Lee Israel


Born
in New York, The United States
December 03, 1939

Died
December 24, 2014

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Leonore Carol "Lee" Israel was an American author, now better known for her literary forgeries than for her two very popular biographies.

She began a career as a freelance writer in the 1960s. Her profile of Katharine Hepburn ran in the November 1967 issue of Esquire. In the 1970s and 1980s she wrote biographies of actress Tallulah Bankhead, journalist and game show panelist Dorothy Kilgallen and cosmetics tycoon Estée Lauder. The biography of Kilgallen appeared on The New York Times Best Sellers List but the Estée Lauder bio was far less successful when it was published in the fall of 1985, in direct competition with Estée Lauder's own memoir.

To make money, Israel began forging a number of letters, estimated to be over 400, by deceased wr
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Average rating: 3.37 · 1,190 ratings · 260 reviews · 5 distinct worksSimilar authors
Can You Ever Forgive Me?: M...

3.30 avg rating — 1,018 ratings — published 2008 — 12 editions
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Kilgallen

3.95 avg rating — 98 ratings — published 1979 — 3 editions
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Miss Tallulah Bankhead

3.81 avg rating — 54 ratings — published 1972 — 4 editions
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Estee Lauder Beyond The Magic

2.84 avg rating — 19 ratings — published 1985 — 3 editions
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CanYouForgiveMebyLeeIsrael

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