The Best Celebrity Memoirs Of All Time

With the publication of Prince Harry’s barn-burning new book, Spare, it’s time to take a deep dive into the fecund world of celebrity memoirs. Whether they're light-hearted collections of essays (Bossypants; Cinema Speculation), dishy tell-alls (You’ll Never Eat Lunch In This Town Again; The Vanity Fair Diaries), or searing intimate portraits (Open; Greenlights), these memoirs bring us closer to famous people that are seemingly a different breed. The genre's beauty lies in how it brings celebrities down to a human level. And in many cases, like Debbie Harry in Face It, Alan Cumming in Baggage, or Carrie Fischer in The Princess Diarist, the authors don’t just examine themselves, but act as generous and intelligent observers of their time and place in pop culture, as well as the characters they’ve met along the way. There’s plenty of room for invention—leave it to Steve Martin to write a graphic memoir!—along with humor, revelation, and scandal.
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