Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie, stars of the television reality show The Simple Life, partied at the Beau Rivage and slept at a Jackson County campground during their visit to South Mississippi last week, according to the Sun Herald of Biloxi, Miss.
Millions of Americans will see the second season of the show, but some of the plot lines for the episode that includes South Mississippi already are known, the newspaper reported.
Although the show’s producers held a casting call at a Biloxi casino in February, it was never formally announced that Hilton and Richie would visit the area. The women drew curious crowds Friday and Saturday when they popped up in Biloxi and Ocean Springs, sometimes in very public places.
Linda Orrison, owner of Camp Journey’s End campground off Mississippi 57 in Jackson County, said a Simple Life production crew called her business March 22. Orrison said the crew visited her campground three times before deciding the girls would camp there.
Hilton and Richie were scheduled to arrive at Camp Journey’s End at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Orrison said the entourage included about 40 people who waited for Richie and Hilton to get there.
“That day this guy keeps calling me and says they’ll be there at 9 p.m. and I think that’s cool. Then its 11 p.m. and 12 a.m.,” Orrison said.
Hilton and Richie eventually checked in the campground at 2 a.m. Friday. Orrison said the film crew had a schedule for the women, but that didn’t mean they would follow it.
After checking in, Hilton and Richie headed to their fifth-wheel, which was pulled by a pink Chevy pickup. “I was surprised by how small they were,” Orrison said. “They are little, tiny girls. They were very polite, but they were very tired.”
Hilton and Richie didn’t stir from the trailer until after noon Friday. About 3:30 p.m. they left the campground and ended up at the Beau Rivage casino Friday night.
Hilton and Richie were scheduled to be at Rene’s Quality Meats in downtown Ocean Springs at 10 a.m. Saturday, but they changed their schedule. While the pair slept late, Tinkerbell, Hilton’s Chihuahua, headed over to The Shed, which is next to the campground and is recognized as one of the top 100 barbecue restaurants in the nation.
When Hilton and Richie emerged from their trailer at noon Saturday it was to toss out their suitcases and some clothes. Linda Orrison said she guessed there wasn’t enough room to clean out the trailer.
Tinkerbell had her clothes changed three times in the next hour, from a pink outfit to a red one, then a green one, before she was dressed for the day.
“Then Paris came out of the trailer, picked the clothes off the ground, and put them in a big red suitcase and put it in the back of the pink truck,” Orrison said.
It was almost 4 p.m. Saturday when Hilton and Richie arrived at Rene’s, a popular meat market on Government Street. They were seen selling boudin, a Cajun sausage dish, to motorists passing by on Government Street. Rene Patout, owner of Rene’s, said his contract forbids him to talk about his visit with the stars but he said it was a lot of fun.
Hilton and Richie did not leave Rene’s until after 10 p.m. and it was unknown where the women went from there. Their campground space was empty Sunday.