Ali in Wonderland: And Other Tall Tales by Ali Wentworth

By Ali Wentworth

Growing to be up in a relatives of political journalists—and daughter of President Reagan’s White residence social secretary—Ali Wentworth rebelled opposed to her blue-blood upbringing, embracing Hollywood, bikes, even a couple of wildly irrelevant marriage proposals. this day she is an acclaimed comedic actress and author, former Oprah general, spouse of political and media celebrity George Stephanopoulos, and a mom who we could her women devour cotton sweet earlier than mattress. although she’s settled down, her rebellious nature flourishes in her comedy and her view of her loopy global.

In this addictively humorous and hot memoir, she takes us in the course of the having a look glass and into the wonderland of her existence, from a early life between Washington’s elite to a stint within the psych ward they known as a brand new England prep institution; days doing L.A. comic strip comedy (with then-aspiring artists Will Ferrell and Lisa Kudrow) to a sequence of spectacularly failed loves (that ultimately led her to Mr. Right). consistent all through is her mom, Muffie—a perfectly stylish but company, no-nonsense strength of nature and natural WASP convictions.

As fascinating and off-the-wall as Ali herself, Ali in Wonderland is an enjoyable examine existence that's either intimate and hilarious.

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You don’t have to come if you really don’t want to,” I said unwillingly. “But I really wish you would. I need your support. The idea of dinner in some snooty restaurant with my new boss and his aristocratic wife is not exactly my idea of a jolly evening. ” “Don’t worry,” said Michael, squeezing my hand. “I won’t abandon you. I’ll put on a tie. I’ll charm the countess. I’ll eat everything on my plate. ” W arren assured me that we’d be safe at Le Cirque; he had not, he said, been there in years.

This was undoubtedly because there had never been anything natural about her to begin with. Claudia’s hair was dyed, her teeth were fake, and her body had always been trussed up in corsets. Even her snooty accent was made up. “At one time,” my mother used to say, “Claudia was actually born in the Bronx. ” Now she came swirling dramatically toward me in a cloud of jasmine perfume. “Sit down,” she said, pressing a finger into my chest. ” For such a tiny woman she was astonishingly strong, and I tumbled onto the bed.

I think it’s time for your next appointment,” he replied, ushering me to the door. Next up was Al Siegal, the much-dreaded arbiter of linguistic style. He turned out to be a thoughtful man of considerable girth. “Mr. Five by Five” played in my head as he said, “You’ve been very successful at the Los Angeles Times. You run your own department. ” I was surprised by my answer. Looking him straight in the eye, I said, “My mother died a year ago. ” He looked utterly shocked and a thrill ran through me.

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