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I'm Over All That: And Other Confessions [Kindle Edition]

Shirley MacLaine
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)

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Book Description


At a certain time in life, we all come to realize what is truly important to us and what just doesn’t matter. For Shirley MacLaine, that time is now. In this wise, witty, and fearless collection of small observations and big-picture questions, she shares with readers all those things that she is over dealing with in life, in love, at home, and in the larger world . . . as well as the things she will never get over, no matter how long she lives.

Among the things that Shirley is over: people who repeat themselves (“when you didn’t care what they said the first time”); conservatives and liberals; ill-mannered young people; the poison of celebrity (“Why do so many people want to be famous when they see how it can destroy your life?”); being polite to boring people (“If they won’t stop talking, I go into a trance and meditate”); getting older in Hollywood (“How peaceful it is not to have to look particularly pretty anymore or to wear a size 6”).

In the opposite camp, there are some things Shirley will never get over: good lighting (“Marlene Dietrich taught me how to light myself”); gorgeous costars (“The vanity of male actors is an impossible wall to scale”); performing live (“Yes, it is better than sex”); and above all, brave people with curious minds (“Fear is the most powerful weapon of mass destruction”).

Along the way, she recalls stories of some of the true greats she has known—Alfred Hitchcock, Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, the two Jacks (Lemmon and Nicholson)—and ruminates on the state of Hollywood past and present. She recollects her relationships and romances with politicians (including two prime ministers), scientists, journalists, and costars.

An unabashed seeker of truth and unrepentant free spirit, Shirley looks squarely at a world that can irritate, confuse, and provoke her, but that can also delight her with its beauty, humor, and future promise. Reading I’m Over All That will make you feel you have been reunited with an old friend who tells it like it is but never takes herself too seriously.

Shirley MacLaine may be over all that, but this irresistible book ensures that we will never get over her.

Editorial Reviews


“The most revealing book of her career.” —Parade

“One-of-a-kind wit.” —Vanity Fair


“The most revealing book of her career.” —Parade

“One-of-a-kind wit.” —Vanity Fair

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  • File Size: 1399 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 145160730X
  • Publisher: Atria Books; Reprint edition (April 5, 2011)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0043RSJQI
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145 of 152 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, Unflinchingly Honest and Witty April 12, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a delightful book written in a conversational style as the author ponders life and the wisdom she has gained after 76 years; the book is filled with entertaining anecdotes that illustrate her points. It is unflinchingly honest and witty.

There are 50 chapters, many of them short, each a discussion of one idea the author wants to expand upon. My favorites are: "I Am Over Fear Taught In the Name of Religion" (Did you know that Shirley MacLaine discussed religious matters with Mother Theresa?), "I'm Over Feeling I Need My Family Around Me At Thanksgiving And Christmas" (an understandingly very short chapter!), "I'm Over Being Polite To People With Closed Minds", and "I Wonder If I Will Be Over The Drama Of 2012".

The author muses about such diverse subjects as terrorism and airline security and TSA, her experiences of past lives (of course) and her interest in UFO's (again, of course), homeopathy, "smalk" (otherwise known as "small talk", fame and celebrity, the Founding Fathers, 2012, and so much more.

I enjoyed that Shirley MacLaine doesn't bow to social expectations. I was entertained to read how she defines her life and lives as she wants to. I was impressed that she has lived a full and fascinating life by constantly surmounting her fears.

This is a fine and provocative celebrity memoir, and whether or not you agree with the author's beliefs, you will certainly find her book interesting!

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73 of 78 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Moving Picture Show Of Her Own Life April 12, 2011
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Shirley MacLaine has lived her life following her own dreams and dreams of her other beings, and she has no apologies for that. In fact, she is so over that! What others say about her play no part in her life. She came to the fork in the road and took the one she wanted. She has learned to ease up on her worries, fears, anxieties, anger and has become free of expectations of others. I am so with her.

