Judith Krantz

A hypercritical professor kept Judith Krantz from writing fiction until middle age, but once she started, her bestselling romance novels proved him wrong.Kranz earned her BA in 1948 from Wellesley College, where an English professor regularly downgraded her for her atrocious spelling, leaving her certain she couldn’t write fiction. She worked briefly as a fashion publicist in Paris before becoming fashion editor of Good Housekeeping the following year. She wrote for McCall’s and Ladies’ Home Journal and became a contributing editor of Cosmopolitan from 1971–1979, writing popular articles like “The Myth of the Multiple Orgasm.” When her husband encouraged her to write, she created her first novel, Scruples, to prove she couldn’t do it. Instead, the 1978 book remained on the bestseller list for a year. Krantz went on to sell twelve novels, many of which were turned into TV miniseries which she also wrote, as well as an autobiography called Sex and Shopping. Unusual for the genre at the time, Krantz’s heroines were employed, and she believed strongly in writing about women exploring choices and opportunities.


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Date of Birth

New York, NY
United States

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