For some reason, celebrities seem to endlessly fascinate us. Whether it’s their lavish lifestyles, jet-setting tendencies or tabloid-worthy relationships, the lives of the rich and famous are something we just can’t get enough of. If you’ve ever wanted to enter the world of your favorite actor or music mogul, books by celebrities are about as close as you’ll likely get. The celebrity autobiography gives us a fascinating glimpse into the lives of those larger-than-life personalities that we somehow feel we know–until we read their books, that is. Looking for a few celebrity-authored reads? Stay away from the celebrity novels (unless you’re looking for a beach read), and check out these five books:
The Soundtrack of My Life by Clive Davis
When this explosive autobiography was released in February 2013, it was met with plenty of controversy. In The Soundtrack of My Life, hitmaker and chief creative officer of Sony Music Entertainment Clive Davis combines the tale of his personal life story with fascinating anecdotes about his five decades in the music industry. While you may not have heard of Davis, you certainly wouldn’t have heard of such legends as Bob Dylan, Aerosmith, Whitney Houston and Alicia Keys if he hadn’t discovered them.
Audition: A Memoir by Barbara Walters
Arguably one of the most important journalists in the history of television, Barbara Walters details her incredibly interesting life in Audition: A Memoir–from living next door to Al Capone to her contentious relationship with her sister Jackie. Walters’ autobiography is candid in the best sense of the word, exploring her personal and professional life to reveal how these experiences took her from being the first female co-host of Today to creator of The View.
Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life by Steve Martin
No matter your age, it’s likely that funnyman Steve Martin has somehow made an impact on your life. Whether you’ve seen him on SNL or watched Father of the Bride so many times that your VHS wore out, the Grammy and Emmy Award winner has proven time and again that he has the gift of making people laugh. Martin’s novel talks about how he became a comedian and why he eventually retired from stand up. This autobiography is a unique view into the mind of one of America’s greatest comedians.
What Falls Away by Mia Farrow
In What Falls Away, Mia Farrow goes into exquisite detail about her life, from her childhood in Western Ireland to her journey to becoming one of the most well-regarded actresses in Hollywood. Perhaps most intriguing, however, is her account of her troubled 12-year relationship with Woody Allen, which ended in a painful custody battle (Allen began a relationship with Farrow’s adopted daughter Soon-Yi in the scandal heard round the world).
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