Uggie, the Artist: My Story

Author Wendy Holden

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The undisputed canine star of multiple-award-winning movie The Artist tells all. From his humble beginnings as a pound-bound hound, Uggie confesses to his youthful misdemeanours including Cat-Gate and Goat-Gate, before taking the reader on a page-turning journey through his career as a Jack Russell pin-up, star of numerous commercials, and bit-part player in several B-list movies. Aged almost seventy in human years, Uggie finally made it to the Oscars in the silent movie that set the world talking before being forced to retire at the peak of his career through ill health.

Uggie’s memoir offers an entertaining romp through his encounters with celebrity actors (animal and human) as well as directors, politicians, journalists and vets. It also covers his disastrous dalliance with alcohol and his squirrel obsession. As well as a love letter to his acting coach Omar Von Muller, Uggie: My Story is revealingly frank about Uggie’s enduring crush on his one-time co-star Reese Witherspoon, which was finally sealed with a kiss at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner. Everyone loves a happy ending, especially a dog.

Wendy Holden (also known as Taylor Holden) is a novelist, non-fiction author, biographer, and ghostwriter, as well as a former journalist for the London Daily Telegraph. Since leaving newspapers in 1996, she has written more than thirty books, including numerous international bestsellers and the acclaimed novel The Sense of Paper, published by Random House, New York. A reporter for eighteen years, she covered news events at home and abroad, including the Gulf War, the Iran/Iraq War, conflicts in the Middle East, Communist Europe and Northern Ireland.

In 2012 she conceived and wrote the bestselling memoir of Uggie, the dog from the Oscar winning movie The Artist and so far in 2013 she has published an ebook for children and adults entitled Mr. Scraps about a dog in the London Blitz.

To find out more about Wendy visit her website

Book reviews

Amazon 5 out of 5 stars A Barking Great Read!
By Cindy318
If you fell in love with The Artist, then you undoubtedly also fell in love with Uggie – the dog who stole the movie and stole our hearts. After seeing the movie, there was so much I wanted to know about Uggie. This book gives us the whole story – from his adoption as an unruly pup, becoming a true artist at his craft and culminating to his big night at the Oscars. This is a delightful story, told with a lot of charm, humor and obviously, a lot of love. There are some wonderful photos included which add to your reading pleasure. I absolutely loved this book and I know you will too.
Amazon 5.0 out of 5 stars 5 paws!
By Michaela
I just finished the book and absolutely loved it! It made me laugh out loud, it made me drop some tears quietly. Everyone who loves dogs will love the book as it is witty, an absolute page turner. Written from Uggie’s perspective on his life as rambunctious puppy who thanks to Omar did not end up in a dog pound, and on his career as an actor, and a canine Hollywood celebrity. This book will give you a warm feeling in your heart, just like Uggie himself.

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