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Will J.Lo’s New Memoir Land Among Memorable Celebrity Tell-Alls? Probably Not

Jennifer Lopez book coverCelebrity watchers now know that Jennifer Lopez has felt abused “mentally, emotionally, verbally” in past relationships — thanks to that snippet from her “True Love” memoir going viral in the media.

Released this week, Lopez’ book purportedly “sets the record straight” on her already highly chronicled marriages and romances. When you get right down to it, however, this is not a book of shocking revelations, but introspection — in a pop music diva kind of way — as J.Lo lets us know that, via therapy, she has realized passion is not love. These days, instead of men the likes of Ben Affleck and P. Diddy showering her with rare diamonds, trips to Europe and expensive cars, she writes that she wants a love who’ll give her time, kindness, honesty and faithfulness.

Indeed, evidently third husband Marc Anthony even got to have a look at the book prior to publication.

In the realm of celebrity tell-alls, it’s pretty non-combustible stuff. Recent years have seen a parade of shocking revelations — along with oddball moments, feuds, high living and bitchy remarks — flipping by us in the pages of books. When it comes to unforgettably revealing show business memoirs, it’s a cinch the following Top 10 Tell-Alls will be remembered after Lopez’ book fades.

1. Drew Barrymore revealed shocking facts behind her adorable child star image in her unflinching 1990 book, “Little Girl Lost.” Abandoned by her alcoholic father, saddled with a mother who didn’t act like one, at 7, the ‘ET’ cutie felt she was expected to behave like a 29-year-old. At 9 she was smoking and boozing, at 10 she was smoking pot, and by 12 she was on cocaine. She co-wrote the best-selling ‘Little Girl Lost’ at the older and wiser age of 14.

2. If “Little Girl Lost” isn’t enough to convince readers that it’s hard growing up a child star who is part of an acting dynasty plagued by substance abuse problems, then Tatum O’Neal’s “A Paper Life” will do the trick. In it, she says, among many other things, that her father, Ryan O’Neal, seethed with jealousy over her acclaim for their “Paper Moon” film, that he punched her in the face when he learned of her Academy Award nomination, and that on Oscar night when she was the youngest winner in history, neither of her parents attended the ceremony. Her mother, Joanna Moore, was a hopeless addict and the family was riddled with drug abuse.

3. And then there’s Corey Feldman’s 2013 “Coreyography” that alleged that he and his late friend Corey Haim were both victims of sex abuse by older men who preyed on young boys in Hollywood. He also wrote of his drug addiction and what it was like to hang out with pal Michael Jackson — who was NOT one of the predators — at the height of his fame.

4. Rob Lowe’s “Stories I Only Tell My Friends” and “Love Life” memoirs dish the Lowe down on his wild Brat Pack days, romances with Melissa Gilbert and Princess Stephanie among many others, the infamous 1988 sex tape, his realization in 1990 that he was an alcoholic, rehab, run-ins with other celebrities and more.

5. Tori Spelling made dishing on herself, her randy “Beverly Hills, 90210” cast mates, and — especially — the extravagant luxury and strangeness of the Aaron and Candy Spelling household into irresistible reading in her 2008 No. 1 best-seller, “sTORI Telling.” Her late super producer dad had snow trucked in to their mansion’s tennis courts as a Christmas morning surprise. Her mother dressed her up in adult costumes — complete with fake breasts and hip enhancements sewn inside — when she was 5 years old and never seemed to fully approve of her. Tori spilled more dirt on her relationship with mom in 2009’s “Mommywood.” Subsequent books including last year’s “Spelling it Like it Is,” prove Tori is the queen of TMI.

6. Mackenzie Phillips’ “High On Arrival” stunned the world with its allegation that she’d had an incestuous relationship for 10 years with her late father, John Phillips of The Mamas and the Papas fame. Her former stepmother, Michelle, is among those who denied and pointed to Mackenzie’s long history of drug abuse — but Mackenzie has been embraced by survivors of incest groups.

7. With his 1993 autobiography and tons of tabloid tales, we already knew a lot of dirt about ’50s and ’60s matinee idol Tony Curtis — his sexual conquests, drug use, adultery, the fact he snorted cocaine with daughter Jamie Lee Curtis when she was a young adult. So what could be left to shock the public by 2009? In his “Some Like it Hot: My Memories of Marilyn Monroe and the Making of the Classic Movie” the late star claimed he and Marilyn Monroe were lovers and she miscarried their baby. He writes, “When I was in bed with Marilyn, I was never sure, before, during or after, where her mind was. She was an actress. She could play a part. She could give the part what she thought a man wanted. I never asked for more.” And here everyone thought they didn’t get along.

8. Perennially breezy and charming George Hamilton joined the tell-all ranks with his “Don’t Mind if I Do” memoir, in which he disclosed that he lost his virginity at age 12, to his stepmother. Ew. Also, George dished on relationships with Mamie Van Doren, Judy Garland, Danielle Steel and — her again — Marilyn Monroe. They had a date but didn’t hit it off.

9. If you’re into sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, you’re bound to find Keith Richards’ 2010 “Life” riveting. Reading like an uncensored evening with the legendary guitarist, “Life” wends its way through tales of drug use and affairs that make it even more unbelievable Richards is still alive. This is the book that made Mick Jagger miffed at his Rolling Stones band mate for referring to him as “unbearable” and suggesting he lacked in male endowment — which Richards later said he regretted writing.

10. “Mommie Dearest.” The one that started it all. Christina Crawford’s harrowing 1978 expose about her adoptive mother, movie star Joan Crawford, sent shock waves through Hollywood, spawned a movie with Faye Dunaway and countless send-ups on shows from “Saturday Night Live” to “Project Runway” — and was at least partly responsible for a spate of celebrity tell-alls that followed. (Among them: texts by the daughter of Bette Davis and by one of Bing Crosby’s sons.)

The book alleges: Crawford insisted upon Christina and her siblings addressing her as Mommie Dearest. She had alcoholic rages and attacked Christina physically many times — including once trying to strangle her and the infamous episode wherein Crawford exploded over finding wire hangers instead of covered or wooden hangers in Christina’s closet. She was germ phobic, compulsive. She made the children refer to her many lovers as “uncle'” or “daddy.”

Pundits today conjecture that she may have been bipolar or have had borderline personality disorder. Whatever the case, Christina certainly made good on her vow that Joan would not have the last word by leaving her out of her will.