#BrunchRecommends: 5 international memoirs for your bookshelf

From Amy Schummer to Scotty Bowers, the best, most scandalous Hollywood memoirs

brunch Updated: May 09, 2017 17:56 IST
Full Service by Scotty Bowers,The Price Of Illusion by Joan Juliet Buck,The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

With Bollywood memoirs being all the rage – Karan Johar, Rishi Kapoor, and recently, Asha Parekh – we recommend some of the juiciest, most scandalous international tell-alls that expose the lives of the rich and famous...

Full Service by Scotty Bowers

This sexually explosive memoir chronicles the author’s gay and bisexual trysts as a young marine in 1946 with yesteryear Hollywood stars like Cary Grant, Édith Piaf, Spencer Tracy, Vivien Leigh and Errol Flynn. He soon went on to become a famous bartender and the go-to guy in Hollywood for ‘party services’ favoured by Tennessee Williams, Rita Hayworth, Gore Vidal and James Dean.

The Price Of Illusion by Joan Juliet Buck

In the world of fashion you can be discarded as easily as last season’s collection. No one knows that better than the former Paris Vogue editor, Joan Juliet Buck. We watch her rise with the swirl of parties and then crash hard, being forced to go to rehab for an addiction she never had and then mercilessly get sacked from US Vogue for an article commissioned by Anna Wintour.

The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer has made a multimillion-dollar career out of being a fabulously filthy stand-up comedian. The ‘femoir’ (feminist memoir) covers her hilarious childhood, her sex romps and then moves to darker bits like her mother’s affair, her father’s confession of trying bondage, and the painful way she lost her virginity.

You’ll Never Eat Lunch In This Town Againby Julia Phillips

The author is the Oscar-winning producer of films like Taxi Driver and The Sting. She revealed her drug dependence, her failed marriage and the sexual quirks of Hollywood A-listers like Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Goldie Hawn, David Geffen and Warren Beatty who wanted a threesome with her and her daughter.

The Woman I Wanted To Be by Diane von Furstenberg

Who would think Diane von Furstenberg’s life could be anything but smooth? But her recent memoir reveals the unravelling of her marriage, the many illustrious men of her life, the affair with Richard Gere and other such scandalous details.

From HT Brunch, April 23, 2017

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First Published: Apr 23, 2017 13:27 IST