Me Cheeta (Hardcover)

My Life in Hollywood

By Cheeta

Ecco, 9780061647420, 336pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2009

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (3/9/2010)

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"A dazzling performance....An incisive, hilarious study of Hollywood folkways."--Wall Street Journal The tell-all memoir of all tell-all memoirs, Me Cheeta is the unexpurgated true life story of the granddaddy of all Hollywood animals, Cheeta the Chimp, star of the Tarzan films. The Washington Post calls this insider's tale from the Golden Age of the Silver Screen, "Hilarious, catty, melancholy and, occasionally, deep," and it was nominated for Great Britain's prestigious Man Booker Prize (though Chimp Booker Prize would be more appropriate). As told to James Lever, Me Cheeta is one ape's story of his on-and-off screen interactions with the likes of Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, Rex Harrison, and Bela Lugosi. Tinkerbell, Paris Hilton's dog, had her literary day, as did Socks the First Cat. Now it's Cheeta's turn

Praise For Me Cheeta: My Life in Hollywood

“As a premise, Me Cheeta is glorious. What wouldn’t be entertaining about the memoir of a chimpanzee, ghostwritten by James Lever, who witnessed Hollywood’s Golden Age and is more than willing to spill? Cheeta is one articulate primate, and he’s not afraid to dish.”
-Denver Post

A “lyrical and profane memoir-cum-love-story. The book is hilarious, catty, melancholy and, occasionally, deep.”
-Washington Post

“A rude, hilarious and infectious memoir of Hollywood’s golden age. . . . The Hollywood spoofing is certainly entertaining, but Me, Cheeta evolves into something grander: a broad, cutting satire on the differences between man and beast.”
-Chicago Sun-Times