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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 14 August 1947New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameDanielle Fernande Dominique Schuelein-Steel
Height 5' 2" (1.57 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Danielle Steel was born on August 14, 1947 in New York City, New York, USA as Danielle Fernande Dominique Schuelein-Steel. She is a writer, known for Jewels (1992), The Ring (1996) and A Perfect Stranger (1994). She was previously married to Thomas J. Perkins, John Traina, William George Toth, Danny Zugelder and Claude-Eric Lazard.

Spouse (5)

Thomas J. Perkins (27 March 1998 - 2002) (divorced)
John Traina (14 June 1981 - 1996) (divorced) (5 children)
William George Toth (15 April 1978 - 1981) (divorced) (1 child)
Danny Zugelder (13 September 1975 - 14 April 1978) (divorced)
Claude-Eric Lazard (25 September 1965 - 1974) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (15)

Her works were in the list of best-selling books of the 'New York Times' for 381 consecutive weeks, a fact which brought her an entry into the Guinness Book of Records.
Engaged to venture capitalist Thomas Perkins. [February 1998]
Graduated from Lycee Francais at age 15.
Studied at Parsons School of Design in New York.
Worked as a vice president of public relations for the advertising agency Supergirls, Ltd., in New York City.
Was a copy writer for the Grey Advertising Agency in San Francisco.
Has written 54 best-selling books.
Steel started The Nick Traina Foundation after publishing "His Bright Light: The story of Nick Traina" in 1998, an account of hers son's life and how Steel and her family children dealt with his disease.
Mother of 7 children: Beatrix Lazard Seidenberg born in 1968. Nicholas John Traina 1979, Samantha Traina (1982), Victoria Lea Traina (1983), Vanessa Danielle Traina (1984), Maximilian John Traina (1986) and Zara Alexandra Traina (1987). Step mother of Trevor and Todd Traina.
Her father was a German Jewish immigrant. Her mother was of Portuguese descent.
She met second husband, Danny Zugelder while he was in prison. The day after she divorced him she married another prison inmate William George Toth.
Collects canary diamonds.
Daughter of John Schuelein-Steel and wife Norma da Câmara Stone dos Reis.
Currently owns the Spreckels Mansion, 2080 Washington Street in San Francisco.
Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, vol. 138, pages 412-417. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.

Personal Quotes (5)

A bad review is like baking a cake with all the best ingredients and having someone sit on it.
Sometimes, if you aren't sure about something, you just have to jump off the bridge and grow your wings on the way down.
If you can see the magic in a fairytale, you can face the future.
People do like the film version of things, I thought this was a nice way to get my books back into the marketplace.
I wish I were brave, although I try. I work too hard and don't play enough. Too much work ethic, not enough 'fun'.

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