Hollywood's New Status Symbol: Celebrity Book Imprints

6:00 AM 12/16/2015

by Andy Lewis

Stars including Oprah Winfrey and Johnny Depp are expanding their influence into the publishing sphere.

Authoring is the new status symbol with stars — Oprah Winfrey, Brett Ratner, Chelsea Handler, Viggo Mortensen, Gwyneth Paltrow and Johnny Depp — expanding their influence.

  • Gwyneth Paltrow

    Goop Press (2015)

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    Publisher: Grand Central

    First book: It's All Easy: Delicious Weekday Recipes for the Super-Busy Home Cook, to be penned by Paltrow.

    In the pipeline: A Goop beauty book.

  • Brett Ratner

    RatPac Press (2012)

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    Publisher: Running Press

    First book: Seven Wonders by Ben Mezrich, a conspiracy thriller also in development as a RatPac film.

    In the pipeline: Nothing announced.

  • Chelsea Handler

    Chelsea Handler Books (2010)

    Associated Press

    Publisher: Grand Central

    First book: Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang, comedic essays about Handler's life.

    In the pipeline: Nothing announced since 2014's Man Up! by Ross Mathews.

  • Johnny Depp

    Infinitum Nihil (2012)

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    Publisher: HarperCollins

    First book: House of Earth by Woody Guthrie, the folk singer's never-published novel.

    In the pipeline: A memoir from record producer Jack Douglas.

  • Viggo Mortensen

    Perceval Press (2002)

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    Publisher: Independent

    First book: Just Another War by singer Exene Cervenka and photographer Kenneth Jarecke.

    In the pipeline: San Lorenzo de Almagro

  • Oprah Winfrey

    TBD (2015)

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    Publisher: Flatiron

    First book: The Life You Want, Winfrey's memoir, scheduled for January 2017.

    In the pipeline: Nothing announced, but will focus on nonfiction picked by Winfrey.