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By ELLEN GOODMAN | April 12, 1991
Boston -- Did Teddy Kennedy Have Anything On Underneath His Oxford Shirt?Did Nancy Reagan Have An Affair With Frank Sinatra In The White House?Do I Have Your Attention Yet?Gossip and news. News or gossip? Not even my dictionary makes a very helpful distinction.Gossip is mildly defined as ''the casual talk about other people's affairs.'' News is staidly described as ''information about recent events.'' Tell me where one ends and the other begins, and I'll make you editor.This week, the Kurds are dying in the Middle East while the headlines are focused on whether it was a rape or a romp at the Kennedy Compound in Palm Beach.
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By Steve Weinberg and Steve Weinberg,FOR THE ORLANDO SENTINEL | September 19, 2004
The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty, by Kitty Kelley. Doubleday. 705 pages. $29.95. For a professional biographer like myself, reviewing Kitty Kelley's books has been a mixture of pleasure and pain. Her biography of the "Bush dynasty," book number six, is no exception. The pleasure found in her biographies of Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Reagan and the British royal family comes from multiple sources: interesting subjects, wide-ranging research, an energetic writing style and huge sales, which allow publishers to pay authors like me whose books sell many fewer copies.
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By GEORGE F. WILL | April 15, 1991
Washington. Kitty Kelley, who battens like a leech on the lives of famous people, is a professional retailer of falsehoods. Her remunerative work in the sewers of journalism exploits the fact that public figures can be recklessly written about with impunity.To prevent a ''chilling effect'' on public discourse, courts have made it almost prohibitively difficult for public figures to defend themselves from even reckless and malicious disregard for the truth. Many public figures have had this experience: An absurd, injurious and easily refutable rumor is reported as fact, and the publisher says, ''Well, we accurately report rumors.
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By David Folkenflik and David Folkenflik,SUN STAFF | September 14, 2004
According to Kitty Kelley, George W. Bush abused drugs while his father was president and George H.W. Bush was a philanderer. These are among the claims made in The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty (Doubleday, 2004). It's the newest book by Kelley, an author known more for the best-seller status of her celebrity biographies than the precision of her reporting. Though the book is being released today, it already has been denounced by the White House. And it's already reached second place on Amazon.
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By Randi Henderson and Randi Henderson,Sun Staff Correspondent | April 10, 1991
She must be a tiger, this writer who has skewered Nancy Reagan with an unauthorized and decidedly uncomplimentary biography, her latest in a string of unauthorized and uncomplimentary biographies.But no, Kitty Kelley is just a pussycat, a soft blond pussycat who leans into an interviewer's questions, seeks and maintains eye contact, and seems more than a little bit bewildered by all the attention coming her way.Or so she would have you believe.In fact, all this attention, she purrs in a confiding voice, makes her feel "weird and uncomfortable."
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By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,SUN STAFF | September 16, 1997
NEW YORK -- In her regal suite at the Four Seasons Hotel in Manhattan, Kitty Kelley takes a deep breath and plows through the surreal melodrama that has captivated the universe.Imagine what Princess Diana had to do to stand up to her in-laws, she says to one of the 13 reporters to have an audience with her yesterday. It is as if she is discussing a soap opera, whose twists and turns we all know intimately. The reporter nods knowingly.By dint of her uncanny celebrity radar, it happens that Kelley, the take-no-prisoners unauthorized biographer of Jackie Kennedy, Nancy Reagan and Frank Sinatra, has nabbed a supporting role in Diana's tragic fairy tale.
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By Karen Hosler and Karen Hosler,SUN STAFF | April 21, 1997
WASHINGTON -- Frank Sinatra and Kitty Kelley are at it again, locked in a bitter squabble that has all the makings of a grudge match: pugnacious, press-hating crooner vs. celebrity-stalking biographer. He sued her even before she pulverized him in print.This time, though, their battle is being played out in the halls of the Capitol, where "Old Blue Eyes" has no shortage of fans. His admirers are rushing to honor the ailing, 81-year-old singer with a Congressional Gold Medal before the final curtain falls on his half-century career.
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By Dan Berger | November 14, 1997
The price of a dime phone call will go from 25 to 35 cents.U.N. members are showing the same unanimous resolve toward Iraq displayed previously with respect to Bosnia.Don't look now, but the U.S. is in a blood feud with a murderous little band in Pakistan -- an awkward position for a great power to find itself in.Seymour Hersh could be the Kitty Kelley of the American monarchy.Pub Date: 11/14/97
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By Susan Baer and Susan Baer,Washington Bureau of The Sun | May 23, 1991
Washington--Another unauthorized biography. Another no-holds-barred, warts-and-all portrait of a glitzy, high-profile, enigmatic figure. Another hefty tome of sex, lies and, in this case, videotapings. More luscious scandal. More good dirt.But Michael Jackson biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli, a white kid from Philly who used to dream of being one of the Temptations, wants to make one thing clear:He's no Kitty Kelley.On a tour to promote "Michael Jackson, The Magic and the Madness," Mr. Taraborrelli has heard it over and over again: "People like you and Kitty Kelley . . ."
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By Dennis McDougal and Dennis McDougal,Los Angeles Times | January 16, 1992
Tell-all author Kitty Kelley, an outspoken critic of "checkbook journalism," was startled by the news: Her producers had offered several people between $5,000 and $20,000 to appear on her new television talk show."
