From Diff'rent Strokes to the Mean Streets to the Life I Always Wanted
On Sale: March 16, 2010
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The former child star—best known as Willis Jackson on
Diff’rent Strokes—shares the shocking but inspirational
details of his struggles with addiction, brushes with the
law, and fierce fight to carve a path through the darkness
and find his true identity.
For Todd Bridges early stardom was no protection from
painful childhood events that paved the road to his own
personal hell. One of the first African-American child
actors on shows like Little House on the Prairie, The
Waltons, and Roots, Bridges burst to the national forefront
on the hit sitcom Diff’rent Strokes as the subject of the
popular catchphrase, "What’chu Talkin About Willis?" When
the show ended, Bridges was overwhelmed by the off-camera
traumas he had faced. Turning to drugs as an escape, he soon
Now, for the first time, Bridges opens up about his life
before and after Diff’rent Strokes: the incredible reversals
of fortune brought on by fame and the precipitous—and very
public—descent that followed; the persecution from police;
the drug addiction that nearly consumed him; the criminal
charges that almost earned him a life sentence; and his
successful legal defense led by Johnnie Cochran. Through it
all, Bridges never relented in his quest to fight his way
back from the abyss, establish his own identity—separate
from Willis Jackson—and offer his ordeal as a positive
example for those struggling to overcome similar challenges.
His triumphant story of recovery and redemption is recounted
here as well.
Todd Bridges has lived a life of remarkable twists and
turns—from the greatest heights to the lowest lows
imaginable. In this shocking but ultimately hopeful memoir,
he proves that what he was really talking about was survival.
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