The 20 Strangest Celebrity Dedications
Mark Wahlberg regrets dedicating his memoir to his penis, but he isn’t the only star who needs a do-over. (Here’s looking at you, Heather Mills.) Read 20 honest and hilarious messages.
For my ex, who robbed me blind, gave me bad publicity, and contributed exactly nothing to this book.
A dedication is arguably the most personal part of a story, usually a few well-chosen words of praise for a parent or partner. In a celebrity memoir, it’s also the one page untouched by ghostwriters and editors, who shape the rest of a star’s life into 300 pages of easily digestible prose. But how often is it honest?
Earlier this month, Mark Wahlberg reminded the world he wrote a memoir in 1992—one that begins with a now infamous shout-out. He said he regrets "that stupid book...that I dedicated to my penis" and that he’s now embarrassed (although, giving credit where it’s due, his body and those Calvins were the only possible things to thank for his early success).
Combing through hundreds of celebrity autobiographies reveals funny and touching glimpses into famous lives. Russell Brand thanks his parents and warns them of what the book holds; Mia Farrow gets in a not-so-subtle dig at Woody Allen; Bill O’Reilly pays tribute to his fans, not his family; Arnold Schwarzenegger singles out motivational body builders.