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

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

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

Unsinkable: A Memoir

Debbie Reynolds

Unsinkable is the definitive memoir by film legend and Hollywood icon Debbie Reynolds.Actress, comedienne, singer, and dancer Debbie Reynolds shares the highs and lows of her life as an actress during Hollywood's Golden Age, anecdotes...

Published: Nov 2013


Tina Fey

Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teac...

Published: Jan 2012

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

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

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

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

Scar Tissue

Anthony Kiedis

The lead singer and songwriter for the Red Hot Chili Peppers presents a searing, candid memoir that captures the bright and dark moments of his life and career, including his descent into drug addiction, and their influence on his mus...

Published: Oct 2005

One More Time: A Memoir (Encore Nonfi...

Carol Burnett

The acclaimed comedienne and actress reveals how her financially difficult childhood with her eccentric grandmother gave her the strength and determination to enter and become a success in the difficult world of show business. Reprint...

Published: Aug 2003

700 Sundays

Billy Crystal

Billy Crystal has transformed his Tony award-winning one-man show into a petite book chronicling his 1950s childhood. Based on the estimated number of Sundays spent with his hardworking father before an untimely heart attack, the book...

Published: Oct 2006

Life Laughs: The Naked Truth about Mo...

Jenny McCarthy

Jenny McCarthy, New York Times bestselling author of Baby Laughs and Belly Laughs, speaks candidly about the challenges and the humor to be found in balancing motherhood and the ups and downs of marriage. Jenny McCarthy's honesty has...

Published: Apr 2007

Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I...

Alison Arngrim

For seven years, Alison Arngrim played a wretched, scheming, selfish, lying, manipulative brat on one of TV history's most beloved series. Though millions of Little House on the Prairie viewers hated Nellie Oleson and her evil antics...

Published: Jun 2011

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

Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina...

Misty Copeland

In this instant New York Times bestseller, Misty Copeland makes history as the only African American soloist dancing with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. But when she first placed her hands on the barre at an after-school com...

Published: Jan 2015

Ron Jeremy: The Hardest (Working) Man...

Ron Jeremy

He's the porn world's Everyman. Blessed with an enormous 'talent' yet average looks, he's starred in more than 1,700 adult films, directed 250 of them, and over the last twenty years has become porn's biggest ambassador to the mainst...

Published: Feb 2008

Hellraisers: The Life and Inebriated ...

Robert Sellers

ON SCREEN THEY WERE STARS. "A portrait of four profoundly flawed yet awesome leading men, as well as a window into a time when glamour was sacrosanct and when stardom was achieved rather than manufactured." —Playboy"...

Published: Apr 2011

Frank & Ava: In Love and War

John Brady

The love story of Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner has never been fully explored or explained―until now. Frank & Ava delves deeply into the lives of these two iconic stars and their turbulent lifelong relationship. It began in Hollywoo...

Published: Oct 2017

Johnny Carson

Henry Bushkin

"A close look at how show business power corrupts . . . The dishiest read of the year." – Janet Maslin, "Ten Favorite Books of the Year," New York Times"Here's Johnny!" Probably everyone in America kno...

Published: Oct 2014

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

I Must Say: My Life As a Humble Comed...

Martin Short

In this engagingly witty, wise, and heartfelt memoir, Martin Short tells the tale of how a showbiz- obsessed kid from Canada transformed himself into one of Hollywood's favorite funnymen, known to his famous peers as the "comedia...

Published: Jul 2015

Early Bird: A Memoir of Premature Ret...

Rodney Rothman

A former head writer for "David Letterman" recounts his decision to retire from big-city life in his mid-twenties, his relocation to South Florida, and his humorous experiences with the older retired senior crowd that compri...

Published: Apr 2006

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
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