Saturday, January 23rd 2010, 4:00 AM
An unauthorized biography of talk show titaness Oprah Winfrey is set to be released on April 13 by Crown Publishing, according to EW.com. It’s penned by bestselling author Kitty Kelley, who has previously written about Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Nancy Reagan and the British Royal Family.
“Oprah has spent years eliciting intimate confessionals from her subjects, but she herself has a carefully guarded persona,” Crown spokesman David Drake said, according to EW.com. “This is the first complete portrait of her — it will reveal Oprah as she has never been seen before.”
More than 500,000 copies of the 544-page book have been ordered for the first printing, and Kelley interviewed 850 sources while researching Oprah Winfrey’s life for three years.
The book, “Oprah: A Biography,” will “cover all aspects of her life” and “be evenhanded,” Drake says.
“Kelley understands Oprah’s cultural importance and that is something she covers at length,” he adds.
Drake said Kelley and the publishing company are not too worried about Winfrey coming down on them. “I spoke to the people at [Oprah’s production company] Harpo [Thursday] morning, and they were gracious to me,” he says. “[Oprah] even said, a few years ago, something along the lines of, ‘I’m not encouraging it, I’m not discouraging it; this is America.'”
But Winfrey isn’t coming forward to talk about the book, according to CNN. “Oprah hasn’t participated in or read Kitty Kelley’s book, so she is unable to comment,” a spokeswoman told the cable news network.