Buying Beverly Hills star’s famous family – from addiction to arrests

Buying Beverly Hills is set to to become your new Netflix obsession – but behind the scenes the stars' family have had brushes with the law, major addiction issues and never-ending drama.

The show follows Mauricio Umansky's billion-dollar brokerage, The Agency, with the 52-year-old appearing alongside his step-daughter Farrah Brittany, and his daughter Alexia Umansky.

But this isn't the first time the real estate experts have been on screens, thanks to their very famous family.

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The entire family is made up of reality television legends, infamous socialites and mega successful businesswoman with bank accounts overflowing with millions upon millions of dollars.

Kyle Richards

Kicking things off with Mauricio's wife, Kyle Richards is an actress who first found fame as a child and is now best known as a Real Housewife of Beverly Hills.

The 53-year-old was known for her roles in Escape to Witch Mountain and Little House on the Prairie as a small child, before eventually joining the iconic horror series Halloween.

She reprised her role as Lindsey Wallace in the spooky franchise back in 2021 with Halloween Kills and then again this year in Halloween Ends.

But Kyle's biggest role to date is as a Real Housewife of Beverly Hills, being the only cast member to have starred in all 12 seasons since it started back in 2010.

Throughout her time on the show she's argued with most of her co-stars – including her sisters Kim Richards and Kathy Hilton.

The arguments spilled over into her off-screen life though, and she and her sisters have been estranged at various points over the years.

Notably, the trio stopped talking after Kyle started her own short-lived drama American Woman, which was inspired by her life as a child actress.

She and Mauricio tied the knot in 1996 and they share three children – Alexia, 26, Sophia, 22, and Portia, 14.

Kyle also has a daughter, Farrah, 34, with her first husband Guraish Aldjufrie, whome she married in 1988 and divorced in 1992.

Kim Richards

Kim Richards is Mauricio's sister-in-law, and followed a very similar career path as her younger sister Kyle – although hers hasn't been as easy.

After finding fame as a child actress in Escape to Witch Mountain, the now-58-year-old joined the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills with Kyle in 2010, but left after season five.

The mum-of-four has had a very difficult journey with addiction, with Kyle exposing Kim's alcoholism in a particularly nasty limo fight on the show.

In 2015, Kim was arrested and charged with trespassing, public intoxication, resisting an officer and battery on a police officer at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

She was released from Los Angeles County Jail the next day and arrested again months later for allegedly shoplifting at a department store.

Kim has been married twice – first to Monty Brinson in 1985 until their divorce in 1988, and then to Gregg Davis in 1988 until they divorced in 1991.

Her divorce from Monty was amicable and the duo remained close friends, with Kim helping to care for him during his lung cancer battle.

Sadly, he died at the age of 58 in 2016.

Kathy Hilton

Kathy Hilton is the eldest of the Richards sisters, and was also an actress, but made her money by marrying into it.

The 63-year-old married Richard Hilton – grandson of Conrad Hilton, the founder of the Hilton Hotel chain – in 1979.

Recently though Kathy has had a huge surge of popularity after starring in a number of reality shows, most recently as a supporting cast member of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alongside Kyle.

Kathy's ditsy persona has seen her gain a huge number of fans, with her one-liners such as "who's Hunky Dory?" going viral on social media.

However her time on television hasn't been easy, as many viewers of her daughter's show Paris In Love were unhappy with how domineering she was.

She has also been involved in a huge fall-out on RHOBH with Lisa Rinna, who accused her of saying she would "ruin" the other cast members.

Kathy's parenting has also come under fire after her daughter Paris spoke out about the horrific time she endured after she was sent to a so-called boarding school called Provo Canyon School.

The incident saw Kathy orchestrate Paris being snatched from their home and taken to the "school" against her will, where she was later "traumatised" after becoming a victim of mental, physical and sexual abuse, when staff members would perform "medical exams" on her.

Paris told The New York Times that staff, who were not doctors, would "have us lay on the table and put their fingers inside of us".

Kathy was left "heartbroken" after watching Paris's documentary about her experience of abuse at Provo.

Paris Hilton

Paris Hilton is Kathy's eldest daughter – and most well-known member of the famous family.

The 41-year-old is known as the original reality star, having appeared in her show The Simple Life with Nicole Richie, but she was already regular tabloid fodder in the late 1990s after enjoying her time in New York's social scene.

She's been a model, a businesswoman, reality star and – now most notably – a DJ.

Paris, who married Carter Reum in 2021, is perhaps most infamous for her sex tape which was leaked in 2003.

The tape – 1 Night In Paris – featured Paris's then-boyfriend Rick Saloman.

Paris sued the company which released the sex tape for $30million (£25.9m) for violation of privacy and emotional distress, however it was thrown out.

Saloman later started distributing the sex tape himself and agreed to pay Paris $400,000 (£345k) and a percentage of profits, however Paris later claimed she never made any money off it.

The sex tape was only the start of Paris's troubled time though, as she was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol in September 2006.

Later, after a handful of other run-ins with police, Paris was sentenced to 45 days in jail and entered Century Regional Detention Facility after attending the MTV Movie Awards on June 3, 2007.

She was later re-sentenced to home confinement due to an unspecified medical condition.

Paris was then arrested in August 2010 on suspicion of cocaine possession before being released without bail, but later pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors.

Due to her high profile and extreme wealth – an estimated $300m (£259m) – she was targeted by the so-called Bling Ring burglars in 2008 and 2009.

She didn't report the burglaries until the thieves had managed to get away with $2m (£1.7m) worth of possessions.

Paris has also been the victim of stalking and had aspects of her personal life leaked – including alleged homophobic and racist comments made.

More recently, Paris has been a vocal activist and DJ – becoming the highest-paid female DJ in the world.

Nicky Hilton

While Nicky Hilton has appeared on reality television, she is much more private than her famous sister, mother and aunts.

The 39-year-old has enjoyed a career as a designer and model, and married James Rothschild in 2015.

Nicky was previously married to her childhood friend Todd Meister in 2004, but their union was annulled just months later.

Now, she has three children with James – daughters Lily, six, and Teddy, five, and a son, who they have not named publicly, who was born in July 2022.

Like her mother, Nicky married into an extremely wealthy family, the Rothschilds, who got their money in banking.

It's believed that Nicky's husband James is worth $1.3billion (£1.1b).

Buying Beverly Hills is available to stream on Netflix now


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