Danielle Steel: Biography

Danielle Steel

14 aug 1947

Known as one of the world’s most popular authors, Danielle Steel was born on August 14, 1947 in New York City where she attended the Lycée Français de New York and later New York University. As a child she wrote poetry and stories but never thought of becoming a writer until she went to work for a PR firm and did some freelance for the Ladies Home Journal. At the urging of the editor, she wrote her first novel by the time she was twenty, although it was published much later.

Currently, she is the bestselling living author in the world and ranks in fourth place for the bestselling author of all times. She as about 800 million of her books purchased. For nearly seven years, she has had one or more of her books on the New York Times bestseller list. She is one of the most prolific writers of all times with 118 titles, to date, three of which are non-fiction and fourteen are children books. Her writing output is only surpassed by three other writers of all times. Her books have been translated into 24 languages with no less than twenty of them made into movies.

Danielle Steel is best known for her romance stories, although they also deal with the less pleasant matters of mental illness, divorce, death and loss, among other things. She says her books are mainly about the human condition in terms of relationships, families and friendships. This might largely account for the huge appeal of her books because of the universality of the themes presented in a contemporary setting.

In 2002, the French government made her an officer of the distinguished Order of Arts and Letters for her lifetime contribution to world culture.

Danielle Steel’s full name is Danielle Fernandes Dominique Schuelein-Steel and she now lives in San Francisco. She has nine children from five marriages and is presently single. She is heavily involved with philanthropic work which includes helping the mentally ill, the homeless and children at risk for which she has received many awards.