Steel doesn't like to discuss her early marriages and blames sleazy revelations about them in a 1994 biography for destroying her marriage to Traina. The authors Lorenzo Benet and Vickie L. Bane had obtained records of Traina's adoption of her son Nick, whose biological father was Steel's third husband. She sued in an effort to keep the records sealed, but lost. "Nick never wanted the other children to know that he wasn't John's child," she says. "The records of adopted children are sealed in California. That seal is considered inviolable... The judge ruled that, because I was famous, he didn't have the same rights as other kids.


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