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Madonna swore by sea vegetables, Jackie Kennedy by baked potatoes and caviar, and Cameron Diaz by kale and quinoa. Behind every famous woman (and a few men), it seems there’s not just a diet but a full-on culinary mantra.

For her new book, I’ll Have What She’s Having, journalist Rebecca Harrington took one for Team Mortals, following 14 celebrity diets to a T. Here are a few of the craziest--and one that just might work.


Marilyn Monroe

Being the ultimate sex symbol has to come at a price. For Marilyn, that meant starting every day with two raw eggs whipped into warm milk, fasting until dinner, and then broiling some liver to eat with five raw carrots. “I have been told my eating habits are absolutely bizarre,” she once told reporters. No kidding.


Karl Lagerfeld

It’s true the fashion mogul once lost 80 pounds in a year. But he did so by eating protein-powder “sachets” and drinking upwards of ten Diet Cokes a day. We value our sleep--and our heart-rate--too much to commit.


Elizabeth Taylor

A failed marriage can certainly take a toll on the waistline, so one can only imagine what Elizabeth Taylor was up against. To fight her way back after Richard Burton (take two), she turned to some truly repulsive combinations: cottage cheese with sour cream, steak with peanut butter, and tuna salad with tomato paste and grapefruit.



As usual, Beyoncé wins at life. Harrington lost more on her diet than any other--ten pounds in ten days. But try sticking to a Master Cleanse (read: no meals, just spicy lemonade) for more than a few days. We accept defeat.


Gwyneth Paltrow

Harrington was prepared to hate Gwyneth’s diet, and so were we. Cutting out gluten, dairy, sugar and most meat usually isn’t our style. But although it took some time, and a fair amount of money, we found her recipes to be balanced, filling, and most importantly, delicious. If we can eat fish tacos, sesame pancakes and barbecued chicken and end up looking like Gwyneth, sign us up.

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