Okay, hands up: How many of you devoured Judith Krantz’s Scruples? It told the classic ugly duckling tale of fat Wilhelmina Hunnewell Winthrop, who dropped poundage—and a substantial portion of her name as she evolved into Billy—and opened a fabulous boutique in Beverly Hills, California.
According to its own inside cover copy,
Scruples is the novel that created publishing history, the first-and widely acknowledged to be the very best-novel ever written about the staggeringly luxurious life of a Beverly Hills boutique and the people who work in it. Scruples was translated into twenty languages and made Rodeo Drive famous around the world. With Scruples, Judith Krantz...takes her readers behind the scenes of wealthy and fame to show them the real people and the real emotions that exist at the core of even the most high-powered lives.“
Some of you might even have seen the ’80s miniseries, starring Bionic Woman Lindsay Wagner. Now, according to entertainment sources, Scruples is being reworked “for modern times” by ABC (Isn’t that redundant, given we have the Kardashians?).
Will you watch?