Lauren Bacall by myself

by Lauren Bacall

Hardcover, 1978




New York : Knopf, 1979, c1978.


Dark passage: Vincent Parry, a man unjustly accused of murdering his wife, escapes from San Quentin and sets out to clear his name, but he needs the help of someone he can trust. He finds both help and love in Irene, a San Francisco artist who is convinced he's innocent.Key Largo: A hurricane swells outside, but that is nothing compared to the storm that rages inside the hotel at Key Largo. There, sadistic mobster Johnny Rocco holes up, holding hostage the hotel owner Nora Temple, her invalid father-in-law, and ex-GI Frank McCloud. McCloud's the one man capable of standing up against the belligerent Rocco, but postwar world realities may have taken all the fight out of him.Blood Alley: A merchant marine captain, rescued from the Chinese Communists by local visitors, winds up transporting an entire Chinese village to Hong Kong on an ancient paddle steamer.Designing woman: An easy-going, unpolished sportswriter and a sophisticated clothing designer meet, fall in love and marry while both are visiting California. When they return to their homes in New York, they decide to live in her plush apartment, and their differences soon emerge.… (more)

User reviews

LibraryThing member LynnB
This book was published in 1979, after Lauren Bacall had been widowed, then divorced, had three children, and had reached the height of a successful career on Broadway. It is a very honest portrait of the life of a young actress, mother, daughter and how her life evolves. I'm not a movie fan -- I thought Ms. Bacall had been in "African Queen" -- but her book told an interesting story of a life with both everyday struggles and the special struggles of life as an actress.… (more)
LibraryThing member Ltlmiss
I've always like Lauren Bacall, and who wouldn't want to read about Bogie and Bacall? But, she desparately needed an editor with a heavy hand. She would start a story, go off on a tangent and never return to the original story. Also annoying was mentioning a person, not bringing them up for 100 or so pages, and then dropping them back in the story without any re-introduction, sometimes not even a last name, to help refresh the reader's memory.

She was very candid about her own faults - being naive and impatient when young, being involved with Humphrey Bogart while he was still married - which was refreshing. Witnessing Bogart's death through her eyes was heartbreaking. I found myself openly weeping in public while reading.
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