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 25 years, including her recent films and Broadway runs, and fond memories of her many close lifelong friendships. As one of the greatest actresses of all time turns 80, By Myself and Then Some reveals the legend in her own beautiful frank words, encapsulating a story that even Hollywood would struggle to reproduce.
©1994, 2005 Lauren Bacall; (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
"Bacall's a class act." (Publishers Weekly)
"Certainly more intelligently written than your average celebrity autobiography, this memoir tells a fascinating story of one woman's journey through life with an intimacy that's sure to engage legions of readers." (Booklist)
A fascinating stroll down memory lane with such a great talent who knew so many legends. Very gracious and classy lady with a great voice to listen to.
Narrated with an engaging, friendly, bits of humor delivery by Ms. Bacall. Respectful of others, she shares what she admires and loves about others to the extent that they are part of her story. She tells of her humble beginnings in NYC, her loving & supportive mother, of following her passion for acting, traveling widely, meeting and working with what seems all of the greats in theater and movies over her lifetime, losing the love of her life too soon, loving being the mother of 3 children and a friend to many. The forthright style is who she is, I think, but I'm wondering if the nonabridged version might have felt less succinct -- thus the 3 rather than 4 stars for this version.
Loves Harry Potter, the Yankees, art and Audible!!
I love Lauren's narration, as I always do when the author narrates his/her own book. I truly enjoyed how she allowed us to look into her life and that of those who surrounded her. I could only dream of finding the kind of love she and Bogie shared.
Lauren and Bogie's timeless romance.
Wonderful...I loved every minute of it!
Yes, it was so hard to take a break and I found myself excited to continue on.
It may be the fault of the abridged version, but after reading the original BY MYSELF years ago, I found a lot of the material about Ms. Bacall's earlier life missing; the making of DARK PASSAGE isn't mentioned, for example. Instead, as is common in updated memoirs, preference is given to lists of lifetime achievement awards won, praise given, etc., which for some listeners will be less compelling than the how-to details of moviemaking and the actor's craft.
The biography is one of the best written of all Hollywood biographies, and to have the author, Lauren Bacall, read her memoirs in her smoky voice is sheer heaven. Highly recommended.
I would not try another book written by Lauren Bacall, but I would certainly listen to a book narrated by her.
Her voice is wonderful.
Bogart's death was heartbreaking to read.
I was disappointed. A huge Lauren Bacall fan, I am less so now. The book lacked depth. I hoped for more context, to hear in depth about Hollywood of yore, about the world at that time and how that shaped her experiences. Instead, it felt as if she skimmed the surface of events. Several character moments were disappointing, but I will not list them, not wanting to spoil it for others. Also, these disappointment are rooted in a conflict with my own personal morals, to which others may not agree.
I listened to this Biography in my vehicle on a 14 hour road trip. I was so fascinated by the story being read and told by Bacall herself. I did not want to reach my vacation destination so quickly as I could not stop listening.
She did such an awesome job at telling her story.
This will be my favorite Biography of all time!
I cannot compare it to any other.
Her very distinctive raspy voice was such a different experience to reading the words. To hear Miss Bacall tell them was quite an experience..
She sounded so sophisticated yet down to earth and I yearned for more and wished to actually know her. I am saddened that she passed before I was able to read about her and get her to sign a book for me.
Yes but only the first 3 hours - it was great but then after her 3rd engagement her story started to lose me.
bacall & bogie who has any other answer?
nope but i love her asan actress
pretty great to listen to but after hour 4 kinda becomes a drag or a little slow
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