Plus: Nicky & friends pay a visit, Kevin Connolly says Paris is "like a cat" and more
Paris Hilton made a special gift for her visiting dad Sunday – a Father’s Day card.
Rick and Kathy Hilton arrived at the Century Regional Detention Center in Lynwood, Calif., in a chauffeured silver Chrysler just after 7 p.m. on Sunday.
On their way in, Rick was asked if this was a particularly hard Father’s Day. “It’s not ideally my best,” he replied. Asked how he felt, he said: “I feel alright.”
After a 45-minute visit, they emerged hand in hand, and Kathy told reporters that Paris is “doing well, she’s doing very well. She’s doing much better. She made [Rick] a beautiful Father’s Day card with his picture.”
One reporter asked Rick if the visit was a positive one. “Yes,” he said. “It was.”
Before they got into their car, Kathy was asked what her daughter was doing to pass the time. She quipped: “She looks at the four walls, and reads some nice fan mail.”
Earlier this weekend, Paris got another visit: from her sister Nicky and friends.
Nicky arrived with boyfriend David Katzenberg and Julie Araskog, a longtime friend of the Hilton family. TMZ.com reported that Nicky left a small, unidentified red package with corrections officers as she was leaving the facility.
Meanwhile, Paris’s jail sentence elicited a range of different reactions from celebs over the weekend. Is her punishment fair? Will she change her ways after jail? Here’s a rundown:
Entourage star Kevin Connolly, who once dated Nicky Hilton, offered his love and support for the Hilton family – plus some insight into Paris’s
resilience. “Rick and Kathy are absolutely fantastic people and I can not say enough good things about them,” he told PEOPLE Saturday at a Hampton magazine party at Dune nightclub. “They’re great people. They’re great parents. And they’re a tight family. They’ll make it through. Because they stay together as a family, they’re tight.”
And Paris? “Paris is like a cat,” Connolly said. “She always lands on her feet she always has. She’ll be fine. It seems tough and for her, I’m sure it is tough. But like I said, they’re a tight family unit and they’ll get through it with each other. I love Rick and Kathy. They’ve been so nice to me. … they’re good people.”
At the Daytime Emmy Awards Friday night, Paris was on the minds of several celebs, including big winner Ellen DeGeneres and Vivica A. Fox, who was recently cited for a DUI. “I just think it’s a huge learning lesson for all celebrities to learn that we are not above the law, that if you do commit a crime you will serve the time,” she said. “The main thing you should do is take responsibility for your actions.
“I still love Paris Hilton, I think she’s great,” Fox added. “She’s going to get more coverage when her butt gets out of jail. It’s going to be a special alert. We’re all going to watch, right? But I think that’s a huge lesson for her to learn that you’re not above the law.”
For her part, DeGeneres hopes Hilton is serious about dropping the “dumb act,” as she has promised. “If that really was an act, and she really was playing dumb, then what does that say about our society that we’re celebrating someone who’s successful because they’re not smart,” she told reporters. “I just think it’s a bad sign and she shouldn’t contribute to that.”
• With reporting by KEN LEE, JEFFREY SLONIM, FRANK SWERTLOW and NICHOLAS WHITE