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Friday's Connector: Paris Hilton

May 27th, 2010
09:53 AM ET

Paris Hilton was infamously dubbed the celebrity that became famous by simply doing nothing, but after a few years in the limelight, the hotel heiress hasn't let her fame go to waste.

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Since breaking out as a target for photographers and magazine editors, the 29-year-old American has already had the opportunity to star in her very own television series, create her own line of perfume and even record an album.

Part of the famed family that founded Hilton hotels, Paris has been no stranger to the spotlight.

At an early age, Paris was friends with socialites including Nicole Richie and Kim Kardashian - one of which she later starred in a reality show called "The Simple Life."

Paris has also had the opportunity to star in films including "House of Wax" and "The Hilz".

But while Paris has been a well-known personality on the celebrity circuit, she has shifted her focus from the red carpe to working with charitable organizations.

Most recently, Paris has teamed up with a charity called "Songs for Soldiers" which aims to provide every American service member in active duty in Afghanistan or Iraq, with a MP3 music player.

Paris was named the celebrity ambassador for the organization and said that once the goal is reached that she hopes to be part of a trip overseas to deliver the music players.

Each player will be pre-loaded with a number of songs from artists that have donated their music.

soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Paris Whitney Hilton and CNN friends,

    What is your opinion on the situation in Afghanistan and Iraq? What is your opinion on the gays and lesbians who are working in the army?

    Jurgen R. Brul
    Paramaribo, Suriname

    May 27, 2010 at 11:57 am | Reply
  2. weradaw

    Hey Paris,

    Do you call this a charity? charity is helping the people who are in need of the necessities,even the most basic ones.Charity is helping poor children in Africa , charity is helping the most deserted ones , charity is something big.It is a noble thing.It is being beside humanity like Mother Teresa.When are you going to grow a brain? I wish God will help you.No one denies you are beautiful !!!
    With love, from one corner of the world

    May 27, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Reply
  3. Jim

    I am curious as to how the MP3 player is going to help the children starving in Iraq, Afghanistan and the rest of the world. It seems to me that providing an MP3 player to soldiers as a "charity" is more of a political move than anything else. As an ex-serviceman, I find that kind of "charity" insulting. Why not contribute the money to the military reservists who lost limbs and get worse treatmemt than people who did not serve in Iraq or Afghanistan merely because they are "only" reservists? Providing something worthwhile to the soldiers (like decent medical care) would be a much better outlet for charity work. Or is it you have a problem with meeting soldiers with missing arms, legs, eyes, ears, and so forth?

    May 27, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Reply
  4. Sunil K

    Dear Paris,
    Get your priorities right. While its good to consider soldiers on the war front, please spend some time (and money) on stopping child trafficking, reorientation programs for childrensand see the change some years down the line.
    Port Harcourt, Nigeria

    May 27, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Reply
  5. Jordi Scrubbings

    Will this MP3 player also be packaged with free downloads from iTunes or any other music providing service? Although I appreciate the effort, it's tough to listen to an empty MP3 player.

    May 27, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Reply
  6. paddy

    dear paris,
    do you think the united states should leave afghanistan? what's your opinion?
    dublin, ireland

    May 27, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Reply
  7. jersey born

    Dear Paris...the heck with these people. I love you baby! lol....

    May 27, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Reply
  8. Erin Jackson

    Please people – Paris has donated her time and money along to so many charities. I bet this is far more then you.

    It makes me angry when people complain about celebrities – who fund and donate and contribute to far more charities and organizations then people realise.

    May 27, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Reply
  9. Rhiannon Tyler

    Dear Paris, I'd be lost without my MP3; who better to give them to than our soldiers. So what do you do when you are bored? Love your show!

    May 27, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Reply
  10. Phiona

    Dear Paris ,
    I dont deny that ur offer or whatsoever charity , but i wish u took some time to think about othe important thing than doing what u did. Its not bad but there so many kids out there in Africa starving n dieing of Malaria and others , But anyway its ur money and no one tell u wat to do with it and we all have to respect u and ur dicisions.

