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Overview (3)

Born in Hampstead, London, England, UK
Nicknames Nuclear Wintour
Wintour of Our Discontent
Miranda Priestly
Height 5' 1" (1.55 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Anna Wintour was born in Hampstead, London, England, the daughter of an American mother, Eleanor Trego (Baker), and an English father, Charles Wintour, former Editor of the Evening Standard. She is from an upper-class family, with many prominent ancestors. She started her career in 1970, working in the fashion department at Harpers & Queen in London. Six years later, she joined its sister New York publication Harper's Bazaar as its Fashion Editor. After a stint as Senior Editor at New York magazine, controlling the title's fashion and lifestyle coverage, Wintour was named Creative Director of American Vogue in 1983. British Vogue hired her back as Editor in Chief for two years. In 1988, she rejoined American Vogue as Editor-in-Chief and in that capacity, has helped raise over $10 million for AIDS charities since 1990.

Like her image, Wintour's daily regime is legendary. Now based in Manhattan, she wakes up at 5:45am every morning, plays tennis for an hour before being professionally made-up, coiffed and chauffeured to the offices of American Vogue. Though one of New York's most prolific party throwers, she never stays at any one event for more than the first ten minutes, preferring to be in bed by 10pm.

Wintour has held the position of Editor-in-Chief of Vogue since July 1988, and was named Artistic Director of Condé Nast in March 2013. In addition to editing Vogue, Wintour executed the development and successful launch of Teen Vogue in 2001, and serves as Editorial Director for the title. Wintour's career has included positions at Harpers & Queen, Harper's Bazaar, New York Magazine, HG, and British Vogue. During her tenure at Vogue, Wintour has been actively involved in philanthropic fundraising, particularly for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, for which she has raised more than $100 million. She has been the recipient of numerous awards for her leadership and charitable efforts, including the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Lifetime Achievement Award and the Award of Courage for AIDS Research from the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amFAR). In 2008, Wintour was appointed to the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II for her service to British journalism and fashion. In October 2009, President Obama appointed Wintour to the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities. Most recently, in 2011 she was awarded the Legion d'Honneur by French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Wintour also serves as an Elective Trustee of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (2)

J. Shelby Bryan (2004 - present)
David Shaffer (1984 - 1999) (divorced) (2 children)

Trade Mark (2)

Her hairstyle: a Louise Brooks bob
Chanel sunglasses

Trivia (20)

Has two children with David Shaffer, Charles "Charlie" (b. 1987) and Katherine "Bee" (b. 1989).
Has often been the target of various animal rights organizations such as P.E.T.A. due to her use of fur in "Vogue".
Reportedly warned major fashion designers that they would be banished from "Vogue"'s pages if they make cameo appearances on The Devil Wears Prada (2006) because the character of "Miranda Priestly", played by Meryl Streep, is believed to be based on her.
Her former assistant Lauren Weisberger (1999-2000) wrote the book "The Devil Wears Prada", which was a thinly veiled account of the hellish life of a fashion magazine editor's assistant and is based upon Weisberger's own experiences. The main character Miranda Priestly is supposedly based upon Wintour. The book was eventually made into the movie The Devil Wears Prada (2006).
Editor-in-chief of American "Vogue" since 1988.
Showed a good sense of humor when she attended the premiere of The Devil Wears Prada (2006) wearing Prada.
Has raised over $ 10 million dollar for AIDS charities since 1990.
She was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2008 Queen's Birthday Honors List for her services to British journalism and British fashion in the USA.
Is a good friend of Roger Federer and she attended some of his matches at the US Open. Counts his Wimbledon 2009 final victory over Andy Roddick as her all-time favorite match.
Mother of producer Bee Shaffer from her marriage to child psychiatrist David Shaffer.
In the 1970s, Anna worked as a fashion editor for Penthouse Magazine publisher Bob Guccione's erotic publication, "VIVA - International Magazine for Women".
Is a big fan of Game of Thrones (2011), even finding the costume design to be particularly appealing.
Is a teetotaler.
Counts Scarlett O'Hara as the most fashionable literary figure.
Suffers from arachnophobia (fear of spiders).
Some of her favorite things include: (play) "Skylight" by David Hare / (musical) "Kiss Me, Kate" by Cole Porter / (comedian) James Corden / (action star) Hugh Jackman / (game) Tennis / (book) "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen / (museum) Metropolitan (NYC) / (flower) Tuberose / (restaurant) Balthazar / (food) avocado (hates broccoli) / (dessert) Coffee Ice Cream / (invention) any Apple product /(guilty pleasure) Homeland (2011), etc.
An absolute no-no in her fashion books: head-to-toe black.
Brother Patrick is the Political Editor of the UK's The Guardian newspaper. [2015]
Her father was English and her mother was American, from Pennsylvania. Her ancestry includes English, Scottish, distant Dutch, and remote French Huguenot.
She was awarded the Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2017 Queen's New Years Honours List for her services to fashion and journalism. She is the editor-in-chief of American Vogue magazine and Artistic Director at Conde Nast in New York City.

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