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By Myself and Then Some Lauren Bacall was barelywhen she made her Hollywood debut with Humphrey Bogart and became an overnight sex symbol Their romance on and off screen made them Hollywood s most celebrated couple and together they produced some of the most electric scenes in movie history But when Bogart died of cancer in , Bacall had to find a way of living beyond the fairytale and ironic way she had evolved In a time of post war communism, Hollywood blacklisting and revolutionary politics she moved with the legends Hemingway, the Oliviers, Katharine Hepburn, Bobby Kennedy, an engagement to Frank Sinatra and a second turbulent marriage to Jason Robards Now at , BY MYSELF AND THEN SOME brings her story up to date including her recent films and Broadway runs, fond memories of her children and many close lifelong friendships, not least the greatest love of her life, Humphrey Bogart Great bio Learned a lot about the famous Bogie and Bacall relationship That was the best part Slowed down a little after that but was still good Has some pictures throughout the book, which I always think is a great addition to any biography Definitely pick this up if you are a fan of Bogart, Bacall or old Hollywood in general. Other than having been married to Humphrey Bogart, I didn t know a lot about Lauren Bacall This autobiography introduced me to a charming and headstrong woman who has faced many trials and come out the other side, trumphant.A nice, Jewish girl , and granddaughter of immigrants, Lauren s nee Betty Bacal parents divorced when she was quite young Her mother worked quite hard to support the two of them, with the help of an extended family Lauren s dreams of performing onstage were encouraged b Other than having been married to Humphrey Bogart, I didn t know a lot about Lauren Bacall This autobiography introduced me to a charming and headstrong woman who has faced many trials and come out the other side, trumphant.A nice, Jewish girl , and granddaughter of immigrants, Lauren s nee Betty Bacal parents divorced when she was quite young Her mother worked quite hard to support the two of them, with the help of an extended family Lauren s dreams of performing onstage were encouraged by her mother she attended a drama school and got her foot in the door of New York theater by working as an usher She also pursued modelling and a Harper s Bazaar cover was the key to Hollywood for her Howard Hawks took Bacall under his wing, and introduced her to Hollywood, as well as the love of her life, Bogart I was surprised to find out how large the age difference between the two of them was 25 years They married when she was twenty, and she lost him about a dozen years later The section where she describes his failing health and eventual passing brought tears to my eyes She gave Bogie a lot of credit for forming her character and attitude towards fame Bacall kept working both on stage and screen, even through a second and failed marriage to Jason Robards Her three children 2 by Bogart, one by Robards became the focus of her life, as much as her career allowed She developed friendships with many of the stars of the 1940 s, 50 s and 60 s, with Katharine Hepburn perhaps one of the closest She wrote about her failures as well as her successes glorying in the high times and accepting the low Not being privy to Hollywood gossip, I can t say how honest she truly was, but the book certainly comes off that way The 3 sections of photos were a welcome addition, as was the and then some section, added to her original autobio from the 1980 s This section, as one might expect, is quite reflective, especially as she lost so many of her dear friends over the last two decades Autobiographies can be a mixed bag at times but I found this one to be a celebration of a well lived life so far Recommended to those interested in the Hollywood of the 1940 s 1960 s as well as a good story I found this all but impossible to put down Bacall writes in a very immediate style, full of personality her prose apparently untouched by ghost writers The most interesting part of the book is, inevitably, the description of her youth, covering her amazingly swift rise to fame and marriage to Bogart.However, the later sections about her career after Bogart s death, her broken engagement to Frank Sinatra and failed second marriage to Jason Robards, are also just as readable.There s an extra I found this all but impossible to put down Bacall writes in a very immediate style, full of personality her prose apparently untouched by ghost writers The most interesting part of the book is, inevitably, the description of her youth, covering her amazingly swift rise to fame and marriage to Bogart.However, the later sections about her career after Bogart s death, her broken engagement to Frank Sinatra and failed second marriage to Jason Robards, are also just as readable.There s an extra part added 25 years after the book s original publication, covering herrecent films and stage shows and paying tribute to some of her friends who have died, such as Katharine Hepburn and Gregory Peck.A must for any fan of old Hollywood with a soft spot for Bogie and Bacall I enjoyed her talking