Lauren Weisberger Biography
Lauren Weisberger was born March 28, 1977, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, a locale recently
made even more chic, if possible, by The Office. She was joined four
years later by sister Dana, a.k.a. The Family Favorite, and moved to Allentown,
Pennsylvania, at age eleven. At Parkland High School, Weisberger participated in all
sorts of projects, activities, and organizations for the sole purpose of padding
her college application, although she did genuinely enjoy playing varsity tennis
(especially when the girl who should have played first singles incurred a
season-ending injury and Weisberger had no choice but to step in for the team).
Once matriculated at Cornell University, all civic-minded extracurriculars fell
by the wayside. There, she focused her energy on securing a steady stream of
fake IDs and dating boys from the right fraternities. After graduating in 1999
with a BA in English, Weisberger moved home for the summer to save money and then
traveled all over Europe, Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Thailand, India, Nepal, and
Hong Kong. She carried a single small backpack and stayed in questionable
places, further enriching her authentic cultural experiences by eating only
Nutella and drinking Coca-Cola Light.
Lauren Weisberger's first job after returning to the U.S. and moving to Manhattan was the
Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief of Vogue, Anna Wintour. She became
proficient in the language of stilettos and Starbucks before moving to
Departures magazine, where she wrote 100-word reviews by day and took
writing classes at night. The Devil Wears Prada, begun at the Writer's
Voice, was published in April 2003, and spent six months on The New York Times
Bestseller List. It was sold in thirty-one foreign countries and made into a
major motion picture by Fox 2000 starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway. Weisberger
has a half-second cameo in the film that even she is hard-pressed to locate
after several viewings. Her second novel, Everyone Worth Knowing, was
published in October 2005 and is also a New York Times Bestseller. Her third
book, Chasing Harry Winston, was published in May 2008, and Last Night at Chateau Marmont was published in 2010.
This biography was last updated on 08/15/2011.
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