Diana Ross A Biography

  • Filename: diana-ross-a-biography.
  • ISBN: 9780806537634
  • Release Date: 2014-05-27
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Author: J. Randy Taraborrelli
  • Publisher: Citadel



There is only one Diana Ross. This is her story. Drawn from hundreds of interviews conducted over four decades, Diana Ross paints an unforgettable picture of an extraordinary and often controversial legend—a pop music goddess, acclaimed actress, loving mother, Civil Rights trailblazer, and consummate entertainer. Beautiful and fascinating, she is her own invention—the definition of a superstar. "A riveting celebrity dish-fest." --Washington Post First-time revelations abound, from the tough decisions she made while having Berry Gordy's baby and the real reasons behind the break-up of the Supremes to her triumphant recovery after a surprising DUI driving arrest and her gala appearance at the Kennedy Center Honors. "The dish on Motown's most famous songstress." --The Dallas Morning News Bestselling biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli boldly explores Diana Ross's troubled relationships and the heartbreak she feels compelled to hide, bringing into focus a complex personality too often obscured by the bright lights of fame. Rich with detail and personal anecdotes, and fully up-to-date, Diana Ross is both definitive and delightful--the ultimate biography that Miss Ross so richly deserves. "A complete, up-to-date history of the star." -- Associated Press 190,000 Words

Diana Ross

  • Filename: diana-ross.
  • ISBN: 9780330470148
  • Release Date: 2008-09-04
  • Number of pages: 640
  • Author: J. Randy Taraborrelli
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan



Diana Ross was raised in the Detroit projects and, through hard work and determination, scaled the heights of superstardom, first as lead singer of the Supremes and then as a solo artist. To this day she remains the grand diva against which all others in showbusiness are measured. This acclaimed biography reveals stunning new details about her combative relationship with the other Supremes, her passionate romance with Berry Gordy, president of Motown, which produced her very own 'love child', her two marriages and divorces, her recent arrest for drunk driving and her inspiring recovery. Drawing on hundreds of interviews, Taraborrelli paints an unforgettable picture of an extraordinary star. Diana is a Civil Rights trailblazer, a temperamental celebrity, a consummate entertainer, a loving mother. There is only one Diana Ross. And this is her story. 'For this admirably balanced, nuanced and respectful - yes respectful - examination of her life, Diana Ross should be grateful to J. Randy Taraborrelli. His credentials are excellent, as is the source of his cumulative labours . . . grips to the very last page' Sunday Times

Call her Miss Ross

  • Filename: call-her-miss-ross.
  • ISBN: STANFORD:36105018405493
  • Release Date: 1991-07-01
  • Number of pages: 566
  • Author: J. Randy Taraborrelli
  • Publisher:



An account of the life of the Motown superstar, based on interviews with family, friends, and colleagues, recounts her public triumphs and private failures

Diana Ross

  • Filename: diana-ross.
  • ISBN: 087191462X
  • Release Date: 1975
  • Number of pages: 31
  • Author: Patricia Mulrooney Eldred
  • Publisher: Creative Company



A biography of Diana Ross, a former member of the singing group the Supremes, who has continued her success in music and films.

My Infamous Life

  • Filename: my-infamous-life.
  • ISBN: 143914933X
  • Release Date: 2011-04-19
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Albert "Prodigy" Johnson
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster



From one of the greatest rappers of all time, a memoir about a life almost lost and a revealing look at the dark side of hip hop’s Golden Era . . . In this often violent but always introspective memoir, Mobb Deep’s Prodigy tells his much anticipated story of struggle, survival, and hope down the mean streets of New York City. For the first time, he gives an intimate look at his family background, his battles with drugs, his life of crime, his relentless suffering with sickle-cell anemia, and much more. Recently released after serving three and a half years in state prison due to what many consider an unlawful arrest by a rumored secret NYPD hip hop task force, Prodigy is ready to talk about his life as one of rap’s greatest legends. My Infamous Life is an unblinking account of Prodigy’s wild times with Mobb Deep who, alongside rappers like Nas, The Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur, Jay-Z, and Wu-Tang Clan, changed the musical landscape with their vivid portrayals of early ’90s street life. It is a firsthand chronicle of legendary rap feuds like the East Coast–West Coast rivalry; Prodigy’s beefs with Jay-Z, Nas, Snoop Dogg, Ja Rule, and Capone-N-Noreaga; and run-ins with prodigal hit makers and managers like Puff Daddy, Russell Simmons, Chris Lighty, Irv Gotti, and Lyor Cohen. Taking the reader behind the smoke-and-mirrors glamour of the hip hop world, so often seen as the only way out for those with few options, Prodigy lays down the truth about the intoxicating power of money, the meaning of true friendship and loyalty, and the ultimately redemptive power of self. This is the heartbreaking journey of a child born in privilege, his youth spent among music royalty like Diana Ross and Dizzy Gillespie, educated in private schools, until a family tragedy changed everything. Raised in the mayhem of the Queensbridge projects, Prodigy rose to the dizzying heights of fame and eventually fell into the darkness of a prison cell. A truly candid memoir, part fearless confessional and part ode to the concrete jungles of New York City, My Infamous Life is written by a man who was on the front line of the last great moment in hip hop history and who is still fighting to achieve his very own American Dream.