about show business, her start in it, and her doubts fears before auditions etc It was also nice learningabout Bogart through her But, towards the end, particularly what she added after the first version of the book was ridiculous modern world type stuff, why she likes her little dog etc Some editor needed to get a spine. Lauren Bacall tells the story of her life and the people who have been important to her over the years Writing in a candid, chatty style, Bacall is honest about her innocence and insecurities as she moved to Los Angeles when she was eighteen Telling stories about her early movies, life with Humphrey Bogart, his tragic death, her return to the stage in New York, and remarriage to Jason Robarts, it is almost as though you are sitting with Bacall over a cup of tea or taking a peek into her diary Lauren Bacall tells the story of her life and the people who have been important to her over the years Writing in a candid, chatty style, Bacall is honest about her innocence and insecurities as she moved to Los Angeles when she was eighteen Telling stories about her early movies, life with Humphrey Bogart, his tragic death, her return to the stage in New York, and remarriage to Jason Robarts, it is almost as though you are sitting with Bacall over a cup of tea or taking a peek into her diary One of the things that struck me about this book was the premium that Bacall places on friendship and how her friendships are such a central part of her life This book is an updating of her original book By Myself that she wrote during her divorce from Robarts and its appeal lies in its writing Rather than being shaped and polished by a ghostwriter, the personality of Lauren Bacall shines on every page Lauren Bacall was a wonderful human Her talent is undeniable as an actress, wife, mother, activist, caretaker, thinker, protector, helper, writer While she s now primarily remembered for her work as an actress, I was surprised at how personable and well written By Myself and Then Some is It reads like a Jewish grandmother sitting and telling you about her life Wonderful.Death fills the latter half of this book The highs are high, but the lows are so deep Bacall lived long enough to see man Lauren Bacall was a wonderful human Her talent is undeniable as an actress, wife, mother, activist, caretaker, thinker, protector, helper, writer While she s now primarily remembered for her work as an actress, I was surprised at how personable and well written By Myself and Then Some is It reads like a Jewish grandmother sitting and telling you about her life Wonderful.Death fills the latter half of this book The highs are high, but the lows are so deep Bacall lived long enough to see many of her friends and family die, and it has a sobering effect She mentions at the end of the book that you don t think about death when you re young She s right I don t Maybe things change once you experience the first death of someone close to you Maybe you see the world differently Maybe that s what it takes It seems she did Perhaps because of this, the pathos that Bacall views all people comes through Her thoughts and opinions come through, but they re always tempered with either her inherent understanding of others or the perspective of years Maybe both In her descriptions of her own life, she pulls no punches as far as I can tell, acknowledging her mistakes, but at the same time, owning them She had affairs with married men, notably with Humphrey Bogart in a few short months, her husband , and concedes that was not an ideal situation But when two people meet and better each other in such a passionate way, surely that s something to not throw away So her life goes I highly recommend it.What I would have underlined if this wasn t a library book It wasn t good enough, I thought, to have someone crazy about you if you felt nothing Each time I was in love this was it The hunger to belong Imagination is the highest kite that can fly It was hard growing up It s still hard Was all life to be proving yourself over and over I could tell him anything dream my dreams aloud and he wouldn t laugh My name would be on everyone s lips, my words would be immortal what was I to do with the me that was buried below all that, with the me I was stuck with, that was real There was no way Bogie and I could be in the same room without reaching for each other, and it wasn t just physical Physical was very strong, but it was everything heads, beards, bodies, everything going at the same time No one has ever written a romance better than we lived it I don t know how I did it, except that when you re twenty, it never occurs to you that you can t It was as though my brain shifted gears when I saw him I reactivated the better part of it It takes so long to understand things, so much time wasted I d become attached to London I wished I had a proper reason to stay there once you ve lived in that city, it s a hard place to leave Why can t we be better than we are Why can t we enrich our lives with appreciation of the arts, with books Why can t that all be at least as important as making money, having a bigger house, a newer car why don t we take the time to see what is around us the earth, the sea, the sky I do admit