Lorenzo Benet


Lorenzo Benet is an author, magazine writer and a celebrity expert.

His most recent book,Trailblazer: An Intimate Biography of Sarah Palin, was published in 2009 and was released in paperback in the summer of 2010 with a new forward. The Washington Post called Trailblazer “A revealing personal look” at the former vice presidential candidate. The book, adapted from a People magazine cover story that garnered Benet a prestigious award from the Los Angeles Press Club, and broke new ground on the controversial former Alaskan governor, was featured in the Washington Post, Politico.com, the Today Show, CNN,, MSNBC, Extra and The Insider.

His third book, Landing It: My Life On and Off The Ice was a collaboration with Olympic champion Scott Hamilton on the skater’s life story. It was a New York Times bestseller and was “enthusiastically recommended” by the Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly. The book also reached #1 on the Los Angeles Times bestseller list.

His first book, coauthored with Vickie Bane, was the real story of America’s #1 bestselling author, The Lives of Danielle Steel, an international bestseller that Entertainment Weekly described as “steamy.” It was published in several languages and is currently in its fourth printing. Benet also collaborated with conservative radio talk show host Star Parker on her memoir, Pimps, Whores and Welfare Brats, which chronicles Parker’s rise from a welfare cheat to conservative political messenger.

Benet is an assistant editor at People and has been covering international news events and celebrities since 1988. His writing accolades include journalism prizes from the Los Angeles Press Club, the Detroit Press Club, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Orange County Press Club and the Suburban Newspapers of America. A former staff writer at the Miami Herald and the Los Angeles Daily News, Benet is also a certificate holder from the journalism law program at the Loyola School of Law. His special assignments include coverage of the Persian Gulf War, the O.J. Simpson trial, the Michael Jackson trial, and four Olympic games.

He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and lives in Los Angeles.
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Publishers Weekly called Hamilton’s memoir “nice balance between the personal and professional. Readers seeking a peek at the world of competitive figure skating will be more than satisfied with Hamilton’s book.” The Boston Herald said “Fans will cheer this account of the skater’s rise to Olympic stardom, his subsequent battle with cancer and his triumphant return to the ice.” And the Library Journal called it “Inspirational … Enthusiastically recommended.”
The Washington Post called Trailblazer “A Revealing Personal Look,” while People magazine noted the book was written with cooperation of several Palin family members and close friends.
Fans of Danielle Steel’s romantic concoctions will relish this unauthorized biography. Bane and Benet have done an admirable job.” – People magazine

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