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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (May 26, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312324138
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312324131
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,186,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Lipton's story is clichéd, and her writing's clunky to boot. But that's no matter, because the main reason readers will pick this book up is for its pages on the sexual encounters Lipton—who played the hip chick of TV's undercover Mod Squad in the late 1960s and early '70s—had with Paul McCartney and Elvis. Born in 1947 and raised on Long Island, Lipton was a model at 15 and had started acting classes by the time her family moved to California a few years later. Hanging out in Hollywood, Lipton soon became a mod version of the "it" girl. After ridding herself of her virginity, her first goal was to seduce McCartney. That accomplished, she slept with a series of alcoholic or abusive married men, meanwhile experimenting with a variety of drugs. Her psychedelic adventures with actor Terence Stamp were quintessential Haight-Ashbury; she even had a fling with Elvis: "He was a great kisser," she allows, "but that was about it." In 1974, she married musician Quincy Jones, who didn't want her to work. A full-time mom until their marriage fell apart, Lipton then struggled with depression and debilitating fatigue, finding strength from her guru, Gurumayi, from acting work and from her two beloved daughters. There's a lot of '60s and '70s color—joints smoked in the bathroom, an interracial marriage, a trip to an Indian ashram—but it all boils down to an old-fashioned kiss-and-tell. 16 b&w photos. (June)
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From Booklist

What do Paul McCartney, Sammy Davis Jr., and Elvis Presley have in common? Peggy Lipton had sex with all of them. Well, Elvis was a little too pumped with drugs to really close the deal. Other high (and low) lights for this nice blond Jewish girl? Stardom on The Mod Squad, marriage to Quincy Jones, motherhood, spiritual journeys, and a return to television after the marriage broke up. Lipton is a virtual Zelig, in the background whenever stars gather from the 1970s on. But in this surprisingly readable memoir, she and her cowriters have managed to make her various encounters into more than mere name-dropping, with each short chapter becoming a small slice of her life. Alternating between tough and neurotic postures, Lipton describes her childhood sexual abuse, her drug use, the experience of raising biracial children, and in an extremely abrupt ending, her recent bout with colon cancer. Many readers will not have thought about Lipton for years, yet her story holds our attention both for the life it chronicles and the changing times it encompasses. Ilene Cooper
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Customer Reviews

I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would and in a way, it was like reading a diary of someone you know.
Desiree
Also, the book could have used a little closer editing, as there are numerous cases of vague or puzzling statements that should have been explained further.
Anton Karidian
Peggy has had an amazing life, filled with despair and wonder, and she shares her stories in a very direct, honest manner.
A. Cooper

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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Killian HALL OF FAME on May 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Peggy Lipton, best known for playing Julie in the seminal TV hippie/cop show, THE MOD SQUAD, was one of the most beautiful girls of the 1960s, an era of much beauty. Lipton had a radiance and a natural glow about her that made her stand out, and she wasn't a bad actress, though THE MOD SQUAD didn't give her that much to do. She was sulky and bold, as though she were trying to play James Dean's part in REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE, and like Dean in REBEL, her character, Julie, had to bond in a convincing way with other misfits. "With Michael and Clarence, I had an intuitive, wordless connection," she writes. The three of them could be lounging around a hippe pad together, or riding their big Harleys down Sunset Boulevard, and that connection remained. She was a star in her day (40 years ago), and she accomplished all this almost by accident,while wearing the coolest clothes ever seen on TV, and fighting crime, and reconciling the values of a drug and street culture to the strict law and order regime of a Quinn Martin production.

Behind the scenes Peggy was much gossiped about and as her revealing memoir tells us, it turns out to have been all true. Her affair with Paul McCartney is beautifully told. As she describes it, she was kind of squeezed in between Jane Asher and Linda Eastman, and I for one can see how Asher, Eastman, and Heather Mills are all variations on the Peggy Lipton type. She lived with Lou Adler and so she was right at the center of the LA "youthquake" with the Monterey Pop Festival, the Mamas and the Papas, etc. She even made an LP which I wish was included as a CD in the back of this book but alas no. She survived a close encounter with Sammy Davis Jr., and she "ended up spending three long weekends" with the one and only Elvis Presley.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Donald D'Haene on June 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Revealing your history (including sexual experiences) is a choice. It's interesting to me that we're often more critical of women who write tell-all books then men. In fact, I've read a number of reviews criticizing famous males when they don't reveal more and praising them when they do.

A personal, honest journey is not revealing dirt. And Ms. Lipton had a wonderful relationship for many years in which she had her children. Obviously relationships are important to her.

I found her a true bright light on Twin Peaks. And she is more beautiful as a mature woman than ever! Breathing Out is a good thing.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A. Cooper on June 6, 2005
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When I was growing up, I wished more than anything that I could be Julie Barnes... so as soon as I heard about this book, I ran out and bought it.

Peggy has had an amazing life, filled with despair and wonder, and she shares her stories in a very direct, honest manner. While parts of Peggy mirrored the emotional, vulnerable Julie that she played on the show, she is also much more sensual and complicated than her public persona.

I guess I just assumed that a woman as beautiful and famous as Peggy would have led a happy life, but that was naive on my part. Breathing Out was a surprising memoir: so much of it was heavy and depressing, but then it became inspirational as Peggy grew stronger and learned to face her past, so she could change her future.

This is a well-written, fast-paced and absorbing memoir. I recommend it very much.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By sandi beach VINE VOICE on June 28, 2005
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The bio is a tell-all but...most typical teenage girls in the 1960's were dreaming of dating/sleeping with Paul McCartney (or any Beatle)and being a movie or TV star but Peggy lived the dream. But as she honestly reveals, the dream becomes a nightmare when adorable Paul McCartney makes her feel used and empty. Peggy was an icon of her times and everyone wanted to be like her or date her. But this bio shows that she did not have the idyllic life everyone believed she did. She not only pulls back the curtin on her life, she shows the dark side to being a star and dating celebrities. The book's format was a little too breezy for my taste. Peggy has some very serious things happen to her in her childhood and the writing style did not match these events.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By kooky Kid on June 27, 2005
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Peggy is so intense; I give her two thumbs up for her revealing and honest telling of her life's story thus far. I couldn't put the book down, and I thought the writing was smooth, not chunky.( BTW, the book was written with two excellent professional authors who craft together the story seamlessly) I think it's unfair to characterise the book as a salacious kiss and tell. Although Peggy is upfront about her adventures and sexual shenanigans, against the backdrop of the swinging sixties and with the authors avowal of the horrific abuse scenario; her "sins" seem minimal.Once Peggy meets up with Quincy her 14 year relationship seems like halcyon as she finds security and safety for a time in her marriage and experience of motherhood.For the record, noting the booklist review- I don't think Peggy intimates that she "slept" with Sammy Davis Jr- in fact that story is carefully told- she ends up agreeing to a long sailing vacation cruise and is taken along as the sexy cargo free-gift-with purchase- Sammy's "date"... Eventually before they set sail, she is "rescued" from this scenario and this reader was relieved that Peggy was able to mollify Sammy Davis jr enough to escape a full blown ego fueled tirade because the "chick walked" , inventing some saving face plot.
I loved hearing about how satisfying working on Mod Squad was for the trio, this WAS ground breaking television, and Peggy did a beautiful job.The Guru encounters were oh so telling and I will reserve my judgements about this relationship; I want to applaud Peggy was carefully telling it like it is ; and was- and not just pretending to write a superficial memoir name dropping hollywood bio. The tender balance between candor and discretion is carefully maintained and the story was respectful to Peggy's family and friends- this book was a pleasure, and worth waiting for.
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