Salacious Celebrity Tell-Alls

Stars dish on their tumultuous careers, rocky relationships and battles with drugs and alcohol in these 20 scandal-filled memoirs.

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'Open' by Andre Agassi

"I hate tennis, hate it with all my heart, and still I keep playing, keep hitting all morning, and all afternoon, because I have no choice," the Grand Slam champ writes about his love-hate relationship with the game that made him a star. The most shocking revelation here: Agassi used crystal meth in 1997 and failed a drug test.

'All That Is Bitter and Sweet' by Ashley Judd

Judd's moving memoir details her rewarding humanitarian work, but it also brims with tabloid fodder, including disturbing accounts of being molested as a young girl, witnessing her mother Naomi's troubling relationships with men and being left alone as a child while Naomi and sister Wynona toured as The Judds.

'Audition' by Barbara Walters

"So here it is, the whole package, from the beginning," Walters writes in the introduction to her memoir. She wasn't kidding. In effortless prose, the veteran journalist unwraps numerous lifelong secrets: her embarassment, even hatred, for her mentally disabled sister; the coverup she orchestrated for her father's suicide; and her shocking affair with black Sen. Edward Brooke, which the pair ended to protect their careers.

'Wishful Drinking' by Carrie Fisher

The daughter of a dysfunctional Hollywood family, and muse to adolescent men the world over, writes with spirited audacity—and a new sort of clarity thanks to electroshock therapy—about her relationship with Elizabeth Taylor (who broke up her parents' marriage), the legacy of Star Wars (and the battle of the bra) and the funny side of bipolar disorder.

'Transition' by Chaz Bono

Sonny and Cher's only child, Chaz, gives a courageous, important account of his 41-year struggle with gender identity in this eye-opening memoir about his transition (including real-time photos of the transformation process) from a woman to a man.

'In Spite of Myself' by Christopher Plummer

The theater and film star has written a jovial, deliciously candid memoir (some critics accused him of oversharing, not that they minded) about his work as an actor on stage and screen, as well as his affairs, his marriages and heady, high-flying times in 1950s and 60s New York.

'The Real Girl Next Door' by Denise Richards

"I'll let you in on a secret," the Wild Things actress writes about her relationship with ex Charlie Sheen. "Nearly six years after we'd split, I still had moments where I was sad that we weren't a family unit." In her refreshingly honest memoir, Richards opens up about life with Charlie, losing her mom to cancer and adopting daughter Eloise at 40.

'The Legs Are the Last to Go' by Diahann Carroll

Carroll was 73 when she published this wonderfully witty account of her four marriages; her tumultuous affair with Sidney Poitier; the racial politics of Hollywood and on Broadway; and the joy of aging gracefully (with a little help from the plastic surgeon). 

'Happy Accidents' by Jane Lynch

A "piece of advice to twenty-year-old me: Be easy on your sweet self. And don't drink Miller Lite tall boys in the morning," writes the gregarious Glee star in her first memoir, which chronicles the years she struggled to embrace her sexuality as well as her unlikely addiction to Nyquil.

'American Outlaw' by Jesse James

Quite possibly the most hated man in America when news broke that he'd cheated on Hollywood darling Sandra Bullock, Jesse James decided to battle back from infamy by releasing an intimately detailed bombshell memoir—he even recalls the moment he confessed his affair—about his relationship with the Blindside star.

'Life' by Keith Richards

The aging rocker—he's 67!—hasn't lost his edge, or his ability to entertain, as evidenced by his rich, raw autobiography. A few juicy details: he credits the "finest, finest cocaine and the purest, purest heroin" for his longevity; he outs Mick Jagger for possessing a "tiny todger"; and he gleefully admits to sleeping with Jagger's girlfriend Marianne Faithfull.

'Being Kendra' by Kendra Wilkinson

In Sliding Into Home, the former Playboy bunny spilled on what it's really like to be one of Hef's harem. In her new memoir, she opens up about the ups and downs of motherhood, marriage and her struggle with postpartum depression.

'Starting Over' by La Toya Jackson

La Toya famously revealed her family's deepest, darkest secrets in an autobiography she published almost 20 years ago. Her follow-up to that controversial book explores her abusive marriage to her former manager, Jack Gordon, who she says forced her to write the last book, pose in Playboy and cut off contact with her family. She also pays tribute to her brother Michael and searches for clues to the truth behind his untimely death.

'High on Arrival' by Mackenzie Phillips

The actress and Celebrity Rehab graduate wins the award for most salacious celebrity memoir: in High on Arrival she confesses a complex, destructive, drug-fueled sexual relationship with her father John Phillips of The Mamas and the Papas.

'Here's the Story' by Maureen McCormick

Marcia, Marcia, Marcia. Turns out the Brady Bunch star lived a life far different from her squeaky-clean, impossibly straight-haired alter ego. In her shocking memoir, McCormick chronicles the dark side of child stardom, including her devastating  addiction to drugs and alcohol.

'Untied' by Meredith Baxter

An abusive 15-year marriage to actor David Birney, an increasingly dangerous addiction to alcohol and newfound love with a woman—the Keaton family mom shares how her life unraveled and came back together again.

'Stories I Only Tell My Friends' by Rob Lowe

Lowe's memoir, which boasts an ease of language and an ear for storytelling, isn't exactly salacious. But he offers plenty of intimate stories about his life in Hollywood, his appreciation for politics and his teen idol roots.

'Life Itself' by Roger Ebert

The controversial film critic may have lost his ability to speak after treatment for thyroid cancer, but his voice is more powerful than ever in this candid personal history, which chronicles his struggle with alcholism, his marriage and his relationship with friends like Gene Siskel.

'Found' by Tatum O'Neal

"This wasn't supposed to happen," O'Neal writes about her arrest in 2003 for possession of crack cocaine. In her, at times, heartbreaking second memoir, O'Neal reveals her continual struggles with addiction and the effect it's had on her already fraught relationships with her family.

'American Prince' by Tony Curtis

Curtis revisists the sets of his classic movies (Houdini, Spartacus and Some Like It Hot) and gets real about the ups and downs of living life in the public eye.

 

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First Published September 1, 2011

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