Biography & Autobiography - Entertainment & Performing Arts

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The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Aut...

Sidney Poitier

In this luminous memoir, a true American icon looks back on his celebrated life and career. His body of work is arguably the most morally significant in cinematic history, and the power and influence of that work are indicative of the...

Published: Jan 2007

Meet the Mertzes: The Life Stories of...

Rob Edelman

Meet the Mertzes is an expansive dual biography chronicling the lives of two of America's most popular situation-comedy actors, William Frawley and Vivian Vance, who portrayed Fred and Ethel Mertz on I Love Lucy. This meticulously res...

Published: Sep 1999

What's Eating Johnny Depp?

Nigel Goodall

Johnny Depp, Hollywood’s most famous outsider, is one of this generation’s most impassioned, highly lauded stars. Nigel Goodall looks at his often turbulent life, his highprofile love affairs, and his extraordinary career ...

Published: Jul 2004

Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Au...

Rob Lowe

A wryly funny and surprisingly moving account of an extraordinary life lived almost entirely in the public eyeA teen idol at fifteen, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at twenty, and one of Hollywood's top stars to th...

Published: Jan 2012

Still Me

Christopher Reeve

When the first Superman movie came out I was frequently asked 'What is a hero?'  I remember the glib response I repeated so many times.  My answer was that a hero is someone who commits a courageous action without considering the ...

Published: Jan 1999

Dean Martin: King of the Road

Michael Freedland

Singer, actor, and member of the infamous Rat Pack, Dean Martin was a star who had it all—money, women, and fame. Now Michael Freedland looks at his life, his career, and his enduring appeal. Beginning with his Ohio childhood as...

Published: May 2005

Lucky Man: A Memoir

Michael J. Fox

The acclaimed actor offers an intimate, heartwarming account of his life, his meteoric rise to success in television and film, his struggle with Parkinson's disease, a degenerative neurological condition that usually affects the elder...

Published: Apr 2003

My Boring-Ass Life: The Uncomfortably...

Kevin Smith

NOW UPDATED WITH THE 'INS AND OUTS' OF MAKING ZACK AND MIRI MAKE A PORNO, AND A NEW AFTERWORD! Anything but boring, Kevin Smith shares his x-rated thoughts in his diary, telling all in his usual candid, heartfelt and irreverent way!Ke...

Published: Oct 2009

Richard Harris: Sex, Death & the Movi...

Michael Feeney Callan

An intimate biography of one of the greatest eccentric spirits of the modern cinema--from his earliest days in Ireland, and his roles in classics like Mutiny on the Bounty, A Man Called Horse, Camelot, The Field, and Unforgiven--to hi...

Published: Mar 2005

Robin Williams: When the Laughter Sto...

Emily Herbert

A thoughtful look at the brilliant life and tragic death of a comedy icon At midday on August 11, 2014, much-loved comedian Robin Williams was pronounced dead at his California home. From Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji, and Aladdin to Good ...

Published: Nov 2014

Heath Ledger: His Beautiful Life and ...

John McShane

Young, cocksure, handsome and absurdly talented, Australian actor Heath Ledger shot to prominence with his first Hollywood film '10 Things I Hate About You': and a star was born.With huge charisma and smouldering looks lighting up the...

Published: Jun 2008

American Sideshow

Marc Hartzman

A fascinating look into the history of the American sideshow and its performers. Learn what's real, what's fake, and what's just downright bizarre. You've probably heard of Tom Thumb. The Elephant Man. Perhaps even Chang and Eng, the...

Published: Oct 2006

Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life

Steve Martin

In the midseventies, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. This book is, in his own words, the story of 'why I did stand-up and why I ...

Published: Sep 2008

You'll Never Make Love in This Town A...

Lois Lee

Wild, graphic, sometimes funny, ultimately sad -- this is the book that had Hollywood hiding behind closed doors and 'no comment.' Four beautiful young women tell the stories of the famous, the sexy, the rich, and the sadistic.

Published: Oct 2006

Pardon My Hearse: A Colorful Portrait...

Allan Abbott

Even celebrities die―and he was the man who picked up the bodies! Allan Abbott ran the leading hearse, mortuary, and funeral services company in Hollywood and got an unprecedented glimpse of how celebrities really live and die. The ...

Published: May 2015

Whitney Houston!: The Spectacular Ris...

