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By Myself and Then Some | [Lauren Bacall]

By Myself and Then Some

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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 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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    LB in Dallas Dallas, Tx United States 07-13-05
    LB in Dallas Dallas, Tx United States 07-13-05 Member Since 2002

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    "She has such a great voice! A great Listen."

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Spokane, WA, United States 07-20-09
    Chris Spokane, WA, United States 07-20-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Interesting, but a lot is missing"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    REBECCA SILVER LAKE, IN, United States 03-04-14
    REBECCA SILVER LAKE, IN, United States 03-04-14 Member Since 2013

    Loves baseball, art and Audible!!

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    "Wonderful look at an extraordinary life"
    What did you love best about By Myself and Then Some?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lauren and Bogie's timeless romance.


    What about Lauren Bacall’s performance did you like?

    Wonderful...I loved every minute of it!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, it was so hard to take a break and I found myself excited to continue on.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Littlejohn Knoxville, TN 03-02-09
    Carol Littlejohn Knoxville, TN 03-02-09 Member Since 2009
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    "A Must Have for Hollywood Fans"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Grace 04-28-14
    Grace 04-28-14
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    "Wish it had been unabridged"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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