Isn’t it fun to take a peek into the lives of celebrities? To me, celebrity memoirs and biographies are like an extended version of People magazine. I love listening to the celebrity’s own voice, but you often get more “dirt” if you read a biography written by someone else. Here are a few books I have enjoyed, a couple of new-ish memoirs, and a couple of those “unauthorized biographies!” Enjoy!
Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography by Rob Lowe, 2011
A teen idol at fifteen, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at twenty, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences as a painfully misunderstood child actor in Ohio uprooted to the wild counterculture of mid-seventies Malibu, where he embarked on his unrelenting pursuit of a career in Hollywood.
sTORI Telling by Tori Spelling with Hilary Liftin, 2008
Here is Tori's chance to finally tell her side of the tabloid-worthy life she's led, and she talks about it all: her decadent childhood birthday parties, her nose job, her fairy-tale wedding to the wrong man, her so-called feud with her mother. Her memoir goes into the real life behind the rumors: her complicated relationship with her parents; her struggles as an actress after 90210; her accident-prone love life; and, ultimately, her quest to define herself on her own terms.
Bossypants by Tina Fey, 2011
From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon, comedian Tina Fey reveals all, and proves that you're no one until someone calls you bossy.
Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain by Portia De Rossi, 2010 Known for her roles on the hit TV shows "Ally McBeal" and "Arrested Development," de Rossi delivers an account of the years she spent secretly suffering from bulimia, all the while living under the glare of Hollywood's bright lights.
Oprah: A Biography by Kitty Kelley, 2010
Kitty Kelley presents the first comprehensive unauthorized biography on multifaceted media mogul and international role model Oprah Winfrey, with roughly 850 interviews as well as three years of extensive research. Readers will come away with a greater appreciation of who Oprah really is beyond her public persona and a fuller understanding of her important place in American cultural history.
Angelina: An Unauthorized Biography by Andrew Morton, 2010
Award-winning biographer Andrew Morton unveils the life of powerful celebrity Angelina Jolie. Daughter of actor Jon Voight, Jolie hit the Hollywood scene at a young age and as she developed into a stunning young woman, won international acclaim for her role in Girl, Interrupted. However, she was also deemed wild, strange, reckless, and overly sexual. Lately though, Jolie has become a humanitarian, U.N. Goodwill Ambassador, a praised mother, and a partner to actor and philanthropist Brad Pitt.