Danielle Steel
American Novelist
Danielle Steel
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.
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Gwyneth Paltrow Wants You To Buy The Most Outrageous Items For Valentine's Day
Huffington Post - 24 days
Goop recently published four Valentine’s Day gift guides and the items are as outrageous as ever. The Gwyneth Paltrow-helmed site, which has recommended a $15k, 24-karat gold dildo and continues to support buying egg-shaped jade stones for your vagina, is either totally trolling us or is just totally out of touch.  Check out some of the craziest items they recommend for guys, girls, couples, and “solo yolo” fun below:  1. A pelvic floor exercise tracker.  Elvie, $199 2. Packets of this sex dust.   Moon Juice, $20  3. A Prada flashlight for a sexy game of hide-and-seek.  Prada, $260 4. Fur oil for your nether regions.  Fur, $39 5. A bag of crystals from Goop’s own shaman.  Goop, $85  6. This $507 necklace of ruby-encrusted boobs.  Anissa Kermiche, $507 7. Pine pollen to promote“sexual energy.”  Sun Potion, $55  8. An incredibly expensive Danielle Steel “Dating Game” clutch.  Olympia Le-Tan, $1,890 -- This feed and ...
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A escritora Danielle Steel mostra seus objetos favoritos
Wall Street Journal - 4 months
A consagrada escritora de best-sellers compartilha alguns de seus objetos favoritos, inclusive uma antiga máquina Olympia em que ela escreveu 155 livros.
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The Bestseller Code: Anatomy of the Blockbuster Novel
Huffington Post - 5 months
By Jodie Archer and Matthew L. Jockers 1 THE BESTSELLER-OMETER, OR, HOW TEXT MINING MIGHT CHANGE PUBLISHING Back in the spring of 2010, Stieg Larsson's agent was having a good day. On June 13, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest—third in the series from a previously unknown author—debuted at number one in hardback in the New York Times.You can imagine the lists would have been a pleasing sight over morning coffee. Hornets' Nest straight in at the top, Dragon Tattoo at number one in two paperback formats, and The Girl Who Played with Fire a roundly satisfying number two. This had been going on for forty-nine weeks in the U.S., and for three solid years in Europe. It would have been hard not to be smug. The following month Amazon would announce Larsson was the first author ever to sell a million copies on the Kindle, and over the next two years sales in all editions would top seventy-five million. Not bad for an unknown political activist—turned-novelist from a little Scan ...
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Danielle Steel: By the Book
NYTimes - about 1 year
The author, most recently, of “Blue” says Alex Haley was her mentor. “We both wrote late at night, and when my phone rang at 3 a.m., I always knew it was him, making sure I was working.”
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Vanessa Traina Snow opens a shoppable apartment on Melrose Place
LATimes - over 1 year
Vanessa Traina Snow, designer muse and stylish daughter of novelist Danielle Steel, has brought her home-as-store concept Apartment by the Line to Los Angeles, two years after opening in New York City’s Soho. Now open on Melrose Place, the second-floor store takes the retail trend of curation to...
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'Lesbian Danielle Steel' K'Anne Meinel on Breaking the Rules
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Dubbed the "lesbian Danielle Steel" of her time, best-selling author K'Anne Meinel effortlessly straddles the line between in-demand author and facilitator of future female-led literary careers with her publishing house, Shadoe Publishing. Meinel's best-selling novella Sapphic Surfer currently ranks among the top sold in her nearly 12-year career behind the keyboard. In fact, this year Meinel is working with five interpreters to re-release Sapphic Surfer in German, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Japanese. The success of Sapphic Surfer spawned Meinel's Repersented, Lawyered and Malice. Lesbians around the globe have flocked to pick up her newest releases -- Small Town Angel and Blown Away. In total, Meinel has authored 73 novels, novellas and shorts and shows no signs of stopping. "I have at last count 165 books in various stages of completion on my laptop," she says. "This includes outlines, titles and nearly completed novels, novellas and shorts...it's a process. When they ...
