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Jackie Oh! (1978)
In 1981 Kelley appeared on a Winfrey-co-hosted Baltimore show to promote her first celebrity best seller. Kelley writes that Oprah told her, "I don't approve of that kind of book."
Elizabeth Taylor: The Last Star (1981)
Advance from Simon & Schuster to write about Taylor after Kelley's previous publisher, Lyle Stuart, turned the book down: $150,000
His Way: The Unauthorized Biography of Frank Sinatra (1986)
Amount of the suit initiated by Sinatra before publication: $2 million. The suit was later dropped. To the Chairman's chagrin, His Way became a huge best seller.
The Royals (1997)
The amount that People magazine reportedly paid Kelley to run an excerpt of her book in its pages. The magazine killed the piece after Princess Diana's death: $25,000
The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty (2004)
The figure sought in a judgment by a journalist contending Kelley plagiarized his previously published article in her book: $5 million. The suit was dropped.
Nancy Reagan: The Unauthorized Biography (1991)
The fee Simon & Schuster paid Kelley to write Nancy Reagan, a damning account that portrayed the former First Lady as modern Marie Antoinette: $3.5 million.
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