The Leading Lady: Dinah's Story

The Leading Lady: Dinah's Story

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by Betty White, Tom Sullivan
     
 

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The Leading Lady was originally published in hardcover in 1991 and on abridged audio cassette (those were the days!) in 1992. The star of The Leading Lady - as Betty and Tom would both attest - is Dinah, Tom Sullivan's guide dog and best friend for nine years. A world-class guide dog, Dinah gave Tom, who has been blind since soon after birth, his first real taste of…  See more details below

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The Leading Lady was originally published in hardcover in 1991 and on abridged audio cassette (those were the days!) in 1992. The star of The Leading Lady - as Betty and Tom would both attest - is Dinah, Tom Sullivan's guide dog and best friend for nine years. A world-class guide dog, Dinah gave Tom, who has been blind since soon after birth, his first real taste of independence. The Leading Lady is the story of how Dinah came into Tom's life, the hard work they both put in to become a team, and the adventures that cemented the bond between them. It's also the story of how Betty White - a renowned and extremely vocal activist on behalf of animal rights, and a dear life-long friend of Tom's - took Dinah in and cared for her when she became too old to care for Tom herself. In alternating chapters written by Betty and Tom, stories about Dinah's early and later years, her extensive and demanding travels with Tom for TV appearances, golf tournaments (yes, Tom plays golf), and concerts, and her move into Betty's pet-filled household abound.

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“Here, in alternating chapters written by White and Sullivan, are stories about Dinah's early and later years—her extensive and demanding travels with Sullivan for TV appearances, golf tournaments, and concerts, and her move into White's pet-filled household…there's honest talk on family dynamics, on how a blind person overcomes fears and manages to lead a fulfilling life, on guide-dog training, and on how one graceful, devoted, hard-working canine affects positively the lives of those around her. Appealing for its autobiographical content, its insight into the lives of the blind, and its message of human-animal bonding.”—Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781469273198
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
02/05/2013
Edition description:
Unabridged
Sales rank:
1,431,618
Product dimensions:
7.12(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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From the Publisher
“Here, in alternating chapters written by White and Sullivan, are stories about Dinah's early and later years—her extensive and demanding travels with Sullivan for TV appearances, golf tournaments, and concerts, and her move into White's pet-filled household…there's honest talk on family dynamics, on how a blind person overcomes fears and manages to lead a fulfilling life, on guide-dog training, and on how one graceful, devoted, hard-working canine affects positively the lives of those around her. Appealing for its autobiographical content, its insight into the lives of the blind, and its message of human-animal bonding.”—Kirkus Reviews

Meet the Author

Betty White is an award-winning actress who has appeared in such iconic television classics as The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Golden Girls.  Her most recent appearance, as Elka in Hot in Cleveland, has garnered her two consecutive Emmy Awards and a Life Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild.  She also just won her first Grammy Award.  She celebrated her 90th birthday in January 2012 and lives in Los Angeles, California with her dog, Pontiac. 

Tom Sullivan is both a performer and a bestselling author.  Blind since birth, he wrote the national bestseller If You Could See What I Hear (which was made into a movie), has appeared over 60 times on the Tonight Show, served for over five years as special correspondent for Good Morning America, sung the National Anthem at the Super Bowl, and received the Books for a Better Life Award for Seeing Lessons.  He's also appeared as a guest star in many television hits, including Designing Women, Highway to Heaven, Fame, M.A.S.H, Mork & Mindy, and WKRP in Cincinnati, and has been twice nominated for an Emmy Award. He also competes in golf tournaments, marathons, and triathlons.  He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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The Leading Lady: Dinah's Story 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful true story.  It is beautifully read by Betty White.  The story also gives a lot of information about Guide dogs for the blind that is not commonly known.  It's a story of great courage, well worth listening to.