J. Randy Taraborrelli

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J. Randy Taraborrelli
NationalityUnited States
Known forBiographies, news reporting, journalism
Notable work
'The Kennedy Heirs, 'Jackie, Janet & Lee'

John Randall Anthony Taraborrelli is an American journalist and biographer. Taraborrelli is known for biographies of contemporary entertainers and political figures such as Diana Ross,[1] Marilyn Monroe,[2] Michael Jackson,[3] Madonna,[4] the Kennedy family,[5] the Hilton family,[6] and Beyoncé.[7] He also regularly appears on television as an entertainment news reporter on programs such as Entertainment Tonight, Good Morning America, Today and CBS This Morning.[8] Taraborrelli resides in Los Angeles, California.[9]

The New York Times called Jackie, Janet & Lee "deliciously readable".[10] The Observer reviewed Diana Ross – A Biography as "fawning" and while acknowledging the comprehensiveness of the book, regretted that the writer held back unfavorable information about the subject because he was a fan.[11] It said The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe was written by "an indefatigable gossip hound" and criticized his vocabulary.[12] The Gay & Lesbian Review said that Michael Jackson – The Magic, the Madness, the Whole Story was a "comprehensive and even-handed biography".[13]


  • Diana: A Celebration of the Life and Career of Diana Ross (1985)
  • Cher – A Biography (1986; updated in 1992)
  • Motown: Hot Wax, City Cool and Solid Gold (1986; updated in 1988)
  • Laughing Till It Hurts – The Complete Life and Career of Carol Burnett (1988)
  • Call Her Miss Ross (1989; updated in 2007 as Diana Ross – A Biography)
  • Michael Jackson – The Magic and the Madness (1991; updated in 2003 and 2004. In 2009, the book was updated as Michael Jackson – The Magic, the Madness, the Whole Story)
  • Sinatra – Behind the Legend (1997; updated in 1998 and 2015)
  • Jackie, Ethel and Joan: Women of Camelot (2000)
  • Madonna: An Intimate Biography (2001; updated in 2002, 2007 and 2018)
  • Once Upon a Time: Behind the Fairytale of Princess Grace and Prince Rainier (2003)
  • Elizabeth (2006)
  • The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe (2009)
  • Michael Jackson - The Magic, The Madness, The Whole Story (2009)
  • After Camelot: A Personal History of the Kennedy Family - 1968 to Present (2012)
  • The Hiltons: The True Story of an American Dynasty (2014)
  • Sinatra - Behind The Legend (rewritten and updated) (2015)
  • Becoming Beyoncé - The Untold Story (2015)
  • Jackie, Janet & Lee: The Secret Lives of Janet Auchincloss and Her Daughters, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill (2018)
  • Madonna: An Intimate Biography of an Icon at Sixty (updated) (2018)
  • The Kennedy Heirs: John, Caroline, and the New Generation - A Legacy of Triumph and Tragedy (2019)


  1. ^ Seal, Rebecca (14 January 2007). "Review: Diana Ross by J Randy Taraborrelli". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  2. ^ Yardley, Jonathan (30 August 2009). "Book Review: 'The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe' by J. Randy Taraborrelli". The Washington Post. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  3. ^ "The Secret Life of Michael Jackson". 5 February 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  4. ^ "CNN.com - J. Randy Taraborrelli: Madonna biographer - July 19, 2001". CNN. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  5. ^ Confidential. "Kennedy clan outcast James Auchincloss dishes in upcoming book - NY Daily News". Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  6. ^ Groskop, Viv (11 April 2014). "The unstoppable rise of the Hiltons". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Beyonce Bio in the Works". Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  8. ^ "J. Randy Taraborrelli". Hachette Book Group. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
  9. ^ "Taraborrelli, J. Randy 1956- - Dictionary definition of Taraborrelli, J. Randy 1956- - Encyclopedia.com: FREE online dictionary". encyclopedia.com. Retrieved 24 May 2018. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |website= (help)
  10. ^ Thompson, Laura (20 February 2018). "In a New Biography of the Bouvier Women, Jealousies Rule". The New York Times.
  11. ^ Seal, Rebecca (14 January 2007). "Review: Diana Ross by J Randy Taraborrelli". The Observer.
  12. ^ Conrad, Peter (26 September 2009). "The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe by J Randy Taraborrelli | Book review". The Observer.
  13. ^ "'I Like Lovin' This Way' - The Gay & Lesbian Review".