It’s hard to make a buck on a fair-minded portrait anymore. Biographers must trumpet the grisliest allegation — Walt Disney was an FBI informer? Wow! — or starve for attention. But will the gimmicks be all we remember in the future? Here are some of the more explosive recent revelations destined for immortality.
JFK: Restless Youth Nigel Hamilton
Memorable Accusation: The reason JFK’s father, Joseph Kennedy, okayed his daughter’s lobotomy may have been because he was sexually abusing her.
Eleanor Roosevelt Blanche Wiesen Cook
Memorable Accusation: The First Lady may have had a lesbian affair with Associated Press reporter Lorena Hickok.
Marilyn Monroe: The Biography Donald Spoto
Memorable Accusation: Marilyn Monroe died of an enema.
Offical and Confidential Anthony Summers
Memorable Accusation: FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover paraded around hotel lobbies in dresses and lace stockings.