    May 27, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Reply
  11. Takeisha Weatherspoon

    I was looking at the Hilton and a HIT came up about you. Thanks for doing the fashion show with the Hope Gardens residents here in Sylmar. The ladies talked about you for weeks in a good way of course.

    May 27, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Reply
  12. Tim Richards

    You've kind of fallen off the radar a bit, but I want to know, what are some of your upcoming projects that you are going to be working on?

    May 27, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Reply
  13. Chelsea

    Do you regret being famous and well known and would you ever rather be a person out of the spot light? What would you be doing if you weren't famous.

    May 27, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Reply
  14. Natalie Brook

    Are the rumours about you and Doug Reinhardt getting back together true? Are you enjoying being single or are you better when you're in a relationship.

    May 27, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Reply
  15. julia

    You've done everything from films, music, tv, modeling, designing. Is there one that's been your favorite?
    Ist here anything unexplored that you want to try?

    May 27, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Reply
  16. Charly

    Hello Paris,

    What is the one thing you've done in your life you are most proud of?

    Zurich, Switzerland

    May 27, 2010 at 10:09 pm | Reply


    May 29, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Reply
  18. Sultan Ameer from Karachi, Pakistan

    Who's your favorite actor and actress?

    May 31, 2010 at 3:37 am | Reply
  19. rotimi

    why do you see a need to be in the limelight?

    May 31, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Reply
  20. rotimi

    from Nigeria

    May 31, 2010 at 9:13 pm | Reply
  21. Ademola

    Hi Paris. My question for you is this: Would you have been into charity work if you weren't famous and rich?

    Lagos, Nigeria

    June 3, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Reply
  22. dubem, nigeria

    hi there. Like d idea ur thinkin about them soldiers. I think it wld b best if u sent a personalised ipod wit des soldiers current family pics n videos. Know it will b hard 2 sort but believe its worth it 4 both d soldier n family. Wil help motivate them n d contributin artists can throw in der songs too. Now 2 my question; i avnt met a celebrity but luv it if i can talk 2 one. Call me.

    June 3, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Reply
  23. Donor Macneice

    What is special about Miss Hilton other than the fact that she is rich and according to the article "was friends with socialites"? Can CNN not find some really special people to have on contact? This is one programme I shall not watch. It will be pathetic.

    June 4, 2010 at 6:04 am | Reply
  24. Jason Simpson

    Hello Paris,

    Do you think the federal response the the Gulf coast oil spill has been adequate; what would you do differently and what would be your suggestions for how to mitigate the impact of the spill on the Gulf coast area economy? I figure I would ask because I'm asking everyone because that's just how serious the situation is, all kidding aside if you've thought about the topic before just throw something out there, who knows it may work...

    Also I'm a member of the USAF serving in Italy and I'm rather indifferent to your charity initiative, its been my experience that Airmen and soldiers appreciate visits and concerts more than anything, donate the MP3 players to impoverished children and take a trip the the Persian gulf, Europe and Southeast Asia. You sing right? They would like that more than getting something most of us already own and probably own a better model of.

    June 4, 2010 at 6:10 am | Reply
  25. Louis Germishuys

    Ask Paris if she could point, out on a blank map of the world, the following :

    Afghanistan, Iraq, or North Korea.

    Louis Germishuys
    Cape Town
    South Africa

    Or even my home town !!!!!!

    June 4, 2010 at 6:46 am | Reply
  26. Lars in Norway

    I like to hear people are giving money to charity. I presume you do too, Paris? How do you pick and choose who to give?

    June 4, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Reply
  27. Qaisar hasan ( Pakistan)

    Hello Paris

    All the best to you for your efforts & taking out time to consider charity work. Atleast you have given a thought to attend such affected areas and people...
    there are hundreds of celebretis but nobody has the time to think beyond thereselves.
    It would not be justified that we criticise to one who atleast has shown some soft corner for the affecties.....

    Best of luck

    June 6, 2010 at 9:24 am | Reply
  28. Tess Scinto

    I have been watching Paris Hilton's BFF. Where do they find these people? They are from another world!

    July 27, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Reply

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