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Kitty Kelley
Kitty Kelley is America’s bestselling investigative biographer. Her new book Capturing Camelot: Stanley Tretick's Iconic Images of The Kennedys was published by Thomas Dunne Books in November 2012. In August 2013, Thomas Dunne also will publish Let Freedom Ring: Stanley Tretick's Iconic Images of the March on Washington.

Ms. Kelley’s five previous books, chronicling the lives of Oprah, the Bush dynasty (The Family, 2004); the British royal family (The Royals, 1997); Nancy Reagan (Nancy Reagan: The Unauthorized Biography, 1991); and Frank Sinatra (His Way: An Unauthorized Biography Of Frank Sinatra, 1986), each debuted at #1 on the New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction bestseller list. Her other biographies, Elizabeth Taylor: The Last Star (1981) and Jackie Oh! (1978), also were New York Times bestsellers.

Entries by Kitty Kelley

The March to the Dream

(2) Comments | Posted August 12, 2013 | 4:01 PM

2013-08-12-jfK_endscopy2.jpgPresident Kennedy had to be pushed but after two bloody summers of Freedom Riders, television coverage of Bull Connors' police dogs chewing children to bits, police men clubbing peaceful demonstrators and fire hoses slamming children against jagged brick buildings, leaving them torn and...

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Rose Kennedy: The Life and Times of a Political Matriarch

(1) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 5:34 PM

Anyone who has followed the Kennedys knows the bar is high for books on the subject. Having been inundated for the past 50 years with hundreds of biographies and memoirs and profiles about the spellbinding mystique of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, his family2013-07-15-Rose_with_JFKs_1963_b.jpg and...

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Goosey Lucy and Gay Marriage

(17) Comments | Posted March 1, 2013 | 4:28 PM

Gay marriage has jumped out of the closet on to the front page. Everyone from the president of the U.S. to retired four star general Colin Powell is embracing the issue, now supported by most Americans. Still, a few people, like former First Lady Laura Bush appear to be conflicted....

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Obama and the Legacy of Camelot

(25) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 6:32 PM

When Caroline Kennedy endorsed Barack Obama in 2008 as her father's rightful heir, she laid upon him the mantle of Camelot and the enduring mystique of John F. Kennedy, who, according to polls, continues to be America's most beloved president. Comparisons between the 35th and 44th...

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The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy

(3) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 1:06 PM

2012-12-10-ThePatriarchNasawReview167x250.jpgThe Patriarch (Penguin Press) is the perfect title for the life story of Joseph Patrick Kennedy. It resounds with the drama of rolling drums to introduce a paterfamilias who created one of America's most powerful political dynasties. The author, David Nasaw, was hand-picked...

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Capturing Camelot: Stanley Tretick's Iconic Images Of JFK

(324) Comments | Posted December 3, 2012 | 7:56 AM

Excerpted from Capturing Camelot: Stanley Tretick's Iconic Images of the Kennedys ($29.99, St Martin's Press)

Of all the stories Stanley told me, I remember him driving me through a ghetto corridor in Washington, D.C., and pointing to a building that looked abandoned to rats.

"See that towel?" he...

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Capturing Camelot

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 2:38 PM

John F. Kennedy continues to reign as the most popular president of the twentieth century, according to recent Gallup polls. (Richard Nixon and George W. Bush remain the most unpopular). Most historians agree that Abraham Lincoln was the most important man to ever occupy the White...

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The Fall Out From Telling the Truth

(4) Comments | Posted May 16, 2012 | 9:54 AM

There's a kerfluffle bubbling in Washington. August feathers have been ruffled with publication of Yours in Truth by Jeff Himmelman, the authorized biographer of Benjamin C. Bradlee, former executive editor of the Washington Post. Himmelman, an acolyte of Bob Woodward, helped the renowned reporter research his book, Maestro....

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Before Barbara Sinatra

(17) Comments | Posted July 7, 2011 | 3:32 PM

It was only natural that I read Barbara Sinatra's memoir, Lady Blue Eyes, published recently. How could I not? 2011-06-29-HisWay2ST.jpgAfter all, I had spent four years researching and writing a biography of her husband in 1986: His...

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Frank Sinatra and Me

(14) Comments | Posted January 5, 2011 | 4:22 PM

I can't say I wasn't warned. Alarms started clanging the day I signed to write His Way: The Unauthorized Biography of Frank Sinatra (Bantam Books, 1986).

Some friends urged me to buy life insurance and make them the beneficiaries; others recommended bodyguards and a bulletproof vest. The...

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Unauthorized, But Not Untrue

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2010 | 2:13 PM

The difference between authorized and unauthorized biographies is the difference between riding in carriage or squatting in steerage. The authorized biographers--the ones hand-picked to write the sanitized version of a subject's life--sit up front with the swells while the unauthorized biographer who writes without access or approval gets elbowed to...

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Whistleblowers: Cynical Idealists or Idealistic Cynics?

(29) Comments | Posted November 19, 2010 | 11:02 AM

A group of elite whistleblowers met in Washington, D.C., recently without making a sound. There was no media coverage of these men and women whose exploits have commandeered front-page headlines, been heralded on 60 Minutes and Dateline, and, not incidentally, helped enrich the U.S. Treasury by more than $16 billion...

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What's Behind the Oprah/Letterman Feud?

(49) Comments | Posted October 4, 2010 | 12:27 PM

Jon Stewart appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman a few nights ago and Stewart asked Letterman why he was always feuding with Oprah. Letterman laughed but Stewart probed he who will not be probed until Letterman told him about the day he decided to have lunch...

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Smudging a Senator's Legacy

(10) Comments | Posted August 9, 2010 | 4:41 PM

Shortly after Senator Eugene J. McCarthy died in 2005 the age of 89, I became an honorary member of the committee starting a fellowship in McCarthy's name at his alma mater, Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota.

I had worked for McCarthy on his senate staff for four years before,...

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No Oprah in the Billionaire Club

(319) Comments | Posted August 6, 2010 | 12:23 PM

The name of Oprah Winfrey, the world's first black female billionaire, was conspicuously absent from the Midas list of do-gooders released this week by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, who have dragooned their billionaire brethren into promising to give away half their fortune. Mr. Buffett has

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Has the World's Largest Piggy Bank Gone Broke?

(39) Comments | Posted May 26, 2010 | 5:15 PM

Oprah Winfrey has just announced that Oprah's Angel Network will no longer be accepting donations. She's also discontinuing the Network's grantmaking program. Oh, Oprah. Say it ain't so. But her quiet announcement on the website of Oprah's Angel Network makes it clear that her Angel giving has come...

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Oprah's Aunt Katharine's Denials May Be Pressure From Oprah

(71) Comments | Posted April 20, 2010 | 10:43 AM

I'm not surprised, but I am disappointed that Katharine Carr Esters claims that she was "tricked" into divulging her true feelings about Oprah and that she now denies that she revealed to me the identity of Oprah's biological father. While I found her to be a strong woman...

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