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Danielle Steel on Bette Midler's 'Wind Beneath My Wings'
Wall Street Journal - almost 2 years
The best-selling novelist Danielle Steel on the way Bette Midler’s ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’ evokes memories of her son Nicholas.
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If Tom Perkins is wrong: Who IS our No. 1 celebrity?
San Francisco Chronicle - about 3 years
Tom Perkins has said a lot of unbelievable stuff lately. After we recovered from the shock of Perkins’ comparison of progressive animosity toward the 1 percent to the Nazi persecution of Jews, one of his less-outlandish statements in his controversial Wall Street Journal letter began to sink in. He called his ex-wife, author Danielle Steel, our “number one celebrity.” We suspect that’s wrong. In his pointed response to Perkins’ letter, Chronicle columnist C.W. Nevius offered a second opinion for our top star: Joe Montana. But is the former 49ers quarterback really deserving of the title? There are lots of other contenders from San Francisco and the rest of the Bay [...]
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The Week to Week News Quiz for 1/31/14
Huffington Post - about 3 years
I am happy to report that the State of the News Quiz is healthy and the outlook is good, at least if you take our Week to Week News Quiz and test your knowledge of the week's happenings. Here are some random but real hints: He's hoping Jane Byrne isn't lurking around; if it worked for FDR and Lincoln, it should work for Obama; it's not Justin, but he'll benefit; and wax on, wax off. 1. Federal prosecutors this week announced plans to seek the death penalty against whom? a. Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri b. NSA leaker Edward Snowden c. Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev d. "Goodfellas" mobster Vincent Asaro 2. Before an ice storm shut down Atlanta, what did Mayor Kasim Reed tweet? a. "Houston, we have a problem" b. "Atlanta, we are ready for the snow" c. "Where can I get some ice for my drink?" d. "I want to skate to work" 3. In his State of the Union speech on Tuesday, President Obama said he would do what to get around an obstructive Congress? a. Expand ...
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Wall Street Journal: Tom Perkins Was Right
Business Insider - about 3 years
Last week, WSJ published a letter to the editor from VC Tom Perkins who said that criticism of the 1% was similar to Kristalnacht and the Nazi persecution of the Jews. Perkins has been flayed since then. Now the WSJ editorial board has weighed in and said that Perkins was right. They admit maybe the exact comparison is inapt, but they argue the strong reaction has vindicated him. While claiming to be outraged at the Nazi reference, the critics seem more incensed that Mr. Perkins dared to question the politics of economic class warfare. The boys at Bloomberg View—we read them since no one else does—devoted an entire editorial to inequality and Mr. Perkins's "unhinged Nazi rant." Others denounced him for defending his former wife Danielle Steel, and even for owning too many Rolex watches. Maybe the critics are afraid that Mr. Perkins is onto something about the left's political method. Consider the recent record of liberals in power. They're the ones obsessed with the Koch broth ...
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Tom Perkins' blathering should inspire Google to speak up
San Francisco Chronicle - about 3 years
The latest and most egregious example is the severely tone-deaf letter to the Wall Street Journal from billionaire venture capitalist Tom Perkins, in which he manages to compare blockades of shuttle buses to the Holocaust. Perkins, who said he was writing from "the epicenter of progressive thought, San Francisco," somehow managed to lump the largely defunct Occupy movement, the anger at tech shuttle buses and a couple of teasing blog posts about his ex-wife, author Danielle Steel, to draw "parallels of fascist Nazi Germany." [...] he's feeding the narrative that anyone who makes money in the city - or who works for one of the Internet companies that is successful - has a target on his or her back. The company certainly isn't the only one shuttling employees from the city to the Peninsula, and it is just one of the tech firms to ride the economic boom. [...] speak up. What the tech companies really need to do is make tangible civic efforts, right here in the city. Speak up for you ...
