Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Tarzan Star To Tell All

Jiggs the chimpanzee who played Cheeta in 12 Tarzan films in the 1960's is to be honoured with a historical contribution to the screen award at the up and coming Oscars.

Plucked from obscurity to play the mischievous side kick, Jiggs gave up his dreams to join the priesthood and has had to over come prejudice and stereo typing in the movie industry.

He retired from the screen in 1967 and soon fell prey to alcohol , cigar and poo flinging addictions that ruined his health and destroyed his marriage to British Movie star Julie Andrews.
Jiggs who is 75 is listed in the Guinness World Records as the oldest living non-human primate.

His demons now behind him Jiggs has been offered a book deal for his autobiography. Working with a ghostwriter at his California home the book is said to be " funny, moving and searingly honest, the kiss and tell aspect of the book will shock many."

'Don't Call Me Monkey' is to be published in October and will kick off with 14 state book signing tour.

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