"Something for everyone . . . eminent flashers, fetishists, flagellants, plain old down home fornicators, and goings-on galore."-Cosmopolitan
From the indefatigable Wallace family, authors of The Book of Lists and The People's Almanac series (New York Times bestsellers that sold over eight million copies internationally), came 1981's The Intimate Sex Lives of Famous People.
This compelling bestseller that kept many a reader up at night with its two hundred revealing profiles and three hundred rare photos just got better with a dozen new entries on the nocturnal fascinations of the iconic Tupac Shakur, Carlos Casteneda, Jim Morrison, Nico, Wilt Chamberlain, Ayn Rand, Kurt Cobain, Princess Diana, Aleister Crowley, Anna Nicole Smith, Michael Hutchence, and Malcolm X.
Irving Wallace was the famous novelist and screenwriting author of The Chapman Report and The Word. His wife, Sylvia Wallace, wrote the best-selling novel The Fountains. The Wallace family's publishing magic lives on with Amy Wallace, author of The Sorcerer's Apprentice: My Life with Carlos Castaneda, and David Wallechinsky, author of The Complete Book of the Summer Olympics and Tyrants: The World's Worst Dictators.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.5" Width: 6" Height: 9" Weight: 1.7 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2008
Publisher Feral House
ISBN 1932595295 ISBN13 9781932595291
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More About Irving Wallace, Amy Wallace, David Wallechinsky & Sylvia Wallace
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.
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Interesting and Informative Sep 21, 2008
This is an interesting look at the sex lives of famous athletes, film stars, and politicians. The authors describe the activities of such figures as Babe Ruth, Gary Cooper, Joan Crawford, Marylin Monroe, Warren Harding, Mahatma Gandhi, Douglas MacArthur, etc. We see who philandered (many), enjoyed fetishes (several) or homosexual liasons (some). Yes, some practiced marital fidelity, but don't include actor Charles Laughton because he only cheated with males. Actually, the book merely confirms what resarchers like Kinsey already knew, while demonstrating our hypocritical non-adherence to (arguably) puritanical values. Those offended should remember that celebrityhood attracts groupies and thus increases temptations. The later edition includes figures like Tupac, Jim Morrison, Anne Nicole Smith, the ever-eager Wilt Chamberlain, and Princess Diana.
The authors became famous with their People's Almanacs and Book of List series. Here is more informative trivia, apparently well-documented and undeniably entertaining.
"The Devil's Playground for Those With Empty Minds" Dec 23, 2007
"The Intimate Sex Lives of Famous People", by Wallace, Wallace, Wallechinsky & Wallace. Delacorte Press, NY 1981. ISBN: 0-440-04152-X, HC 618/592 pages, with Index 22 pgs., & B/W photos. 9 1/2" x 6 1/4".
Three Wallaces and a Wallechinsky collaborated on an expose of sex lives of over 200 persons, all customarily known somebody's from divers walks of life, many briefly or long relegated to the grave including generals, presidents, movie stars, writers, actors, industrialists, musicians, scientists, world leaders, sport figures and sex symbols.
The book is divided into 17 specious chapters for rhetorical overstatement reasons at best, each sexual biography possesses an accompanying picture of the lover or loveress. Authors indicate they scrutinized over 1500 biographies but also memoirs by their lovers, friends and enemies. They justified this reference work by noting this expositiion filled a gaping omission on "sexual behavior of well-known and distingished men and women in world history".
Presumably their research dug deeper than that encountered with present-day tabloids. Despite its explicit nature, the authors' material is largely confined to adults now deceased, unlike the goings-on of Hollywood's present genre of teens and teeny-boobies with their pregnancies, partners, public & pubic display of sexuality & drug adventures and misadventures displayed on weekly newsstands courtesy of paparazzi. So, with what's going on now, two decades later, the book is not a shocker and is thusly for those with a void in/or possessing a nugatory sexuality.
Another excellent Wallace publication Mar 19, 2007
Normally I'd just pass something like this by, but I saw it was done by the same folks who had done the People's Almanac series (Irving Wallace and David Wallachinsky). I grew up reading those massive compendiums of assorted information (including my earliest sex education in a book) and figured that if anyone could cover this topic tastefully, it would be the Wallaces/etc.
This is over 500 pages of information on the sex practices of everyone from royalty to actors and actresses, poets and playwrights, the rich and famous and the famous-after-they-died-as-paupers. Ever wondered what Casanova was really like? Or if Babe Ruth was as much a slugger in the sheets as on the baseball field? How about Cleopatra herself? Well-researched, and well-written without being lurid, this is a frank but mature appraisal of the relationships and flings of the famous. While there are a lot of unfaithful folks, as well as some early free love advocates, there are also those who managed successful monogamy. Only the most prudish people could take offense at this excellent approach to S-E-X and the famous.
A Real Conversation-Starter Apr 1, 2004
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
A Hidden Gem Jul 31, 2003
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!