Anna Wintour didn’t know which assistant wrote Devil Wears Prada

She doesn’t know them.

Lauren Weisberger’s 2003 novel à clef about her experience at Vogue didn’t ring any bells with Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour.

A new bio about the 72-year-old editor claims she told then-editor Laurie Jones that she didn’t know which of her previous assistants wrote the novel The Devil Wears Prada.

It wasn’t until Weisberger’s book was filmed in 2006 that Wintour finally began to pay attention.

Amy Odell, author of Anna: The Biography, described what happened when the fashion editor tried to remember who worked for her.

“On May 21, 2002, Women’s Wear Daily reported that ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ was sold to Doubleday for an alleged $250,000. When Anna found out about the book, she said yes [managing editor Laurie] Jones, ‘I can’t remember who this girl is,'” Odell wrote, according to Entertainment Weekly.

In the bio, Wintour went to a private screening of The Devil Wears Prada at the Paris Theater in New York City in 2006 before the film premiered on June 30.

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Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep in 2006’s The Devil Wears Prada.

Wintour reportedly attended the show dressed in Prada. Director David Frankel reportedly overheard Wintour’s daughter, Bee Shaffer, telling her mother that the film “really nailed her character.”

Vogue editor William Norwich also contributed to Odell’s book and was quoted as saying that the Condé Nast director “really didn’t care about the book, even after it had been on the New York Times bestseller list for six months.”

According to Odell, Norwich added, “‘I don’t think Anna is as interested in the cultural phenomenon as all of us are,'” he said. Anna has said to friends, “I’m so bored of myself.” This is one of the reasons she has no intention of ever writing a memoir. Norwich stated, ‘She doesn’t want to stop working to think.'”

Editor-in-Chief of American Vogue and Chief Content Officer of Conde Nast Dame Anna Wintour
Wintour’s life was detailed in Amy Odell’s latest book, Anna: The Biography.
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A Vogue rep revealed to Entertainment Weekly in a statement that the bio “was written without Anna’s involvement and unfortunately she was not given the opportunity to verify anything in it.”

The chick-lit dramedy starred Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly, a ruthless fashion magazine editor, and Anne Hathaway as Andy Sachs, an eager, wide-eyed college grad who lands a job as Priestly’s assistant.

Hathaway, 39, wasn’t the original choice to play Andy, according to Frankel. The cast reunited virtually for a 15-year reunion with Entertainment Weekly last year, during which it was revealed that Rachel McAdams was the first choice for the role. But the “Mean Girls” star turned it down three times.

THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, Meryl Streep (wearing Fendi coat), 2006, Photo: Barry Wetcher / TM & Co
Streep’s character of Miranda Priestly was based on Wintour magazine and Vogue.
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“The studio was very committed to seeing Rachel in this film,” Frankel said during the reunion. “And she was very determined not to.”

Streep, 72, noted at the time that she based her portrayal of Priestly on Clint Eastwood. “I saw Clint Eastwood walk a set,” said the Oscar winner. “He’s someone the boys really respect and he never raises his voice; The one time he did it scared people so much they were traumatized for two weeks… It was up to them to show that reaction. I could just talk and be a little meaner than I usually am.”

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