The Bling Ring: How a Gang of Fame-obsessed Teens Ripped Off Hollywood and Shocked the World by Nancy Jo Sales
It′s 19 September 2010, and 21-year-old Rachel Lee has emerged from Los Angeles Superior Court, having just been sentenced to four years behind bars.
A few months earlier, she had been running the Bling Ring: a gang of rich, beautiful, wild-living Valley teens who idolized celebrity, designer labels and luxury brands. Who, in 2009, became the most audacious thieves in recent Hollywood history.
In a case that has shocked America, the seven school friends stole millions of dollars′ worth of clothing, jewelry and possessions from the sprawling mansions of Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Orlando Bloom, among others — using gossip websites, Google Earth and Twitter to aid their crimes.
But what made these kids, all of whom already enjoyed designer clothes, money, cars and social status, gamble with their lives at such high stakes?
Journalist Nancy Jo Sales, the author of VANITY FAIR′s acclaimed exposé of the Bling Ring, gained unprecedented access to the group to answer that question. In the process she uncovered a world of teenage greed, obsession, arrogance and delusion that surpassed her wildest expectations.
Published alongside the 2013 film The Bling Ring, directed by Sofia Coppola and starring Emma Watson, this is the explosive true story of the seven celebrity-obsessed teens who became the most audacious burglary gang in Hollywood history.
About the Author
Nancy Jo Sales is an award-winning journalist whose acclaimed Vanity Fair piece, ‘The Suspects Wore Louboutins’, forms the basis for the Sofia Coppola film The Bling Ring, starring Emma Watson. The film, for which Nancy Jo acted as a consultant, is due for release in 2013. Sales has written for Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Vibe and People, among many other publications. She lives in New York City.
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