Mario Armando Lavandeira, Jr. (born March 23, 1978), better known as Perez Hilton (a play on 'Paris Hilton'), is an American blogger and television personality. His blog, Perezhilton.com (formerly PageSixSixSix.com), is known for posts covering gossip items about celebrities. He is also known for posting tabloid photographs over which he has added his own captions or 'doodles.' His blog has garnered negative attention for its attitude, its former 'outing' of alleged closeted celebrities and its role in the increasing coverage of celebrities in all forms of media. Hilton was born in Miami, Florida to parents from Cuba. He graduated in 1996 from Miami's Belen Jesuit Preparatory School and received his BFA in drama from New York University. In 2002, Hilton moved to Los Angeles, California, where he currently resides. After graduation from New York University in 2000, and before beginning his blogging career, Hilton attempted a career as an actor.
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