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Born: November 3, 1949 Cause of Death:
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The most famous and powerful person in fashion, Anna Wintour rose through the publishing ranks to become editor-in-chief of American Vogue. While her imperious, reserved manner, bobbed hair and omnipresent sunglasses added to her legendary reputation as a terrifying and mysterious figure, Wintour was universally recognized for her talent and iron-fisted leadership. Her near-mythic reputation was tweaked when her former assistant, Lauren Weisberger, penned the best-selling roman à clef The Devil Wears Prada, which became a 2006 global blockbuster starring Meryl Streep, who earned an Oscar nomination for her sympathetic, hilarious turn as the Wintour-inspired Miranda Priestly. The "devil" came out angelically, however, with the film and the documentary "The September Issue" (2009), adding to the world's fascination with Wintour and increasing her celebrity exponentially. Feared, famous and ferociously admired, Anna Wintour achieved iconic status as arguably one of the most glamorous household names of all time.Born Nov. 3, 1949 in London, England, Anna Wintour was the daughter of famed newspaper editor Charles Wintour and grew up as ambitious and driven as he was. She cut her professional teeth as an...

The most famous and powerful person in fashion, Anna Wintour rose through the publishing ranks to become editor-in-chief of American Vogue. While her imperious, reserved manner, bobbed hair and omnipresent sunglasses added to her legendary reputation as a terrifying and mysterious figure, Wintour was universally recognized for her talent and iron-fisted leadership. Her near-mythic reputation was tweaked when her former assistant, Lauren Weisberger, penned the best-selling roman à clef The Devil Wears Prada, which became a 2006 global blockbuster starring Meryl Streep, who earned an Oscar nomination for her sympathetic, hilarious turn as the Wintour-inspired Miranda Priestly. The "devil" came out angelically, however, with the film and the documentary "The September Issue" (2009), adding to the world's fascination with Wintour and increasing her celebrity exponentially. Feared, famous and ferociously admired, Anna Wintour achieved iconic status as arguably one of the most glamorous household names of all time.

Born Nov. 3, 1949 in London, England, Anna Wintour was the daughter of famed newspaper editor Charles Wintour and grew up as ambitious and driven as he was. She cut her professional teeth as an editorial assistant at Harper's & Queen, where she quickly made a name for herself as a fearless visionary who used her conviction and connections to make jaw-droppingly creative shoots happen, no matter what cost or inconvenience to others. While this talent helped her create impressive work, it also irritated higher-ups, and she was fired after nine months as a junior fashion editor at Harper's Bazaar. Wintour resurfaced with stints as fashion editor at Viva, Savvy and New York and made ripples throughout the industry when she told the legendary Vogue editor Grace Mirabella to her face that she wanted her job.

Brought on board Vogue as creative director in the early 1980s, she earned the nickname "Nuclear Wintour" for her iron-fisted leadership style as editor-in-chief of British Vogue and then House & Garden before finally landing her long-stated goal: editor-in-chief of American Vogue. Reinvigorating the magazine and striking a nerve by renewing its dedication to haute couture served through the prism of celebrity-driven covers and features, Wintour ascended to the ultimate power position in the fashion industry but garnered controversy for her pro-fur stance and impossibly high work standards. Instantly recognizable for her signature bob and ever-present sunglasses, Wintour was the thinly veiled subject of her former assistant's best-selling novel The Devil Wears Prada, which became a 2006 blockbuster film starring an Oscar-nominated Meryl Streep. The famously frosty Wintour had the last laugh, however, when the hit film and the documentary "The September Issue" (2009) only helped increase her star power.

By Jonathan Riggs

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