|Born||March 28, 1977|
Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Alma mater||Parkland High School|
|Notable works||The Devil Wears Prada|
Lauren Weisberger (born March 28, 1977) is an American novelist and author of the 2003 bestseller The Devil Wears Prada, a roman à clef of her experience as an assistant to Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.
Early life and education
Weisberger was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania to a school teacher mother and a department store president turned mortgage broker father. Her family is Jewish, and she was raised in Conservative Judaism and later Reform Judaism. She spent her early youth in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, a small town outside Scranton. At age eleven, her parents divorced and she and her younger sister moved to Allentown, Pennsylvania, in the Lehigh Valley region of the state, with their mother.
She attended Parkland High School in South Whitehall Township near Allentown, Pennsylvania, where she was involved in intramural sports, some competitive sports, extra projects, and organizations. She graduated from Parkland High School in 1995 and attended Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where she was an English major and a sorority member of Alpha Epsilon Phi, graduating in 1999.
After college, she traveled as a backpacker through Europe, Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Thailand, India, Nepal, and Hong Kong. Returning home, she moved to Manhattan and was hired as Wintour's assistant at Vogue. After ten months, she left the magazine along with features editor Richard Story. While Weisberger said she felt out of place at the magazine, managing editor Laurie Jones later said, "She seemed to be a perfectly happy, lovely woman".
Weisberger and Story began working for Departures Magazine, an American Express publication, where she wrote 100-word reviews and became an assistant editor. She also published a 2004 article in Playboy magazine.
After mentioning her interest in writing classes to Story, he referred her to his friend Charles Salzberg. She started writing a story about her time at Vogue, and completed it by trying to write 15 pages every couple of weeks. After repeated urgings, she showed the finished work to agents; it sold within two weeks.
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The Devil Wears Prada
In 2003, Weisberger's first book, The Devil Wears Prada, was released and spent six months on New York Times Best Seller List. The book is a semi-fictional but highly critical view of the Manhattan elite. As of July 2006, The Devil Wears Prada was the best-selling mass-market softcover book in the nation, according to Publishers Weekly. The book is largely based on Weisberger's experience at Vogue magazine. There is much speculation that the character of Miranda Priestly represents aspects of Anna Wintour, and the fictional Elias-Clark publishing company is said to be modeled after Condé Nast.
The book calls into light the many aspects of one's first job and provides a comical insight into the fashion world. A former employee of Wintour, Kate Betts, criticized Weisberger and the book in The New York Times, saying that Weisberger and Wintour are the direct counterparts of their fictional characters and that "Andrea is just as much a snob as the snobs she is thrown in with."
Weisberger has published a sequel to the book, Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns.
A movie of the same name, based on the novel, was released by 20th Century Fox in June 2006, starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway. The film grossed $27.5 million in its opening weekend, amassing total US sales of nearly $125 million and total worldwide sales of $326 million, making it one of the top-grossing films of summer 2006.
The film departs from the book in several ways. For example, Andrea is a graduate of Northwestern University in the film. In the book, she is a graduate of Brown University. The film shows Miranda requesting Andrea go to Paris with her because Emily is unwell. The book, in further detail, has Emily catching mono and being unable to go with Miranda. Further, Lily, Andrea's best friend, is the main reason Andrea leaves Paris in the book. Lily is an alcoholic and gets into a car crash. Andrea has to decide whether to stay with Miranda or go to her friend. The movie does not include any of these details and ends with Andrea and Miranda viewing one another with mutual respect. The book affords Andrea no such gratitude as she curses Miranda to her face and is consequently fired.
Weisberger made a brief cameo in the film as the twins' nanny.
Everyone Worth Knowing
Weisberger's second novel, Everyone Worth Knowing, based on the trials and tribulations of the New York City public relations world, was published in fall 2005. It received generally unfavorable reviews. The New York Times Book Review described it as "fatuous, clunky." USA Today called it "lackluster imitation," and Entertainment Weekly said it was "ho-hum rehash." Despite debuting on The New York Times Best Sellers List at No. 10, it dropped off the list in two weeks and was noted for its disappointing sales. Publisher Simon & Schuster paid Weisberger $1 million for the novel. The audio book was read by actress Eliza Dushku. In some European countries, the novel was released as Gossip and Gucci.
Chasing Harry Winston
Chasing Harry Winston, Weisberger's third novel, was released on May 27, 2008. It was released in the United Kingdom on May 19, 2008. The main characters are three best friend New Yorkers, Emmy, Adriana and Leigh, who are facing the horror of turning 30. Recently dumped Emmy promises to make a drastic change and find guys from every continent for casual affairs. Beautiful Brazilian Adriana in turn tries to leave her old lifestyle of sleeping around and living off her father in order to get a Harry Winston ring on her finger before the first wrinkles start showing. Leigh, the one with the perfect life, does not know what she needs in order to be happy and relax.
In September 2008, Universal Pictures picked up the rights to the book. It was also announced that the book will be translated into French, Dutch, and Italian. In some European countries, the novel was released as Chanel Chic. In Italy, the title is Un anello da Tiffany & Co (A ring from Tiffany & Co). In France, the title is Sexe, diamants et plus si affinités (Sex, Diamonds, and maybe more...)
Last Night at Chateau Marmont
Revenge Wears Prada
Revenge Wears Prada, a sequel to The Devil Wears Prada, was released on June 4, 2013. It debuted at No. 3 on the New York Times Bestseller List.
The Singles Game
The Singles Game was released in 2016.
When Life Gives You Lululemons
When Life Gives You Lululemons, a second sequel to The Devil Wears Prada, was released in 2018. It follows the character of Emily Charlton, Miranda's Priestly's assistant played by Emily Blunt in the movie adaptation. This book has also been published under the title The Wives.
Where the Grass Is Green and the Girls Are Pretty
Where the Grass Is Green and the Girls Are Pretty was released in May 2021. This book has also been published as a paperback in the United Kingdom and Ireland under the title One Little Lie.
Her short story "The Bamboo Confessions" is included in the anthology American Girls About Town. It is about a New York City backpacker who travels around the world and begins to view her love life back home in a different light.
Weisberger lives in New York City with her husband and two children.
- The Devil Wears Prada (2003)
- Everyone Worth Knowing (2005)
- Chasing Harry Winston (2008)
- Last Night at Chateau Marmont (2010)
- Revenge Wears Prada (2013)
- The Singles Game (2016)
- When Life Gives You Lululemons (2018)
- Where the Grass Is Green and the Girls Are Pretty (2021)
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