The life of Queen Bey herself is getting the royal write-up treatment from New York Times bestselling author J. Randy Taraborrelli. Since some of Taraborrelli’s topics end up getting produced for television, perhaps there is a Beyoncé miniseries in the future.
Taraborrelli, who has written biographies of Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Madonna, Frank Sinatra, Cher, the Kennedys, and the Hiltons will write the first comprehensive biography ever published of pop star, and wife of Jay Z, Beyoncé Knowles.
Grand Central Publishing recently announced:
“Based on exhaustive research by Taraborrelli , including exclusive interviews with the people in the superstar’s life who have been pivotal to her personal and professional development, the biography will explore all facets of Knowles’ life. Beginning with her career at the age of seven performing in pageant shows and talent contests and recording her first number one hit record at the age of 18 with her group, Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé has become one of the most successful solo artists of her generation appearing in 2014 on the cover of Time Magazine and at the # 1 spot on Forbes’ annual list of the wealthiest celebrities.”
Author Taraborrelli said in a statement:
“I can’t think of a more intriguing subject than Beyoncé…In terms of research, there’s no road map to follow since this is the first major biography. Therefore, we’re breaking new ground with every chapter. From Destiny’s Child to solo superstardom to her marriage to Jay-Z, Beyoncé has lived a most incredible, inspiring life. I know my readers will enjoy her journey.”
Taraborrelli’s extensive knowledge of celebrity’s lives lands him frequent spots on shows such as Entertainment Tonight, Good Morning America, and others.
He has written 18 biographies, including some that have been made into miniseries, such as After Camelot, about the Kennedys, and The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe. After Camelot will star Katie Holmes, and Susan Sarandon will have a role in the Marilyn Monroe miniseries, which will feature Kelli Garner as Marilyn.
Eliza Berman points out in Time Magazine that this is an “unauthorized” biography, which means Knowles will not be involved in the writing. While that may sound like it will be less interesting, at first glance, Berman thinks it could actually be better.
“The word ‘unauthorized’ suggests that we should probably take the book with some skepticism, because Queen Bey won’t have signed off on the story it spins. But the fact that she’s so tightly controlled her image until now leaves one wondering which version requires taking more grains of salt: the one she’s approved or the one she hasn’t? … Throughout Beyoncé’s career, it’s always been difficult to parse out the genuine from the affected.”