“Ageing chimp’s own story on list for Guardian first book prize,” sez today’s Guardian. (Haven’t the Brits learned how to spell “aging” yet? Honestly.)
Me Cheeta: the Autobiography is billed as the true story of Cheeta the Chimp, star of Hollywood blockbusters, told “in his own words”. The book documents the life and times of a chimpanzee who has outlived all his co-stars from the 1939 film “Tarzan” to reach the ripe old age of 75. He withdrew from the limelight in 1964 after biting his “Doctor Dolittle” co-star Rex Harrison, and has retired to an old chimps’ home in Palm Springs, California.
Well, I’d have been tempted to bite Rex Harrison too.