But a lot of down and dirty gossip is about to hit newsstands everywhere March 7 when The Operator: David Geffen Builds, Buys and Sells the New Hollywood, by Tom King, is released to the masses.
The controversial new bio portrays Geffen as a man desperate to be big in Hollywood: He used scare tactics to get his way, preferred screaming to talking, hung out in a hot tub with John Lennon at Hugh Hefner's Playboy mansion, shared therapists with Carrie Fisher and Warren Beatty, was roommates with Joni Mitchell and has even given President Clinton advice on "spinning" the media. Not to mention, he dated Cher.
The book details the DreamWorks cofounder's manipulative but successful rise through the music and film business to become one of the most influential people in show business and, reportedly, Tinseltown's richest man.
King, a reporter at the Wall Street Journal, writes of his 300 plus interviews with Geffen's friends and family: "It became clear that Geffen would do or say almost anything to wangle introductions, build relationships and win clients."
Geffen launched the careers of the Eagles and Jackson Browne, and gave Tom Cruise his start with Risky Business. He kicked off his record company with the hugely successful grunge band Nirvana.
The word on the (palm-tree-lined) streets of Hollywood is that Geffen is angry and upset that the book contains so much about his sex life.
It claims Geffen bragged to filmmakers Stephen Woolley and Neil Jordan about the male prostitute he was having sex with the night John Lennon was assassinated. Openly gay now, Geffen had an affair with Cher in the '70s and was influential in her divorce from Sony Bono.
And no, for the last time, there was no secret marriage to Keanu Reeves!