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Shelf Life: Actress Jennie Garth releases memoir about lessons learned and looking ahead

2014-03-06T09:00:00Z 2014-03-12T23:00:17Z Shelf Life: Actress Jennie Garth releases memoir about lessons learned and looking aheadJane Ammeson Times Correspondent
March 06, 2014 9:00 am  • 

“I’m putting it all on the table,” Jennie Garth tells me as she’s heading for the airport about to catch a flight to Chicago.

Garth, the knockout blond on the hit TV series "Beverly Hills, 90210" and "What I Like About You", is talking about her just released memoir "Deep Thoughts From a Hollywood Blonde" (NAL 2014).

“It’s an introspective look at my life so far, starting with my childhood and how I stumbled into TV stardom,” says Garth who is on a mega book tour before starting a new TV series. “It was a way for me to go back and look at things, look at the choices I made and what I found out about myself. It helped me see how the decisions I made impacted my life and what my part was in some of what has happened to me and how it’s molded me into the person I am today.”

In sorting through her life up until now (Garth is 41), she takes us through painful moments. She experienced severe anxiety as her fame grew to the point where she often waited until dark to go out and simple tasks like grocery shopping, going to the mall and getting gas were almost too much for her to bear.

"I wouldn't say that I ever stepped over the line into full-blown agoraphobia,” says Garth, “but I would say I definitely came close."

She also recounts her rivalry with “90210” co-star Shannen Doherty.

“One of the great ‘90210’ legends is that Shannen and I actually came to blows one time,” Garth recounts in her book describing the two of them like gasoline and a match. “I will tell you that this never happened—although we did come very, very close."

And, of course for any People magazine followers, there was the painful split—instigated by him—from hubby Peter Facinelli after two decades of marriage, rebuilding her life and learning how to balance her career and being a single mom with three daughters.

Garth would like readers to take a look at themselves. For her, writing was cathartic and has helped her on move forward. She finds happiness in many places—work, friends, philanthropy and even simple family chores like getting her girls to all their activities.

"We just have fun anywhere we go as long as we're together,” says Garth. “We rock when we’re driving and talking. It's a lot of energy going on, a lot of feminine energy."

When asked if she has any plans to write another book, Garth says she’s too busy right now.

“After the book tour, I’m beginning the new sitcom,” she says, talking about the half-hour comedy for ABC Family. "Mystery Girls" with another “90210” alum and close friend—Tori Spelling—which begins shooting later this month. “And I’m starting a production company as well so I’ll be doing other creative things.”

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