Kathy's motto: "Making a difference in the world includes being a good person. Not being judgmental. Be a listener. Stop and smell the roses. Be grateful and positive and thank God for your blessings."
Kathy Hilton, born in New York City and raised in beautiful southern California, is married to real estate entrepreneur Rick Hilton, chairman of Hilton & Hyland in Beverly Hills and President of Hilton Realty Investment in New York City and Los Angeles.
Hilton remains extremely busy and active in various community and charitable organizations. She serves on the Memorial Sloan Kettering committees of the Rita Hayworth Gala for Alzheimer's, the City of Hope Victor Awards in Las Vegas and is the past president of "The Gems," a fundraising group for multiple sclerosis in L.A. She also co-chaired the 1998 fundraiser for "Henry Street," an agency that services the Lower East Side of Manhattan, as well as other New Yorkers. She chaired the dinner for Prince Edward in honor of the Royal Oak Foundation and was also on the committee for the Princess Grace Foundation. Her most recent co-chair commitment was for the Hearst Castle preservation.
In April 1997, Hilton was honored as "Woman of the Year" at the 49th annual luncheon and fashion extravaganza sponsored by the Sportsmen's Club/Diamond Circle for City of Hope. The two-day event was the most successful fundraiser for the City of Hope. In November 1999, Hilton was given the Guardian Angel Women of the Year Award by the L.A. Junior League. For two years in a row, Hilton has been voted as one of the 35 most interesting women in America.
Her hobbies include travel, hunting for treasures at antique shows, estate sales, entertaining, flower arranging, skiing and tennis.
Hilton has graced the features pages in magazines such as Vogue, Vogue Japan, Vogue Italia, British Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Harpers Japan, WWD, "W" Magazine, and had an eight-page layout in Town & Country Magazine. She has also been shown in many magazines in London, Paris, Germany and several Japanese Magazines including "25 Ans," the leading Japanese fashion magazine, where she is covered in a monthly diary.
Hilton is host to her own show that debuted February 25, 2002 on the QVC shopping network. Eleven out of her 13 items sold through completely, including 1,000 units of a heart shaped dried floral wreath that sold out in three minutes during the hour-long segment. Hilton came to QVC with the idea of creating an exclusive collection, which she describes as having a very romantic and feminine look. "They are beautiful things that I love." Her show, "Many Splendid Things," airs again in June and then goes on to Europe. Everything is very personal; she borrowed a design for the lace table runner from a napkin she loved. Chris Morely, director of merchandising of home fashions for QVC says that Hilton's enthusiasm for the products and her personality were a good match for QVC. She has a level of taste and a look that fills a void and relates to our customers. According to Anne Schmitz, QVC's buyer for "Many Splendid Things," Hilton spent a portion of the show displaying her products in her own home at the Waldorf towers and making suggestions for each item.