14 Celebrities Who Became Bestselling Authors (PHOTOS)

Michele Marin | Nov 20, 2015 Celebrities

Not only well versed in acting, or some cases reality TV, these celebrities switched gears and tried their hand at writing — and they nailed it, going on to become best-selling authors! What constitutes a best-selling book? 

Landing on one of the bestseller lists, such as The New York TimesBarnes and NobleUSA Today, or Publisher's Weekly, to name a few. Click through to see which celebs penned a hit, sometimes more than once!

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  • Gwyneth Paltrow

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    Add bestselling author to Academy Award-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow's resume. If you want to know what the Iron Man star is whipping up in the kitchen when she wants to feel good and lose weight, pick up one of her cookbooks. The avid foodie is the author of It's All Good: Delicious Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good & Feel Great. Paltrow also wrote My Father's Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family and Togetherness, and Notes From the Kitchen Table.

  • Tina Fey

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    Our favorite comedian, Tina Fey, wrote an honest, hilarious autobiographical book, Bossypants. The SNL alum and 30 Rock actress not only landed at the top of the bestseller list with her book, she remaindered there for five weeks. The book follows Fey's trek to the top and offers advice for women who aspire to succeed.

  • Steve Martin

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    Here's some trivia for ya! Who knew that the screenplay for the movie Shopgirl was written by Steve Martin, adapted from his bestselling novella of the same name? However that wasn't Martin's only bestseller. In 2007 Martin published a memoir, Born Standing Up, which was named one of the Top Ten Non-Fiction titles by Time magazine.

  • Tyra Banks

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    Supermodel, talk show host, and author. That would be none other than Tyra Banks. In 2011 the multi-talented beauty wrote the novel, Modelland, which was loosely based on her life. That same year, the book topped the New York Times bestseller list. The fun read follows Tookie De Le Creme along her crazy adventures in the world of fashion.

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  • Lauren Conrad

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    Don't let The Hills star fool you, she's anything but just another pretty face from Laguna Beach. Lauren Conrad cashed in on her reality fame by not only launching a clothing line, but also becoming a bestselling author. And the blond beauty didn't just stop at one bestseller. L.A. Candy debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list in 2009, but the sequel, Sweet Little Lies, also became a bestseller. The series about a young reality TV star, Jane Roberts, sold over a million copies in 2010, according to Publisher's Weekly.

  • Jessica Alba

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    Talk about a woman who can do it all! Actress and entrepreneur Jessica Alba's very first book went on to become a bestseller. The Honest Life: Living Naturally and True to You landed at #8 on the New York Times bestseller list. The Honest Company's co-founder shares tips for making healthy living fun and real. Bonus: The book is brimming with family photos of Alba and her adorable children, Honor and Haven, with hubby Cash Warren.

  • Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi

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    In her debut book titled none other than A Shore Thing, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi chronicles her life on the Jersey Shore. Clearly there were plenty of fans who wanted to follow her antics, as the book made Polizzi a bestselling author at age 23. 

  • Travis Stork

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    Host of the popular daytime talk show, The Doctors (and onetime Bachelor if you can remember season eight), Travis Stork published the bestselling book The Doctor's Diet in 2014. People were listening to the doctor's advice, and the book hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list in April 2014. Hugely successful, The Doctor's Diet captured the top spot on the list for 11 weeks.

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  • Teresa Giudice

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    Real Housewives of New Jersey's Teresa Giudice has three, count them, three, bestselling books. Her first book, Skinny Italian, shared the benefits of Old World Italian cuisine, her second book, Fabulicious, showcases 60 of the reality TV star's favorite family recipes, and the third book, Fabulicious:Fast & Fit, focuses on delicious recipes that are healthier. Manga!

  • Bethenny Frankel

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    It must be something in The Real Housewives water because another reality TV star, this one from The Real Housewives of New York, Bethenny Frankel, has penned a whopping FOUR best sellers. A Place of Yes, 10 Rules For Getting Everything You Want Out Of Life (a self-help book), Naturally Thin (featuring recipes and a program to jumpstart your healthy eating), and The Skinnygirl Dish (a follow-up focusing on three week of meals and snacks). And let's not forget her fourth bestseller, the fun beach read, Skinnydipping. 

  • Phil Robertson

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    Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander chronicles the life of Duck Dynasty patriarch, Phil Robertson. The book debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestselling hardcover non-fiction book list in May 2013.

  • Katie Couric

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    Award-winning journalist and former Today Show co anchor Katie Couric's first book, The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives, became a bestseller. The Yahoo Global News Anchor dispels advice from leaders as well as her own life on how to achieve success, follow one's passion and overcome obstacles.

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  • Tori Spelling

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    Maybe it's her lighthearted ways and self-deprecating humor that draws people to Tori Spelling. Her first book, sTORI TELLING, which she wrote in 2008, debuted at #3 on the New York Times bestseller list and in September the book moved to #1. The star's other books, MOMMYWOOD, and UNCHARTED TERRITORI, also became bestsellers.

  • Mindy Kaling

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    Star and creator of The Mindy Project, Mindy Kaling's humorous take on her life in Hollywood, friendships, and romances won the star a bestselling book, Is Everyone Hanging Out With Me? (and Other Concerns.) Kaling also hit it big with her book, Why Not Me?, a collection of personal essays, which landed the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list.

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