Kitty Kelley
Internationally Acclaimed Investigative Biographer

Kitty Kelley is an internationally acclaimed writer whose last five books have been number one on The New York Times Best Sellers list: Oprah: A Biography (2010), The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty (2004), The Royals (1997); Nancy Reagan: The Unauthorized Biography (1991), and His Way: The Unauthorized Biography of Frank Sinatra (1986). Her other biographies, Elizabeth Taylor: The Last Star and Jackie Oh!, also New York Times bestsellers, have sold millions of copies, and been translated in over 40 foreign languages. As a biographer, Kelley has been honored with several awards, including the 2011 International Book Award for Oprah: A Biography, and the 2005 PEN Oakland Literary Censorship Award for The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty. She also received the Outstanding Author Award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors for her “courageous writing on popular culture”, the Philip M. Stern Award for her “outstanding service to writers and the writing profession”, and the Medal of Merit from the Lotos Club of New York City. She was selected by Vanity Fairmagazine for its Hall of Fame as part of “The Media Decade”, and the University of Washington named her one of 100 “Most Famous, Fascinating and Influential Alumni of the Past 100 Years.” Brandeis University National Women’s committee established a major book collection at the university in Kelley’s honor the same year she was invited to debate at Oxford University; the premise: “This House Believes That Men Are Still More Equal than Women.” She led her team to a 143-78 victory. Kelley also addressed the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. The subject: “Public Figures: Are Their Private Lives Fair Game for the Press?”

After four years as a press assistant to a U.S. Senator, Kelley became the editorial page researcher for The Washington Post. Since then, she has pursued a full-time career as a freelance writer. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, People, Ladies’ Home Journal, McCall’s, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The New Republic, and The American Scholar. She serves on various nonprofit boards, including National Women’s Health Research Center (, BIO (Biographers International Organization), DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, and American Independent Writers’ Freedom to Write Fund.

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Capturing Camelot
Stanley Tretick's Iconic Images of the Kennedys
Thomas Dunne Books

A bestselling author goes behind the lens of a legendary photographer to capture a magical time A consummate photojournalist, Stanley Tretick was sent by...

Let Freedom RingStanley Tretick's Iconic Images of the March on Washington
Thomas Dunne Books

A bestselling author and legendary photographer present an illuminating look at a pivotal moment in our nation's history: The March on Washington. Despite...

The Unauthorized Truth: "I believe that the best way to tell a life story is from the outside looking in, and so I choose to write with my nose pressed against the window rather than kneel inside for spoon-feedings" wrote Kitty Kelley in The American Scholar. Spend an enthralling evening with Kelley as she talks about today’s celebrity culture: the myth-making, media partiality, and legal threats that prevent us from seeing our icons as human beings. With the titanic subjects of her unauthorized biographies ranging from Oprah Winfrey and Frank Sinatra, to the Reagans and George H.W. Bush, Kelley talks about the perils of telling the truth about some of the world’s most powerful people, how far some of them have gone to preserve their myths, and why the unauthorized, independent biography remains so important to history.

Praise for Capturing Camelot
Capturing Camelot: Stanley Tretick’s Iconic Images of the Kennedys breathes life into this compilation of more than 200 photos, many never before seen until now… Kelley’s moving narrative, along with the sizable, glossy photographs will surely delight any Camelot aficionado!”
Portland Book Review

“A labor-of-love collection of work by the photographer she praises as 'my best friend…a pal without parallel.' … a tribute to a photographer, a president and a time when the former functioned as the world’s eyes into the latter. A pleasant mixture of iconic and surprising shots—a photo book that is ultimately as much about the photographer, and the access he gained, as it is about its subject.”
--Kirkus Reviews

“Tretick's achievement is the masterful construction of legend through careful framing and omission--and teamwork with his subjects. Indeed JFK choreographed much of this work himself…. The opposite of Goldin and Avedon's warts-and-all images, Tretick's work is a noteworthy example of unapologetically romantic American portraiture.”
Publishers Weekly