Nancy Jo Sales on L.A. celeb robbers: “The Bling Ring kids were depressed”
One of the summer's most anticipated films not about superheroes or space voyagers is Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring," the story of a group of young people who begin robbing the homes of celebrities. Among the victims of the fame-obsessed cabal: Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, "O.C." star Rachel Bilson and "Hills" personality Audrina Patridge, all of whom had clothes or jewelry stolen. It's the ultimate story for the TMZ age -- and it's all based on a true story.
The teens are also the subject of a new book by Nancy Jo Sales titled "The Bling Ring: How a Gang of Fame-Obsessed Teens Ripped Off Hollywood and Shocked the World." Sales reported on the so-called Bling Ring in a 2010 Vanity Fair piece, which focused in particular on Alexis Neiers, a beautiful and troubled teen whose arrest coincided with the taping of a reality show on E! called "Pretty Wild." (Neiers, who has protested her innocence, pleaded guilty -- and was in the jail cell next to Lindsay Lohan's.)