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By Myself and Then Some Paperback – Bargain Price, October 31, 2006
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The book is written in a conversational style that works very well. It is as if Betty Bacall were speaking to you, relating the story of her life. At first, I did not find quite as absorbing as I thought but as I began the story of her relationship and marriage to Humphrey Bogart, I could not put the book down. The story of Mr. Bogart's illness and death made me feel as if I had been a witness to his pain and suffering. I learned quite a bit more than I had even thought about "Betty and Bogie's" relationship and certainly much more about life with Jason Robards. I was very impressed on how Ms. Bacall was able to convey her emotions in her book. One comes away from the devastating deaths of Bogie and her mother with a real sense of the loss and the pain of her divorce from Jason Robards becomes your own. But there are also the triumphs, like Betty's winning her Tony award for Applause that are joyously written. I also enjoyed reading about her close relationships with her children and her devotion to them and the times that she wanted to do more. The stories Ms. Bacall relates about friends, like Roddy McDowell, are interesting and poignant, and in the latter case especially an introduction to someone I would like to have known.
It is disappointing to see that some reviewers gave this book one start because of Ms. Bacall's critical remarks about George W.Read more ›
Lauren Bacall shares her life, her fears, her triumphs, loves and friends with you in a setting so personal, so intimate, that you feel you actually share a kinship with them as you read this autobiography. That is the great thing about this book. She puts herself out there for you to care about or not, she offers no apologies for any choices she has made.
From the time she was a small child growing up in New York, Betty (her real name) knew she wanted to be an actress. She was the child of an immigrant family from Romania and an American father who was absent from her life totally, to all intents and purposes. Her mother tried to love her enough to make up for any lack on his part, and her mother's family were devoted to loving and caring for her too. So surrounded by love but little in the way of worldy goods, she turned to her inner strength and her imagination. Some of that inner strength came from not having a father, but knowing he was "out there somewhere", but did not care about her, some of it came for the poverty and want she experienced in her childhood. Both her reserves of inner strength and determination would serve her well throughout her entire life to the present day.Read more ›
I always thought of her as this aloof ice-princess... tall, blonde, gorgeous, ethereal... marrying THE hunk of the day, having children by him, marrying Robards, more children, etc. But I was wrong. This is a real woman married as a child. Mr. Bogart truly fell in love with a mere child who grew up fast as a wife and mother and then was alone. Ms. Bacall describes the events following Bogart's death with incredible depth and realism. Those feelings are exactly what any young, widowed mother would feel. Especially being woo'd by Sinatra. I applaud her for being able to see he was not for her.
How can you not fall in love with this memoir? Such honesty is refreshing in a time when the comments from stars of the day are so censored and so carefully controlled. There's no honesty anymore, everybody's afraid to speak the truth. It's awful.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will recommend it to my four sisters and my Mother.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After she passed, Alec Baldwin (I believe) said in an article, with condolences, that this was a must read. So I did. I really appreciated her honesty but also her voice. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jeannine Vegh
I first read this book when it was simply "By Myself" and I remember recommending it to everyone! Lauren Bacall is a marvelous actress and equally talented writer. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Catherine p LaViolette
I love Lauren Bacall and fund this book to be both exciting and so sad. She truly had one true love and it was so beautifully stated. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Judith Doreen Jones
The book was pretty good and easy to read. The part about Bogie's illness and death left me in tears. She is honest about her shortcoming and regrets. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lydia C. Bugner
Interesting; don't particularly care for Lauren Bacall after reading it.Published 3 months ago by Michele Holcomb
The lady tells it like it is, and she was so very classy. Great read.Published 3 months ago by J. Barnett
I liked the book more than I had expected! Interesting to find out a bit of Bogart private life, and, also to learn the same of Lauren Bacall. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tina Young