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Thursday, December 14, 2006 10:40 am
Kelley vs. Winfrey
Posted by: Keir Graff

Just added to the upcoming slate of celebrity prizefights: crafty veteran Kitty Kelley, a scribe who’s never pulled a punch, takes on the worldwide champeen of all media, the belle of book-dom, the Isis of image, the tsarina of talk, yessir, Oooooooooooooooprah Winfrey!

In this corner, wearing a svelte black Armani suite with a taupe blouse, clutching a notepad and a tape recorder…oh, wait. She likes Oprah? Well, that could be boring.

From the AP via USA Today:

NEW YORK (AP) – Congratulations, Oprah, you have been selected by Kitty Kelley as the subject of her next tell-all, unauthorized biography.

“Oprah Winfrey has fascinated me for many years – as a woman, she has wielded an unprecedented amount of influence over the American culture and psyche,” Kelley said in a statement issued Wednesday by the Crown Publishing Group, an imprint of Random House, Inc.

The book does not yet have a title and a publication date has not been set. Financial terms were not disclosed.

And here’s the disappointing part:

While the author has spoken disparagingly of the Bushes, likening them to the Corleones, she appears to have a higher opinion of Winfrey.

“She has built an empire around her personality and has been one of American’s most admired business women and philanthropists,” Kelley said in her statement. “Oprah’s story is one of hope, promise and realization of the American dream.”

By the way, a Booklister has beaten Kelley to the punch in at least one regard: Children’s Books Editor Ilene Cooper will publish her own book about Oprah, Up Close: Oprah Winfrey (Viking), in April.

(Ilene is also an Oprah fan, and the book is for young readers, so don’t expect too much dirt. Sigh.)



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