Five celebrity biographies with shocking revelations

Tori Spelling with her book

Tori Spelling with her book "Spelling It Like It Is." (Joel Ginsburg/Jayson Oldham/WENN.COM)

Jane Stevenson, QMI Agency

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'Tis the season for rock and celebrity biographies. Here's five of the most shocking revelations so far, and the fallout factor:

1. Morrissey's Autobiography

Yes, Miserable Moz almost died in childbirth, didn't have his first significant relationship with a man until he was 35, and was almost kidnapped in Mexico after a concert. But the real jawdroppper is that The Pope of Mope -- and ex-frontman of England's The Smiths -- was asked to appear on the mainstream NBC hit Friends alongside Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe at the Central Perk. "I am requested to sing 'in a really depressing voice.' Within seconds of the proposal, I wind down the fire-escape like a serpent, and it's goodbye to Hollywood yet again." FALLOUT: His ill-tempered rep remains firmly intact.

2. Donald Fagen's Eminent Hipsters

Another notorious grouch, the singer-songwriter-pianist of Steely Dan offers up a book that is equal parts critical essays and his tour diary from the 2010 trek with fellow oldies Michael McDonald of the Doobie Brothers and Boz Scaggs. Turns out that tour was mostly torture and he saves his best vitrol for the audience in Vancouver: "The crowd at the Orpheum was the oldest yet. They must have bused in people from nursing homes. There were people on slabs, decomposing, people in mummy cases." FALLOUT: Why would anyone in Van-groovy want to see Fagen in concert ever again?

3. Marc Eliot's Nicholson: A Biography

Jack Nicholson can't be happy with this juicy page-turner. Or can he? Now 76, Nicholson's always seemed to live by his own set of rules. In his book, Eliot describes the quintessential ladies man as struggling with gay tendencies, experiencing "castration fantasies" along with "homoerotic fear fantasies" under the influence of LSD. He'd also reportedly attended orgies thrown by his good friend Harry Dean Stanton - say what? - in the late 1960s that would involve "the hottest starlets" and "all the available young men." FALLOUT: Female dance card no longer full?

4. Melissa Joan Hart's Melissa Explains it All

Tales From My Abnormally Normal Life: The girl-next door-TV star of Sabrina the Teenage Witch is now a married 37-year-old mother of three. But she sure had a dark side in her TV heyday as she explains in her shocking tell-all, taking Ecstasy at the Playboy Mansion in 1999, making out with a girl in the limo ride home and then going to a Maxim photo shoot while still high. She also sucked face with "man-whore" (her words) Jerry O' Connell and Backstreet Boy Nick Carter, but resisted Ashton Kutcher for his "smart-ass remarks." FALLOUT FACTOR: Dating gold medal for turning down Kutcher.

5. Tori Spelling's Spelling It Like It is

Turns out Donna Martin's got game. In her sixth book, the Beverly Hills, 90210 star describes her casual friendship with Katie Holmes going south outside the studio of Spelling's vocal coach, when an attempted conversation using the "mommy card" went cold, with Holmes supposedly acting like she didn't even know Spelling - a mother of four - had kids. "Then I was annoyed," she wrote. "...She was just plastic. In a perfectly polite way ... I was sweating ... It was that awkward. I thought, I know you're not a robot because you can't sing for s---. (Oh my God, I'm a mean person.) As my anxiety faded, I just felt sorry for her ... Those paparazzi photos, the ones where she looks like she's miserable but putting on a happy face? That's what she looked like." FALLOUT FACTOR: Don't hold your breath for a Spelling-Holmes project EVER.

 


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