From 'Star Wars' to 'Sweet Valley High,' 10 Famous Ghostwriting Collaborations

By Alison Nastasi

The surprising and sometimes disappointing truth behind the authoring of 10 classic series

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The newest celebrity scandal has nothing to do with sex, drugs, or alimony. Instead, New York Times dining writer Julia Moskin recently shared a behind the scenes look at cookbook ghostwriting and outed star Gwyneth Paltrow. Moskin states that the actress did not write her best-selling cookbook, My Father's Daughter. Gwenny isn't happy and responded to the claim on Twitter. "Love @nytimes dining section but this weeks facts need checking. No ghost writer on my cookbook, I wrote every word myself," she shared with fans.

While we love a good cookbook, the recent headlines inspired us to revisit some of our favorite fiction penned by ghostwriters instead. Many famous authors have either helped others find their footing in the literary world, or have sought the assistance of an invisible friend. Below, check out ten ghostwriting collaborations that we found rather surprising.

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