Beyonce is notoriously one of the most private celebrities in showbiz so when it was announced that a tell-all biography was being published about the singer, her fans could hardly contain their anticipation. J Randy Taraborrelli is the author who has researched the most scandalous rumours surrounding the Grammy-winner and promises to finally deliver answers to all the burning questions that Queen Bey has evaded over the past two decades.
From her marriage to Jay Z, the Destiny's Child era and what really happened in that elevator, Becoming Beyonce will certainly be a must-read. As fans anxiously await the book's arrival on 29 October, IBTimes UK takes a look at the best celebrity biographies...
Unmasked: The Final Years Of Michael Jackson – Ian Halperin
Halperin should win the award for the quickest turnaround of a biography as the book was published on 17 July 2009, less than a month after the King of Pop's death. The renowned celebrity biographer made completely sensational claims in the book, most notably that the legendary singer was gay.
Poker Face: The Rise And Rise Of Lady Gaga – Maureen Callahan
Lady Gaga is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating musicians of the 21st century and Callahan's book offered an in-depth look at the woman behind the wacky stage outfits – Stefani Germanotta. From her humble beginnings in New York City to what Gaga is like at home and her early encounters with music executives, Callahan's biography covered it all.
Front Row: Anna Wintour? What Lies Beneath The Chic Exterior Of Vogue's Editor-In-Chief – Jerry Openheimer
Very few people know what goes on behind the dark sunglasses of Vogue's long-time editor but Front Row provides a pretty good idea. Openheimer was unable to speak to Wintour's colleagues and close friends but he did manage to interview those who knew the journalist before she became the most important voice in fashion.
Diana: Her True Story – Andrew Morton
Morton is one of the most renowned celebrity biographers around and he certainly landed on his feet with his tome on the late Princess Of Wales who, incredibly, contributed to the biography before her death and was his primary source. It became a huge talking point, with intimate details about the royal family and Diana's marriage to Prince Charles.
Marilyn Monroe: The Biography – Donald Spoto
Spoto conducted more than 150 interviews to get inside the life of one of Hollywood's most treasured figures. The biography was completely riveting, with Spoto basing his work on Monroe's personal archive of more than 35,000 pages of documents, including diaries and letters.
Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography Of Kurt Cobain – Charles R Cross
Cross certainly did his research for this biography of the iconic Nirvana frontman, completing more than 400 interviews with those who knew the late rocker best. Heavier Than Heaven addresses all the rumours about Cobain, including the allegations that his widow, Courtney Love, killed him.
Steve Jobs – Walter Isaacson
This best-selling biography was made all the more intriguing given Isaacson actually conducted interviews with the late Apple co-founder over two years. Nothing was off-limits during their conversations, with Jobs opening up about his friends and enemies.
Martha Stewart: Just Desserts – Jerry Openheimer
After his look into the life of Anna Wintour, Openheimer strikes again. This time with famed decorator and former convict Martha Stewart the lead subject. The biography delves into her need to be a control freak, while also investigating the wife-swap rumours.
Mommie Dearest – Christina Crawford
Undeniably the most explosive tell-all to date, Crawford, the adopted daughter of Hollywood actress Joan Crawford, spills all the details about her childhood including the mental and physical abuse she allegedly endured. The book was so popular, it was adapted into the iconic 1981 movie of the same name, starring Faye Dunaway.