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Biography: Danielle Steel - The Bestselling Romatic Author

Updated on September 26, 2014

Born as Danielle Fernandes Dominique Schulein-Steel, Danielle Steel was born in New York on August 14, 1947. She is the only child of Norma da Câmara Stone dos Ruis and John Schulein Steel.

At the age of eight years, her parents divorced. She was raised up by her father rarely seeing her mother.

Most of her growing years were spent in France. She graduated from Lycèe Franceuis de New York in 1963, moving on to study for a degree in Literature Design and Fashion Design at Parson’s School of Design (1963) and later at New York University (1963-1967).

Danielle Steel was married in 1965 at the age of 18 to Calude-Eric Lazard, a French-American banker. Her first manuscript which she began writing at the age of 18 was completed the next year, 1996 at the age of 19.

The couple was blessed with their first daughter, Beatrix in 1966.

Her first job was at Supergirls Ltd, a Public Relations firm. Her work involved generating PR campaigns and hosting parties for customers.

She worked at Supergirls for some years then moved to San Francisco where she worked as a copywriter for Grey Advertising.


‘The Promise,’ her first bestseller was published in 1978. Also, 21 of her books have been adapted for television.

Apart from writing novels, she has also published non-fiction books such as ‘Love: Poems by Danielle Steel which is a collection of poems, and ‘His Bright Life,’ which talks about the life and death of his son, Nicholas Traina.

In addition, she has written books for children.

The total number of novels she has written are 90 which are bestsellers. Over 600 million copies of her books have been sold worldwide. Her books have been published in 69 countries and translated to over 40 languages.

Danielle Steel (The View)

Some of her bestsellers include: Until the End Time, Power Play, The Sins of the Mother, Answered Prayers, Leap of Faith, No Greater Love, Special Delivery, Friends Forever, Legacy, Family Tress and First Sight.

Danielle Steel has been married four times and has brought up nine children of her own.

Danielle steel is involved in charity work as she is the founder of Nick Traina Foundation. The organization finances other NGOs dealing with child abuse and mental illness. The second organization she founded engaged in assisting the homeless.


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