Unathorized Oprah Biography Hits Stores TODAY
Posted by Media Outrage on April 13, 2010
Today is the day that fans everywhere will be able to cop “Oprah: A Biography”, Kitty Kelley’s unathorized bio on one of the most powerful and persausive icons of our generation. Peep game…
With “Oprah’s Book Club,” the queen of all media has established herself as a formidable force in the publishing world as well as TV. But there’s one book she’s unlikely to recommend: A new — and unauthorized — tell-all from famed celebrity profiler Kitty Kelley.
“Oprah: A Biography,” due out on Tuesday, is chock-full of juicy details about the TV mogul, including a revealing interview with the man who raised Oprah.
Kelley visited Vernon Winfrey at his Nashville barbershop, where Oprah‘s pop offered candid opinions about the talk-show megamogul. Vernon discussed Oprah’s childhood stubbornness and lamented the lifestyle his famous daughter now leads.
“It disappoints me that she has changed so much over the years. She’s become too close to that woman Gayle [King],” Vernon told Kelley of Oprah’s longtime best friend and constant companion. “And she no longer believes in Jesus Christ as her savior. That’s just not how I raised her.”
Known for her controversial unauthorized biographies, Kelley has profiled the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. For her Oprah account, she interviewed 850 sources, most of them on the record. Though Oprah herself refused to sit down with the author, Kelley catalogued many of the TV mogul’s previous interviews and drew information from Winfrey’s quotes. Kelley claimed on Monday’s “Today Show” that these past interviews have allowed her to present “Oprah in her own words.”
Already stirring up controversy, the book purports to reveal numerous family secrets. In one episode, Kelley claims that Oprah’s own mother, Vernita, had to call her daughter’s personal assistant to arrange a phone call with the TV superstar.
The book also brings to light an alleged romance between Oprah and former “Entertainment Tonight” host John Tesh. According to Kelley, the two had a live-in relationship during the 1970s, while they both worked in local TV in Nashville, Tennessee. The book asserts that the relationship ended when Tesh walked out in the middle of the night, citing the intense “social pressures” that surrounded interracial couples at the time.
Kelley said on the “Today Show” that Barbara Walters, Larry King, and David Letterman have refused to bring her on their shows, all fearful of a backlash.
As Lauer pointed out, the publishing world was reluctant to take on Oprah as well. Kelley had difficulty finding a home for her bio, a struggle she attributes to the enormous influence Winfrey has over the book industry. (Kelley eventually landed a deal with Random House.)
Media hurdles aside, the author says she doesn’t regret a thing about proceeding with “Oprah: A Biography.”
“I can’t think of a better life story. She gave me a gift,” Kelley said of the Oprah book. “When you finish reading it, no matter what’s inside, you come away being inspired.”
A spokeswoman for Oprah Winfrey declined to comment.
Mediaoutrage– How many of you will be copping the book???