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Shoshanna Lonstein Gruss : biography

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Shoshanna Lonstein Gruss (née Shoshanna Lonstein; May 29, 1975) is an American fashion designer.

Early life

Shoshanna Lonstein was born in Manhattan, New York."Shoshanna Lonstein." Biography in Context. Detroit: Gale, 2003. Gale Biography In Context. Web. 10 Feb. 2011. She attended Nightingale-Bamford School for girls in New York City's Upper East Side, graduating in 1993. She began college at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. but, in 1994, transferred to the University of California, Los Angeles. In 1997, she graduated from UCLA with a double bachelors degree in history and art history.


With a loan from her father, Zach Lonstein, chief executive officer of Infocrossing, she started her clothing company in 1998. In 2005, after the birth of her daughter, Gruss began designing and marketing children's swimwear.

After being the face of Judith Ripka's advertising campaign in 2009, Gruss paired with Judith Ripka to launch her own jewelry line through QVC in August 2010.

Gruss teamed up with longtime friend Charlotte Ronson to collaborate on a swimwear collection, "Made with Love", which was introduced in the spring of 2009.


Gruss has appeared in numerous television programs, webcasts, and interviews, including a 2008 episode of America's Next Top Model.

In popular culture

In The Simpsons episode "Bart Sells His Soul", the character Snake Jailbird has a girlfriend named Shoshanna. According to the episode's DVD commentary, this was a reference to Gruss.

Personal life

While still a 17-year-old high school student, she came to public attention by dating the much older Jerry Seinfeld, who was still starring in his eponymous sitcom. They dated for approximately four years, from 1993 to 1997, before the relationship ended. She transferred to UCLA in part to be with Seinfeld and cited missing New York City and constant press coverage as reasons for the relationship ending.

On May 10, 2003, Lonstein married Joshua Gruss, son of financier Martin Gruss. Joshua Gruss is a Partner at Gruss & Co., a private investment firm based in New York City, and CEO of Round Hill Music. They reside in New York City and have one daughter, Sienna, who was born in 2005.

Gruss is a Trustee of the Nightingale-Bamford School and also a member of their Alumnae Board Committee. Gruss is a founding chair of the Sesame Workshop family leadership committee and a founding member of The Rockefeller University’s Parents and Science Steering Committee. She is a Vice Chairman of the associate committee of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the MSKCC Children’s Committee.

Living octopus

Living octopus

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