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Krantz grew up as Judy Tarcher, youngest, smartest, and shortest girl in her class in New York City's upscale Birch Wathen school.
Then, in 1976, Krantz's husband, film and television producer Steve Krantz, made what turned out to be a momentous decision: He took flying lessons. Judith Krantz, who was afraid of flying, decided to face her fears and took lessons, as well. With that anxiety conquered, she looked around for other old demons to exorcise. And so, for the first time since her Wellesley days, she sat down to write fiction.
Nine months later, she had produced her first novel, Scruples, about the lives and steamy loves of people who work and shop in a Beverly Hills boutique. It was published in 1978, the year Krantz turned 50, and hit number one on the New York Times bestseller list. And the rest, as they say, is history.