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Madonna: An Intimate Biography Hardcover – May, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0756779436 ISBN-10: 075677943X

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Diane Pub Co (May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075677943X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756779436
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,025,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

What's the best part of Madonna: An Intimate Biography? The sex part! According to author J. Randy Taraborrelli, Madonna tried to insure her breasts for $6 million each. Prince dumped her because "he wanted to savor every second [of sex]; she was into multiple orgasms." Sean Penn demanded she get an HIV test. "Screw you," she said. "Not until you get tested," he said. When Penn found out about Madonna and Prince, he punched a hole in her wall. Madonna demanded that Prince plaster it ("You're responsible!"), and he did. JFK Jr. refused to give her a baby, and Jackie objected to his affair with someone called a "Material Girl." "Who in this world has been more materialistic than you?" JFK Jr. asked his mother. When he and Madonna dumped each other, he said, "Easy come, easy go." She compared her Broadway debut in Speed-the-Plow to "having really good sex." After their first kiss, Warren Beatty said, "Houston, we have lift-off." Madonna's tune "Hanky Panky" reflects Beatty's favorite sport, spanking. But Barbra Streisand helped convince him to dump the "floozy," so she picked up Tony Ward on Malibu Beach by putting out a cigarette on his back and pinching his nipple. When she realized he was more of a floozy than she was, she spent 21 and a half hours in the Carlyle Hotel trying to convince the married Penn to father her child. Rebuffed, she picked up Carlos Leon, a fitness trainer at Crunch, in Central Park, and presto, she had a baby. Dennis Rodman (whom she called "Daddy Long Legs") was a dud in bed, but she found true love in the daddy of her second child, Princess Diana's cousin Guy Ritchie, director of Snatch.

There's stuff about her career in the book, but Taraborrelli is a lousy music and film critic. I can't vouch for the accuracy of his dish, but I promise you that as a gossip he's the real thing. --Tim Appelo --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

'A thoroughly professional job... makes her more, not less, fascinating.' Lynn Barber, Daily Telegraph 'Bracingly prurient... a book you will find yourself "just dipping into" for hours at a stretch.' Evening Standard --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

J. RANDY TARABORRELLI is the author of 18 biographies, 14 of which went on to become New York Times' best sellers, including: "Call Her Miss Ross," "Sinatra - Behind the Legend," "Madonna - An Intimate Biography," "Jackie, Ethel, Joan - Women of Camelot," "Elizabeth,"(a biography of Elizabeth Taylor); "The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe" and "After Camelot - A Personal History of the Kennedy Family 1968 to the Present."

Taraborrelli's best seller, "After Camelot," is presently in production as a miniseries for the ReelzChannel (2014). His previous book about the Kennedys - "Jackie, Ethel, Joan - Women of Camelot" was a highly-rated miniseries for NBC, starring Jill Hennesey as Jackie and Lauren Holly and Ethel. It is available for purchase here on Amazon.

J. Randy's latest book is "The Hiltons - The True Story Of An American Dynasty."

"Behind the celebrity, the success, the wealth and the glamour unique to the Hilton name is the story of everyday people, with redeeming strengths and inevitable flaws," says the author of the characters in "The Hiltons."

"Sometimes wonderful, sometimes insufferable, all are trying to map out their place within the complex geographies of their lives," he writes. "Their love for one another has sustained them just as much as their joyful pursuit of the American dream. After all, fame, riches and notoriety aside, there is no greater common denominator than family. It's what makes us who we are. It's what we see when we look in the mirror: our parents, our siblings, our children, all of those who came before us, who walk with us still, who shaped who we are today and, for better or worse, who show us what we might one day become."

"The Hiltons - The True Story of An American Dynasty" was published in April, 2014. His fourteenth book to make the New York Times' best seller list, it is available on Amazon.

J. Randy Taraborrelli has also worked as a CBS News analyst and is a popular guest on talk and entertainment programs.

The author holds a black belt in the martial art of American Tang Soo Do and a blue belt in Gracie Jiu Jitsu. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

Customer Reviews

A fabulous book by a writter who obviously knew his stuff.
caroline
I was fairly disappointed in this book...I believe the author has taken quite a few liberties with his facts, sources, & quotes!
WENDYANDLISA
If you know where it did, then after reading this book you will know all you need to know about Madonna up to 2001.
Rudy Palma

