Steamy Beach Reads: 6 Terrific Celebrity Tell-alls

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avagardner400What’s better for a beach read than a scandalous, name-dropping Hollywood memoir? If you love reading about the private lives of famous people, you’ll savor these dishy autobiographies from stars past and present. (And you might just need an ice-cold drink after some of these tell-alls.)

Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations

Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations

by Ava Gardner

The sensuous screen goddess of such films as The Killers and Mogambo had an off-screen life as exciting as anything in her films, including marriage to Frank Sinatra and affairs with co-stars Robert Mitchum and Tony Franciosa. This juicy posthumous bio, as told to a confidante, features “jaw-dropping anecdotes about film legends,” Publishers Weekly raves, while the Washington Times calls it “profane… earthy, uncensored.”

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Rita Moreno: A Memoir

Rita Moreno: A Memoir

by Rita Moreno

Rita Moreno—the only Latina ever to win the coveted EGOT ( Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony)—tells the story of her humble beginnings in Puerto Rico and struggles with racial and sexual barriers in Hollywood. The “West Side Story” star also writes candidly about her relationships with Elvis Presley, Howard Hughes, and the affair with Marlon Brando that drove her to attempt suicide.

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Shirley Jones

Shirley Jones

by Shirley Jones

Who knew that the mother of the Partridge Family had an X-rated private life? The now 80-year-old Oscar winner refers to her first husband, Jack Cassidy as a “sexual Svengali” who talked her into a one-time three-way and admits to being “over-sexed” herself.

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Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty

Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty

by Diane Keaton

In her latest book, the delightfully eccentric actress shares her thoughts on beauty, style and aging, as well as her experiences with some of the famous men in her life, including Warren Beatty, Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, and Sam Shepard.

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Love Life

Love Life

by Rob Lowe

Lowe follows up his well-reviewed 2011 autobiography, Stories I Only Tell My Friends, with more stories of hobnobbing with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Clinton, and Madonna. USA Today praised, “Lowe’s self-effacing and straightforward assessments of his own foibles and weaknesses [and] first-rate storytelling skills. . . . [is] like a night on the town with a well-connected, charismatic friend.”

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I Said Yes to Everything

I Said Yes to Everything

by Lee Grant

The acclaimed actress went from Vogue “It Girl” and an Oscar nominee at age 24 to being put on the dreaded Hollywood blacklist. Grant details her tough years, her eventual comeback and Oscar win and her famous friendships with Warren Beatty, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, and Sidney Poitier.

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