The Best Celebrity Biographies Books

The Best Celebrity Biographies

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List of celebrity biographies, ranked best to worst by fans. Books written about famous people in Hollywood are included in this list. So what makes a celebrity biography a must-read? The more revealing it is about the subject, the better. Juicy details about the lives of the rich and famous makes celebrity biographies some of the best-selling books of all time. This list of best celebrity biographies has the most scandalous details and intimate truths about film and television icons, legendary singers and musicians, controversial politicians, and even members of the British royal family.

The greatest celebrity biographies range from inspirational to tragic and elegant to trashy, but the one thing that connect these top-selling books is that they are all very entertaining to read. Each page-turning chapter of these comprehensive celeb bios, which are mostly unauthorized, take readers behind the closed doors of the lives of superstars past and present. Some biographies about the stars are funny, irreverent, and candid while others chronicle the dark side of fame and fortune. These are just some of the reasons why millions of readers can't wait to get their hands on a biographical book about a famous person once it comes out.

Do you love reading about juicy gossip, surprising scandals, and Hollywood controversies? Then vote on the list of the best celebrity biographies below and add your favorite superstar biography if you don't see it. Expand your library of knowledge and check out these other book lists on Ranker, including the most overrated books of all time, the best fantasy book series, and the best autobiographies of all time


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    Walt Disney: An American Original Bob Thomas

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    Joan Crawford: the Essential Biography Lawrence J. Quirk and William Schoell

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    The Diana Chronicles Tina Brown Diana, Princess of Wales

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    Just Desserts: The Unauthorized Biography of Martha Stewart Jerry Oppenheimer

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    A Twist of Lemmon Chris Lemmon Jack Lemmon

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    ABBA Gold: the Complete Story John Tobler

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    Emanuel Levy

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    King of Comedy: the Life and Art of Jerry Lewis Shawn Levy

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    As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling Anne Serling

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    Just Jackie Edward Klein Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

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    Lovesick Blues: the Life of Hank Williams Paul Hemphill

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    Gerald Clarke

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    Peter Guralnick Elvis Presley

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    Grace: the Secret Lives of a Princess James Spada Grace Kelly

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    Vincent Price: A Daughter's Biography Victoria Price

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    JFK, reckless youth Nigel Hamilton

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    Steve McQueen: Living On the Edge Michael Munn

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    Front Row: Anna Wintour Jerry Oppenheimer

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    Dark Lover: the Life and Death of Rudolph Valentino Emily W. Leider

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    Zappa: a Biography Barry Miles Frank Zappa

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    Empire: The Life, Legend and Madness of Howard Hughes James Steele, Donald Barlett

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    Britney Sean Smith Britney Spears

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    Sweet Revenge: the Intimate Life of Simon Cowell Tom Bower

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    Dave Grohl: Foo Fighters, Nirvana & Other Misadventures Martin James

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    Somebody: the Reckless Life and Remarkable Career of Marlon Brando Stefan Kanfer

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    Penny Valentine Dusty Springfield

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    Warhol: the Biography Victor Bockris

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    Howard Sounes Bob Dylan

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    Life With My Sister Madonna Christopher Ciccone

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    Hello, Gorgeous: Becoming Barbra Streisand William J. Mann

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    Remembering Whitney Cissy Houston Whitney Houston

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    His Way: The Unauthorized Biography of Frank Sinatra Kitty Kelley

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    Oprah: a Biography Kitty Kelley

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    Angelina: An Unauthorized Biography Andrew Morton Angelina Jolie

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    Danny Sugerman, Jerry Hopkins Jim Morrison

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    Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix Charles R. Cross

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    Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography Andrew Morton

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    Ava Gardner: the Secret Conversations Peter Evans

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    Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America Peter Biskind

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    Heavier Than Heaven Charles R. Cross Kurt Cobain

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    Stormy Weather: the Life of Lena Horne James Gavin

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    The Lives of John Lennon Albert Harry Goldman

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    Freddie Mercury: The Biography Lesley-Ann Jones

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    Walter Isaacson

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    Liz: An Intimate Biography of Elizabeth Taylor C. David Heymann

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    Marilyn Monroe: the Biography Donald Spoto

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    Vivien: the Life of Vivien Leigh Alexander Walker

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    Unmasked: the Final Years of Michael Jackson Ian Halperin

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