She was Krantz wrote for Cosmopolitan and Ladies Home Journal magazines before discovering, at age 50, the talent for fiction that made her rich and famous like the characters she created. Her first novel — "Scruples" in — became a best-seller, as did the nine that followed. They inspired a series of hit miniseries with the help of her husband, film and television producer Steve Krantz. Judith Krantz poses in an undated file photo during an interview at her home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. And she spared no specifics when it came to sex.
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Save Story Save this story for later. Judith Krantz always wanted to write fiction, but it was not until she was approaching fifty, in the late nineteen-seventies, that her husband, Steve, persuaded her to finally attempt a novel.
So when she turned, with trepidation, to fiction, she wrote what she knew. It centers on Billy Orsini born Wilhelmina Hunnenwell Winthrop , a young striver who moves to New York, where she takes secretarial work at Ikehorn Enterprises, a global conglomerate, and begins sleeping with the C.
When Ellis dies, Billy finds herself a rich young widow with money and ambition to burn. So she decides to do what any clotheshorse dreams of: she opens a luxury boutique, called Scruples, on Rodeo Drive, and becomes the queen of Los Angeles fashion. And oh, the clothes! At twenty-three, when she and Ellis were photographed on horseback on their thirty-thousand-acre ranch in Brazil, Billy wore plain jodhpurs, boots, and an open-necked cotton shirt, but at the presentation of a new Yves Saint Laurent collection two weeks later, she wore the landmark suit from his previous collection, while Ellis, who was becoming an old Paris hand, whispered to her the numbers of the dresses he thought she should order in a way that made people with serious fashion backgrounds remember the black-tie spring collection at Jacques Fath in , sixteen years earlier.
Krantz, who died over the weekend, at the age of ninety-one, developed her taste for fashion early. Her father worked in advertising, and sent Krantz and her two siblings to an exclusive private school on the Upper East Side. If Krantz had one exceptional skill, it was knowing how to walk into a store and, with laser focus, find the item that would look sensational. As Spider Elliot tells one of his clients at the store, you have to abandon the idea that you will look great in everything and find what works just for you.
Think thin, think soft, think simple, think easy, with the emphasis on your eyes and your skin. She has covered fashion, style, and other cultural subjects since
Revisiting Judith Krantz’s “Scruples,” a Novel with a Passion for Clothes
Tarcher, an advertising executive. Krantz then enrolled at Wellesley College. Krantz told The Boston Globe in that she attended Wellesley with three goals: to date, to read every novel in the library, and to graduate. Her grades, unfortunately, were not as impressive as her extracurricular activities. Krantz had the opportunity to improve her marks when she took a short-story class during her sophomore year. Although the professor enjoyed her writing, he refused to give her an A because she had atrocious spelling, and he thought the B would teach her a lesson. Krantz claims to have learned the lesson well—she did not write fiction again for 31 years.
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Save Story Save this story for later. Judith Krantz always wanted to write fiction, but it was not until she was approaching fifty, in the late nineteen-seventies, that her husband, Steve, persuaded her to finally attempt a novel. So when she turned, with trepidation, to fiction, she wrote what she knew. It centers on Billy Orsini born Wilhelmina Hunnenwell Winthrop , a young striver who moves to New York, where she takes secretarial work at Ikehorn Enterprises, a global conglomerate, and begins sleeping with the C.
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