20 Must-Read Celebrity Bios

Need a good beach (or bathroom) read? Try these
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 30, 2010 11:35 AM CDT

(Newser) – To understand how women have defined “celebrity” over the past century, you have to read these 20 biographies. Or maybe, writes Tracie Egan Morrissey for Jezebel, you’re just looking for a trashy bathroom read. That works, too:

  • No Lifeguard on Duty, Janice Dickinson: The supermodel is “deliciously TMI about everything: when she tried to trick Sylvester Stallone into thinking he was the father of her baby when he wasn't; getting totally fucked up on coke and booze at Stephanie Seymour's bachelorette party; describing—in detail—Liam Neeson's penis size.”
  • Liz, C. David Heymann: “Focuses mostly on the trashier aspects of Elizabeth Taylor’s life and career—like the pills, the booze, the marriages, and the fluctuating weight—but is mostly interesting for its account of all of her ‘firsts’ as a celebrity woman.”

  • Alice, Stacy A. Cordery: “Before Paris Hilton there was Alice Roosevelt Longworth, the eldest daughter of Teddy Roosevelt,” who “was perhaps the first ‘It Girl’ to ever become famous for simply being the daughter of someone famous.”
  • Bunny Tales, Izabella St. James: “If you want some trash, this is some trash. Izabella St. James was one of the original ‘Seven Blondes’ in that harem that Hugh Hefner put together in the 1990s.”
  • Dolly, by Dolly Parton: “She gives hillbilly makeup tips (burnt matches make good eyeliner), her diet (chew food but don't swallow it), and explains her open marriage with her husband Carl Dean. It's a testament to how fucking likable she is, regardless of what she says.”
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