Bestselling Novelist Judith Krantz Dies at 91

Judith Krantz, most famous for writing bestselling novels such as Princess Daisy and Till We Meet Again has passed away in her Los Angeles home due to natural causes at the age of ninety, on June 22nd. She was surrounded by her family and friends, according to her publicist.

 

 

Krantz was born in 1928 in New York City to a Jewish family. According to the Boston Globe, at age sixteen she graduated from high school and enrolled in Wellesley College with three goals in mind: to date, to read every novel in the library, and to graduate. She also told the Boston Globe that she held the dorm dating record, as she was the only one to have thirteen dates with thirteen different men. When she graduated from Wellesley in 1948, she moved to Paris to work in fashion. She enjoyed meeting distinguished people and attending cultured gatherings. She eventually returned to New York to start her career as a journalist. She worked for several magazines such as Good Housekeeping and Cosmopolitan. When she turned fifty years old, she wrote her first novel, ScruplesIt immediately hit the number one spot on The New York Times bestsellers list. The next three novels she had published also became number one bestsellers.

 

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In 2000, she wrote an autobiography titled Sex and Shopping: The Confessions of a Nice Jewish Girl. She describes her reputation, and how different her life was compared to other girls that came from her background.

 

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She sold more than 85 million copies of her novels in over fifty languages, and over half of her pieces have been adapted for the screen as various miniseries with her husband, Steve Krantz, producing a few of them. Authors across various genres reacted to her death on Twitter, giving their condolences and acknowledging the impact she had in popular culture.

 

 

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