Danielle Steel

Born Aug 14, 1947

Danielle Steel is an American novelist, currently the bestselling author alive and the fourth bestselling author of all time, with over 800 million copies sold. Based in California for most of her career, Steel has produced several books a year, often juggling up to five projects at once. All her novels have been bestsellers, including those issued in hardback.… Read More

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    The Bestseller Code: Anatomy Of The Blockbuster Novel
    Huffington Post - Sep 23, 2016
  • Danielle Steel: By The Book
    NYTimes - Feb 11, 2016
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    LATimes - Oct 20, 2015


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Danielle Steel.


1947 Birth Born on August 14, 1947.


1965 17 Years Old In 1965, when she was 18, Steel married French-American banker Claude-Eric Lazard. … Read More
1966 18 Years Old After the birth of their daughter, Beatrix, in 1966, Steel worked for a public-relations agency in New York called Supergirls for several years. … Read More


1972 24 Years Old After nine years of marriage and many years of separation, Steel and Lazard divorced. In 1972 her first novel, Going Home, was published. … Read More
1973 25 Years Old While still married to Lazard, Steel met Danny Zugelder while interviewing an inmate in a prison near Lompoc, California, where Zugelder was also incarcerated. He moved in with Steel when he was paroled in June 1973, but returned to prison in early 1974 on robbery and rape charges.
1975 27 Years Old After receiving her divorce from Lazard in 1975, she married Zugelder in the prison canteen.


1978 30 Years Old She divorced him in 1978, but the relationship spawned Passion's Promise and Now and Forever, the two novels that launched her career. … Read More
They divorced in March 1981.
1984 36 Years Old Having a Baby was published in 1984 and featured a chapter by Steel about suffering through miscarriage. … Read More


1993 45 Years Old In 1993 Steel sued a writer who intended to disclose in her book that her son Nick was adopted by her then-current husband John Traina, despite the fact that adoption records are sealed in California. … Read More
1997 49 Years Old The son at the center of the lawsuits, Nicholas Traina, committed suicide in 1997 as a result of a morphine overdose. … Read More


2002 54 Years Old 1 More Event
Steel married for a fifth time, to Silicon Valley financier Thomas James Perkins, but the marriage ended after four years in 2002. … Read More
2004 56 Years Old To avoid comparisons to her previous novels, Steel does not write sequels. Although many of her earliest books were released with initial print runs of 1 million copies, by 2004 her publisher had decreased the number of books initially printed to 650,000 due to the decline in people buying books. … Read More
2005 57 Years Old Steel also reached an agreement with New Line Home Entertainment in 2005 to sell the film rights to 30 of her novels for DVDs. … Read More
2006 58 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2006, Perkins dedicated his novel Sex and the Single Zillionaire to Steel. … Read More
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