Mark Bego

The definitive biography of an American music legend.Whitney Houston (1963–2012) was a superstar. Few in the world of show business reach the career heights that she attained with what seemed such ease. Her megastardom peaked in 199...

Published: Mar 2012

Company of Heroes: My Life as an Acto...

Harry Jr. Carey

When Harry Carey, Sr., died in 1947, director John Ford cast Carey's twenty-six-year-old son, Harry, Jr., in the role of The Abilene Kid in 3 Godfathers. Ford and the elder Carey had filmed an earlier version of the story, and Ford de...

Published: Dec 2013

The Girl Who Walked Home Alone: Bette...

Charlotte Chandler

Noted film biographer Charlotte Chandler interviewed Bette Davis extensively in the last decade of her life, resulting in a biography in which the great actress speaks for herself. Chandler also spoke with directors, actors, and other...

Published: Mar 2007

I Have Chosen to Stay and Fight

Margaret Cho

The comedienne and activist shares her experiences and misadventures in political advocacy for such causes as the freedom of expression, gay rights, racial discrimination, and capital punishment, in an account that makes humorous reco...

Published: Oct 2006

From the Holocaust to Hogan's Heroes:...

Robert Clary

Robert Clary is best known for his portrayal of the spirited Corporal Louis Lebeau on the popular television series Hogan's Heroes (on the air from 1965 to 1971 and widely syndicated around the globe). But it is Clary's experiences as...

Published: Feb 2008

Judy Garland: A Biography

Anne Edwards

Praised as "undoubtedly the best of the many books on Judy Garland" by no less a critic than John Lahr (the son of Bert Lahr, the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz), Anne Edwards's biography attempts to present a complete pi...

Published: Apr 2013

Vivien Leigh: A Biography

Anne Edwards

This is the story of the actress who became a Hollywood legend by winning the coveted role of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind, and whose circle included both theatrical and political celebrities, from Winston Churchill to Noel C...

Published: Apr 2013

Nora Ephron: The Last Interview: And ...

Nora Ephron

For fans of When Harry Met Sally and readers of I Feel Bad About My Neck (which is to say, almost everyone!) comes an indispensible collection of wit and wisdom from the late, great Nora Ephron A hilarious and revealing look at one o...

Published: Dec 2015

Lee Marvin: Point Blank

Dwayne Epstein

The first full-length, authoritative, and detailed story of the iconic actor's life to go beyond the Hollywood scandal-sheet reporting of earlier books, this account offers an appreciation for the man and his acting career and the cla...

Published: Jun 2014

John Wayne: The Genuine Article

Michael Goldman

John Wayne: The Genuine Article provides readers a rare glimpse into the life of one of the most iconic movie stars of all time through a treasure trove of memorabilia, stories, and interviews. This definitive book includes anecdotes ...

Published: May 2015

Christopher Walken A to Z: The Man-Th...

Robert Schnakenberg

Is Christopher Walken from Mars? He must be. How else can you explain his incredible range of talents and experiences? He has worked as a lion tamer, he has danced in music videos for Madonna, Duran Duran, and Fatboy Slim, and he has ...

Published: Oct 2008

The Entertainer: Movies, Magic, and M...

Margaret Talbot

Using the life and career of her father, an early Hollywood actor, New Yorker writer Margaret Talbot tells the thrilling story of the rise of popular culture through a transfixing personal lens. The arc of Lyle Talbot's career is in f...

Published: Nov 2013

Life and Def: Sex, Drugs, Money, + Go...

Russell Simmons

Russell Simmons, the original and eternal hip-hop mogul, is one of the most innovative and influential figures in modern American business and culture. When no one outside of inner-city New York had even heard of hip-hop, Simmons saw ...

Published: Sep 2002

Just a Geek: Unflinchingly honest tal...

Wil Wheaton

Wil Wheaton has never been one to take the conventional path to success. Despite early stardom through his childhood role in the motion picture "Stand By Me", and growing up on television as Wesley Crusher on "Star Trek...

Published: Aug 2009

Love, Lucy

Lucille Ball

The one and only New York Times bestselling autobiography by Lucille Ball... 'Filled with light and laughter.' (New York Times Book Review) 'Lucy fans will find this book fascinating.' (Detroit News) 'A winner.' (New York Newsday) 'In...

Published: Oct 1997
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