Danielle Steel Receives France's Highest Honor

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Danielle Steel Receives France's Highest Honor
Danielle Steel, the San Francisco and Paris-based "Queen of Romance" novelist who has sold 600 million books in 70 countries and 45 languages, has been awarded France's highest honor, the Legion d'honneur, say news reports. Steel joins such other non-French culture figures as Walt Disney, Julia Child, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, Alan Greenspan, Bob Dylan, Bono and novelist Philip Roth in being recognized for what the Agence France-Presse calls "service to France or work that is deemed to uphold its ideals." Britain's The Telegraph quotes the author, 66, as saying: "I love French literature. Colette is a special favorite of mine." Born Danielle-Fernande Dominique Schulein-Steel in New York,
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