The Secret Past Lives of 'Da Vinci Code' Author Dan Brown: The Next Barry Manilow?

Celebrity biographer's new book reveals embarrassing facts the international

best-selling author never wanted to be made public.

Nov 22, 2005, 00:00 ET from Andrews McMeel Publishing

    KANSAS CITY, Mo., Nov. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Before he became famous around
 the world for penning the highly controversial "The Da Vinci Code," superstar
 author Dan Brown experimented with several career paths before landing on the
 one that would bring him fame, fortune, and plenty of criticism, according to
 the first biography on Brown releasing November 22 and written by celebrity
 biographer Lisa Rogak.
     -- Singer/Songwriter of Lite Rock Music. After college, Dan Brown moved to
        Hollywood to make it in the music business. His debut CD -- produced
        with the help of A-list studio musicians and producers who worked with
        Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney -- includes 976-LOVE, a song about
        paid phone sex. Though he was billed as "the next Barry Manilow," the
        writing was on the wall: "The world isn't ready for a pale, balding
        geek shaking his booty on MTV," he lamented.
     -- Spanish Teacher to the Children of Celebrities. Brown's connection with
        Phillips Exeter Academy is well-known, but no one knows that he once
        taught at Beverly Hills Prep in California. "Try looking Rupert Murdoch
        or Michael Eisner in the eye and saying, Hey, your kid's going to fail
        my course," said Brown.
     -- Author of Cheesy Humor Books. Brown also wrote a couple of novelty
        books filled with bad puns. In one, he advised women to avoid men who
        struggle to decide between Original Recipe and Extra Crispy, while in
        the other he suggested men look at the bright side of going bald,
        penning ditties like, "Your kissable surface area is increasing," and
        "No more cowlicks."
     Many more secrets about Dan Brown are revealed in the new book, "The Man
 Behind the Da Vinci Code" by Rogak, an adept and versatile media guest with
 national media credits that include The Oprah Winfrey Show.
     "The Man Behind the Da Vinci Code" is published by Andrews McMeel
 Publishing and is on sale now in online and offline bookstores nationwide, and
 at, where excerpts from the book and snippets of songs
 from his two CDs are available.
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