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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype; First Edition edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780823026685
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823026685
  • ASIN: 082302668X
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #827,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In a candid memoir, Emmy- and Golden Globe–winning actress Laurie remembers her long, surprising life as a film, theater and TV star.
An “uncommunicative, silent child” who suffered from acute anxiety disorder, Laurie was inexplicably drawn to the world of stage performance from a young age. After suggesting that she “be in the movies,” her mother entered her in a contest that offered a screen test as first prize. Laurie won the contest but failed the screen test; yet the resolve to persist in following her dream remained strong. Her efforts eventually landed her a contract at Universal Studios when she was just 17.  What she did not know was that “Universal was a picture factory then, specializing in a disposable product for a double feature market,” and that she would be promoted as a glamorous B-movie “bimbo.” Five years later, Laurie began the painful process of speaking for herself and articulating her professional desires. She broke her contract with Universal to take more serious roles on Broadway and in such groundbreaking TV dramas and films as the CBS Playhouse version of Days of Wine and Roses (1958), The Hustler (1961), Carrie (1976) and Twin Peaks (1990-91). Laurie’s openness—about her struggles with shyness and amphetamine addiction and her quietly determined pursuit of artistic fulfillment and sexual freedom—save the book from reading like just another Hollywood career catalog. The self-portrait that emerges is of a gracious woman who was in many ways ahead of her time and who fought “the good fight” on the way to becoming “a part of the speaking world.”
Warmly intimate.
-Kirkus

About the Author

PIPER LAURIE (born Rosetta Jacobs) has performed in a hundred films and dozens of plays. She has been nominated three times for an Oscar and received an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award. She was honored as Harvard’s Woman of the Year and with the Spirit of Hope Award for her many trips to entertain the troops in Korea. Her film credits include The Hustler, Carrie, The Grass Harp, Tim, and Children of a Lesser God. She is also well remembered for her dual roles as Catherine Martell and the Japanese businessman in David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. She lives in Los Angeles. 


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And I most certainly recommend this book to everyone who enjoys reading bios.
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What a crowd Miss Laurie hung out with during her career!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Perry on November 11, 2011
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Piper Laurie has always been one of my favorite character actors and now I learn how she developed into a craftsperson and artist of the highest order. I wondered about her life, who she was, how she came to be "Piper Laurie" and reading her memoir gave me an intimate look into her psyche and the actual events in her life. She has had thus far a wonderful, challenging, spiritual journey and she continues to grow as an artist, moving into adapting written works into short films. She is an inspiration for many of us who have taken side paths away from film and theatre, at times out of choice and at times from necessity. Her description of her time with her daughter as a baby was terrific; I felt like I understood her deep sensitivity, her connectedness to oneness and her joy in life itself through what she revealed in these passages. And her beginnings: insecure, frightened, abandoned to a great degree shaped her strength and power on the screen. She gifted me with a glimpse into a true artist's soul. I can only say, "Thank you, Miss Laurie."
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Beatrice Varias on January 10, 2012
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She was such a cutie when she started, she had an enviable contract and a routine niche on the cover of "Photoplay" magazine and she made more money every week than my Dad did in a year. Why did she quit? She produced the most admired performance of the 1960's with "Hustler". Why did she retire? I'd always wondered. And then she favored us with this book. It is terrific fun for any movie historian, no matter how amateur, to read answers from her own pen.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Yid Kid on December 30, 2011
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Why the hyperbolic title? Several reasons, the first being that the subject is a personal favorite. That said, her story is an amazing one. Her horrific childhood is told in a non-melodramatic, yet straightforward manner that sounds like the way a child would indeed recall such events but with the benefit of an adult's vocabulary and perspective. Her teen years and early adulthood are eye-opening remembrances of the crumbling, yet still then powerful and feudal studio system of the 1950s. Taking the bold step to break free of its bondage, she does the amazing task of re-inventing herself not in the far-off realm of NY theater (as others have) but in the infant medium of widely seen live television. Talk about guts! She then walks away from her career for a decade -- but certainly not life -- only to remerge as a mature yet powerful character actress and director. Along the way are heartbreaking, humorous, poignant and life affirming anecdotes that makes her story worthy of a well-made film. A personal favorite is Ronald Reagan boasting about his prowess and the price of the condom DURING the act of lovemaking while being completely unaware of his own oafishness. It's cliche but the bottom line is true: Learning to Live Out Loud is a true page turner that is HIGHLY recommended by this reader of numerous biographies. I promise you won't be disappointed.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daryl Chin on December 9, 2011
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Piper Laurie's career has been one of the more unusual in the annals of Hollywood, because, starting as a contract player for Universal in the 1950s, she fought to become a respected actor in the era of live television in the late 1950s, culminating in her acclaimed performance in the film THE HUSTLER (1961); from there, her acting career went on hiatus as she pursued other interests including sculpture; she married and adopted a child. The period from THE HUSTLER to CARRIE (1976) represents one of the longest "interruptions" in any major show business career. Yet once she restarted her career, she continued with many highlights, including her amazing stint working with David Lynch on the series TWIN PEAKS. And now this book recounts her remarkable trajectory with intelligence, humor and great feeling, hallmarks of her acting which shine through in her writing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Frank C. Taglieri on December 18, 2012
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This has got to be one of the best auto biographies that I've ever read. And I've read many many bios. First of all, it's got humor, pathos, honesty, and very well written. And I'm afraid that I've fallen in love with her all over again. She just pulls you in to her life. I wanted to send her personal congratulations, but I'm at a loss to make contact with her. Anyway, she looks terrific, and I'm very happy for her success. And I most certainly recommend this book to everyone who enjoys reading bios. Frank Taglieri
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kayjo on June 23, 2012
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This book on the surface is a typical tell-all book about a Holywood movie star from the 1950's onward. There are the numerous love affairs, including one with a future U.S. president, an abortion and the usual starlet roles with scripts that all seem the same. However, half-way through the book, Laurie changes direction and decides to take control of her career, switching from film to television, pursuing good scripts and directors and from time to time, doing some directing herself. She receives acclaim for these roles, particularly Something About Lee Wiley ane the TV version of Days of Wine and Roses. What I hoped to see from this book was the evolution of an actress and that point is realized. The book has a good picture section, but since Laurie was and is a glamourous red-head, it is possible that one may not be able to see her in color in this book, because I don't think Kindle touch technology has reached the color level yet.
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