Nancy Jo Sales

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Nancy Jo Sales
Born (1964-10-15) October 15, 1964 (age 52)
United States
Occupation Journalist, author
Genre Journalism
Spouse Frank Morales (m. 2004 - d. 2006)

Nancy Jo Sales (born October 15, 1964) is a journalist and author who has written for Vanity Fair,[1] New York, and Harper's Bazaar. Her profile of reality star Kate Gosselin won a 2010 Mirror Award for "Best Profile, Digital Media". Her Vanity Fair story "The Quaid Conspiracy" won a 2011 Front Page Award for "Best Magazine Feature". Her 2013 book The Bling Ring: How A Gang of Fame-Obsessed Teens Ripped Off Hollywood and Shocked the World tells 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.


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,[2] and her 2007 Vanity Fair piece "The Golden Suicides" was also optioned for a film, with a script written by Bret Easton Ellis.[3]

Personal life[edit]

She was married from 2004 to 2006 to radical Episcopal priest Frank Morales.[4] She lives in New York City with her daughter.



  1. ^ Sales, Nancy Jo (January 2011). "The Quaid Conspiracy". Vanity Fair. 
  2. ^ "Nancy Jo Sales". 2006-12-01. Retrieved 2015-08-12. 
  3. ^ Ethan Anderton, Bret Easton Ellis & Gus Van Sant Writing a Suicide Screenplay, FirstShowing, October 14, 2009.
  4. ^ Sales, Nancy Jo (January 2008). "The Golden Suicides". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2008-12-02. 

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