As research for my new book, THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO—the story of a legendary actress who goes on the record about her tumultuous life—I did a deep dive into the best biographies and tell-alls of the classic Hollywood era. There’s nothing better than losing yourself in the stories of glamorous, sensational celebrities. Here are 7 of my favorite books about real-life celluloid scandals.
I’ve been on a nonfiction binge lately, particularly savoring in-depth looks at major cultural events or figures of the twentieth century like Walt Disney, Audrey Hepburn, and Truman Capote. Furious Love would be the perfect addition to my reading pile: what screams Hollywood glamour and American culture more than the epic, romantic, tempestuous, and controversial marriage and remarriage of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton? Stocking stuffers, for any friends who might be reading this(!), may include a DVD of Cleopatra (on the set of which the two stars met) and a strong holiday cocktail to toast the drama. —Julianna
For fans of “Bret Easton Ellis”
If you enjoy Bret Easton Ellis’s conversations with the entertainment industry’s top echelon in this “weekly glimpse into one of popular culture's most fascinating minds,” you’ll love Peter Biskind’s EASY RIDERS, RAGING BULLS, a juicy, drug-fueled, intensely gossipy roller coaster through late 60s/70s cinema.