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Author Judith Krantz dies at 91

Best-selling romance novelist and journalist Judith Krantz died Saturday at her home in Los Angeles of natural causes, her publicist announced Sunday. She was 91.

Krantz penned the best-sellers Scruples, I'll Take Manhattan, and Princess Daisy, with her work translated into more than 50 languages. She wrote her first novel at age 50, after a successful career as a journalist, and went on to sell over 80 million books. Several of her novels were also turned into television miniseries.

A graduate of Wellesley College, Krantz first worked as a fashion editor for Good Housekeeping and writer for Cosmopolitan. Her books focused on characters who lived lavish lifestyles, and her debut, Scruples, was on The New York Times Best Sellers list for more than a year. Her husband of over 50 years, producer Steve Krantz, died in 2007.