I Toto: The Autobiography of Terry, the Dog Who Was Toto

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During the expansion of the Ventura Freeway in Los Angeles, Willard Carroll unearthed a leather-bound scrapbook from a site that was once a pet cemetery. To his delight and amazement, its yellowing pages contained the rags-to- riches story of Terry, the cairn terrier who played Toto in the enduring film The Wizard of Oz.

Reprinted here in its entirety, I, Toto traces the canine star's tragic beginnings (she was abandoned because of housetraining failures until trainer Carl Spitz...

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New York 2001 Signed by Toto the Dog and the author, Willard Carroll. Carroll has signed the book and Toto has signed with a purple ink pawprint: "All the best from [large dog ... paw purple ink stamp] and me! Willard Carroll." As new copy without dust jacket as issued. The remarkable and charming story of the life and cinematic career of the little cairn terrier named Terry who starred alongside Judy Garland in the film classic 'The Wizard of Oz' as her beloved pet Toto. With much information about his relationship with his trainer, Carl Spitz, who took her in after she had been abandoned. The discovery of Terry's 'diary' is just as extraordinary as the story itself, having been uncovered, tucked inside a metal tin, by the author, Willard Carroll, on the construction site of a freeway expansion in Los Angeles that had once been a pet cemetery and the final resting place of dear Terry. Carroll writes in his introduction: "It was mid-afternoon when I found myself sitting in my car on Riverside Drive with tha Read more Show Less

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Overview

During the expansion of the Ventura Freeway in Los Angeles, Willard Carroll unearthed a leather-bound scrapbook from a site that was once a pet cemetery. To his delight and amazement, its yellowing pages contained the rags-to- riches story of Terry, the cairn terrier who played Toto in the enduring film The Wizard of Oz.

Reprinted here in its entirety, I, Toto traces the canine star's tragic beginnings (she was abandoned because of housetraining failures until trainer Carl Spitz took her in), her exhilarating film career (she made almost a dozen movies with stars such as Shirley Temple, Spencer Tracy, and, of course, Judy Garland), her days as the top-billed star with the Hollywood Motion Picture Dog Review, and her happy retirement in Southern California. Best of all, it offers the inside scoop on Toto's signature role, her co-stars, and the making of The Wizard of Oz.

Author Biography: Willard Carroll owns the world's largest collection of Wizard of Oz memora-bilia, which is documented in his book 100 Years of Oz (Stewart, Tabori & Chang).

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For true Wizard of Oz fans, Lassie was the weakest of the litter, Roy Rogers's Bullet just a blur, and Rin Tin Tin just a hollow joke. So it makes sense that Terry, the cairn terrier who achieved immortality as Dorothy's ever-faithful Toto, would finally bark out his memoirs. Almost too good to be true.
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"I don't mean this to sound full of myself but this Wizard of Oz story? It's all about me!!! I'M IN ALMOST EVERY SCENE IN THE PICTURE!!!" A leaf from Judy Garland's long lost diary? Secret tapes of a Munchkin? No, it's the original diary of Terry, the dog who played Toto in the classic 1939 MGM film. Writing in plain, even humble prose (although she describes her part as vital and her performance as flawless, she understands that Judy Garland was the star of the film), Terry also reveals the grueling before-scenes enemas, snafus on the set and the great difficulty of playing a scene with flying monkeys. A curious cross between Oz trivia, a parody and a chronicle of Terry's actual career (she made 14 movies and worked with Shirley Temple, Spencer Tracy and Joan Crawford), this entertaining and fanciful "diary" also reveals intriguing facts about the economics and mechanics of training animals for films and, specifically, the career of Carl Spitz, Terry's manager and one of the most respected animal trainers in the business. While Carroll, a Wizard of Oz fan, is not as overtly clever or deliciously mean-spirited as Patrick Dennis, the author of Little Me, the classic 1961 parody of star autobiographies, he isn't debilitatingly fawning, either. This fun little tome should both amuse and please dog lovers, as well as fans of Oz and collectors of Hollywood arcana. (Nov.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584791119
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 6.75 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.62 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2008

    :'Oz' Will Never Be the Same

    This imaginative fact-based memoir 'by' Toto about her film career is one of the most delightful books I've ever owned. A must-have for 'Oz' fans, dog lovers, cinema students, the film itself will never be the same once you learn about the training, determination, and skill that Terry brought to the role of Toto. Just plain great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2001

    I TOTO, Is The Best OZ Book Ever!

    Reviewer: Elaine Willingham <BR><BR> from St. Louis, Missouri<BR><BR> If you want an Oz book that is fun to read to yourself or to children, this is the ticket! Page after page, I said to myself 'this is just darling!' Toto is America's favorite canine and 'The Wizard of Oz' is the most endearing movie of all time. <BR><BR> I am so glad that Willard Carroll put this book together it is just terrific. <BR><BR> Hollywood's Golden Era is captured so well as you easily travel through page after page. I promise that you won't put it down until you're finished and the kids (especially the ones who watch the movie on a daily basis) will love for you to read this to them. <BR><BR> Congratulations to Author Carroll, who has Oz in his heart and soul and managed to put it down on paper for all of us to enjoy. How many times I've watched that movie and simply focused on Toto, who was just the cutest dog in the world. He makes everybody want to adopt him, well, now this is the next best thing. <BR><BR> Elaine Willingham<BR> St. Louis, MO

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  • Posted October 18, 2013

    Great book for dog lovers and movie fans!

    This is a charming little book. If you are a fan of classic movies and dogs, this book is for you. It takes you through Toto's (Terry) career and gives you a look behind the scenes of her movies.
    I bought this for my cousin for her birthday. I plan to buy one for my sister and myself as well. This is a delightful book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2001

    I, TOTO is a darling book!

    Written in a very easy to read format from the dogs prerspective. Great book to read to children and for children of all ages to read. Author Carroll has done a wonderful job capturing Toto's personality.

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