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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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Joan Crawford: the Essential B... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies
Joan Crawford: the Essential Biography Lawrence J. Quirk and William Schoell

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Walt Disney: An American Origi... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

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Elizabeth the Queen: The Life ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

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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

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Ronald Reagan: How an Ordinary... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

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Last train to Memphis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies
Last train to Memphis Peter Guralnick - Elvis Presley

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Grace: the Secret Lives of a P... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies
Grace: the Secret Lives of a Princess James Spada - Grace Kelly

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A Twist of Lemmon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies
A Twist of Lemmon Chris Lemmon - Jack Lemmon

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Just Jackie is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies
Just Jackie Edward Klein - Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

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No One Here Gets Out Alive is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies
No One Here Gets Out Alive Danny Sugerman, Jerry Hopkins - Jim Morrison

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ABBA Gold: the Complete Story is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

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Vincent Price: A Daughter's Bi... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

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Get Happy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies
Get Happy Gerald Clarke

The Hottest Celebrity Lesbians

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Just Desserts: The Unauthorize... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

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John Wayne is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies
MitziDanford added John Wayne Emanuel Levy

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

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Steve Jobs is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies
Steve Jobs Walter Isaacson

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King of Comedy: the Life and A... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

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Unmasked: the Final Years of M... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

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Stormy Weather: the Life of Le... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

The Scariest Novels of All Time

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Britney is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies
Britney Sean Smith - Britney Spears

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Oprah: a Biography is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies
Oprah: a Biography Kitty Kelley

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Room Full of Mirrors: A Biogra... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies
PaoloCernigliaro added Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix Charles R. Cross

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The Lives of John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies
The Lives of John Lennon Albert Harry Goldman

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Star: How Warren Beatty Seduce... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

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Freddie Mercury: The Biography is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

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Remembering Whitney is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies
Remembering Whitney Cissy Houston - Whitney Houston

Famous People (Allegedly) Killed Off By The Illuminati

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Lovesick Blues: the Life of Ha... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

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Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Bi... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

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

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JFK, reckless youth is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies
JFK, reckless youth Nigel Hamilton

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DOWN THE HIGHWAY is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies
DOWN THE HIGHWAY Howard Sounes - Bob Dylan

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Heavier Than Heaven is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies
Heavier Than Heaven Charles R. Cross - Kurt Cobain

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Somebody: the Reckless Life an... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

Last Words Written By Famous People In Their Suicide Notes

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Warhol: the Biography is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies
Warhol: the Biography Victor Bockris

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Zappa: a Biography is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies
Zappa: a Biography Barry Miles - Frank Zappa

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Steve McQueen: Living On the E... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

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Ava Gardner: The Secret Conver... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

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Life With My Sister Madonna is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies
Life With My Sister Madonna Christopher Ciccone

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Empire: The Life, Legend and M... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

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Dancing with demons is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies
Dancing with demons Penny Valentine - Dusty Springfield

47 Famous People Who Own Guns

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Hello, Gorgeous: Becoming Barb... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

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His Way: The Unauthorized Biog... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

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Fela: the Life and Times of An... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies

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Angelina: An Unauthorized Biog... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies
Angelina: An Unauthorized Biography Andrew Morton - Angelina Jolie

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Front Row: Anna Wintour is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies
Front Row: Anna Wintour Jerry Oppenheimer

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Robert Mitchum is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies
countalucard added Robert Mitchum Lee Server

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Ava Gardner: Love is nothing..... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Celebrity Biographies
countalucard added Ava Gardner: Love is nothing...

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