Danielle Steel Facts

Danielle Steel Facts
Danielle Steel is one of America's best-selling authors, known especially for her romance novels. She was born on August 14th, 1947 in New York City, NY to John Schulein-Steel and Norma da Camara Stone dos Reis. When her parents divorced when she was only eight, she remained with her father and was raised in New York and Europe. Danielle Steel graduated in 1963 from the Lycee Francais de New York. She went on to study literature and fashion at Parsons School of Design and New York University. She married at 18 (in 1965) and began to write. Nine years later the marriage ended and she published her first novel Going Home (1973). She has written more than 129 books in her career.
Interesting Danielle Steel Facts:
Before becoming a famous novelist Danielle Steel worked for a PR firm Supergirls Ltd. She hosted parties and created PR campaigns for clients of the firm.
Before her career as a novelist Danielle Steel wrote articles for magazines.
Her first best-seller was Passion's Promise, believed to be inspired by her second husband and their marriage. He was a convicted criminal.
Danielle Steel's books have all hit the best-seller lists in paperback or hardcover, depending on which format they were released in.
Danielle Steel attempted to keep her children from the spotlight, despite her own fame, by rarely granting interviews or book tours.
Danielle Steel had nine children. Her fourth husband adopted her son Nicholas. Danielle tried to stop a writer from later disclosing the adoption. Her son committed suicide in 1997, devastating the family. Danielle Steel has said that her children are the most important part of her life.
Losing her son, who suffered from mental illness, inspired Danielle to start the Nick Traina Foundation. The foundation funds organizations treating mental illness.
Danielle Steel was inducted into the California Hall of Fame in 2009.
In May 2009 Danielle Steel was awarded the 'Distinguished Service in Mental Health Award' by New York Presbyterian Hospital. She was the first non-doctor to receive the award.
Danielle Steel was married to Claude-Eric Lazard, Danny Zugelder, William George Toth, John Traina, and Thomas Perkins. It is believed that some of her writing is inspired by her relationships.
Danielle Steel's novels have been primarily fiction, dealing with life, relationships, and family, as well as subjects including suicide, divorce, and war.
Non-fiction titles written by Danielle Steel include Love: Poems (1984), Having a Baby (1984), and His Bright Light (1998).
Danielle Steel has had children's books published including 10 books in the Max and Martha series, and 4 in the Freddie series.
Danielle Steel's books can be found in more than 47 countries around the world and they have been translated into 28 languages.
22 of Danielle Steel's novels have been made into TV movies.
Two movies made from Danielle Steel's novels have received Golden Globe nominations.
Danielle Steel's net worth is believed to be approximately $375 million.
For her contributions to world culture the French government decorated Danielle Steel as an Officier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, in 2002.

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