In the mood for a truly juicy memoir? We’ve got you covered. No matter the era, these celebrities took the expression “open book” to the next level when they published their tell-all memoirs. Chances are, you’ll need to read em’ to believe em’. And we highly recommend you do.
Here are 10 of the most shockingly revealing celebrity memoirs ever published.
‘The Last Black Unicorn’ by Tiffany Haddish
It’s no secret that Tiffany Haddish knows how to make us laugh, but some of the revelations in her memoir will completely break your heart. In The Last Black Unicorn, the Girls Trip actress details harrowing instances of abuse and trauma, but it’s about much more than the pain. Haddish goes on a written journey through the hardships that led her down a path to finally finding her voice in stand-up and beyond.
‘My Story’ by Marilyn Monroe
You might be thinking, “how do I not know about this yet?” That’s how I felt when I found it, at least. This memoir by the Hollywood legend herself is unfinished, but you’ll devour every moment of just how far she goes. Written at the height of her fame, My Story is a vulnerable and uninhibited account of Monroe’s life from her very own lips.
‘The First Time: Finding Myself and Looking for Love on Reality TV’ by Colton Underwood
If you thought Colton Underwood coming out on national television was shocking, you should read his memoir. The Bachelor star gets very personal, opening up about questioning his sexuality, his relationships with famous women, and his darkest hours. In a rather juicy reveal, he sheds light on his foolproof strategy for landing the lead on one of the most popular dating shows on the planet.
‘This Will Only Hurt A Little’ by Busy Philips
If you’re looking for a celebrity memoir that’s refreshingly honest, start here. Poignant, painful, and full of much-needed comic relief, Philips holds nothing back when discussing some of the darkest parts of her past and present. In This Will Only Hurt A Little, audiences learn for the first time about the sexual assault that forever changed the actress and the residual trauma she’s dealt with for decades.
‘I, Tina Turner’ by Tina Turner with Kurt Loder
Most of us are familiar with Tina Turner’s rocky rise to the top of her game by now. Still, seeing all the death-defying details in print will shake you to the core. Throughout I, Tina Turner, Turner proves herself a force to be reckoned with, recounting what it really took to make her dreams a reality, how she escaped an abusive husband and brought her career back to life. It’s a timeless comeback story that just keeps going. And it comes with its own soundtrack.
‘Brave’ by Rose McGowan
If you think you know everything there is to know about Rose McGowan, think again and then read her memoir. The actress turned activist gives a no holds barred account of her off-screen life. Brave details McGowan’s not-so-typical childhood growing up as part of the controversial group Children of God. Released in 2018, the shocking memoir goes into unsettling detail about her sexual assault by Harvey Weinstein as well. And you’ll have to read the rest for yourself.
‘Open’ by Andre Agassi
Andre Agassi has gone down in history as a tennis legend, no doubt about it. And to this day, his memoir, Open remains one of the most revealing celebrity memoirs ever written. Once a tennis golden boy, he let the public into his most private experiences from a humble perspective through his memoir. The tennis champ gets real about drug abuse, his almost unbearable failures, and how it all transformed him for the better in the end. There’s also a good bit of throwback gossip if that’s your thing.
‘Mommie Dearest’ by Christina Crawford
As far as shocking celebrity memoirs go, this is often the book that all others are stacked against. It was so unbelievable in print, that they eventually had to make a movie about everything Christina Crawford alleged in Mommy Dearest. Published in 1978, this memoir and exposé from the adopted daughter of actress Joan Crawford will send chills up your spine over and over again. It’s heavy with anecdotes about her mother’s abuse, alcoholism, and all sorts of haunting family secrets no one knew about behind the scenes, but officially can never unsee.
‘Dear Girls’ by Ali Wong
Ali Wong holds nothing back in this open letter to her daughters. It’s loaded with hilarious and heartfelt advice, dating horror stories, and frank discussions about what it’s like to be a woman in a male-dominated business. The comedienne also recounts how she “trapped” their father once upon a time. From start to finish, you’ll be surprised just how real and raw Wong gets in Dear Girls. Then again, if you’ve seen her standup, maybe you won’t be. But it’s worth a read either way.
‘It’s Not Okay: Turning Heartbreak Into Happily Never After’ by Andi Dorfman
Andi Dorfman’s memoir will leave you shook for one key reason; the former Bachelorette completely puts her most famous exes on blast. If you’re curious about what really happened with Nick Viall and Josh Murray, It’s Not Okay is a must-read. Some of the claims are so unflattering, Murray has gone on national television numerous times and denied, denied, denied what she wrote. In stark contrast, Viall has admitted even her most embarrassing allegations about him are pretty accurate, so I’m not sure Josh is getting off the hook this time.