The entire world is mourning Elizabeth Taylor, and Paris Hilton was among her millions of fans. “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. I’ve always loved this picture of her and Nicky Hilton. They were such a stunning couple,” Paris tweeted and wrote on her blog alongside a photo of Liz and Nicky. Many people failed to realize that the hotel heiress had a family connection to the late screen star and hardworking philanthropist, but her grand-uncle Nicholas Conrad “Nicky” Hilton Jr. was one of Liz’s many husbands.

Paris, who recently celebrated her 30th birthday, has instructed her attorneys to take legal action against an author who claims that she made racial comments during an interview. Excerpts from Neil Strauss’ book Everyone Loves You When You’re Dead: Journeys Into Fame and Madness have begun appearing online, and the author claims that everyone’s favorite blonde heiress supposedly made controversial comments about her love life during a 1999 interview. Paris’ people are adamant she never made the remarks, and her rep has issued a statement saying “These allegations are absolutely untrue … it’s another example of someone making false claims for financial gain.” Despite the legal hoopla (then again, when your name is Paris Hilton you’re probably used that stuff happening) Paris is looking sleek and sexy as always in a pair of Chloe sunglasses, carrying a furry friend down the street. They’re available in beige, black, brown and khaki– the shades, not the pup!

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