To celebrate her 75th birthday, Linda Gray, the iconic star of Dallas and timeless beauty, is sharing her road map to happiness in her revelatory memoir.
When Linda Gray, iconic star of Dallas, was twenty years old, a magazine editor coldly rejected her as a model, writing that, perhaps one day, “you might shape into something.” Since then, Linda has been evolving and growing, and has shaped into a role model for women of every age in her grace, beauty, generosity, and wisdom. She’s been through more pain and tragedy than her longtime fans realize, having suffered paralyzing polio as a child, growing up with an alcoholic mother, landing in a emotionally abusive marriage at twenty-two and living by her husband’s rules for sixteen years before she openly rebelled against him to take an acting class. At thirty-eight, Linda got her big break, as Larry Hagman’s wife on Dallas. With fame came a bitter, public divorce, trouble at home with her two kids, and the loss of her beloved sister to breast cancer. Linda got through it all—the challenges of sexism in Hollywood and the pressures of being a single working mom—with a relentlessly positive attitude that kept her cruising, with a few speed bumps, to the place of serenity she thrives in now.
To celebrate her seventy-fifth birthday, Linda is opening up about her life for the first time. Inside this book, she tells deeply personal stories with wit, humor, and candor, and reveals how she’s learned to love every day as the blessing it is and to treat herself with the kindness she bestows on friends and strangers alike. Along with wisdom, Linda has accumulated a lot of practical tips about maintaining a healthy lifestyle—how to strengthen and detoxify your body, liberate your mind, and uplift your soul—and shares them as well. Her message to “give, love, and shine, baby, shine” will fill anyone with inspiration to live life to the fullest, and never stop pursuing honesty and joy.
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Table of Contents
How to Shape into Something in 75 Years or Less 5
What Scares You Can Also Heal You 13
Successful Women Don't Give Up 21
Toot Your Own Horn 27
Love the Skin You're In 33
Late Bloomer 39
Build a Tool Box 45
Explore Undiscovered Roads 51
Cat Heaven 59
Learn to Navigate for Yourself 63
Tough Love 75
In the Driver's Seat 85
Pull the Trigger 93
The Bigger the Hair, the Closer to God 101
Gong Bong 109
Laugh Until Champagne Comes Out of Your Nose 117
Cut Yourself Some Slack 121
Detours Happen 133
Steer the Bus 139
Treat Every Ride Like It's the Last One of Your Life 145
The Trampoline Effect 151
Cherish Your Passengers 157
Linda Gray's Principles for Success 165
The Dangers of Downshifting 177
What to Take With You When You Go 187
Suit Up with Style 203
Show Yourself 209
Travel Light 215
Overcoming the Obstacles in Your Path 225
Expand Your World 235
How to Date at Any Age 241
The Gray Fox 245
Shine, Baby, Shine 253
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Loved this book!
I really enjoyed Linda’s writing and perspective ideas of living life to the fullest. She gave some wonderful suggestions to make our lives more enjoyable. Do things that you enjoy, see places you want, but most of all, live our lives to the fullest. I will make sure to stop and smell the roses more often.
This is a great memoir filled with wonderful little stories and some sound advice. Linda Gray is a legend!