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Breathing Out

3.22 of 5 stars 3.22  ·  rating details  ·  72 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Peggy Lipton's overnight success as Julie Barnes on television's hit The Mod Squad made her an instant fashion icon and the "it" girl everyone-from Elvis to Paul McCartney-wanted to date. She was the original and ultimate California girl of the early seventies, complete with stick-straight hair, a laid-back style, and a red convertible. But Lipton was much more: smart and ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by St. Martin's Press (first published June 1st 2005)
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Mom
Hmm. . .I loved "The Mod Squad" when I was a kid, I'm glad I didn't know what she was like then. She has had a rough journey into finding peace with herself. The book itself, I feel, is well written, the design and theme are great, it was a fast read that kept me going. However, this book is not for everyone and it ends rather abruptly, leaving you wondering what happened next. On the subject of Hollywood, I am getting this sense of foreboding, an impression of "don't ever go there"; the phrase ...more
Teri
The book is amazingly candid, but for me, rather shocking to discover my teenage idol had such a lack of integrity throughout most of her life.
blmagm
Hear that sound? That's the sound of one of my teen-aged idols falling off her pedestal! Who knew there was so much more drama going on behind the camera rather than in front of the camera on one of my favorite TV shows Mod Squad? Every week I looked forward to the adventures of Pete, Linc, and, of course, Julie, the iconic California Girl with her long blond hair, interesting fashions, and shy, sweet ways.
I am so sorry about Peggy's sexual abuse as a child, and I don't mean to judge her life c
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Ice
Lipton's story is clichéd, and her writing's clunky to boot. But that's no matter, because the main reason readers will pick this book up is for its pages on the sexual encounters Lipton—who played the hip chick of TV's undercover Mod Squad in the late 1960s and early '70s—had with Paul McCartney and Elvis. Born in 1947 and raised on Long Island, Lipton was a model at 15 and had started acting classes by the time her family moved to California a few years later. Hanging out in Hollywood, Lipton ...more
Monica
This was kind of a disappointing memoir. The narrative mostly went from her young days to her older days but some of it jumped around in time, which made for an unusual timeline. For example, she wrote about her daughter's graduation from college and then went back to when the daughter was younger. It made it difficult to understand how long some of her periods of depression lasted, or even where she and her children were living. Sometimes I thought she was referring to something happening in LA ...more
Elizabeth
I really enjoyed learning about Peggy's life. I was one of those girls back in the late 60's/early 70's who watched Mod Squad and wanted to look like (and be like) Peggy Lipton/Julie Barnes. When I see Peggy, those years come back to me. I was, of course, sad to know that she has been so troubled all of her life. One thing that surprised me was that she wrote so little about her singing talent, and the record albums she made. It's really a shame she did not go further with the music. Peggy has a ...more
LuAnn
I really liked The Mod Squad when I was in High School. Who didn't want to look like Julie? But none of us had any idea back then what Peggy Lipton's life was really like. It all sounded so glamorous as she hung out with Paul McCartney and Elvis Presley, but as I read this autobiography, all I could think about was how sad. Even now, when she thinks she's gotten her life together, there is so much that she's still missing and I felt nothing but sorrow for her. Be warned of strong language and se ...more
Cara St.Hilaire
I had to read this because I've been fascinated by Peggy Lipton ever since she played the endearing character, Norma, on Twin Peaks. I must confess that the writing isn't anything special, but the story is. Peggy lead an intense life -- from being in the Mod Squad to becoming Paul McCarney's lover. It was a mistake to think that she was pure and innocent. She was quite promiscuous, she used drugs, she battled depression, and ended up truly finding herself eventually.
Terri
I was excited to find this book because I was a huge fan during my teens. Her life is/was fascinating but there was something I just couldn't put my finger on....something that grated on me, just below the surface. Nothing to do with the story - more in the way it's told. Sentence structure? Phrasing? I don't know. But I found myself growing more and more irritated while reading it. I'd love to know if anyone else notices this.....
Dawn
Peggy Lipton was a, sort of, hero of mine when I was growing up and watching "The Mod Squad". This is an interesting read, if you're so inclined in the first place, but the last third of the book held me fully. It's a beautiful, honest walk, hand in hand, with a woman who's willing to share. There are parts that will stay with me forever.
carriedaway
Always fun to find out the real life of a TV character I wanted to emulate. Peggy Lipton had a more interesting life than Julie Barnes (yeah, oddly enough, not being fictional). I started off being somewhat snottily dismissive of her problems but came to genuinely admire her courage to face her demons.
Shandra
A nice autobiographical story about the life of Peggy Lipton.
Sylvia
Very interesting life! Didn't know she dated Paul McCartney.
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