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

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

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

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

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

It's Not Me, It's You: Subjective Rec...

Stefanie Wilder-Taylor

A rapier-sharp, hilariously irreverent collection of true-life essays from the beloved author of Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay. Stefanie Wilder-Taylor has never been one to take the conventional route. Whether financing a move to ...

Published: Sep 2010


Linda Lovelace

Good Girl. Obedient Wife. Porn Slave. Deep Throat Was Only The Beginning… Linda Boreman was just twenty-one when she met Chuck Traynor, the man who would change her life. Less than two years later, the girl who wouldn't let her...

Published: Jan 2006

Here's the Deal: Don't Touch Me

Howie Mandel

A frank, funny, no-holds-barred memoir that reveals the Deal or No Deal host's ongoing struggle with OCD and ADHD–and how it has shaped his life and career. Howie Mandel is one of the most recognizable names in entertainment–respe...

Published: Sep 2010

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


Jay Mohr

Now in paperback, the revelatory and surprising memoir of life behind the scenes at Saturday Night Live, by former cast member Jay Mohr his insider account of the inner workings of Saturday Night Live provides the scoop on quirky gues...

Published: Jul 2005

Model Patient: My Life As an Incurabl...

Karen Duffy

In this memoir, Karen Duffy, best known as a former MTV VJ and Revlon model, reveals how her acting and modeling career came to an abrupt halt when she was diagnosed with sarcoidosis of the central nervous system--a rare and potential...

Published: Nov 2001

My Point...And I Do Have One

Ellen DeGeneres

In this #1 New York Times bestseller, Ellen DeGeneres shares her hilarious take on everything from our most baffling human foibles–including how we behave in elevators, airplanes, and restrooms, and why we're so scared of the boogey...

Published: Sep 2007

Last Words

George Carlin

As one of America's preeminent comedic voices, George Carlin saw it all throughout his extraordinary fifty-year career and made fun of most of it. Last Words is the story of the man behind some of the most seminal comedy of the last h...

Published: Nov 2010

Almost Interesting

David Spade

A hilarious and biting memoir from the actor, comedian and Saturday Night Live alumni David Spade.David Spade is best known for his harsh "Hollywood" Minute Sketches on SNL, his starring roles in movies like Joe Dirt an...

Published: Apr 2016

What's So Funny?: My Hilarious Life

Tim Conway

Six-time Emmy Award-winning funny man Tim Conway, best known for his roles on The Carol Burnett Show, offers a straight-shooting and hilarious memoir about his life on stage and off as an actor and comedian.In the annals of TV history...

Published: May 2014

Most Talkative: Stories from the Fron...

Andy Cohen

The man behind the Real Housewives writes about his lifelong love affair with pop culture that brought him from the suburbs of St. Louis to his own television showFrom a young age, Andy Cohen knew one thing: He loved television. Not i...

Published: Mar 2013

The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in...

Jr. Farley

The New York Times bestselling biography of an American comedy legendAfter three years of sobriety, Chris Farley's life was at its creative peak until a string of professional disappointments chased him back to drugs and alcohol. He f...

Published: Jun 2009

Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of El...

Peter Guralnick

There's no mention of sequins, drugs, or peanut butter in thisunderstated biography of the teenaged Elvis, a serious and worthy attempt toanswer the question, 'Who was this guy before he was an icon, thevoice of a generation, the King...

Published: Sep 1995

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

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

The Real Animal House: The Awesomely ...

Chris Miller

The creator of Animal House at last tells the real story of the fraternity that inspired the iconic film--a story far more outrageous (and funny!) than any movie could ever capture. Animal House, the film adaptation of stories Chri...

Published: Oct 2007

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from...

Cary Elwes

From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes the New York Times bestselling account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, ...

Published: Oct 2016

Motherhood and Hollywood: How to Get ...

Patricia Heaton

Motherhood and Hollywood is Patricia Heaton's humorous and poignant collection of essays on life, love, marriage, child-rearing, show business, having parents, being a parent, spousal rage, surviving fame, success, and the shame of un...

Published: Jun 2003

Lovesick Blues: The Life of Hank Will...

Paul Hemphill

Traces the life and career of the mid-twentieth-century country music star, from his sickly and fatherless childhood and musical education by an African-American street singer, to his early gigs in Depression-era rural honky-tonks and...

Published: Sep 2006

How to Be a Movie Star: Elizabeth Tay...

William J. Mann

In the 60s, Elizabeth Taylor's affair with the married Richard Burton knocked John Glenn's orbit of the moon off front pages nationwide. Yet, despite all the gossip, the larger-than-life personality and influence of this very human ...

Published: Apr 2010

Star Trek Memories

William Shatner

Beginning in 1966 as something a little out of the ordinary for prime-time TV, and suffering from shaky ratings throughout its entire run, 'Star Trek' went on to spend the better part of the next three decades exploding into a worldwi...

Published: May 2009

A Fortunate Life

Robert Vaughn

A remarkable and delightful memoir of a life spent in the uppermost circles of acting, politics, and the world Robert Vaughn was born an actor. His family worked in the theater for generations, and he knew from the very start that he...

Published: Nov 2009
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