Shirley Maclaine is well known for her many and varied views. She backs up all of her beliefs with her experiences in life. Some of her views are extreme to many of the masses, but that does not worry Shirley. She knows she is ten years ahead of the rest of us. Her life has become a culmination of searching for what is real in life and what has been, and how she has grown. The one worry she does have is wondering if it is healthy in becoming a reclusive, happy older woman. She doesn't worry about being seen, fashion, being socially acceptable, and being on the A-list. She does have a sense of curiosity, and she will never get over asking 'Why'? And, she believes that we are all seeking to find what it is that fills our loneliness, 'The Big Truth'. But, to get to the Big Truth we have a lot to get over, and Shirley Maclaine is going to help us understand.

This is such a well written, humorous but serious book. It may be one of her best. The experience and wisdom of her years is well worth reading. She has separated her book into 50 chapters. Some on which she is so over and others on how she will never or does not want to get over. Each chapter is filled with stories of her life. She does give name some names of her past lovers, and why they so excited her. Much of the book is written about her mystical experiences and her past lives.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughts on life by Shirley MacLaine April 13, 2011
Shirley MacLaine captured the minds and heart of millions of fans by some of her best performances in several Hollywood movies, especially the Academy award winning movie "Apartment" with Jack Lemmon. In this book she shares very intimate and somewhat controversial ideas of life, but this is not unexpected from Shirley as she always has been a social revolutionary. She says that she has learned to ease up on worry, scheming for films or roles, planning for better surroundings, and feeling anger at American leaders who operate politically rather than humanely. She says; she is getting freer from the expectations of the external world. In fact, the one worry she can't seem to give up and get over is the fear of being lonely. Her thoughts, at times becomes quite intense and metaphysical; when she observes that she has found that people are looking for something to fill the loneliness inside them; It doesn't matter how wealthy or well situated they are, the thought turns to why are we here, what is the point of life, is God real, are we alone in the universe?

When she was in 50s, MacLaine says that she was unhappy at getting a lot of grandmother roles, even though in her own mind, she is still young and bouncy. She speaks very candidly about her best friend Elizabeth Taylor, whom she calls, a very down-to-earth person, loyal, funny and a woman to be adored completely. MacLaine is honest about open marriage, sex and living fully. She insists that having an open mind about life is helpful. She admits she had had "an awful lot of lovers". She often fell for the leading men she worked with, although she wasn't attracted to Jack Lemmon, her co-star in The Apartment, because he was too nice, or Jack Nicholson, whom she starred with in Terms of Endearment, because he was too dangerous.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars vedy interesting. April 26, 2011
By Halley
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is the first book I have read of Shirley Maclaine's. I purchased it after seeing her promote this latest book on various talk shows. She is an interesting person for sure..Some people perceive her as a little kooky..
I don't agree with all her concepts but some things she writes makes some sense.
A quick and decent read anyway.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Shirley is always a good read.
Published 6 days ago by Carmen Sant
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this latest book from Shirley. Only complaint is the high cost of shipping.
Published 10 days ago by Barbara J.
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Published 1 month ago by mary jordan
5.0 out of 5 stars I love everything she does
I love everything she does. She writes and you can here her voice and it is so clear, If you like Shirley you'll like this book
Published 1 month ago by Liana Kelley
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Easy, fun read...
Published 1 month ago by Pamela L. Lanouette
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Really enjoyed it!
Published 1 month ago by Glenda Risinger-Champagne
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book!
I haven't finished it yet, but I was pleasantly surprised that it was even better than the rest of her books. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it
I love Shirley MacLaine and I have all of her books. Her spiritual teaching is so in line with the way I believe. She has had a very colorful, sexual life. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gatorfan
5.0 out of 5 stars I world love to meet her
Interesting! I world love to meet her. I was born at the same day in the same year as she. GB
Published 3 months ago by Gail Barlow
5.0 out of 5 stars A really fun read!
A really fun read! I am a true fan of Shirley MacLaine and think anyone who likes her would enjoy this book!
Published 3 months ago by Raindancer
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Shirley MacLaine, Oscar winner, three-time Emmy winner, and ten-time Golden Globe winner, has appeared in more than fifty films, has been nominated for an Academy Award six times, and received the Oscar for Best Actress in 1984. A longtime outspoken advocate for civil rights and liberties, women¹s rights, and spiritual understanding, Shirley MacLaine has sold more than 20,000,000 copies of her nine international bestsellers, which include her acclaimed work The Camino.

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