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By Myself and Then Some

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The epitome of grace, independence, and wit, Lauren Bacall continues to astound generations with her audacious spirit and on-screen excellence. Together with Humphrey Bogart she produced some of the most electric scenes in movie history, and their romance on and off screen made them Hollywood's most celebrated couple.

But when Bogart died of cancer in 1957, Bacall

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The epitome of grace, independence, and wit, Lauren Bacall continues to astound generations with her audacious spirit and on-screen excellence. Together with Humphrey Bogart she produced some of the most electric scenes in movie history, and their romance on and off screen made them Hollywood's most celebrated couple.

But when Bogart died of cancer in 1957, Bacall and their children had to take everything he had taught them and grow up fast. In a time of postwar communism, Hollywood blacklisting, and revolutionary politics, she mixed with the legends: Hemingway, the Oliviers, Katharine Hepburn, Bobby Kennedy, and Gregory Peck. She was engaged to Frank Sinatra and had a turbulent second marriage to Jason Robards. But Bacall never lost sight of the strength that made her a superstar, and she never lost sight of Bogie.

Now, on the silver anniversary of its original publication, Bacall brings her inspiring memoir up to date, chronicling the events of the past twenty-five years, including her recent films and Broadway runs, and her fond memories of many close lifelong friendships. As one of the greatest actresses of all time turns eighty, By Myself and Then Some reveals the legend in her own beautiful frank words -- encapsulating a story that even Hollywood would struggle to reproduce.

Editorial Reviews

Meryle Secrest
Bacall reveals herself as someone with the same kind of inner resilience and resourcefulness, even if the later pages of her book are shadowed by the loss of many people she has loved. And those who see her as a model of evolved womanhood, a questioning, self-realizing person who also understands the role she plays in the lives of her family and children, will find much to admire. She herself wrote, "The climb has been mostly upward, and I'm still climbing." What a treasure.
— The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
Raised by her wise and loving immigrant mom and uncle, Lauren Bacall (b. 1924) knew, even in high school, that she wanted to be an actress. She took acting classes, modeled clothes, sold industry papers in the theater district, ushered at shows, danced at the USO-anything to get a break. Barely 18 when director Howard Hawks brought her to Hollywood for a screen test, she soon fell in love with Bogart, married and started a family. After Bogart's death a decade later, she rebounded with Sinatra, but tied the knot with Jason Robards before finding her way as a single woman, with friends and work as her passion. Bacall's intimates-from Katharine Hepburn to Adlai Stevenson-weren't the standard air-kissing, gossip-column regulars, but people who loved and respected each other for their work and their values. Sadly, like Bogart, they're also of a generation older than Bacall, so there's a lot of dying in these pages. Indeed, this sequel to 1978's By Myself is mostly a discussion of the deaths of some great friends: Roddy McDowall, John Gielgud, Gregory Peck and many more. Bacall does discuss the roles she's played as an older actress, but this work's real theme is the experience of surviving the death of so many wonderful friends. Readers looking for basic Hollywood romance and drama can stick to the first 400 pages; those seeking a more mature portrait can brave the final 100. Either way, Bacall's a class act. Color, b&w photos. (Mar. 1) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Boston Globe
“In a word Lauren Bacall By Myself is terrific...and she wrote this book as she lived it.”
Washington Post
“What a treasure.”
Sunday Times (London)
“...[Bacall’s] wit and feisty resilience endures.”
Associated Press
“Backstage Hollywood takes center stage in BY MYSELF AND THEN SOME.”
Mosman & Lower North Shore Daily (Australia)
“...an enthralling account of her life...it is a book many people are sure to enjoy.
Richmond Times-Dispatch
“...this new version of her life is as stimulating as it was when it first appeared in 1978.”
Chicago Sun-Times
“...Bacall...always made the most of what she had, as this memoir proves for the second time.”
BPI Entertainment News Wire
“The book’s a must-read. The lady’s a class act.”
Time Out New York
“...her fans will not be disappointed.”
Providence Journal
“Bacall writes eloquently... The actress comes across here as fair-minded and independent.”
Booklist
“...Bacall entertains with her signature breathy prose, straightforward manner, and unmatchable style.”
Daily Mail (London)
“What amazing memories of and links to a glamorous and vanished era.”
Magill Book Reviews
“...Perceptive and penetrating.”
Denver Rocky Mountain News
“The back story of Bogie and Bacall is just one of the many reasons to pick up a copy...
Chicago Sun-Times on Now
“Her writing echoes her deep, sardonic, no-nonsense timbre and jazzy tempo.”
Associated Press Staff
“Backstage Hollywood takes center stage in BY MYSELF AND THEN SOME.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786275564
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
05/28/2005
Series:
Thorndike Biography Series
Edition description:
Large Print Edition
Pages:
1029
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.90(d)