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By ED on August 20, 2001
Format: Hardcover
OK, so being a huge Madonna fan, I was very excited to receive this book as a birthday gift. However, I have to take issue with the author - a VERY SIGNIFICANT amount of information has been lifted (sometimes word for word) from Matthew Rettenmund's exhaustive and indispensable ENCYCLOPEDIA MADONNICA (every Madonna fan should own THIS book).
I kept thinking as I was reading Taraborrelli's book - 'where did I read this before', and sure enough, Rettenmund was the source. Also, the author replicates conversations Madonna has had with 'sources' or that have been 'overheard' by 'sources' who recall these exact conversations from years past. I don't know about you, but I can barely remember the EXACT words I spoke to my boyfriend yesterday!!
The author's opinions on Madonna's music are amateurish and trite - not worth reading. He speculates on what might Madonna have thought in certain situations - WHATEVER!!! This book is badly written and corny, and does not do its subject justice. Hopefully, Andrew Morton's biography, due out later this year will have a little more credibility. Save your money for that one - I have read a couple of Morton's biographies, and the guy really knows his stuff - and can write coherent chapters!!!
Disappointing effort, to say the least.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By David Kraguklac on August 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Am I the only person on earth who doesn't know every little thing about Madonna? Judging from the cynical customer reviews here, I must be. I found this book to be well-researched and very well done. The writer is compassionate, and tells both sides of every story -- not just Madonna's side. In the Sean Penn battering episode, for example, he interviewed Sean and Sean denied it ever happened. Sean says he did not tie her up. That's why Taraborrelli wrote that there are "two sides" to every episode of domestic abuse. This was a great book. I would recommend it to anyone interested in a good read, and one that really explores the life of a woman who everyone seems to know ... but not until reading this book did I really feel I knew her. Read this book!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Pajamazon VINE VOICE on February 18, 2002
Format: Hardcover
While admitting that I am not much of a Madonna fan, I still enjoyed this book. Yes, it is written in a gossipy manner. No, she did not participate in the writing of it. But as anyone knows, a celebrity-sanctioned biography is also bound to be a "sanitized" one. Madonna is as bitchy as they come and this book makes no bones about it.
Slavish devotees may quibble over the facts in this book. But I feel it's a well-written, solid biography of a woman who continues to hold the attention of the public she once wanted so fiercely.
This book has much to recommend it. It moves in a smooth progression from her youth to her relatively newfound maturity with barely a misstep. The author (who cannot be accused of not knowing his subject, having interviewed her on several occasions), clearly promotes the dynamic diva's agenda from day one: to be fabulous and famous. There's the expected exploration of Madonna's unresolved mother/abandonment issues, her promiscuity, her assertions that she is not the best singer or the best dancer. Clearly, life is one big publicity stunt to the girl who freely asserted, "I want attention." There are many interviews with people who knew her during her rise to fame, and nearly all agree: Madonna's sole ambition was to attain stardom and then glory in it. Talent was optional (as was consideration for anyone but herself).
That being said, there is a definite maturity that begins to define her. One quote that illustrates this: "I learned that in order to attract the right kind of man, you have to be the right kind of woman." Out are the self-indulgent shenanigans of the "Sex" book and the video for "Justify My Love.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jim Bagley on September 27, 2003
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Madonna is one of the most successful artists in the history of pop music. A key to her success was her single-minded determination to become a star no matter what it took. Along the way she used a lot of people and bruised a lot of egos. Not surprisingly, many of those whom she stepped on were very willing to talk to Taraborrelli, a modern day Kitty Kelly whose biographies/victims include Diana Ross (the delightfully nasty Call Her Miss Ross) and Michael Jackson (The Magic And The Madness). This makes for quite a fun read.
Taraborelli does a good job of detailing Madonna's turbulent childhood (the loss of her mother, her strained relationship with her father, even the loss of her virginity!?!) but the book really takes off when Madonna goes to New York in 1978 in search of stardom. We are introduced to Camille Barbone, a talent agent who is the unsung heroine in the Madonna story. Camille invests every cent she has into Madonna's career only to be dumped by the Material Girl when she finally secures a recording deal with Warner Brothers. Early on, we also see Madonna go through a series of male musical collaborators who double as lovers, ensuring their professional devotion to her until she moves on to bigger and better things (among them Jellybean "Holiday" Benitez).
As Madonna's career takes off, the men she chooses to date are inevitably celebs themselves. The book is most entertaining in dealing with her many relationships, including hothead first husband Sean Penn, wishy washy JFK Jr. (who dumps Madonna on Mommy's orders), old fart Warren Beatty (as much a user as Madonna), and superfreak Dennis Rodman, who kissed and told about his relationship with Madonna in his own tell-all book (a big no-no in Madonna's world).
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