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First Look: Courtney Thorne-Smith's Case Against Food, Mom, Heather Locklear

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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THORNE IN HOLLYWOOD'S SIDE Courtney (inset)

Courtney Thorne-Smith, best known as the saccharine, drunk, Billy-smitten Allison Parker on Melrose Place, is the latest celebrity to try impersonating an author.

Her novel, Outside In, coming out this September on Broadway, tells the story of Kate Keyes-Morgan, a kind-hearted actress working on a prime-time soap in cruel, heartless Hollywood. (Smith obviously scoured the far corners of her imagination to come up with the lead character and premise.) When Kate's egomaniacal husband/manager leaves her for a narcissistic, diva costar, Sapphire Rose (Again! Courtney mines her rich fantasy life), Kate "begins to question her role in an industry that venerates appearance, money, and fame above all else" and finds her, you guessed it, inner strength.

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Take away lessons: 1. CTS has a problem with food; 2. CTS has a problem with her mother; 3. CTS has a problem with Heather Locklear ; 4. CTS is probably a nice person. Evidence after the jump ...

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