Meet the Real-Life Alex Vause

Real Alex VauseThis week, People magazine reported that Cleary Wolters, 52, (the real life Alex Vause, named Nora Jansen in Piper Kerman’s memoir, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison) is the real Piper’s ex-girlfriend.

Wolters is now writing her own memoir, Out of Orange, which explores her experience as a drug mule and the horrific experience of getting out of it. Her intention is to “correct the concept that I was singularly responsible for Piper’s downfall.” 

Though Wolters admits that Kerman never would have gone to jail if it wasn’t for her, “The people who ended up being involved with me were people who wanted to be or asked to be.” 

Click the above image to visit the preview article on People‘s website.

For more about Wolters and her story, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.



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