Relax at the beach with some of the juiciest, most intriguing celebrity autobiographies. Find a book to appeal to your interests with autobiographical stories written by famous actors, models, dancers, athletes and musicians. As an entertainment writer with a background as a previous movie publicist and current teacher, I chose some of the most compelling and thought-provoking autobiographies that would appeal to adults as well as some for young adults. Read about some of the most highly regarded, interesting, talented celebrities. Connect with the stories of the people you admire. Discover the detailed memories written by the celebrities who fascinate you most.
- What Falls Away by Mia Farrow
Mia Farrow has had a tumultuous bit of headline news in recent years with the accusation that her daughter was allegedly abused by noted movie director Woody Allen. With a background of starring in 13 Woody Allen films, Farrow uses her autobiography to detail her custody battle with Allen, which offers a great piece of Hollywood history. Surprisingly, the book includes a gripping connection to The Beatles, as Farrow describes her studies in India. The book gives a captivating account of how a mother integrates fame and relationships, while living the Hollywood lifestyle.
- Seriously… I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres
Humorously written, the autobiography of comedian Ellen DeGeneres offers an entertaining, lighthearted read. As an absorbing read, the book provides some tidbits of wisdom and humorous moments from Ellen’s life. If you need an upbeat memoir, you can appreciate the silliness of the book. Even though the book offers the witty humor, which readers love about Ellen’s personality, the book surprisingly does not delve into her rise to fame the way some other celebrity autobiographies do.
- The Life You Imagine: Life Lessons For Achieving Your Dreams by Derek Jeter
While choosing a book for a younger reader, the autobiography of Derek Jeter is an excellent addition to a summer reading list for people who love sports. For Father’s Day, the book could make a nice gift to encourage a father-son nightly read aloud for families who also enjoy playing sports together. Mainly the book covers Jeter’s rise to fame, while overlooking the more gossipy, tawdry details that some celebrity autobiographies written for adults have. While the book offers valuable life advice from Jeter on how to achieve greatness, young adult readers can learn a lot from viewing Jeter as a role model.
- Chronicles: Volume One by Bob Dylan
As one of the most influential musicians, poets, and songwriters of all time, Bob Dylan penned an autobiography well worth reading. Obviously, as Dylan is already well known for his talent as a writer, the book offers a very authentic voice. Instead of writing a tell all with juicy details, Dylan gives more of a brief discussion about his family life and focuses on the different stages of his career. The book is easy to read and offers enough depth to satisfy the reader.
- Once A Dancer… An AutoBiography by Allegra Kent
Read the autobiography of American ballet actress and dancer Allegra Kent if you enjoy dancing or are fascinated with the lifestyle of dancers. Kent, who was born in 1937, explains how she evolved as an artist and she describes some of her personal struggles and her development as a woman. Some anecdotes that Kent surprisingly includes would be her decision to start a family, her yearning to continue to dance after having kids, and her relationship with famous photographer Bert Stern. The story offers a beautifully written, classic tale of a talented artist.