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By Myself and Then Some

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

A love for Classic Hollywood

This book is a wonderful read for anyone who is a fan of old "Tinsel Town". Reading this book feels as though you were sitting having coffe with the incredible Bacall herself. It offers insight into her life, as a starting actress, when she meets her great love, Bogart,...
This book is a wonderful read for anyone who is a fan of old "Tinsel Town". Reading this book feels as though you were sitting having coffe with the incredible Bacall herself. It offers insight into her life, as a starting actress, when she meets her great love, Bogart, and her life after his death. It keeps you going as it casually mentions many of the Hollywood Greats; Bogart, Monroe, Sinatra, Leigh, Gable, and so many more. It is a book that makes you travel back to a simpler life, and leaves you feeling as though you have had a peak into Bacalls own personal Diary. Bacalls allows you to laugh with her, and cry with her as she recalls her most personal moments.

posted by Jenevieve_Montague on January 22, 2011

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

First Three Disks Are Good

CD: the first three disks are about her life getting into the business and her life with Bogart. The parts about cancer treatments in the 50's were interesting. She was very naive.
She wrote this when she was in her late forties and divorcing Jason Robards.
Then La...
CD: the first three disks are about her life getting into the business and her life with Bogart. The parts about cancer treatments in the 50's were interesting. She was very naive.
She wrote this when she was in her late forties and divorcing Jason Robards.
Then Lauren lived another 25 years and wrote the second part. The next three disks were done after 2003. Even her voice has changed. She goes through the deaths of her good friends, some you know, some you won't. Rodney McDowell, Sir John Gilgood (who was gay),Gregory Peck, Sir Alec Guinness (Obi One Kenobi) and others. The rest is her complaining about missing the good old day.
She is still alive. I didn't realize that and decided not to look till I was done listening to it.

posted by bravewarrior on January 27, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2012

    Life-affirming & worthwhile

    Not your typical celebrity bio. Like its author, this book is elegant, wise and spirited. Bogart, Huston, Slim Hayward, Hawks, Robards, Streisand, Bernstein, RFK - they are all here. My favorite character: the author's wonderful mother.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2010

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    A Must Read!

    I was pleasantly surprised when I began reading this book. It's as if Lauren was my best friend and was reminiscing about her past with me over coffee. I laughed with her and I cried with her. The pictures inside the book give you a window into her world. She has definitely lived a long and happy life and I hope she has many more years to come.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2005

    Bacall me, on the line. Bacall me any, anytime

    This updated version of 'By Myself' is exactly what we Bacall fans were hoping and waiting for. Incorporating many of the anecdotes from '94's 'Now', this is the complete and up-to-date story of the lady's life, loves and career so far. Her regal presence and enduring strength and independence sing through on every page. It would be impossible to walk away unimpressed with the resilience and tough/sweet nature of our Grande Dame. There'll never be another Betty Bacall so this frank and earnest telling of her life is a completely unique read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2012

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    What an amazing woman. A true role model!

    I love Lauren Bacall as an actress and a person. She has such life in her and it shows beautifully on screen and in this book. This book had me laughing and crying. Truly unforgettable.

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