Lauren Bacall by Myself

by Lauren Bacall

Hardcover, 1978





Knopf (1978), Edition: 1st, 377 pages


Bogart's "Baby"--Lauren Bacall--describes her career in Hollywood and on Broadway, her marriages to Bogart and Jason Robards, her disastrous affair with Sinatra, and her fierce determination to be her own woman.


½ (94 ratings; 3.6)

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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
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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.
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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
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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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LibraryThing member MrsLee
The writing is not stellar, but the view on the events through her life was interesting enough for me to finish it. I won't be keeping it, and I would only recommend it to die hard movie fans. Maybe a bit harsh, but after all, I had to wade through 506 pages to finish, and yes, it was a wade.
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Perhaps a mean editor could have helped. As it is, the writing of the minute details of her life ran on like, "This happened, then this happened, then this happened." I will say that there were a couple of lines I underlined as being wise, and the movie watchlist I gained will entertain me for some time. Okay, now I'm rambling, it must be catching.
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LibraryThing member Huba.Library
It is tunning biography from an intensively faceted woman. Bacall's story has much to offer. If you want something bad enough, go for it!


National Book Award (Finalist — 1980)


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377 p.


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