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The making of Dr. Phil : the straight-talking true story of everyone's favorite therapist
Dembling, Sophia.
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Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, [2004]

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xiv, 289 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Learning to fly -- Like father, like son -- Big man on campus -- Tackling the rough times -- Let's make a deal -- Studying psychology -- Licensed to Phil -- From the couch to the courtroom -- Oprah comes calling -- Becoming a bestseller -- Ready for the spotlight -- The Dr. Phil Show -- Mass-marketing tough talk -- A perfect marriage -- The son also rises -- Quick-draw Mcgraw -- Enjoying celebrity -- Dr. Phil's life laws for success -- Significant events in Dr. Phil's life.
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The first biography of Dr. Phil McGraw and his rise to fame
Millions look to Dr. Phil for advice on everything from relationships to life. But Dr. Phil is more than just a pop psychologist. He′s also an amazing businessman who has started and run a number of flourishing ventures. In The Making of Dr. Phil, award-winning journalists Sophia Dembling and Lisa Gutierrez take readers inside the world of Dr. Phil and his media and self-help empire. From his early days as a young athlete and student pilot, to his failed first marriage and decision to study psychology, The Making of Dr. Phil captures the courageous rise of one of today′s most well-known celebrities. Full of exclusive interviews, this comprehensive portrait explores Dr. Phil′s true motivations and inner drives. It also reveals the full dimension of his personality, beyond the "down-home doc" image portrayed in his books and on television. The Making of Dr. Phil offers a rare inside look at the real Dr. Phil McGraw and provides a firsthand account of how he became such a huge success.
Sophia Dembling (Dallas, TX) is a veteran journalist and former reporter for the Dallas Morning News. She was recently featured on the Dr. Phil: E! True Hollywood Story and will also appear on the upcoming A&E Biography on Dr. Phil. Lisa Gutierrez (Overland Park, KS) is an award-winning journalist. She obtained the first exclusive interview with Dr. Phil′s first wife, and her reporting on Dr. Phil has appeared in numerous newspapers around the world.

Author Notes

Sophia Dembling spent more than a decade as a staff writer and editor at the Dallas Morning News.

Table of Contents

Prologuep. vii
1 Learning to Flyp. 1
2 Like Father, Like Sonp. 15
3 Big Man on Campusp. 28
4 Tackling the Rough Timesp. 40
5 Let's Make a Dealp. 52
6 Studying Psychologyp. 66
7 Licensed to Philp. 80
8 From the Couch to the Courtroomp. 95
9 Oprah Comes Callingp. 114
10 Becoming a Bestsellerp. 129
11 Ready for the Spotlightp. 141
12 The Dr. Phil Showp. 155
13 Mass-Marketing Tough Talkp. 167
14 A Perfect Marriagep. 183
15 The Son Also Risesp. 197
16 Quick-Draw McGrawp. 209
17 Enjoying Celebrityp. 221
18 Dr. Phil's Life Laws for Successp. 233
Significant Events in Dr. Phil's Lifep. 247
Acknowledgmentsp. 251
Source Notesp. 253
Indexp. 281

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