Meet the Author

Lauren Bacall was spotted by Howard Hawks when she was on the cover of Harper's Bazaar at eighteen. Her distinctive title — The Look — followed her first film To Have and Have Not with Humphrey Bogart, and together they had one of the greatest love affairs of all time. Bacall went on to make more than fifty films and continues to be a major presence in the industry. She is the recipient of many lifetime achievement awards, two Tony awards, two Golden Globes, and an Oscar nomination. She is the mother of Stephen, Leslie, and Sam, and continiues to live in New York City with her beloved papillon, Sophie.

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Jenevieve_Montague More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Please don't get me wrong about this book BUT my wife and I both read it and essentially had the same opinion. The first half of the book, up until Bogart's death, is GREAT. It's fast paced, reveals interesting facts and insights, and is immensely enjoyable. But after his death the book becomes a never ending, over done discussion of all her friends dying. It becomes tedious and depressing reading that meanders all over the place. Read the first half of the book and then stop. I bet you'll find it more enjoyable than finishing it, strange but true.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
DesiDivine More than 1 year ago
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.
Dayssi More than 1 year ago
Lauren Bacall was quite a treasure! This is an excellent book about her wonderful family and career...
DesC More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've just finished the sample of this book, and although she is clearly not gifted as a writer, you definitely get the sense that you are reading Ms. Bacall's very own thoughts, and not the idealized spin of a ghost writer. Her remembrances are rambling and not well structured as she meanders through the details of her upbringing. Some may enjoy this style of writing; I did not. However I did come away from this sample liking Ms. Bacall more than I did previously, and I would like to know more about her. Bacall fans will probably love this book for the reasons I mention previously.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book captured me from the start! I didnt want to put it down! It has all of the "Golden Age" hollywood stories you dream about. The romance and deep passion between Bogie and Bacall pulls you into this story. The first 3/4 of the book is intoxicating, but the last quarter is a bit monotonous. I got a little lost with all the names of people that were being recalled, and started losing track of who they were, and then began not to really even care. It was like the connection to the first 3/4 of the book was lost. But, I loved the first part so much that I'll definitly be reading this one again!
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Brilliant , strong , human being. Stunning. .
Duke_Bisbey More than 1 year ago
Ms Bacall does a wonderful job of sharing her journey through some of the most fascinating times in Hollywood history. Her intimate portrayal of her marriage to Mr. Bogart is heart wrenching. At times the details become a bit tedious but the book retains the ultimate message of a life worthy of an autobiography.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not much of a writer or describe things well however, I can tell you this book is very enjoyable. Miss Bacall is very open about her life, family and relationships. There were a few things I thought she was vague about and that is her children's lives but, that could be because she wanted to keep the kids and grand kids private? Anyway, if you enjoy autobiographies about celebrities this is a real treat! Jane
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It is very sad indeed how hard she tries to make her story a silver screen movie old style happy ever after. That she married a much older divorced man and had him dying hospice at home leaves her with most of her life fifty years dependent on his fame for hers. She seems to have little joy in her life after hollywood neither with son or grandchildren and it reflects in the writing as such disappointng and uncomfortable to read like a group therapy session
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Why someone with stage fright could keep in the profession and why keep marrying alcoholics and such good friends with everyone and family disfunctional and seeing nothing wrong with leaving for months but so general as to be non descriptive. There is no humor ad great and good friends come across as dull too