Lauren Conrad Biography and Photos

Lauren Katherine Conrad (born February 1, 1986) is an American television personality, celebutante, actress, author and fashion designer. She is known for her starring role on the MTV reality series Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County and its spin-off series, The Hills, which at one point followed her personal and professional life as she pursued a career in the fashion industry.

Early life

Conrad was born in Laguna Beach, California to parents Jim and Kathy. She is the oldest of three children. Her younger siblings are Breanna and Brandon.


2004-2009: Laguna Beach and The Hills

During Conrad's senior year of high school, she appeared in the MTV reality series Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County in which she agreed to have her life taped. Upon graduation in 2004, she attended the Academy of Art University in San Francisco for one semester along with her friend, Heidi Montag. During the second season of Laguna Beach, she returned home and began taking classes at a local community college before subsequently transferring to the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising.

After the success of Laguna Beach, MTV developed The Hills, a spin-off series. The series originally documented the professional and personal lives of Lauren and her friends (Heidi Montag, Audrina Patridge, and Whitney Port) while living in Los Angeles, California. The first season premiered on MTV on May 31, 2006. At the time, Conrad was an intern at Teen Vogue while living with then-housemate Heidi Montag.

The series was later renewed for a second season, which was filmed from late summer 2006 through February 2007 and premiered on January 15, 2007. During that time, Conrad and Montag's friendship deteriorated, as Heidi was increasingly spending her time with her new boyfriend, Spencer Pratt. By February 2007, Audrina Patridge became Conrad's roommate after Heidi moved into a separate apartment with Pratt. Filming the third season of The Hills began in mid-summer 2007 and lasted through March 2008. The premiere episode of season 3 aired August 13, 2007. During that time, Conrad was able to revive her position at Teen Vogue and was offered a second trip to Paris alongside Whitney Port. By March 2008, Port had already left Teen Vogue for fashion PR firm People's Revolution, and after asking Conrad to assist at an event, Kelly Cutrone noticed her work ethic and invited her to work for her company.

Filming for the fourth season of The Hills began in mid-summer 2008 and lasted through November 2008. The premiere episode of Season 4 aired August 18, 2008. Filming for Season 5 began in January 2009, and the premiere episode aired April 6, 2009. Conrad has stated that the fifth season would be her last, She made her final appearance in the series on May 31, 2009. The program continued without her, with Kristin Cavallari being hired as Conrad's replacement. In March 2010, it was confirmed that the sixth season of The Hills will be the last. There was much speculation that Conrad will make a guest appearance for the series finale. The series ended on July 13, 2010, after airing six seasons and 102 episodes. She did not appear in the finale, but later said that she filmed an alternate ending of the series with Brody Jenner.

2007-2009: Early Fashion Career

Conrad landed an internship at Teen Vogue while filming season one of The Hills. Conrad and her reality show appearances have been credited with improving sales of Teen Vogue. It was reported in March 2007 that since the second season of The Hills began airing in mid-January, newsstand sales for the magazine increased by double digits over 2006 sales. According to Lisa Love, the West Coast editor of Vogue who evaluated Conrad for the internship position, Conrad had to interview successfully in order to get the job, "regardless of what the cameras wanted". In January 2007, Conrad was named the first official spokesperson of "mark.", a line created by Avon and marketed toward young women. She was featured in the brand’s magalog and in the "mark." online community. Conrad was replaced by Ashley Greene in June 2010. In 2008, Conrad was also the national spokesperson for College Tonight.

In 2007, Conrad appeared as a satirical version of herself in the comedy Epic Movie. In 2008, Conrad made a cameo appearance in an episode of Greek. In May 2009, Conrad appeared as a cartoon and ironic version of herself in an episode of Family Guy (she is the exact opposite of her onscreen performance). Conrad's first fashion line, The Lauren Conrad Collection, debuted at the Mercedes Benz LA Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios in March 2008. In March 2009, Conrad announced that she would be taking a hiatus from the fashion line. As a result, 2009's spring and summer lines were canceled. She earns an estimated $1.5 million annually for her television appearances, fashion line, and product endorsements. In fall 2009, Conrad launched LC by Lauren Conrad in Kohl's stores nationwide. Conrad appeared as a guest judge during Cycle 13 of America's Next Top Model. In August 2009, Conrad appeared on an episode of the tenth anniversary edition of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, playing for her charity: m.powerment by mark. She was asked one question for $50,000 and answered correctly after using her "Ask the Audience" lifeline. She recently guest starred on Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List.

2009-Present: Books and Present Career

Conrad released the first novel in her first trilogy, L.A. Candy, on June 16, 2009. Inspired by her personal life, the book focuses on a young woman who moves to Los Angeles and becomes the star of a reality show. It was a New York Times bestseller. The second novel, Sweet Little Lies, was released on February 16, 2010, while the final novel, Sugar and Spice, was released on October 5, 2010. Conrad released another book, Style, also released on October 5, 2010, which is about her experiences in and her knowledge of the fashion industry. She is writing a spinoff of the L.A. Candy series, which will follow the character Madison.

Conrad launched a production company, Blue Eyed Productions, in early 2009, It has purchased the rights to turn L.A. Candy into a movie, in which Conrad would work as an executive producer. The movie will be based on three books. Conrad has appeared in interviews saying she is currently working on the movie's production and that it is her main focus. On September 24, 2010, Conrad announced during an On Air with Ryan Seacrest interview that she will star in an upcoming MTV reality series. The yet-to-be-titled show will focus on her fashion career rather than focusing on her personal life, which she says "will be something very different" from The Hills. The series began filming in mid-October 2010.



Year Film Role Notes
2004-2005 Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County Herself Narrator and main cast member (seasons 1-2)
2006-2009 The Hills Herself Narrator and main cast member (seasons 1-5)
2008 Greek Herself Cameo appearance
2009 Family Guy Herself Cartoon appearance
2010 onwards Upcoming Reality Series Herself Currently filming


Year Film Role Notes
2007 Epic Movie Herself Cameo appearance

Personal life

While on Laguna Beach and The Hills, Conrad has several romantic relationships and friendships with fellow co-stars in and outside of the shows, including those with Brody Jenner, Jason Wahler and Stephen Coletti, all of whom she remains friends with. Lauren was often pictured with Jenner during her time on The Hills.

She is now dating actor Kyle Howard.

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