The queen of tell-all, unauthorized biographies has a new subject for her stiletto pen: Oprah Winfrey.
Crown Publishers announced today that Kitty Kelley's 544-page, unauthorized Oprah: A Biography will be released April 13.
The first printing will be at least 500,000 copies.
Kelley has written gossipy, unflattering but best-selling books about Frank Sinatra, Nancy Reagan and the Bush family.
She announced in December 2006 she was pursuing Oprah. "She has fascinated me for many years," she said at the time, making it sound as if she intended to portray Oprah in a more positive light than her previous subjects. "[Oprah] has built an empire around her personality and has been one of American's most admired business women and philanthropists. Oprah's story is one of hope, promise and realization of the American dream."
Kelley still says she has high regard for Winfrey but also felt committed to writing the truth. Kelley says she devoted the past three years to examining Winfrey's life. She says she came away "full of admiration for her accomplishments and fascinated by her complexity."
Crown says Kelley conducted 850 interviews for the book.
Several have tried to write investigative and tell-all bios of Chicago's talk-show queen before -- and failed. In 1997, a former boyfriend tried to publish a book, in which he claimed the two lived together in 1985 and did drugs; the book wasn't published, and the boyfriend then tried to sue Oprah for $20 million for blocking it. Plus, Oprah's own father announced plans to write a tell-all bio, but the project was never completed.