Best-Selling Romance Novelist Judith Krantz Dies At 91; She Wrote 'Scruples', 'Princess Daisy' And More

Best-Selling Romance Novelist Judith Krantz Dies At 91; She Wrote 'Scruples', 'Princess Daisy' And More

Krantz, known for her novels such as Scruples and Princess Daisy, died of natural causes at the age of 91, confirmed her publicist.

Romance novel writer Judith Krantz, whose steamy stories of the "rich and beautiful" engrossed readers worldwide, died of natural causes on Saturday, June 22, said her publicist, reports CNN.  Krantz, who is known for her novels such as Scruples and Princess Daisy was 91. Krantz had a very successful career as a writer as she's sold more than 80 million copies of her novels. If that's not enough success, they've also been translated into over 50 languages. With so much fame, you'd think she's been writing from a very young age, but she wrote her first novel only when she was 50 years old.



That's when she entered the writing market, branding herself as the romance novelist, in the era of Mills and Boon and Harlequin. Krantz was from New York and she made a life for herself from the sales of her books. In a letter to readers in her 2001 autobiography, Sex and Shopping: The Confessions of a Nice Jewish Girl, she spoke about how she had a different life, as compared to the majority of women of her generation and background.



"While I seemed like another 'nice Jewish girl,' underneath that convenient cover I'd traveled my own, inner-directed path and had many a spicy and secret adventure," she wrote. "I grew up in a complicated tangle of privilege, family problems, and tormented teenaged sexuality." Krantz was the oldest of three children, and the "daughter of worldly and cultivated parents" as she writes in her autobiography.



Even though it seems quite hard to believe, Krantz was unpopular while growing up and had very few friends in school.  She was the oldest of the three children in her family. She had a flair for fashion and her interest in clothes peaked when she was a child. Being unpopular and friend-less always made her feel insecure and that's something that's been "burned into her psyche."



"I'll probably feel slightly insecure as I breathe my last, still wondering if I'm wearing exactly the right thing," she wrote. Krantz dabbled in writing here and there, but not completely as a novelist.  Krantz graduated from Wellesley College in 1948 and headed to Paris to work in fashion public relations. Soon, she returned to New York and began her career in magazine journalism.



It came as no surprise that Krantz worked primarily in fashion because her love for clothes was evident. She worked as the fashion editor for Good Housekeeping and wrote for outlets such as Cosmopolitan. That's where she wrote her best-known article, "The Myth of the Multiple Orgasm." She was a journalist for about three decades before she published Scruples, her first novel. 



It did not take much time for the book to become a huge hit, as it basically documented the lavish lives of people who worked at boutiques in Beverly Hills. It was such a huge success that it was on top of The New York Times Best Sellers list for more than a year! Krantz married Steve Krantz, a film and television producer, in 1954. He died in 2007 from complications with pneumonia.



According to HuffPost, Krantz’s son Tony Krantz, a TV executive, said he'd hoped to re-create the Scruples miniseries before her she died but it is still in the works. “She had this rare combination of commercial and creative,” he said. Judith Krantz showed us that it was never too late to start and to turn your luck around. Jennifer Weiner wrote: Rest In Peace, Judith Krantz, who brought readers — me included! — a lot of pleasure



Harrison Smith added: Farewell to Judith Krantz, who "spun ornate, breathless tales with only-in-your-dreams endings. Her powerful heroines had showgirl names, fabulous wardrobes, and beauty so astounding it defied the English language." Stefanie Dazio posted: “I always ask myself if what I’m writing will satisfy a reader who’s in a plane that can’t land because of fog, or who’s recovering from an operation in a hospital or who has to escape to a more delightful world for whatever reason,” Krantz said in 1990.


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