Add Rob Lowe, Barbara Eden to the celebrity memoir bandwagon
It's raining memoirs in Hollywood -- and if you caught comedian Myq Kaplan's set Monday night on "Last Comic Standing," you might have new insight into the value of books with celebrities on their covers. (That's it up top, in case you missed out.)
"I Dream of Jeannie" star Barbara Eden announced her book plans Tuesday -- "Jeannie Out of the Bottle" is due in spring. Eden is working with a collaborator, she tells the New York Times, and they still need a few dish sessions together. Other than the "Jeannie" show, the book's publisher says, topics will include the birth of a still-born son; Eden's relationship with an allegedly abusive addict husband; and her son Matthew Ansara's drug-related death in 2001, at age 35.
Interesting thing about Rob Lowe's book, "Stories I Only Tell My Friends," due next May -- the publisher says Lowe actually plans to write it himself. It's being billed as "a midcareer meditation" on his four decades as an actor.
Earlier this month, Demi Moore's book plan and the accompanying $2-million paycheck were announced. That one's due in 2012.
One Hollywood type with a memoir already out on the shelves: Alison Arngrim, who played Nellie Oleson on "Little House on the Prairie."
Arngrim reveals that no matter what we've heard, she and costar Melissa Gilbert where in fact good friends. "TMZ did a story a few years ago," she said in a recent interview. "They put a halo on me and devil horns on her. It was freakin' hilarious. Never mind that the world is going to hell in a handcart. But wait! Two middle-aged child stars don't like each other. Film at 11!"
-- Christie D'Zurilla
Photo: Barbara Eden arrives at
the premiere of the film "Up" on May 16, 2009, in Los Angeles. Credit: Dan Steinberg / Associated Press.