The former Playboy model dabbled in drugs as a teen. "In the beginning of my drug phase I would go to the apartment near my school looking cute and smile big until one of the guys gave me coke or weed for free. But as I got more and more into the drugs, the smile just wasn't cutting it. I needed to come up with money to support my habit. I began to occasionally ask my mother for lunch money or for some cash to see a movie, and then I'd use it to buy drugs. Other times I would sneak into my grandmother's house and steal from her purse," she writes. "I didn't think she would catch on, and she never said anything, so I figured I was in the clear."
The actress' long affair with Sidney Poitier was highly dramatic. At one point, he called her a "bitch, a "tramp" and a "whore," yelling, "'I know he just left your bed. I won't have you running around with other men. You belong to me!'" To her surprise, things worsened after he decided to stay with Juanita Hardy. "I was only home a few days when he called to say his wife was having second thoughts. Our wedding plans would have to be postponed. When the apartment was ready and I was about to move my daughter in with me, Sidney told me he didn't want her there...He changed the locks so I couldn't get in. Then he made me write him a check to offset his purchase and decorating costs," she writes. "I did as I was told, submissive and desperate."
Attending Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' lavish wedding wasn't what Remini expected. "After about five minutes I headed to the bathroom to offer some help. When I opened the door, I found three women, including Tom's sister and his assistant, standing over the baby [Suri Cruise], who was lying on the tile floor. I didn't know if they were changing her diaper or what, but the three women were looking at her like they thought she was L. Ron Hubbard incarnate," the King of Queens star writes. "Rather than talking to her in a soothing voice, they kept saying, 'Suri! Suri!' in a tone that sounded like they were telling an adult to get her s--t together." The Church of Scientology calls Remini's book fiction.
The Rolling Stones rocker used to drive women wild. "It was like somebody had pulled a plug somewhere…It was all dripping with sexual lust, though they didn't know what to do about it. But suddenly you're on the end of it. It's a frenzy. Once it's let out, it's an incredible force. You stood as much chance in a f--king river full of piranhas. They were beyond what they wanted to be. They'd lost themselves. These chicks were coming out there, bleeding, clothes torn off, pissed panties, and you took that for granted every night. That was the gig. It could have been anybody, quite honestly," he says. "They didn't give a s--t that I was trying to be a blues player."
Back in the day, the shock rocker went to extreme lengths to test his audiences' will power. "In an attempt to reiterate the lesson of Willy Wonka in my own style during other shows, I hung a donkey piñata over the crowd and […] would warn, 'Please, don't break this open. I beg you not to,'" he writes. "Human psychology being what it is, kids in the crowd would invariably grab the stick and smash the piñata apart, forcing everyone to suffer the consequence, which in this case was a shower of cow brains, chicken livers and pig intestines from a disemboweled donkey."
The child star experimented with drugs and alcohol before entering a treatment program in her teens. "When I was 10 and a half, I was sitting in the backseat of a car driven by a friend's mother. She started smoking pot. I'd wanted to try marijuana for a long time, but I was afraid if I asked she'd say, 'No way, Drew. You're too young.' However, she offered me some and I said, 'Sure, I'll try it.' I was shocked. But she had a look that seemed to say, 'Isn't it cute, a little girl getting stoned?' Eventually that got boring too, and my addict mind told me, 'Well, if smoking pot is cute, it'll also be cute to get into heavier stuff, like cocaine.' My usage was gradual," she writes. "What I did kept getting worse and worse, and I didn't care what anybody else thought about me. The higher I got, the happier I imagined myself, the more miserable I actually was."
The Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman is sober today—but he was wild and reckless in his youth. "For years and years, I filled syringes and injected myself with cocaine, speed, black tar heroin, Persian heroin, and once even LSD," the rock star writes. "I'm taking Ozone intravenously because somewhere along the line, I contracted Hepatitis C from my drug experimentation."
In a journal entry dated May 25, 1969, the actor writes about Elizabeth Taylor. "What an extraordinary world it is. How do you live with one person for 13 years, and another for eight and find both as alien as strangers. Elizabeth is an eternal one-night stand. She is my private and personal bought mistress. And lascivious with it. It is impossible to tell you what is consisted in the act of love. Well I'll tell you, E is a receiver, a perpetual returner of the ball!" Burton remembers. "I don't write about sex very often, because it embarrasses me, but, but…"
The actress reveals she engaged in a 10-year consensual sexual relationship with her father, rock star John Phillips. After telling her family members, Phillips writes, "The general consensus was that yes, it was terrible; no, it shouldn't have happened, but there was nothing for me to do but let it go." At the time, she thought, "If sex happened between a father and a daughter, and nobody protested, there was no problem. If it felt good, it could be done, and if nobody put a stop to it, it could happen again, and again, as often and whenever it was convenient for him."
Tommy Lee reveals his wedding to Melrose Place actress Heather Locklear was anything but traditional—and why wouldn't it be? "Rudy, one of techs, gave us the best toast ever: 'To Tommy and Heather,' he said, raising a champagne glass. 'May all your ups and downs be in bed,'" the drummer writes. "Then he took the champagne glass and smashed it over his head."