Claude Sarraute attended the École alsacienne and studied at the faculties of arts and law in Paris before getting a degree (licence) in English in 1949 and beginning a career as a stage actor. In 1948, she married the American journalist Stanley Karnow; the couple divorced in 1955. Claude Sarraute gave up acting and entered journalism in 1952, working for British newspapers, including the Sunday Express, and Le Monde, where she had the entertainment beat. She became known for writing humorous articles and droll books such as Mademoiselle, s’il vous plaît (Please, Miss, 1991). In 1987, she began a long career in French TV and radio journalism. She married as her second husband Christophe Tzara, a physicist and son of the Romanian-French Jewish writer Tristan Tzara. Her third husband was Jean-François Revel, a writer and member of the Académie Française. She has two sons, one of whom is the journalist Martin Tzara.