Would you be ashamed for your friends to know you have a deep and abiding obsession with all things related to Princess Diana? Well, we’ve got good news. It’s the holidays and you can stay inside—away from prying eyes—and read any number of super scandalous celebrity biographies to your heart’s content.
In fact, we’ve got six of them right here … with juicy details on the likes of American royalty, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, super-nova classic Hollywood stars Liz Taylor and Richard Burton, Marilyn Monroe, and Grace Kelly, and all those terrifyingly weird tales about Tom Cruise’s “wife auditions.”
Jackie Oh!, by Kitty Kelley
Many in the public had been quietly protective of Jackie Kennedy since the assassination of her husband and the many trials and tribulations of her family. But in 1978, Kitty Kelley burst through any barriers of respect for the former first lady with this juicy biography that focuses on the second half of Jackie’s life as Jackie O. With salacious details about Jackie’s sex life and reasons for her second marriage, Kitty Kelley’s biography became one of the most scandalous books of its time.
Furious Love, by Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger
This delicious read on the relationship between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton has basically everything one could hope for in a scandalous celebrity biography and on the big scale of astronomical Hollywood egos. The love between Taylor and Burton was truly something to behold, though, and their connection was one for the history books—they would marry, divorce, and re-marry. Burton, remarking later on his love of Taylor’s breasts, declared them “apocalyptic.”
Diana, by Andrew Morton
Princess’s Diana’s death only increased public fervor for details on her private life. Biographer Andrew Morton saw his chance and took it with the 1992 publication of his biography which proclaimed to tell Diana’s “true story.” So true, in fact, that the royal family tried to have it barred from publication, and it’s no surprise why: the book contains all the gritty details on Diana’s unhappiness under control of the palace, including her struggles with bulimia and self-harm. Most damning, however, were the details of Charles’ infidelity with his former girlfriend, Camilla Parker Bowles.
Steve Jobs, by Walter Issacson
The intensely private life of Apple founder Steve Jobs was always one shrouded in mystery and tales of narcissism and megalomania. Walter Issacson’s incredibly well-written and informative biography shed light on Jobs’ beginnings and the turmoil under which Apple became the Apple we know today—including Jobs’ refusal to admit paternity to his first daughter, his notorious behavior in the office, and his refusal to seek medical treatment for his cancer diagnosis, which eventually led to his death.
High Society: A Life of Grace Kelly, by Donald Spoto
Spoto, a biographer of the likes of Alfred Hitchcock and Marilyn Monroe, took on the life of Grace Kelly in this 2010 biography, revealing the more adult, raw version of Kelly’s life when she was not behind the camera or, outside of her duties as Princess of Monaco, including her alleged promiscuity, in love affairs with her co-stars, and as Spoto claims, with Marlon Brando, and many married men. One friend of a friend said, “Grace Kelly f—d everything in sight. She was worse than any woman I’ve ever known.”
Tom Cruise, by Andrew Morton
Princess Diana biographer Andrew Morton took on another major celebrity in 2008 with his biography of Tom Cruise. With allegations swirling about the cult-like practices of the Church of Scientology (of which Cruise is a member and major contributor) there was much interest in Cruise’s private life, including his search for a new wife after his divorce from Nicole Kidman. In this book Morton details the Church of Scientology’s alleged “wife auditions” for Cruise … talk about scandal … and just plain, ick.