Two more daughters, Dominique and Tanya, were born.
Nicole and Denise started high school there, at Rancho Alamitos High School, before the family moved to the gated Orange County beach community of Monarch Bay in the mid-1970s.
"She was just always really down-to-earth, really friendly," Valdivia said. The football legend, then 30, whose first marriage to high school classmate Marguerite Whitley was faltering, began courting Nicole almost immediately, Baur said.
He was everybody's idol, of course, then." Within months, she had moved in with him, dropping out of community college because Simpson "required that she be with him," according to the brief her divorce lawyer filed in 1992.
"It was a very passionate, a very volatile, a very obsessive relationship. One source close to the family said that even before they were married, they had fights.
Her daughter attended private school with the Simpsons' little girl and her youngest child went to the same preschool as their son.
But if Nicole Simpson was a talented hostess and a conscientious mother, she was also notable among her contemporaries for her guardedness. 'Nicole has horrible menstrual cramps.' Supposedly they kept her in bed for days," the friend said.
"You almost got the idea that she was ready to get out of high school and go on to bigger and better things." Interested in modeling and photography, Nicole enrolled briefly at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, where high school friend Chris Valdivia occasionally saw her around campus. Relationship' Nicole was barely 18 and just out of high school when she met Simpson.
By that time, he said, everyone knew she was dating Simpson but her romance with the football superstar didn't seem to have changed her. After a two-week stint as a salesclerk in a boutique--during which she made not a single sale, according to her divorce papers--she started work as a waitress at the Daisy, a trendy Beverly Hills club where Simpson was a regular.
Later, friends and relatives would recount the episode and shake their heads. By the time she married him seven years later at the age of 25, it seemed there had never been a time when the larger-than-life celebrity had not dominated her existence. Later she would tell friends that she felt so overwhelmed, not even her words felt to her like her own. right now," said Rolf Baur, 46, a first cousin who was raised by Nicole Simpson's parents and whom she and her sisters considered a brother.
Friends said that if he did not like what she was wearing, she would change clothes to please him.
Six months after their wedding in 1985, when he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Simpson thanked his new--and pregnant--wife for helping ease his departure from sports. (and) turned those years into some of the best I have had in my life, babes." Two months after that, their first child was born, a baby daughter. Her pocket money allowance was ,000 a month or more.