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When the bark is part of the bite
San Francisco Chronicle - about 3 years
Picture Carson standing tall at the portico to welcome dignitaries, and Mrs. Patmore beginning a state dinner with steak and kidney pudding and ending it with jam roly-poly. The lady behaved of course, in a ladylike way, even refraining from uttering anything undignified when, mid-showing, a notice of some electronic malfunction appeared on the TV screen, obscuring the dramatic action. -- Del Seymour was leading a group of tech people around the Tenderloin when at Turk and Taylor, they encountered a gentleman who asked one of the tour participants if she would like to see him do a selfie. -- Another assessment (oh, there's always another assessment in San Francisco) of the noise level of the demolition of the Jack Tar: Those of us living peacefully within a few blocks, e-mailed Fran Johns, are regularly treated to things like debris removal at 4 a.m. or the crunching away of walls at all other hours that may look neat and tidy, but sound like World War II. ... -- Lynn Ashcraft-Yona ...
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U.S. criminal division nominee could counter 'revolving door' criticism
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration's pick to serve as the top criminal prosecutor dedicated more of her time in the private sector to defending technology companies than she did financial institutions, a resume that could ease concerns that she might be soft on Wall Street. Leslie Caldwell, who the White House nominated last month to lead the Justice Department's criminal division, has worked for firms such as Oracle Corp, Cisco Systems and Hewlett Packard as a private lawyer, according to ethics disclosures released by the government. She has also counseled clients ranging from Toyota's U.S. sales arm and defense contractor Northrop Grumman to romance novelist Danielle Steel, according to a list of recent clients that she has billed for at least $5,000 in one year.
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Publishers Weekly Bestsellers: The Week's Hottest Reads
Huffington Post - over 3 years
-- Copyright 5/8 2013 Publishers Weekly. Week ending 9/29/13, powered by Nielsen Bookscan 5/8 2013 The Nielsen Company. HARDCOVER FICTION 1. "Doctor Sleep" by Stephen King (Scribner) 2. "The Longest Ride" by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central) 3. "W Is for Wasted" by Sue Grafton (Putnam) 4. "The Lowland" by Jhumpa Lahiri (Knopf) 5. "Never Go Back" by Lee Child (Delacorte) 6. "Deadline" by Sandra Brown (Grand Central) 7. "The Quest" by Nelson DeMille (Hachette/Center Street) 8. "Thankless in Death" by J.D. Robb (Putnam) 9. "The Final Cut" by Catherine Coulter (Putnam) 10. "Inferno" by Dan Brown (Doubleday) 11. "The Mayan Secrets" by Clive Cussler, Thomas Perry (Putnam) 12. "The Cuckoo's Calling" by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling) 13. "A Seaside Christmas" by Sherryl Woods (Mira) 14. "Christmas on 4th Street" by Susan Mallery (Harlequin) 15. "And the Mountains Echoed" by Khaled Hosseini (Riverhead) HARDCOVER NONFICTION 1. "Killing Jesus" by Bill O'Reilly, Ma ...
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Week's Hottest Reads
Huffington Post - over 3 years
-- Week ending August 25th, 2013, powered by Nielsen BookScan. Copyright 2013 The Nielsen Company. HARDCOVER FICTION 1. "Mistress" by James Patterson/David Ellis (Little, Brown) 2. "The Cuckoo's Calling" by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling) 3. "Inferno" by Dan Brown (Doubleday) 4. "Rose Harbor in Bloom" by Debbie Macomber (Ballantine) 5. "And the Mountains Echoed" by Khaled Hosseini (Riverhead) 6. "The Third Kingdom" by Terry Goodkind (Tor) 7. "Night Film: A Novel" by Marisha Pessi (Random House) 8. "The Kill List" by Frederick Forsythe (Putnam) 9. "The Bone Season: A Novel" by Samantha Shannon (Bloomsbury) 10. "First Sight" by Danielle Steel (Delacorte) 11. "The English Girl" by Daniel Silva (Harper) 12. "The Husband's Secret" by Liane Moriarty (Putnam/Amy Einhorn) 13. "Hotshot" by Julie Garwood (Dutton) 14. "The Ocean at the End of the Lane" by Neil Gaiman (William Morrow) 15. "William Shakespeare's Star Wars" by Ian Does ...
