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Film based on Oprah bio in the works

Film based on Oprah bio in the works

LOS ANGELES, July 12 (UPI) -- A TV movie based on Kitty Kelley's "Oprah: A Biography" is in the works, Hollywood's Larry A. Thompson Organization said Monday.
Oprah's 'aunt' says Kelley misquoted her

Oprah's 'aunt' says Kelley misquoted her

NEW YORK, April 23 (UPI) -- Katherine Carr Esters, an 82-year-old cousin Oprah Winfrey calls "aunt," says author Kitty Kelley misquoted her in the new book "Oprah: A Biography."
Oprah calls Kelley book a 'so-called bio'

Oprah calls Kelley book a 'so-called bio'

NEW YORK, April 19 (UPI) -- "This, too, shall pass," U.S. media mogul Oprah Winfrey said about the attention an unauthorized biography of her has been getting.

Kelley to take aim at Winfrey with book

NEW YORK, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Investigative journalist and author Kitty Kelley is set to take on iconic U.S. talk show host Oprah Winfrey with her newest book, a report said.

Bush book costs Kelley Washingtonia job

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Kitty Kelley's scathing "The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty" has cost Kelley her job at the Washingtonian magazine, MSNBC reported Wednesday.

Kitty Kelley sued for plagiarism

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Nov. 17 (UPI) -- A freelance writer in Alabama has accused author Kitty Kelley of plagiarism in her book about the Bush family, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

Kelley says Sharon Bush quotes accurate

NEW YORK, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- The spokeswoman for U.S. author Kitty Kelley, who wrote a book on the Bush family, said the author is not surprised that Sharon Bush isn't suing her.

Kitty Kelley defends Bush book

NEW YORK, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Author Kitty Kelley, making media rounds to promote her latest book, is standing by claims of U.S. President George Bush's drug use at Camp David.

Bush ex-relative denies book's drug claims

NEW YORK, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- George W. Bush's ex-sister-in-law denied she told author Kitty Kelley about the president's drug use, a claim the celebrity author published in her new book.

Kitty Kelley book alleges Bush drug use

NEW YORK, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- A new book by celebrity author Kitty Kelley alleges George W. Bush snorted cocaine at Camp David while his father was U.S. president.
Kitty Kelley
Copies of Kitty Kelley's new book "Oprah: A Bigraphy" are displayed at a bookstore in Chicago on April 19, 2010. Kelley is promoting her 525-page unauthorized biography of media mogul Oprah Winfrey. UPI/Brian Kersey

Kitty Kelley (born April 4, 1942) is an American investigative journalist and author of several best-selling unauthorized biographies of celebrities and politicians. Her subjects have included Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Reagan, the British Royal Family, the Bush family, and Oprah Winfrey. Described as a "poison pen" biographer, her profiles frequently contain unflattering personal anecdotes and details, and their accuracy is often questioned. Kelley’s book sales declined precipitously in the 21st century. While Kelley’s 1997 book (The Royals) entered USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list at first place, her 2004 book (The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty) entered the list in second place, and her 2010 book (Oprah: A biography) entered the list in fifth place. Kelley's credibility and sources have been called into question multiple times and she has been accused of sloppy reporting, poor fact checking, lying, misusing words badly misquoting, taking material out of context and violating agreements Former president Ronald Reagan has described Kelley’s work as containing "flagrant and absurd falsehoods" that "exceed the bounds of decency". and Barbara Walters said books like Kelley’s are all about finding dirt, not the truth. The New York Times notes that Kelley "just aims for the jugular" and Frank Sinatra claimed Kelley "wrote the kind of lies that sell books and newspapers and magazines".

Time magazine reported that most journalists believe Kelley "too frequently fails to bring perspective or analysis to the fruits of her reporting and at times lards her work with dollops of questionable inferences and innuendos." In addition, Kelley has been described by Joe Klein as a "professional sensationalist" and her books have been described as "Kitty litter." Maureen Dowd, who broke embargo to tout on the front page of the New York Times Kelley's revelations about Nancy Reagan, said "Kelley is a mean and greedy writer, so drunk on sensationalism that she lacks compassion and understanding." Larry King, who nonetheless frequently had Kelley on his show as an expert on the British royals, was quoted as saying "She's very strange. She must have something wrong with her."

Kelley's work has faced legal challenges. Her book “the Royals” was banned in Britain because it contained sensational assertions that Kelley would have reportedly been unable to defend in court, and the British media also found Kelley’s claims too potentially libelous to report on. According to the reporting of George Carpozi, Jr., Kitty Kelley was sued over the content of her book Jackie Oh!, and settled the suit out of court. Carpozi also reported that under questioning from her publisher, Kelley confessed to having made up an intimate exchange of words between Jacqueline Onassis and columnist Pete Hamill in the manuscript of Jackie Oh!. Carpozi claims that Kelley faced legal consequences over her Elizabeth Taylor biography too, being compelled to delete disputed material and make substantial changes to what she had written when the book emerged in paperback.

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