Grammy, and a Nobel prize, all in this year.

What we most probably don't know.
Louis-Dreyfus is most beloved for her portrayal of Elaine Benes in Jerry Seinfeld's Seinfeld, a "show about nothing", and arguably one of US television's most successful sitcoms.
Fortune-wise? Louis-Dreyfus can kick the ass of Hilton when it comes to money. Dad Gerard runs the Louis-Dreyfus group, a diversified conglomerate that is estimated to be worth $2.9 billion.

So yes, the parallels between Hilton and Louis-Dreyfus are evident - born from money and rising to Hollywood fame (and infamy?).

All's well, except that an enterprising website called decided to compare these two heiresses/actresses.

Here are some highlights:

Estimated fortune:
Louis-Dreyfus' estimated fortune is held at *$550 million (split between three kids and two grandkids).

Hilton's estimated fortune is held at *$27.5 million (split between eight kids and 12 grandkids).

Developmental years:
Louis-Dreyfus spent her developmental years "studying theatre at Northwestern as a member of Delta Gamma (class of 1982), becoming a member of The Practical Theatre Company, and later joining The Second City Improvisation Group."

Hilton spent her developmental years "receiving a weekly $100 allowance, before getting her first credit card at 13. Also had five parties to celebrate her 21st birthday - one each in Tokyo, London, New York, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas."

Quotes that best defines personality:
Louis-Dreyfus: "The best thing that ever happened to me was having my children. It’s quite clear to me it’s the meaning of life. Even when I was working, I was with them."

Hilton: "Every woman should have four pets in her life. A mink in her closet, a jaguar in her garage, a tiger in her bed, and a jackass who pays for everything."

Closing argument:
Louis-Dreyfus: Responsible, tireless actress who worked her way to the top of the entertainment industry, independently earning a lifetime of financial freedom for her and her family.

Hilton: Dipshit socialite who wrecklessly (sic) rode her family's wealth and ex-boyfriend's dick to the top of the American disgrace that is the reality television food chain.

*Assuming inheritance is split evenly among and accepted by all heirs


Blogger de Villa said...


When she was in Australia made me wanna throw an egg at her.

9:45 AM  
Blogger sarah said...

de villa: i don't particularly like her either. now i wish you had thrown that egg. *laughing*

9:59 AM  
Blogger jillsabs said...

wow! i never knew that julia louis-dreyfuss was loaded! i used to watch seinfeld all the time and she was definitely one of my favorites there. i don't think she ever capitalized on her dad's money or even announced the fact that she was loaded.

just goes to show that not all rich girls are alike. some actually do manage to get by on talent alone (unlike the tori spellings and paris hiltons).

and from what you posted, it's obvious that once that $27M is split among the Hilton heirs, the sisters will have to say goodbye to their life of luxury. i seriously doubt that they'll be able to live on a "piddling" $2 (assuming that succession laws are the same in the Phils and US). i give it 10 years after they receive their share when they would have to reckon with the real world without daddy's money

5:36 AM  

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