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    Romance Novelist Judith Krantz Dies at 91

    Hers was comfort food, served up steamy. The best-selling author, whose novels about the sensual intrigues of beautiful, wealthy people sold 85 million copies, died at home Saturday in Los Angeles of natural causes. Krantz’s debut novel, 1978’s Scruples, was published when she was 50 and it rocketed to No. 1 on The New York Times’ best-seller list. Several of her books, including I’ll Take Manhattan, were made into TV miniseries.

    What else did she do? She started as a journalist, writing for Ladies Home Journal and Cosmopolitan, with her most popular article being “The Myth of the Multiple Orgasm.”

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