In modern times, Paris Hilton is the most recognizable member of her iconic clan, but go back a few decades and it was her great uncle, Conrad "Nicky" Hilton Jr., who was the socialite du jour among Hollywood’s elite.
The heiress recently reminded her fans of her connection to the golden age of Hollywood by sharing a photo with her great uncle’s first wife, actress Elizabeth Taylor.
The “Cooking with Paris” host posted a charming throwback photo featuring a young Paris, her father, Rick Hilton, and her great aunt, the legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor.
The caption read, “As the icon Elizabeth Taylor once said, ‘It’s all about hope, kindness and a connection with one another.’”
Hilton, 41, is seen in the photo wearing a gleaming smile and white dress, standing between her father and the Hollywood icon.
As Page Six reported, Taylor was briefly married to Hilton’s great uncle. Their marriage – one of Taylor’s eight attempts – lasted from 1950-1951.
Hilton' appreciation for Taylor has been consistent. Upon Taylor’s death at the age of 79 in 2011, Hilton wrote on Twitter that she was “so sad to hear about Elizabeth Taylor. She was so beautiful, such an inspiration and an icon. She was an amazing humanitarian and brought smiles to everyone around the world. She was always so sweet to me and I will really miss her.”
Hilton again referenced the “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” star in 2014 during an interview with Daily Mail about her new fragrance, With Love, Paris Hilton.
“I grew up with her,” she said. "Elizabeth was such a glamorous and stylish woman. From a young age I looked up to her and what she accomplished. I admire how she lived her life to the fullest and was also a smart business woman.”
The statement showed that despite the brief marriage, over long before Paris was born, Taylor remained an important figure in her life.