Nancy Jo Sales

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Nancy Jo Sales
Born (1964-10-15) October 15, 1964 (age 55)
West Palm Beach, Florida
OccupationJournalist, author
SpouseFrank Morales (m. 2004; div. 2006)

Nancy Jo Sales (born October 15, 1964) is an award-winning journalist and New York Times Bestselling author who has written for Vanity Fair,[1] New York, The Guardian, Harper's Bazaar and many other national publications. Her profile of reality star Kate Gosselin won a 2010 Mirror Award for "Best Profile, Digital Media".[citation needed] Her Vanity Fair story "The Quaid Conspiracy" won a 2011 Front Page Award for "Best Magazine Feature".[citation needed] Her 2013 book The Bling Ring: How A Gang of Fame-Obsessed Teens Ripped Off Hollywood and Shocked the World recounts the true story behind the Sofia Coppola film The Bling Ring, which was based on a 2010 Vanity Fair piece by Sales, "The Suspects Wore Louboutins". In 2016 she published American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers. Sales is also a filmmaker and producer.[2] In 2018 her documentary film Swiped: Hooking Up in the Digital Age, aired on HBO.[3]


Early life[edit]

Sales was born on October 15, 1964 in West Palm Beach, Florida. In the early 1970s, her family moved to Miami, and in 1980 to New Hampshire, where she attended the Phillips Exeter Academy and graduated in 1982 as a Presidential Scholar. She graduated summa cum laude from the B.A. in Literature program at Yale University, winning the Willet's Prize for fiction, and from Columbia University’s MFA in Writing program in 1991.[citation needed]


Sales became a reporter for People magazine in the mid-1990s and then a contributing editor at New York magazine. She became a writer for Vanity Fair in 2000. Her 1999 New York article "The Baby Dinner" was optioned by Working Title Films for use as a film,[4] and her 2007 Vanity Fair piece "The Golden Suicides" was also optioned for a film, with a script written by Bret Easton Ellis.[5]

Personal life[edit]

She was married from 2004 to 2006 to Episcopal priest Frank Morales.[6] She lives in New York City with her daughter, Zazie May Sales.


  • Sales, Nancy Jo (2016). American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers. New York City: Knopf. p. 404. ISBN 9780385353922. LCCN 2016931806.
  • Sales, Nancy Jo (2013). The Bling Ring: How a Gang of Fame-Obsessed Teens Ripped Off Hollywood and Shocked the World. New York City: It Books. p. 268. ISBN 9780062245533. LCCN 2013443987.


  1. ^ Sales, Nancy Jo (January 2011). "The Quaid Conspiracy". Vanity Fair.
  2. ^ IMDB Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "HBO Announces Fall Documentaries". Broadway World.
  4. ^ "Nancy Jo Sales". 2006-12-01. Retrieved 2015-08-12.
  5. ^ Ethan Anderton, Bret Easton Ellis & Gus Van Sant Writing a Suicide Screenplay, FirstShowing, October 14, 2009.
  6. ^ Sales, Nancy Jo (January 2008). "The Golden Suicides". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2008-12-02.

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