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TV Bad Girl Chelsea Handler Does a Social Justice

In Breaking News, Celebrity News on May 10, 2011 at 11:00 pm

By: Tanya Blake

Chelsea Handler gives friends and family a chance to vent in “Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me”

Chelsea Handler

Comedian Chelsea Handler is best known for her raucous late-night TV show, “Chelsea Lately.” In her fourth and newest book, “Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me,” Chelsea’s friends and family reminisce about their most humiliating experiences at her hands. Read an excerpt.

Chapter Eight: Sisterly Love by Shoshonna Handler

My name is Shoshonna and I am Chelsea’s older sister. My parents told me that before Chelsea was born I was a cute, good-natured, happy-go-lucky kid. Then came 1975 and my blissful little five-year-old world was turned upside down. I had been the baby of our large and dysfunctional family for five years and had loved every minute of it. I didn’t know what to make of the new addition to our family, or why they would have named her Chelsea. Every time I heard her name, it reminded me of seafood stew. I cried all the time.

Chelsea had an all-consuming presence. It felt like being hit by a train. My father has told us all many times over that when she was born, she came out with such a strong cry that the nurse said to him, “You’d better watch out for this one.” Over the years, I became more quiet and pensive as Chelsea’s boisterous personality took center stage.

She was full of piss and vinegar from day one, and could throw a tantrum that would put any toddler to shame. This kid was a force to be reckoned with, and my parents were already exhausted with their other five kids. They were in no way prepared to handle raising this particular child, and their feeble efforts were of little consequence. Besides, our mom was always napping, knitting, or cooking, and was too soft-spoken to really stand up to Chelsea.

Read more: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/42953716/ns/today-books/

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