20 Celebrity Authors You Didn’t Know!

Celebrities are always looking for a way to express themselves, and many have found that writing a book is the perfect outlet. While celebrities pen memoirs all the time, some famous stars have stepped it up a notch and created original works of fiction, ghostwriter probably included. Who knew Madonna was the author of several children's books? And did you know that Hilary Duff has two novels under her belt? From James Franco to Naomi Campbell, movie stars, models and reality stars have all put ink to paper, and written some good and some not-so-great novels. For a look at some of Hollywood's celebrity authors, check out our gallery below and add some Hollywood to your reading list.

James Franco

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Author is on James Franco's long list of accomplishments, which includes Oscar-nominated actor, director, artist and PhD candidate at Yale University. He has written two books, "Palo Alto" and "Actors Anonymous."

Naomi Campbell

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Proving she is more than just a pretty face, Naomi Campbell wrote a novel titled '"Swan," about the world's most successful supermodel. Sound familiar?

Madonna

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The Queen of Pop is also a bestselling children's book author, with three books under her belt.

Hilary Duff

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Taking a break from acting, Hilary Duff has penned two novels, "Elixir" and "Devoted."

Britney Spears

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Britney Spears teamed up with her mom, Lynne Spears to write "A Mother's Gift," about a girl from a small town trying to make it big as a performer.

Barack Obama

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Sure Barack Obama has written a memoir or two, but did you know the President also wrote a book for his two daughters? Titled "Of Thee I Sing: A Letter To My Daughters," it is a tribute to 13 great Americans who shaped our nation.

Kourtney, Kim and Khloe Kardashian

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The Kardashian empire inevitably includes a book or two. The Kardashian sisters got together to write, "Dollhouse," a completely "original" story about a high-profile and complicated family, with three sisters named Kamille, Kassidy and Kyle.

Pamela Anderson

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"Baywatch" star Pamela Anderson has written two novels, "Star" and "Star Struck."

Isla Fisher

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Before making it big as a Hollywood actress, "The Great Gatsby" star wrote two novels, "Seduced by Fame" and "Bewitched."

Tina Fey

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It comes as no surprise that Tina Fey penned "Bossypants," seeing as the comedian was the first female head writer at "Saturday Night Live," and the creator of the hit show "30 Rock."

Nicole Richie

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Nicole Richie went from "The Simple Life" to author when she penned "The Truth About Diamonds," and "Priceless."

Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi

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"Jersey Shore" star Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi proved everyone wrong when she wrote not one but two books, "A Shore Thing" and "Gorilla Beach." "I went to school, I went to college. I know how to read. Even though I lack common sense sometimes, I am book smart," she said.

Mindy Kaling

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Mindy Kaling's book "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?" about observations she has made about romance, friendship and Hollywood, got rave reviews from The New York Times and The New Yorker.

John Travolta

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Actor and part-time pilot John Travolta wrote a fable titled "Propeller One-Way Night Coach."

Tyra Banks

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Many people forget that Tyra Banks is more than a supermodel, former talk show host and creator of America's Next Top Model. The 39-year-old is also an author, publishing "Modelland" in 2011.

Ellen DeGeneres

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Ellen DeGeneres captured her humor in several books including "Seriously... I'm Kidding" and "The Funny Thing Is."

Julianne Moore

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Famous redhead Julianne Moore put her freckles to good use when she wrote the series featuring the character "Freckleface Strawberry."

Victoria Beckham

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Fashionista Victoria Beckham puts all her style tips into one book for her fans, titled "That Extra Half an Inch."

Chelsea Handler

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Outspoken comedienne Chelsea Handler has written several books about her experiences in the dating world, and her most recent book "Uganda Be Kidding Me," a collection of hilarious essays, comes out March 2014.

Macaulay Culkin

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"Home Alone" star Macaulay Culkin is more than a child star. The 33-year-old wrote, "Junior," a novel loosely based on his life under the spotlight.  

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