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By Myself and Then Some


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Lauren Bacall is the epitome of style, grace and wit - a timeless icon

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Lauren Bacall has been an icon for over six decades and has made over 50 films. She has various lifetime achievement awards, two Tony awards, two Golden Globes and an Oscar nomination. She has three children and lives in New York City with her beloved partner Sophie, her dog.


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.

'Bacall's a class act' -- Publishers Weekly 20050226 'witty and frank' -- Express 20060217 'This is an intelligent and witty autobiography' -- Notebook, Australia 20060320 'On the evidence of her memoirs she remains a fantastic character - honest, unsparing and easy to adore' Mail on Sunday"; 'What a trooper! What amazing memories of and links to a glamorous and vanished era...' Daily Mail"; 'Lauren Bacall's pacy memoir reveals a stylish, intelligent and very unusual cinema star' Scotland on Sunday"; 'Hollywood never turned out a love story up to the level of Lauren Bacall and Bogie's' Washington Post"; 'She was the kind of sex symbol a fella could swap wisecracks with and then bring home to mother' Time "magazine -- Various

Twenty-five years ago, Bacall first published her best-selling memoir of her early and midlife trials and triumphs; this new edition brings readers up to date with the same style, sensitivity, wit, and passion. Bacall's rise to fame is well known: at 18, she left New York City for Hollywood and landed the lead in To Have and Have Not, costarring Humphrey Bogart. The couple soon became lovers despite Bogart's age and the studio's rejection of their union. Nonetheless, they were happily married for ten years until Bogart succumbed to cancer. Much of the book revolves around Bacall's life with "Bogie" and her friendships with Adlai Stevenson and Frank Sinatra. Bacall also covers more recent events: divorcing Jason Robards after eight years of marriage, suffering the loss of many friends as well as her beloved mother, and earning two Golden Globe Awards. Any fan of Bacall or Bogart will want to read this update; highly recommended for both public and academic libraries.-Rosalind Dayen, South Regional Lib., Broward Cty., FL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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