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Comment: Hard Cover. Frederick Fell, 1954. Good/No Jacket. 1/4 cloth red with black boards, gilt lettering, tilted spine, mild edge and corner wear, stains on spine and (lightly) on both covers. Text/interior is clean and free of marking of any kind. Very nice yellow photo montage on front and back endpapers with Ms. Roth as pin-up girl, then babe.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Frederick Fell; 1st edition (January 1, 1954)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00005W58H
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.7 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,696,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wish this would come back in print so more people could read it.
Kathleen A. Flynn
I recall reading the book shortly after it was published in 1954 and like so many people I found it was riveting, most revealing and seemed so very honest.
HP Cohen
This 1953 book was made into a 1955 film starring Susan Hayward, Jo Van Fleet, Richard Conte, Eddie Albert, Ray Danton, and others.
Phil Greenberg, Gentleman's Agreement (1947):Laura Z. Hobson

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Kirie Pedersen on April 3, 2004
Format: Hardcover
My mother found this book on her shelf and "couldn't put it down." Although I am a little young to remember Lillian Roth's dramatic rise and fall as a Broadway then Hollywood star, her story about addiction to alcohol and drugs and men, and then her recovery through AA in its very first years is as familiar as could be written today. (The memoir was a best seller in its time and made into a movie that was highly successful). Lillian Roth has an engaging voice as a writer, although she does not seem to realize or want to realize that her prototypical "stage Mom" led her directly into the lion's jaws at age five, leaving the child alone to be molested on her first modeling job. But then again, early AA stressed taking responsibility for one's own actions, not blaming others, and Ms. Roth is very determined to blame no one but herself and her disease. I think that anyone interested in addiction and recovery, as well as the early days of New York theatre and Hollywood would enjoy this well-written book. It seems that not that much has changed in the world of child and teen stars.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By HP Cohen VINE VOICE on June 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Back in the early fifties celebrities did not tell much that was real about themselves in books or magazine articles. Everyone mostly told how wonderful, beautiful, talented and gifted they were. Flaws were not written about. Anything that their publicists and studio didn't want known about them was brushed under the rug.

So when Lillian Roth wrote a tell all, flaws and all, it became a runaway bestseller. I recall reading the book shortly after it was published in 1954 and like so many people I found it was riveting, most revealing and seemed so very honest. Much of it, at that time, seemed shocking. Here was a lovely and very talented woman who made it to the top in New York and Hollywood. She had it all and lost it all!

Lillian Roth wrote in vivid detail about the spiraling effect that alcohol had on her career and on her life. It seems so honest and poignant. She speaks of the horrors of many of her relationships and marriages. She writes of how several husbands used her and abused her and took her for as much as they could.

The bestselling book was made into a very good film starring the beautiful and wonderful Susan Hayward as Miss Roth. The film was a good recreation of the book, but left out many of the details.

After the success of the book and the film Miss Roth was able to revitalize her career. She once more appeared on the Broadway stage (70 Girls 70, I Can Get It for You Wholesale), did lots of nitery work, recorded albums, did TV (including Jack Paar, Johnny Carson, Red Skelton and Ed Sullivan shows) and did a few more film roles. She also toured in Funny Girl as Fanny Brice's mother.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert L. Anderson on April 15, 2010
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This is one of the great books of all time. Maybe not to the average reader, but to us alcoholics who went thru the same hell as Lillian Roth did. This book and the movie version starring that great actress's Susan Hayward saved my life. This movie brought me to Alcoholics Anonymous. I cannot write anymore without writing my own story, so I'll close here. Thank you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phil Greenberg, Gentleman's Agreement (1947):Laura Z. Hobson on February 17, 2010
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We view Ms. Roth as at the top of her game until tragedy struck with the untimely death of her fiance. It was with the passing of David Treadman, that Ms. Roth's life took such a fast, downward spiral to one of degradation, humiliation and torture, while she gained solace through the bottle.
We see a life depicted of complete dominance by her mother, Katie. We see her running away from herself with a series of fast, ill-fated marriages with the men in her lives who took advantage of her torment.
The book is inspirational as it shows Ms. Roth's climb back from this torture with the help of Alcoholics Anonymous.
This 1953 book was made into a 1955 film starring Susan Hayward, Jo Van Fleet, Richard Conte, Eddie Albert, Ray Danton, and others. While the factual information is different from the book to the movie, Hayward, Van Fleet, Conte, Albert and Danton totally capture the people they portrayed with vivid, memorable portrayals.
-Submitted by Ed Greenspan-aka Phil Greenberg of Gentleman's Agreement (1947) fame.
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By Kathleen A. Flynn on December 21, 2013
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Very good book. She was quite a gal, wasn't she? Wish this would come back in print so more people could read it.
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