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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.

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The Manor
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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight; 1st Simon Spotlight Entertainment Hardcover Ed edition (March 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416950737
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416950738
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (556 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #985,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I really enjoyed reading this book! Interestingly enough, I wasn't even a Tori Spelling fan when I bought the book. I had read an excerpt in People Magazine, and thought that Tori sounded so down-to-earth and real in the piece that I bought the book. I wasn't disappointed either. Ms. Spelling's openness and friendly manner draws the reader in completely. She describes her life's ups and downs with such frankness and humor that I even found myself laughing out loud at one point. Given how much trouble I had putting this book down, I went ahead and ordered Tori's series "So NoTORIous" to continue the fun!
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I bought this book after seeing Tori Spelling in an interview. Though I wasn't familiar with her TV shows, I had never forgotten her performance in a TV-movie called "A Friend To Die For." Still, I must admit that because of her famous name, I had made some snap judgments and generally dismissed her.

Her book was a pleasant surprise, filled with unexpectedly down-to-earth recollections of a childhood defined by wealth. Not even half way through it, I was rooting for her as she described repeated attempts to get roles. Her happy-to-even-be-there attitude seems quite genuine, and in such contrast to the sense of entitlement that seeps out of the vapid, rich-girl stereotype perpetuated by the likes of Paris Hilton.

If you are at all mildly entertained by these Hollywood, fun-read books, then pick up Ms. Spelling's story. I guarantee you will find that she doesn't deserve all of the rotten tomatoes lobbed at her solely because of her famous name. In fact, I think you'll end up liking her.
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Had a lot of preconceived ideas about Tori's character through the tabloids, but after reading this book, I am rid of them. Tori comes across as a normal, unspoiled girl who just happened to have been born into wealth. Like regular folk, she struggles with her mother and with insecurities concerning her appearance. Unlike normal folk, she has to deal with the stigma of her last name to get jobs in tv and movies and to be recognized as a qualified actress in her own right. I like this girl; her spirit and sense of humor touched me and made me smile throughout her honest account of her life thus far. The only downside here is in wanting to hear more from Tori. Here's hoping she'll continue telling her stories in a second book !
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I never was a huge Tori Spelling fan and grew up watching 90210 religiously. However, reading this very personal and honest account of Tori's life thus far has turned me into a true fan. I absolutely loved this book and recommend it to anyone. I was most surprised to see how likeable Tori really is. She explains her insecurities and mishaps with humor & genuine humbleness (and I don't feel it's forced ala Tyra Banks style- "I'm just like you, believe me! Like me!").
What I found most surprising was Tori's childhood and family life. It was nothing like you'd assume and you clearly realize that the grass isn't always greener. Not everyone with money has a charmed life. The stories about her mother are unbelievable!
The format and style in which the book is written is impressive. I couldn't put it down. Great Job Tori! You're a class act!
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I read this tell all and had mixed emotions after reading this.

The little rich girl story has merit to be revealing insiders look at growning up Spelling. Those fans of the gossip rags or TMZ will find very limited things to mine for trash. Its all presented here in an honest and frankly told volume.

Tori is forthcoming on her relationship with her mother and her late father. One could say you seen this type of book genre before, in such books like Mommy Dearest (Christina Crawford) and Little Girl Lost (Barbara Hutton story). Spelling heiress Tori tends to be the nicer type of girl--the anti-PARIS and it shows in her text

It is an nteresting look at Aaron Spelling the man and the father. A man who started with a little and grew to have an empire. Tori came from a silver spoon in her mouth childhood and grew up. Whereas she learned to expend under her father's roof, it became different after he left her home...and she explains it in great detail

One of my favorite stories in the book is that Tori overspent to the amount of $50,000. Her father said "I know you are having money problems." She said yes and he gave her only five hundred dollars.

Tori talks candidly of her relation between her and her mother...her affair with second husband when she was married to her first husband...her work ideals. She is no saint, nor nice girl. However she lays it out honestly and revealing with no cop outs.

I can not say I loved this book. It did an revealing insight. However, in my opinion, just an overview of something more indepth which she should explore in her next volume

Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD
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I read this book in two days! Tori Spelling seems like the girl next door you could be best friends with! She reveals interesting details throughout.

Especially riveting is the vacant relationship she has with her emotionally remote mother. Candy Spelling has around $500 million (apparently), but she can't bring herself to have any kind of meaningful and solid relationship with her daughter. Instead she appears to like to control every aspect of her daughter's life in the only way she can - with money. She seems to have a "I'll buy you what I like, but if you don't like it you can pay for it yourself and don't expect any more help from me - ever." kind of attitude. Case in point Tori's first wedding. After reading about it, it seems that this was Candy's dream wedding - not Tori's! No wonder Tori and Dean flew off to the other side of the planet (sans Mom)to get married!

Another intersting aspect of the Spellings is that they never seemed to teach Tori any kind of normal life skills - especially how to manage money responsibly. In many ways you can see how Tori was ultimately set up for financial failure by her own parents.

The only reason why I didn't give the book 5 stars was because I felt that she skimmed over the ending - from the time she and Dean moved into the B&B. Instead she devotes pages to 'So NoTORIous'. She barely covers the B&B period in her life (which I would have liked to have read more about - there must be many funny stories that never made it onto TV). It seems as if she was in a hurry to finish the book, going on instead about how her life today is her 'normal'.

Good luck to you Tori (and Dean, Liam and 'Little Tori') and thank you for this very entertaining read!
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