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Week's Hottest Reads
Huffington Post - over 3 years
-- Week ending August 18th, 2013, powered by Nielsen BookScan. Copyright 2013 The Nielsen Company. HARDCOVER FICTION 1. "Mistress" by James Patterson/David Ellis (Little, Brown) 2. "The Cuckoo's Calling" by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling) 3. "Rose Harbor in Bloom" by Debbie Macomber (Ballantine) 4. "Inferno" by Dan Brown (Doubleday) 5. "And the Mountains Echoed" by Khaled Hosseini (Riverhead) 6. "First Sight" by Danielle Steel (Delacorte) 7. "Hotshot" by Julie Garwood (Dutton) 8. "The English Girl" by Daniel Silva (Harper) 9. "The Last Witness" by W.E.B. Griffin (Putnam) 10. "The Ocean at the End of the Lane" by Neil Gaiman (William Morrow) 11. "William Shakespeare's Star Wars" by Ian Doescher (Quirk) 12. "The Husband's Secret" by Liane Moriarty (Putnam/Amy Einhorn) 13. "Second Honeymoon" by James Patterson, Howard Roughan (Little, Brown) 14. "Hidden Order" by Brad Thor (Atria) 15. "The White Princess" by Philippa Gregory ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Danielle Steel
    FIFTIES
  • 2006
    Age 58
    In 2006 Steel reached an agreement with Elizabeth Arden to launch a new perfume, Danielle by Danielle Steel.
    More Details Hide Details Steel's longtime residence was in San Francisco, but she now spends most of her time at a second home in Paris. Despite her public image and varied pursuits, Steel is known to be shy and because of that and her desire to protect her children from the tabloids, she rarely grants interviews or makes public appearances. Her 55-room San Francisco home was built in 1913 as the mansion of sugar tycoon Adolph B. Spreckels. Steel's novels have been translated into 28 languages and can be found in 47 countries across the globe. The books, often described as "formulaic," tend to involve the characters in a crisis of some sort which threatens their relationship. Many of her characters are considered over-the-top, making her books seem less realistic. The novels sometimes explore the world of the rich and famous and frequently deal with serious life issues, like illness, death, loss, family crises, and relationships. Also, there are claims that her popular story lines are based from the events of her life like having two ex-cons ex-husbands and other events that she kept hidden from the public.
    In 2006, Perkins dedicated his novel Sex and the Single Zillionaire to Steel.
    More Details Hide Details After years of near-constant writing, in 2003 Steel opened an art gallery in San Francisco, Steel Gallery, which showed contemporary work and exhibited the paintings and sculptures of emerging artists. The gallery subsequently closed in 2007. She continues to curate shows once or twice a year for the Andrea Schwartz Gallery in San Francisco.
  • 2005
    Age 57
    Steel also reached an agreement with New Line Home Entertainment in 2005 to sell the film rights to 30 of her novels for DVDs.
    More Details Hide Details A list of all novels by Danielle Steel, linked to from Steel's official site, can be found here.
  • 2004
    Age 56
    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.
    More Details Hide Details However, her fan base is still extremely strong with Steel's books selling out atop charts worldwide. Twenty-two of her books have been adapted for television, including two that have received Golden Globe nominations. One is Jewels, the story of the survival of a woman and her children in World War II Europe, and the family's eventual rebirth as one of the greatest jewelry houses in Europe. Columbia Pictures was the first movie studio to offer for one of her novels, purchasing the rights to The Ghost in 1998.
  • 2002
    Age 54
    In 2002, Steel was decorated by the French government as an Officier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, for her contributions to world culture.
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    Steel married for a fifth time, to Silicon Valley financier Thomas James Perkins, but the marriage ended after four years in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details Steel has said that her novel The Klone and I was inspired by a private joke between herself and Perkins.
  • FORTIES
  • 1997
    Age 49
    The son at the center of the lawsuits, Nicholas Traina, committed suicide in 1997 as a result of a morphine overdose.
