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 Origi... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

    Walt Disney: An American Original Bob Thomas

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    Joan Crawford: the Essential B... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

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

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    The Diana Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

    The Diana Chronicles Tina Brown Diana, Princess of Wales

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    As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Ser... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

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

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    A Twist of Lemmon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

    A Twist of Lemmon Chris Lemmon Jack Lemmon

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    ABBA Gold: the Complete Story is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

    ABBA Gold: the Complete Story John Tobler

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    Just Desserts: The Unauthorize... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

    Just Desserts: The Unauthorized Biography of Martha Stewart Jerry Oppenheimer

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    Peter Guralnick Elvis Presley

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    Vincent Price: A Daughter's Bi... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

    Vincent Price: A Daughter's Biography Victoria Price

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    Gerald Clarke

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    Grace: the Secret Lives of a P... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

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

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    Just Jackie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

    Just Jackie Edward Klein Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

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    Emanuel Levy

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    Danny Sugerman, Jerry Hopkins Jim Morrison

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    Vivien: the Life of Vivien Lei... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

    Vivien: the Life of Vivien Leigh Alexander Walker

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    Steve McQueen: Living On the E... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

    Steve McQueen: Living On the Edge Michael Munn

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    Stormy Weather: the Life of Le... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

    Stormy Weather: the Life of Lena Horne James Gavin

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    Empire: The Life, Legend and M... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

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

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    Zappa: a Biography is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

    Zappa: a Biography Barry Miles Frank Zappa

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    Remembering Whitney is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

    Remembering Whitney Cissy Houston Whitney Houston

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    Front Row: Anna Wintour is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

    Front Row: Anna Wintour Jerry Oppenheimer

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    Heavier Than Heaven is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

    Heavier Than Heaven Charles R. Cross Kurt Cobain

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    JFK, reckless youth is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

    JFK, reckless youth Nigel Hamilton

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    Ava Gardner: the Secret Conver... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

    Ava Gardner: the Secret Conversations Peter Evans

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    Life With My Sister Madonna is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

    Life With My Sister Madonna Christopher Ciccone

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    Howard Sounes Bob Dylan

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    Sweet Revenge: the Intimate Li... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

    Sweet Revenge: the Intimate Life of Simon Cowell Tom Bower

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    Dave Grohl: Foo Fighters, Nirv... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

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

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    Dark Lover: the Life and Death... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

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

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    Warhol: the Biography is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

    Warhol: the Biography Victor Bockris

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    Somebody: the Reckless Life an... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

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

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    Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Bi... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

    Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography Andrew Morton

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    Walter Isaacson

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    His Way: The Unauthorized Biog... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

    His Way: The Unauthorized Biography of Frank Sinatra Kitty Kelley

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    Room Full of Mirrors: A Biogra... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

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

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    Britney is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

    Britney Sean Smith Britney Spears

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    Hello, Gorgeous: Becoming Barb... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

    Hello, Gorgeous: Becoming Barbra Streisand William J. Mann

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    Star: How Warren Beatty Seduce... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

    Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America Peter Biskind

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    Angelina: An Unauthorized Biog... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

    Angelina: An Unauthorized Biography Andrew Morton Angelina Jolie

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    Oprah: a Biography is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

    Oprah: a Biography Kitty Kelley

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    King of Comedy: the Life and A... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

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

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    The Lives of John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

    The Lives of John Lennon Albert Harry Goldman

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    Freddie Mercury: The Biography is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

    Freddie Mercury: The Biography Lesley-Ann Jones

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    Penny Valentine Dusty Springfield

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    Unmasked: the Final Years of M... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

    Unmasked: the Final Years of Michael Jackson Ian Halperin

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    Lovesick Blues: the Life of Ha... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

    Lovesick Blues: the Life of Hank Williams Paul Hemphill

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    Fela: the Life and Times of An... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

    Fela: the Life and Times of An African Musical Icon Michael Veal

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    Liz: An Intimate Biography of ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

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

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