Courtney Thorne-Smith dishes on her new novel

September 24, 2007 12:00:00 AM PDT
You know her from "Melrose Place" and "According to Jim." Actress Courtney Thorne- Smith joins us to chat about her new book, "Outside In."

Bay Area native, Courtney Thorne-Smith, is one of primetime television's most adored actresses. She definitely has staying power with three hit TV shows in the last 15 years -- from "Melrose Place" to "Ally MacBeal" and now "According to Jim." Now you can also add author to the list. Her new book is titled Outisde In.

Book Signings for Outside In

Monday, September 24th -- 7:00pm
Book Passage
51 Tamal Vista
in Corte Madera

Tuesday, September 25th -- 12:30pm
Stacey's Bookstore
581 Market Street
in San Francisco

About Courtney Thorne-Smith:

As one of television's most enduring talents, Courtney Thorne-Smith has done the near impossible three times over; anchoring consecutive hit TV shows for the past fifteen years. On ABC's "According to Jim," now entering its seventh season, Courtney plays the charismatic wife opposite Jim Belushi. Previously, her role as Georgia in Fox Television's Emmy-winning series, "Ally McBeal" solidified her as a top television personality. With her portrayal of Allison Parker in the much-loved primetime drama "Melrose Place," Courtney first gained international attention during her five season run.

One of prime time's most adored actresses, Courtney has set out to conquer the literary world as well. Her first novel, titled "Outside In," will hit book shelves this September. As a writer, Courtney has also spoken out about core women's issues such as body image and healthy living in feature articles for InStyle, Allure, and SELF magazine, for which she served as a contributing editor.

Courtney is no stranger to the big screen either. After being discovered in an open casting call in her native San Francisco, she starred as Charlie Sheen's girlfriend in her first film, the much-loved "Lucas." She then moved to Los Angeles and went on to appear in such films as "Summer School," "Revenge of the Nerds II," and "Side Out" among others. Additional television credits include starring roles in the NBC series "Day by Day," and the series version of "Fast Times at Ridgemont High." She also played a recurring role on "LA Law," guest starred on "Spin City," and "Anything But Love," and starred in the television films "Beauty's Revenge," "Tour of Duty," First Flight," and "Infidelity."

Serving as a celebrity spokesperson, Courtney acted as the face of Almay Cosmetics and was honored to represent the Susan G. Komen Cancer Foundation for two years through a variety of activities, including appearing on the cover of "Special K" and "Smart Start" cereals. In addition, Courtney has collaborated with various animal rescue organizations as well as PAWS/LA, a group dedicated to helping HIV patients to keep and care for their pets. With her philanthropic work in women's issues and animal rights, Courtney's commitment to pro-social causes is a cornerstone of her public identity.