Madonna

  • Filename: madonna.
  • ISBN: 9780743228800
  • Release Date: 2001-09-27
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Author: J. Randy Taraborrelli
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster



Madonna! Megastar. Lover. Mother. Opportunist. Chameleon. Role model. She's all of these things...and more. Yet, who is she, really? In Madonna: An Intimate Biography, author J. Randy Taraborrelli's scrupulously researched and completely balanced unauthorized biography of one of the world's most celebrated entertainers, the reader is allowed to draw his or her own conclusions. Indeed, the portrait bestselling author Taraborrelli paints here is of a truly complex woman, one who is driven and determined to succeed at any cost, yet who displays remarkable vulnerability when it comes to matters of the heart. It is significant that Madonna: An Intimate Biography is the first such book written about the star in over a decade, because in the past ten years the ever-changing Madonna has gone through her biggest transformation yet -- from tempestuous sex goddess to happily married mother. Amazingly, as she launches her first worldwide tour in eight years, she is now -- at forty-something -- enjoying one of the most successful periods of her groundbreaking career. Whereas other books about Madonna have been based on previously published material, Madonna: An Intimate Biography is the result of ten years of exclusive interviews with people who are speaking publicly about her for the first time, including close friends, business associates and even family members. Since Taraborrelli interviewed the star herself early in her career, he is now able to draw from such firsthand experiences to place her success story in perspective and provide new, stunning insights. The true Madonna, as presented here, is not merely a sensation-seeking tabloid vixen, but a flesh-and-blood woman with human foibles and weaknesses -- as well as great strengths and ambitions. For the first time, the reader learns about the complex nature of her difficult relationship with her father, and how the two finally found one another after years of estrangement; how Warren Beatty broke her heart, and why the two never wed; how she and John Kennedy, Jr., became romantically involved, his mother's reaction to the prospect of Madonna as a daughter-in-law and why it could never have worked out; the truth of her relationships with the fathers of her two children and how, as a loving and attentive mother, she has evolved into a surprisingly different woman...and what the future holds for her. Madonna: An Intimate Biography is a truly explosive and definitive account of the life of an entertainer who is undoubtedly one of the most popular, trendsetting figures of our time. Full of amazing disclosures about her private life and public career, New York Times bestselling author J. Randy Taraborrelli's latest work reveals Madonna in a new -- and surprisingly inspiring -- way. Not only a feast for fans, this book is great entertainment for anyone who enjoys a remarkable story, stirringly told.

The Lost Supreme

  • Filename: the-lost-supreme.
  • ISBN: 9781556527050
  • Release Date: 2008
  • Number of pages: 213
  • Author: Peter Benjaminson
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press



In the months before she died, Florence Ballard, the spunky teenager who founded the most successful female vocal group in history - the Supremes - told her own side of the story. This title focuses on different areas of her life, including the surprising identity of the man by whom she was raped prior to her entering the music business.

Becoming Beyonc

  • Filename: becoming-beyonc.
  • ISBN: 9780283072246
  • Release Date: 2015-10-29
  • Number of pages:
  • Author: J. Randy Taraborrelli
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan



She's adored by her millions of fans, writes and performs songs that move and inspire, but Beyoncé is truly known by very few. Now highly acclaimed biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli reveals the woman behind the star. He takes us from a childhood spent performing in talent shows to finding worldwide success with her group, Destiny's Child, managed by her father Matthew. Beyoncé's first solo album, Dangerously in Love, went straight to number one and she has to date released a total of five albums which have sold 75 million copies. Beyoncé prefers to keep her personal life with husband Jay Z and daughter Blue Ivy carefully under lock and key. She may be a top performer, fashion idol and business mogul in her own right, but fame has come at personal sacrifice and with private heartbreak. Based on exhaustive research, including exclusive interviews with those who have played pivotal roles in her life and career, the book reveals the hard-earned lessons 'Queen Bey' has learned about love, life, loyalty and family. Insightful and entertaining, this is the first authoritative biography of the most famous woman in the world today and a must-have for the 'Bey Hive'.

