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sTORI Telling Paperback – February 24, 2009
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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
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About the Author
Tori Spelling starred in and executive produced the Oxygen hit reality television series Tori & Dean: Inn Love and Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood. She recently hosted TLC’s Craft Wars and appeared in the ABC Family original musical The Mistle-Tones. The creator of the online lifestyle magazine ediTORIal at her website torispelling.com, she is also a #1 New York Times bestselling author of three memoirs; a party planning book, celebraTORI; and a children’s book, Presenting…Tallulah. She and her husband, actor Dean McDermott, live in Los Angeles with their four young children, Liam, Stella, Hattie, and Finn.
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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.
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!