By Myself and Then Some

By Myself and Then Some

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by Lauren 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

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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.

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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.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780755313518
Publisher:
Gardners Books
Publication date:
02/06/2006

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