that the screen coupling of Lauren Bacall Humphrey Bogart is a very magical one and whenever they show one of their movies together is shown on the telly I will sit down and watch it even if I own most on dvd bluray This is the story by Lauren Bacall about her life before, with Bogart and what came after Bogart death She was a very young girl woman when she met Bogart and they hit it of even if he was older When Bogart met Bacall on the set of To Have and Have Not in 1944, she wa I do admit that the screen coupling of Lauren Bacall Humphrey Bogart is a very magical one and whenever they show one of their movies together is shown on the telly I will sit down and watch it even if I own most on dvd bluray This is the story by Lauren Bacall about her life before, with Bogart and what came after Bogart death She was a very young girl woman when she met Bogart and they hit it of even if he was older When Bogart met Bacall on the set of To Have and Have Not in 1944, she was only 19 years old and he was 25 years her senior They married in 1945 The couple had two children Their enduring romance lasted for 12 years until Bogart s death in 1957, caused by cancer Despite the inevitable problems in the marriage, they never ceased to care deeply about each other Bacall, who died in 2014, kept and cherished the memory of her first husband She saidNo one has ever written a romance better than we lived it In a 1996 interview, Bacall, reflecting on her life, told the interviewer that she had been lucky I had one great marriage, I have three great children and four grandchildren I am still alive I still can function I still can work You just learn to cope with whatever you have to cope with I spent my childhood in New York, riding on subways and buses And you know what you learn if you re a New Yorker The world doesn t owe you a damn thingThis autobiography has added one extra chapter upon rerelease of the book with Bacalls further life experiences A great book about a true Hollywood legend that reads really easy and is about a different world and time when the laws of Hollywood were total and about some fascinating famous people in their moments of screen A must read book for people that enjoy the old Hollywood movies and their history I would give this a 4.5 this is actually a book that Lauren Bacall combined the first part of the book was written in 1978 called By Myself in 2005 she added on to this book to update the last 27 years and called it And Then Some this is a good memoir Ms Bacall has written and honest recall of her life I felt like I was sitting down just having a conversation with her She speaks lovingly about her mother and grandmother who raised her alone Heading out to Los Angeles and the beginnin I would give this a 4.5 this is actually a book that Lauren Bacall combined the first part of the book was written in 1978 called By Myself in 2005 she added on to this book to update the last 27 years and called it And Then Some this is a good memoir Ms Bacall has written and honest recall of her life I felt like I was sitting down just having a conversation with her She speaks lovingly about her mother and grandmother who raised her alone Heading out to Los Angeles and the beginning of her career in movies,which came very fast by nineteen she was cast in To Have or Have Not with Humphrey Bogart they quickly fell in love a couple years later married they had a wonderful 12 years together having a son and daughter before Bogie tragically died of cancer this is also a fun book to read she is very generous describing the movies she made and plays she was in Sharing with the readers about her famous friends, such and Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Gregory Peck and manyShe described the ups and downs of her life but was careful to not revert into mudslinging she was honest about the not so good parts of her life but did not get mean spirited about it i liked getting the chance to read this memoir and getting to knowabout this talent actress I think my only criticism is that the chapters are extremely long with few chances of a stopping off point I had this on my kindle and wanted to read the memoir after Lauren Bacall died a couple weeks ago it seemed like her death was overshadowed and did not get as much press as she deserved I m no fan of biographies, but I couldn t miss this one Betty has such a great personality and she lived in the most glamorous of all eras, the 1940 s Call it a guilty pleasure, but a pleasure it was to read that book, from cover to cover.


About the Author: Lauren Bacall

Betty Joan Perske, better known as Lauren Bacall, was a Golden Globe and Tony Award winning, as well as Academy Award nominated, American film and stage actress and model Known for her husky voice and sultry looks, she became a fashion icon in the 1940s and has continued acting to the present day.She is perhaps best known for being a film noir leading lady in films such as The Big Sleep 1946 and Dark Passage 1947 , as well as a comedienne, as seen in 1953 s How to Marry a Millionaire Bacall also enjoyed success starring in the Broadway musicals Applause in 1970 and Woman of the Year in 1981.


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