    More Details Hide Details Traina was the lead singer of San Francisco punk bands Link 80 and Knowledge. To honor his memory, Steel wrote the nonfiction book His Bright Light, about Nick's life and death. Proceeds of the book, which reached the New York Times Non-Fiction Bestseller List were used to found the Nick Traina Foundation, which Steel runs, to fund organizations dedicated to treating mental illness. To gain more recognition for children's mental illnesses, Steel has lobbied for legislation in Washington, and previously held a fundraiser every two years (known as The Star Ball) in San Francisco.
  • 1993
    Age 45
    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.
    More Details Hide Details A San Francisco judge made a highly unusual ruling allowing the seal on Nick's adoption to be overturned, although he was still a minor. The order was confirmed by a California Appellate Judge, who ruled that because Steel was famous, her son's adoption did not have the same privacy right, and the book was allowed to be published.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1984
    Age 36
    Having a Baby was published in 1984 and featured a chapter by Steel about suffering through miscarriage.
    More Details Hide Details The same year she also published a book of poetry, Love: Poems. Steel also ventured into children's fiction, penning a series of 10 illustrated books for young readers. These books, known as the "Max and Martha" series, aim to help children face real life problems: new baby, new school, loss of loved one, etc. In addition, Steel has authored the "Freddie" series. These four books address other real life situations: first night away from home, trip to the doctor, etc. Determined to spend as much time as possible with her own children, Steel often wrote at night, making do with only four hours of sleep. Steel is a prolific author, often releasing several books per year. Each book takes 2½ years to complete, so Steel has developed an ability to juggle up to five projects at once, researching one book while outlining another, then writing and editing additional books.
  • 1981
    Age 33
    Coincidentally, beginning with her marriage to Traina in 1981, Steel has been a near-permanent fixture on the New York Times hardcover and paperback bestsellers lists.
    More Details Hide Details In 1989, she was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for having a book on the New York Times Bestseller List for the most consecutive weeks of any author—381 consecutive weeks at that time. Since her first book was published, every one of her novels has hit bestseller lists in paperback, and each one released in hardback has also been a hardback bestseller. During this time Steel also contributed to her first non-fiction work.
    Steel married for the fourth time in 1981, to vintner John Traina.
    More Details Hide Details Traina subsequently adopted Steel's son Nick and gave him his family name. Together they had an additional five children, Samantha (April 14, 1982), Victoria (September 5, 1983), Vanessa (December 18, 1984) a fashion stylist, Maxx (February 10, 1986) and Zara (September 26, 1987).
    They divorced in March 1981.
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  • 1978
    Age 30
    She divorced him in 1978, but the relationship spawned Passion's Promise and Now and Forever, the two novels that launched her career.
    More Details Hide Details Steel married her third husband, William George Toth, the day after her divorce from Zugelder was finalized. She was already 8 months pregnant with his child, Nicholas. With the success of her fourth book, The Promise, she became a participant in San Francisco high society while Toth, a former drug addict, was left out.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1975
    Age 27
    After receiving her divorce from Lazard in 1975, she married Zugelder in the prison canteen.
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  • 1973
    Age 25
    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.
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  • 1972
    Age 24
    After nine years of marriage and many years of separation, Steel and Lazard divorced. In 1972 her first novel, Going Home, was published.
    More Details Hide Details The novel contained many of the themes that her writing would become known for, including a focus on family issues and human relationships.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1966
    Age 18
    After the birth of their daughter, Beatrix, in 1966, Steel worked for a public-relations agency in New York called Supergirls for several years.
    More Details Hide Details A magazine client was highly impressed with her freelance articles and encouraged her to focus on writing and suggested she write a book, which she did. She later moved to San Francisco, and worked for Grey Advertising, as a copywriter.
  • 1965
    Age 17
    In 1965, when she was 18, Steel married French-American banker Claude-Eric Lazard.
    More Details Hide Details While a young wife, and still attending New York University, Steel began writing, completing her first manuscript the following year, when she was 19.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1947
    Born
    Born on August 14, 1947.
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