Uggie, star of Oscar winning film The Artist is set to publish his memoirs tomorrow with plenty of laughs, celebrity stories and an important message.
First it was ‘Maf’ the dog infamously given to Marilyn Monroe by Frank Sinatra, now Uggie, everyone’s favourite silent film star (there’s not many is there too be fair), is making his foray into publishing. His memoirs, entitled ‘My Story,’ which have been penned with the assistance of writer Wendy Holden will take us on a literary journey through his life, loves (Reese Witherspoon apparently), fame and celebrity friends including Katy Perry, George Clooney and Robert Pattinson.
Like many stars of the silver screen, Uggie got off to a rocky start. Rejected by his first two owners for being too wild, he was headed straight for the pound when dog trainer Omar Von Muller adopted him. “He was a crazy, very energetic puppy. Who knows what would have happened to him if he had gone to the dog pound, but he was very smart and very willing to work,” he said of the happy little Jack Russell.
Since then, Uggie has honed is craft appearing in films including Mr Fix It, Water for Elephants (where he fell for co-star Reese Witherspoon, whom the book is dedicated to) and of course his scene stealing role in The Artist, for which he picked up the first Oscar ever given to a dog. The party poopers at BAFTA said that they couldn’t consider him, given that his main motivation in acting was sausages. Booooooo!
Watch the delicate writing process of ‘My Story’ unfold in Uggie’s video
He might have retired from acting (at 60 in dog years, who could blame him), however Uggie still has an important message. “I may be the first dog to win an Oscar and write a best-seller but my most important work is with animal rescue,” he writes. “Please adopt – and if you must buy, buy my book!”
Uggie My Story, is released tomorrow, 16th October.