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The Intimate Sex Lives of Famous People Hardcover – May 1, 1981


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Doubleday; Book Club (BCE/BOMC) edition (May 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385284705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385284707
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.2 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,298,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Irving Wallace (1916 - 1990) was an American bestselling author and screenwriter. Among his best known books are The Chapman Report (1960), The Prize (1963), The Word (1972) and The Fan Club (1974). He also produced some notable non-fiction works, including several editions of The People's Almanac and The Book of Lists.

Amy Wallace, the daughter of Irving Wallace, and the sister of David Wallechinsky, also wrote the extraordinary true-life expose of mystery man boyfriend Carlos Casteneda.

David Wallechinsky is the author of The Complete Book of the Summer Olympics and The Complete Book of the Winter Olympics series. He is also known for his work on The Book of Lists and The Book of Predictions. He wrote the recent "Tyrants: The World's 20 Worst Living Dictators." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By D. Mikels on March 31, 2004
Format: Paperback
Quick. Name the famous baseball player who once rented an entire brothel for one evening. Or, how about the French novelist who, on his wedding night, coupled with his new bride nine times? And then there's the billionaire who had his employees recruit scores of young women to satisfy his "appetite."
Interesting stuff, to say the least.
Published over two decades ago, THE INTIMATE SEX LIVES OF FAMOUS PEOPLE still provides chuckles, giggles, and even a raised eyebrow or two as the reader becomes privy to the bedroom antics of dozens and dozens of "celebrities" (most of them historical figures). Written by the Wallace family (novelist Irving, wife Sylvia, daughter Amy and son David) this is a well-researched and sometimes overwhelming volume that presents the material as matter-of-fact and only gets risque when the subjects--through actual letters or conversations--are allowed to "speak for themselves."
The "famous people" are a veritable "Who's Who" from all walks of life and epochs of history. Henry VIII. Leo Tolstoi. Gary Cooper. Warren G. Harding. Joan Crawford. Douglas MacArthur. Elvis Presley. Page after page, person after person, the intimate tidbits of those we revere--or despise--are revealed.
THE INTIMATE SEX LIVES OF FAMOUS PEOPLE reminds me of a bag of Lay's Potato Chips. No one can read just one account; he or she will be busily turning the pages, looking for more scandal on the part of more people. I only wish this book was more contemporary. Think what a juicy chapter Bill Clinton's sex life would have been!
--D. Mikels
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 30, 2003
Format: Paperback
I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by this book. From the title, one might think it is some sort of sleazy tabloid in book form. But far from it! It's a real treasure trove of interesting information that is not readily available anywhere else.
There's nothing sensationalistic about it; rather, the book helps make a large number of well-known names from movies to arts to politics, as well as historical figures from the less-recent past, seem more human and like the rest of us.
Each subject is given approximately two to five pages of coverage. Of course I don't have the knowledge to speak about the book's accuracy, but it gives every appearance of being very well researched. Yet despite its almost scholarly approach, it's quite readable and interesting. Highly recommended!
(I have the hard cover version.)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mickey Buell on December 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I found the book a fascinating look into the extremely private parts of famous people's lives. The book is chocked full of mini biographies of famous people. Writers, artists and movie stars. All of them have a private life that most have tried to hide from the public.
This book must have taken forever to research the facts. The book was written by almost all the same people that wrote the Peoples Almanac and The Book of Lists.
I actually wore out three copies of this book. It's one of those books that you pick up again and again.
For anyone looking into the "true history", this book is a must have. Through the years, I have gone through three paper backs and now have a hard back copy of this book. A real "keeper".
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on July 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
I remember purchasing this work via some sort of book club when it was first published. Looking back almost thirty years ago I have trouble remembering the reason why. I suppose that even though the only love lives I have ever been more than mildly interested in are mine and that of my wife. I suppose though, if I am to be truly honest with myself, I suppose I possess a bit of the voyeur in me as most of us do. I love niggle little bits of information and store them away like a squirrel with acorns...saving them for some rainy day I guess. Now that being said...

This work by the Wallace family is an absolute hoot! This 618 page book (I have the hard cover here in front of me) covers the sex lives, or in some cases, the lack of sex lives, of around 200 individuals. For the most part these are historical figures, celebrities, actors, artists....well, as the title says "of Famous People." Now keep in mind that for the most part all of these people are dead, but the reader will come upon very familiar names. From Hitler to Gandhi to an unending list of movie stars and sports heroes through artists, writers, poets, scientists, and beyond...they are all here.

The author has given us a short biography of each of these individual (like as in why are they famous), what they were like in person, their love lives and finally their quirks, if any. Now don't get the impression that this is some sort of collection of off colored stories that you see in the grocery line. No, this is a pretty well researched piece of work and the authors back it up with documentation. When speculation is made, the author's are the first to point it out.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 1, 1999
Format: Audio Cassette
IDEAL COFFEE TABLE, BATHROOM BOOK, SHORT CONCISE ANTEDOTES OF MANY OF THE WORLD CELEBRITES AND POLITICAL LEADERS...YOU'LL WISH THERE WAS ANOTHER VOLUME ABOUT YOUR FAVORITE.. LENT IT OUT ONE TO MANY TIMES..NOW I'M LOOKING FOR A NEW COPY MYSELF..TALKS ABOUT HILTER, ERROLL FLYNN EVEN FAMOUS PEOPLE FROM ANCIENT TIME..CLARE BOW, WHO THE USC FOOTBALL TEAM WAS BANNED FROM SEEING...GO GIRL... GREAT LITTLE BOOK HOPE YOU GET A COPY AND SHARE ITWITH A FRIEND ...JNC
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