NEWS
By Dan Berger | November 14, 1997
The price of a dime phone call will go from 25 to 35 cents.U.N. members are showing the same unanimous resolve toward Iraq displayed previously with respect to Bosnia.Don't look now, but the U.S. is in a blood feud with a murderous little band in Pakistan -- an awkward position for a great power to find itself in.Seymour Hersh could be the Kitty Kelley of the American monarchy.Pub Date: 11/14/97
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By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,SUN STAFF | September 16, 1997
NEW YORK -- In her regal suite at the Four Seasons Hotel in Manhattan, Kitty Kelley takes a deep breath and plows through the surreal melodrama that has captivated the universe.Imagine what Princess Diana had to do to stand up to her in-laws, she says to one of the 13 reporters to have an audience with her yesterday. It is as if she is discussing a soap opera, whose twists and turns we all know intimately. The reporter nods knowingly.By dint of her uncanny celebrity radar, it happens that Kelley, the take-no-prisoners unauthorized biographer of Jackie Kennedy, Nancy Reagan and Frank Sinatra, has nabbed a supporting role in Diana's tragic fairy tale.
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By Karen Hosler and Karen Hosler,SUN STAFF | April 21, 1997
WASHINGTON -- Frank Sinatra and Kitty Kelley are at it again, locked in a bitter squabble that has all the makings of a grudge match: pugnacious, press-hating crooner vs. celebrity-stalking biographer. He sued her even before she pulverized him in print.This time, though, their battle is being played out in the halls of the Capitol, where "Old Blue Eyes" has no shortage of fans. His admirers are rushing to honor the ailing, 81-year-old singer with a Congressional Gold Medal before the final curtain falls on his half-century career.
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By Dennis McDougal and Dennis McDougal,Los Angeles Times | January 16, 1992
Tell-all author Kitty Kelley, an outspoken critic of "checkbook journalism," was startled by the news: Her producers had offered several people between $5,000 and $20,000 to appear on her new television talk show."
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By Randi Henderson | August 1, 1991
What a dirty little world this is, with mud slung here and mud slung there and mud rising neck-high if you happen to be standing in the wrong place at the wrong time.Standing neck-deep -- as anyone knows who hasn't been in Antarctica for the past six months -- is mudslinger extraordinaire Kitty Kelley, whose unuathorized biographies of Jackie Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra and most recently Nancy Reagan have earned her a reputation as a person who knows how to dig up the dirt and dish it out.Now Ms. Kelley is on the receiving end of the mudbath, the subject of "Poison Pen: The Unauthorized Biography of Kitty Kelley" by George Carpozi Jr. You can't miss it in the bookstores, where it arrived this week -- it's the one with the jacket that looks exactly like the cover of Ms. Kelley's "Nancy Reagan: The Unauthorized Biography."
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By Elise T. Chisolm | June 4, 1991
LOOKING FOR some good summer reading? Want a biography that has weight and substance? Well, try a new book, ''First Ladies'' Volume II; Presidents' Wives and Their Power, 1961-1990'' by Carl Sferrazza Anthony.I finished ''Nancy Reagan: The Unauthorized Biography'' in April, then in May I finished ''First Ladies.''There are biographies and ''trashographies'' and the Kitty Kelley book is the latter.In one sense I am comparing apples and oranges, or apples and sour grapes with these two books.
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By Randi Henderson | August 1, 1991
What a dirty little world this is, with mud slung here and mud slung there and mud rising neck-high if you happen to be standing in the wrong place at the wrong time.Standing neck-deep -- as anyone knows who hasn't been in Antarctica for the past six months -- is mudslinger extraordinaire Kitty Kelley, whose unuathorized biographies of Jackie Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra and most recently Nancy Reagan have earned her a reputation as a person who knows how to dig up the dirt and dish it out.Now Ms. Kelley is on the receiving end of the mudbath, the subject of "Poison Pen: The Unauthorized Biography of Kitty Kelley" by George Carpozi Jr. You can't miss it in the bookstores, where it arrived this week -- it's the one with the jacket that looks exactly like the cover of Ms. Kelley's "Nancy Reagan: The Unauthorized Biography."
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By Elise T. Chisolm | June 4, 1991
LOOKING FOR some good summer reading? Want a biography that has weight and substance? Well, try a new book, ''First Ladies'' Volume II; Presidents' Wives and Their Power, 1961-1990'' by Carl Sferrazza Anthony.I finished ''Nancy Reagan: The Unauthorized Biography'' in April, then in May I finished ''First Ladies.''There are biographies and ''trashographies'' and the Kitty Kelley book is the latter.In one sense I am comparing apples and oranges, or apples and sour grapes with these two books.
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By Susan Baer and Susan Baer,Washington Bureau of The Sun | May 23, 1991
Washington--Another unauthorized biography. Another no-holds-barred, warts-and-all portrait of a glitzy, high-profile, enigmatic figure. Another hefty tome of sex, lies and, in this case, videotapings. More luscious scandal. More good dirt.But Michael Jackson biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli, a white kid from Philly who used to dream of being one of the Temptations, wants to make one thing clear:He's no Kitty Kelley.On a tour to promote "Michael Jackson, The Magic and the Madness," Mr. Taraborrelli has heard it over and over again: "People like you and Kitty Kelley . . ."
NEWS
May 3, 1991
An inspired teacher with a sly grinHow sad it was to hear of the passing of H. Stanhope Hoskins, my class' esteemed mathematics teacher at Poly in the mid-1930s. He endeared himself to the students he taught and enriched their lives through genuine caring and concern.Two of his favorite sayings, which reveal his wonderful sense of humor, have always stuck in my mind. One dealt with his attempts to calm our boisterous and fun-loving class, to get us to "settle down" for serious study:"Assume an attitude of intelligence," he would say with a sly grin and half-smile.
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