Cecily von Ziegesar
|Cecily von Ziegesar|
|Born||Cecily Brooke von Ziegesar
June 1970 (age 46)
New York City
|Genre||Drama, comedy, short, romance|
|Notable works||Gossip Girl series
The It Girl series
Early life and education
Cecily von Ziegesar was born in New York City into a family with origins in the German nobility. Her childhood dream was to grow up to be a ballerina; she began lessons at age three and auditioned for the School of American Ballet at age eight, but was rejected. As a teenager, she commuted to Manhattan at 6 a.m. every day to attend The Nightingale-Bamford School. After graduating from Nightingale, Ziegesar attended Colby College. Then she spent a year in Budapest working for a local radio station. She then returned to the United States to study creative writing at the University of Arizona, only to drop out shortly thereafter.
In New York City, while working at book-packaging firm Alloy Entertainment, she became inspired to create the Gossip Girl series, which presents a view of high-end teenage lifestyles. The series climbed to the top of The New York Times Best-Sellers list in 2002. A spin-off book series, The It Girl, made the list in 2005.
The Constance Billard [sic] School for Girls is based on an exaggerated version of Ziegesar's own alma mater, Nightingale.
In October 2011, Ziegesar released a spin-off of her first novel: Psycho Killer.
Gossip Girl was adapted for television in 2007. The show premiered to mixed reviews and lost more than a million viewers from episode one to two, from 3.65 million to 2.55 million. The rest of the season's viewers went up and down, the highest being 3 million viewers for the season finale and the lowest being 1.80 million viewers for episode eleven.
Controversy and criticism surrounding the show surfaced due to the fact that it failed to show much of the books' plots, character personalities, and other major and minor facts, thus disappointing many fans of the novels. However, Ziegesar told ABC News that her major plot lines were there and that "at least it takes place in New York City".
In early 2011, The CW renewed the series for a fifth season. On May 16, 2011, Ziegesar herself made a cameo appearance in the fourth season finale.
In December 2009, Yen Press announced that it was working with Korean artist Baek Hye-Kyung to create a graphic novel adaptation of the series titled Gossip Girl: For Your Eyes Only. Rather than adapting the original novels, however, the graphic novels will feature original stories with the same characters. It will be serialized in the company's anthology magazine Yen Plus, with the first chapter appearing in the January 2010 issue.
Cicely von Ziegesar resides in Brooklyn with her husband Richard, who is Deputy Director of the Public Art Fund, their children Agnes and Oscar, and their Cornish Rex cat. She also owns a westie named Frosty the Snowman.
- Gossip Girl (2002)
- You Know You Love Me (2002)
- All I Want Is Everything (2003)
- Because I'm Worth It (2003)
- I Like It Like That (2004)
- You're the One That I Want (2004)
- Nobody Does It Better (2005)
- Nothing Can Keep Us Together (2005)
- Only in Your Dreams (2006) (written by ghost-writer)
- Would I Lie To You? (2006) (written by ghost-writer)
- Don't You Forget About Me (2007) (written by ghost-writer)
- I Will Always Love You (2009) (written by ghost-writer)
- PREQUEL It Had To Be You (2007)
- Psycho Killer (Spin-Off the original first novel; October 2011)
The It Girl
This series was written by a ghost-writer, with guidance from Cecily von Ziegesar.
Gossip Girl: The Carlyles
This series is actually written by Annabelle Vestry, though Cecily von Ziegesar's name is on the spine and front.
- Gossip Girl: The Carlyles (2008)
- You Just Can't Get Enough (2008)
- Take A Chance on Me (2009)
- Love the One You're With (2009)
- Ziegesar, Cecily von (December 18, 2008). "At 'Nutcracker' With My Family, a Duck Amid the Swans". The New York Times.
- Gonzalez, Sandra (May 16, 2011). "'Gossip Girl' author Cecily von Ziegesar guests on season finale – EXCLUSIVE PHOTO". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 17, 2011.
- "Yen Press to Adapt von Ziegesar's Gossip Girl Novels". Anime News Network. December 4, 2009. Retrieved December 4, 2009.
- Lee, Felicia R. (June 6, 2008). "'Gossip Girl' Author Aims Older". The New York Times.