Tina Brown Opens Up About Making Many Enemies As Editor At Vanity Fair

During an interview at the 92nd Street Y with Jay McInerney, former Vanity Fair editor Tina Brown revealed she made many enemies while working for the renowned publication. 

As Page Six points out, Tina was only 30 in 1984 when she took over the failing Vanity Fair and turned it around while fending off backstabbers in the “hyper-competitive” Condé Nast offices: “It was the court of Louis XIV. It all revolved around the Sun King, Si Newhouse,” she explained. 

Samuel Irving Newhouse (i.e. Si Newhouse), heir to Condé Nast, died last year, and with his death the media company had to execute a number of layoffs and budget cuts to be more attractive to potential buyers.

While Tina ruled, however, she stated she made enemies among those the magazine covered, including a billionaire whose beauty-queen wife was mentioned in a story about the notorious Parisian procurer, Madame Claude.

Still, Tina was able to cover many folks without getting sued. “There’s no one I can’t apologize to,” she said. 

Tina’s memoir, The Vanity Fair Diaries, has been optioned by Big Little Lies producer Bruna Papandrea for a limited TV series.


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