Teri admits that being sexually abused as a child has damaged her self-esteem. Her mother also played a major role in her emotional development. "[My mom] was very self-sacrificing...but almost to a bad point," Teri says. "She just never took anything good for herself, and that was kind of my role model and sort of what I ended up doing."
Her mother's selfless nature inspired the title of Teri's book Burnt Toast. "It was an expression that came out of my mouth when I was doing a Barbara Walters special," Teri says. "I was explaining what I do, you know, that I eat the burnt toast. I take what is last, and I learned that from my mother."
When Teri celebrated her 40th birthday, she says she began to reevaluate her life and how she wanted to live it. "I thought, 'I don't want to do this anymore. There has to be a balance between taking everything for yourself or taking nothing...and in the middle is the golden buttery brown toast,'" she says.
While searching for that perfect piece of toast, Teri sat down and wrote her book, which Oprah describes as a "personal journey to self-acceptance." The book doesn't discuss Teri's sexual abuse, but it does tackle Hollywood rumors, her sex-starved marriage, single motherhood and a string of ill-fated romances.