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Susan Orlean


  Female      American      Journalist

  Born : Oct 31, 1955  


About Author

Susan Orlean (born October 31, 1955) is an American journalist and author. She has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1992, and has contributed articles to many magazines including Vogue, Rolling Stone, Esquire, and Outside.

She is best known as the author of the 1998 book The Orchid Thief which was turned into a 2002 film Adaptation, in which Orlean was portrayed by Meryl Streep, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance as Orlean.

Orlean was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of Edith (née Gross) and Arthur Orlean (1915-2007). She has a sister, Debra, and a brother, David. Her family is Jewish. Her mother's family is from Hungary and her father's family from Poland. Her father was an attorney and businessman.

She graduated from the University of Michigan, studying literature and history. After college she moved to Portland, Oregon, and was planning on going to law school, when she began writing for the Willamette Week. She married lawyer Peter Sistrom in 1983, and they divorced after 16 years of marriage. She was introduced by a friend to author and businessman John Gillespie, whom she married in 2001, and she gave birth to their son Austin in 2004. She is also step-mother to John's son from his previous marriage, Jay Gillespie...


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