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The Inspiration for ABC's 'Scandal'

Crisis-management pro explains celebrity faux pas and forgiveness in new book

Judy Smith's experiences as a longtime DC insider are the basis of the ABC drama

Judy Smith's experiences are the basis of the ABC drama "Scandal." — Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Whether celebrities or not, many of us have experienced a crisis that threatens our reputations and strains relationships. Judy Smith has made a career out of crisis management for those in the limelight — so well, in fact, that a television show, Scandal, is based on her work. In her new book, Good Self, Bad Self, she details her handling of high-profile setbacks and what the rest of us can learn from them.

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