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Stori Telling Hardcover – March 11, 2008
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She was television's most famous virgin--and, as Aaron Spelling's daughter, arguably its most famous case of nepotism. Portraying Donna Martin on Beverly Hills, 90210, Tori Spelling became one of the most recognizable young actresses of her generation, with a not-so-private personal life every bit as fascinating as her character's exploits. Yet years later the name Tori Spelling too often closed--and sometimes slammed--the same doors it had opened.
sTORI Telling is Tori's chance to finally tell her side of the tabloid-worthy life she's led, and she talks about it all: her decadent childhood birthday parties, her nose job, her fairy-tale wedding to the wrong man, her so-called feud with her mother. Tori has already revealed her flair for brilliant, self-effacing satire on her VH1 show So NoTORIous and Oxygen's Tori & Dean: Inn Love, but her memoir goes deeper, into the real life behind the rumors: her complicated relationship with her parents; her struggles as an actress after 90210; her accident-prone love life; and, ultimately, her quest to define herself on her own terms.
From her over-the-top first wedding to finding new love to her much-publicized--and misunderstood--"disinheritance," sTORI Telling is a juicy, eye-opening, enthralling look at what it really means to be Tori Spelling.
A Bonus Story and Family Photo from Tori Spelling
People are always asking about my parents' mansion, which they called the "Manor," but I don't really spend much time talking about it in sTORI Telling because I didn't grow up there. After demolishing Bing Crosby's former estate in Holmby Hills, a fancy neighborhood in west L.A., they spent six years building the Manor. It's about 46,000 square feet (slightly over an acre) and has 123 rooms. Not that I counted or measured. I got those figures from the press, just like everyone else.
Anyway, we moved in when I was seventeen and I only lived there for two years. In some ways the house is like a normal house, but everything is on a bigger scale. It has four floors: the basement (which we call the "Lower Level," probably because that's its designation on the elevator) and the first, second, and third floors. The first floor has a kitchen, a breakfast room, a dining room, an office, a family room, a living room, and a projection room. There's a grand foyer with sweeping staircases on each side. Oh, and there's also a guards' room and the staff dining room. Everyone except fancy guests comes through the service entrance into a hallway with the guards' room and the kitchen.
The kitchen is gigantic, and my fondest memory of it is from when I was twenty-one and had just moved back in after splitting up with a boyfriend. I came home drunk with some girlfriends, and we pillaged the two double-sized Sub-Zero refrigerators. There was always bulk food in there for the staff. We pulled out a big vat of chicken salad and a tub of peanut dressing, both of which looked like they'd been made for giants. Somewhere in the middle of our feast we decided to have a food fight, and the five of us started flinging food at each other. Soon we were covered in peanut dressing from head to toe and the pristine kitchen was a mess. Then we heard a ding, the elevator doors opened, and there was my mother.
She stared at us in silent disbelief. I said, "We're going to clean it up!" She just said, "Mmm hmm," and left the room. I felt a surge of love for her in that moment. It took us hours to clean the kitchen, but it was worth it. That moment made it feel, for once, like home. --Tori Spelling
About the Author
Tori Spelling is an actress whose career spans theater, television, and film. She's received critical praise for her work in such independent films as Trick and The House of Yes. She both starred in and executive produced the comedy series So NoTORIous on VH1 and the popular reality series Tori & Dean: Inn Love on Oxygen. She lives with her husband, Dean McDermott, son, Liam, and daughter, Stella, in Los Angeles.
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I figured it was going to be a whole "poor little me" book that I'd have to gag my way through. Honestly, I wasn't holding out much hope, if I'm being honest. I realize that sounds harsh, but well, that's just being truthful.
Well. I was wrong.
Let me first say that the writing isn't fabulous. She rambles off a bit sometimes and it could have been held together a little bit more with the help of a good editor. Her point does come across, but we sometimes take the long way through her brain to get there. Not necessarily a bad thing, it was interesting to be inside of her head sometimes (not nearly as empty as one is led to believe I think).
The story was interesting. I like how she says up front that although she's supposed to say that growing up she felt completely normal, she lets you know ahead of time that it wasn't quite like that. I like that she speaks candidly about her relationship with her mother. I like that she takes blame for some things (heck, most things). I think she probably didn't take enough blame for the Charlie situation (see, I didn't even know any of this!), but I can see where it must have been hard for her to admit that in print, much less in public at the time.
I absolutely loved that she tells us how she felt about all of this, that she's honest about her faults, her family, her life. I felt connected to what she was saying and who she was talking about.
This is a really great memoir. (And no, I can't believe I'm saying that. If half of what she says is true, she seems like a real down to earth person, someone you'd be proud to be as your neighbor). Hats off to you, Tori - and shame on people like me that make snap judgments.
Boy, was I surprised. Tori Spelling really dives deep when she goes into the disagreements she had with her mother over the years, but she didn't berate her like you'd imagine(luckily, she didn't defend her either). I also would normally NEVER agree with cheating, and, in fact, I still believe her cheating on her husband was completely wrong and she should have left him first.
HOWEVER, she did tell him immediately and it's obvious from the last half of the book how much she loves Dean. I even watched a clip of their show Tori & Dean: Inn Love after finishing the novel and could see it in the show. It was a very personal and exclusive look into the life of one rich & famous person and it made me respect her more than you'd imagine. She may have grown up with money but she didn't use it the way I think some do, and the way some people believe she does.
From what I can tell, Tori Spelling has done her best, tried her hardest, and she now has a beautiful family and a loving husband to show for it. I like her.