Divided Soul

  • Filename: divided-soul.
  • ISBN: 9780786730469
  • Release Date: 2009-03-17
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Author: David Ritz
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press



Drawing from interviews conducted before Marvin Gaye's death, acclaimed music writer David Ritz has created a full-scale portrait of the brilliant but tormented artist. With a cast of characters that includes Diana Ross, Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson, and Stevie Wonder, this intimate biography is a definitive and enduring look at the man who embodied the very essence of the word soul.

Tom Cruise

  • Filename: tom-cruise.
  • ISBN: 1429933909
  • Release Date: 2008-01-15
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Author: Andrew Morton
  • Publisher: Macmillan



Everyone knows Tom Cruise—or at least what he wants us to know. We know that the man behind the smile overcame a tough childhood to star in astonishing array of blockbusters: Top Gun, Rain Man, Born on the Fourth of July, A Few Good Men, Jerry Maguire, three Mission: Impossible movies, and more. We know he has taken artistic chances, too, earning him three Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations. But beyond that, the picture becomes a bit less clear... We know that Tom is a devoted follower of the Church of Scientology. We know that, despite persistent rumors about his sexuality, he has been married to Mimi Rogers, Nicole Kidman, and Katie Holmes. But it was not until he jumped on Oprah's couch to proclaim his love for Katie and denounced Brooke Shields for turning to the "Nazi science" of psychiatry that we began to realize how much we did not know about the charming, hardworking star. For all the headlines and the rumors, the real Tom Cruise has remained surprisingly hidden—until now.

Le Freak

  • Filename: le-freak.
  • ISBN: 9780385529655
  • Release Date: 2011
  • Number of pages: 318
  • Author: Nile Rodgers
  • Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.



The influential pop music performer and songwriter shares the story of his career, describing his formative experiences in the evolving music scene beside such contemporaries as Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, and Madonna.

Every Little Step

  • Filename: every-little-step.
  • ISBN: 9780062442550
  • Release Date: 2016-06-13
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Author: Bobby Brown
  • Publisher: HarperCollins



NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER In Every Little Step, Brown will for the first time tell the full story of his life and set the record straight, particularly about his relationship with Whitney Houston. Bobby Brown has been one of the most compelling American artists of the past thirty years, a magnetic and talented figure who successfully crossed over many musical genres, including R&B and hip hop, as well as the mainstream. In the late 1980s, the former front man of New Edition had a wildly successful solo career—especially with the launch of Don't Be Cruel—garnering multiple hits on the Billboard top ten list, as well as several Grammy, American Music, and Soul Train awards. But Brown put his career on hold to be with the woman he loved—American music royalty Whitney Houston. The marriage between Brown and Houston was perhaps the most closely watched and talked about marriage of the 1990s—a pairing that obsessed the public and the gossip industry. Now, for the first time, the world will be able to hear the truth from the mouth of America’s “bad boy” himself. Raw and powerful, Every Little Step is the story of a man who has been on the top of the mountain and in the depths of the valley and who is now finally ready to talk about his career and family life, from the passion and the excess to his creative inspirations and massive musical success. On the process of writing this book, Bobby says, “Right after I signed on to write my story, I went through one of the most agonizing traumas I had ever experienced with the death of my daughter. But I was surprised by how therapeutic it was to work on this project, to look at the entire arc of my life and to realize that although there has been considerable pain, I have also been incredibly blessed. I hope my fans and other readers of this book will be entertained by this trip into the crazy, exciting, fascinating world of Bobby Brown. And I hope they will feel that I have been as honest and open with them in these pages as I have tried to be my entire life.”

Diana Ross

  • Filename: diana-ross.
  • ISBN: 0140320962
  • Release Date: 1986
  • Number of pages: 56
  • Author: James Haskins
  • Publisher: Puffin



A biography emphasizing the early years of Diana Ross, who overcame poverty and discrimination to become a famous singer.

Bono A Biography

  • Filename: bono-a-biography.
  • ISBN: 9780313355103
  • Release Date: 2012-04-06
  • Number of pages: 206
  • Author: David Kootnikoff
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO



Bono is a passionate, articulate celebrity who has transcended his role as international rock star and become an effective political activist. This book provides insights into his life story and contributions to both popular culture and politics. • Contains many direct quotes from Bono's speeches and interviews that address his activism and his life with U2 • Presents a chronology of Bono's life from his birth onwards • Includes a bibliography of works cited and other books worth reading

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