For a romance novelist, Steel hasn't seemed to have encountered much romantic synergy in her own life. First married at the age of 18 to banker Claude-Eric Lazard, the two were separated for a long time before she divorced nine years later only to enter a short union with Danny Zugelder, which ended after he was convicted of sexual assault. Her next marriage met an end just two weeks after it began.
In 1981, she married wine seller John Traina, with whom she had five children and remained together with for 17 years. Steel is currently married to Tom Perkins, the creator of a venture capital firm. (UPI Photo/Ken James)
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