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Lauren Bacall (1924–2014)

Autor(a) de By Myself

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About the Author

Lauren Bacall September 16, 1924 - August 12, 2014 Lauren Bacall was born Betty Joan Perske in Brooklyn, New York on September 16, 1924. She started modeling as a teenager and at the age of 18, appeared on the cover of Harper's Bazaar. This cover led to her first movie, To Have and Have Not, which mostrar mais was released in 1944 and also starred Humphrey Bogart, who became her lover on the set. They were married on May 21, 1945. They starred in several movies together including The Big Sleep, Dark Passage, and Key Largo. They were married for 12 years before Bogart died of cancer in 1957. During her lifetime, she appeared in more than 40 movies including How to Marry a Millionaire, Designing Woman, Murder on the Orient Express, The Mirror Has Two Faces, Dogville, and Manderlay. She received an honorary Academy Award in 2009 "in recognition of her central place in the Golden Age of motion pictures" and was named a Kennedy Center Honors winner in 1997. She also appeared on Broadway in Goodbye, Charlie and Cactus Flower. She won Tony Awards for her starring roles in Applause and Woman of the Year, which were both adapted from classic films. Her first autobiography, Lauren Bacall by Myself, won a National Book Award in 1980. Her second autobiography, Now, was published in 1994. She died on August 12, 2014 at the age of 89. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

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Obras por Lauren Bacall

By Myself (1978) 631 exemplares
By Myself and Then Some (2005) 384 exemplares
Now (1994) 179 exemplares

Associated Works

Howl's Moving Castle [2004 film] (2004) 639 exemplares
The Big Sleep [1946 film] (1946) — Actor — 258 exemplares
Murder on the Orient Express [1974 film] (1974) — Actor — 189 exemplares
To Have and Have Not [1944 film] (1944) — Actor — 183 exemplares
Misery [1990 film] (1990) — Actor — 163 exemplares
Key Largo [1948 film] (1948) — Actor — 160 exemplares
Bogart: In Search of My Father (1995) — Prefácio — 145 exemplares
My Fellow Americans [1997 film] (1996) — Actor — 132 exemplares
How to Marry a Millionaire [1953 film] (1953) — Actor — 110 exemplares
The Shootist [1976 film] (1976) — Actress — 102 exemplares
Dark Passage [1947 film] (1947) — Actor — 100 exemplares
Dogville [2003 film] (2003) 93 exemplares
The Mirror Has Two Faces [1996 film] (1997) — Actor — 80 exemplares
Bogie (1900) — Introdução, algumas edições56 exemplares
Harper [1966 film] (1966) — Actor — 42 exemplares
Birth [2004 film] (2010) 37 exemplares
Written on the Wind [1956 film] (1956) — Actor — 36 exemplares
Bogie & Bacall: The Signature Collection (1900) — Actor — 35 exemplares
All I Want for Christmas [1991 film] (1991) — Actress — 28 exemplares
Designing Woman [1957 film] (1957) 26 exemplares
Prêt-à-Porter [1994 film] (1994) 25 exemplares
Blood Alley [1955 film] (1955) 23 exemplares
Manderlay [2005 film] (2006) 21 exemplares
Appointment with Death [1988 film] (1988) — Actor — 20 exemplares
Sex and the Single Girl [1964 film] (1964) — Actor — 20 exemplares
Young Man with a Horn [1950 film] (1950) 18 exemplares
The Walker [2007 film] (2008) — Actor — 12 exemplares
North West Frontier [1959 film] (2004) — Actor — 11 exemplares
A Foreign Field [1993 film] (2005) 11 exemplares
Marilyn Monroe: The Final Days [2001 film] (2005) — Narrador — 6 exemplares
The Cobweb [1955 film] (2011) — Actor — 6 exemplares
The Doris Day Collection [8 films] (2005) — Actor — 5 exemplares
Mr. North [1988 film] (2003) — Actor — 5 exemplares
Bold Venture [1951 radio drama] (2014) — Performer — 3 exemplares
Gone Dark (2000) — Actor — 2 exemplares
Woman's World [1954 film] (2014) — Actor — 2 exemplares
Harry S. Truman: A Journey to Independence (1995) — Narrador, algumas edições2 exemplares
Humphrey Bogart Classics: Volume 2 — Actor — 1 exemplar
Lauren Bacall in Woman Of The Year (1990) — Artist — 1 exemplar
Kisses [1992 film] (1991) — Host — 1 exemplar
The Portrait [1993 film] (2014) — Actor — 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum



Lauren Bacall was a wonderful human. Her talent is undeniable as an actress, wife, mother, activist, caretaker, thinker, protector, helper, writer. While she’s now primarily remembered for her work as an actress, I was surprised at how personable and well-written By Myself and Then Some is. It reads like a Jewish grandmother sitting and telling you about her life. Wonderful.

Death fills the latter half of this book. The highs are high, but the lows are so deep. Bacall lived long enough to see many of her friends and family die, and it has a sobering effect. She mentions at the end of the book that you don't think about death when you're young. She's right. I don't. Maybe things change once you experience the first death of someone close to you. Maybe you see the world differently. Maybe that's what it takes. It seems she did.

Perhaps because of this, the pathos that Bacall views all people comes through. Her thoughts and opinions come through, but they’re always tempered with either her inherent understanding of others or the perspective of years. Maybe both. In her descriptions of her own life, she pulls no punches as far as I can tell, acknowledging her mistakes, but at the same time, owning them. She had affairs with married men, notably with Humphrey Bogart (in a few short months, her husband), and concedes that was not an ideal situation. But when two people meet and better each other in such a passionate way, surely that’s something to not throw away? So her life goes. I highly recommend it.

What I would have underlined if this wasn't a library book.

-It wasn’t good enough, I thought, to have someone crazy about you if you felt nothing.

- Each time I was in love - this was it. The hunger to belong. Imagination is the highest kite that can fly.

- It was hard growing up. (It’s still hard.)

- Was all life to be proving yourself over and over?

- I could tell him anything - dream my dreams aloud and he wouldn’t laugh…

- My name would be on everyone’s lips, my words would be immortal - what was I to do with the me that was buried below all that, with the me I was stuck with, that was real?

- There was no way Bogie and I could be in the same room without reaching for each other, and it wasn’t just physical. Physical was very strong, but it was everything-heads, beards, bodies, everything going at the same time.

- No one has ever written a romance better than we lived it.

- I don’t know how I did it, except that when you’re twenty, it never occurs to you that you can’t.

- It was as though my brain shifted gears when I saw him – I reactivated the better part of it.

- It takes so long to understand things, so much time wasted.

- I’d become attached… to London. I wished I had a proper reason to stay there – once you’ve lived in that city, it’s a hard place to leave.

- Why can’t we be better than we are? Why can’t we enrich our lives with appreciation of the arts, with books? Why can’t that all be at least as important as making money, having a bigger house, a newer car? …why don’t we take the time to see what is around us - the earth, the sea, the sky?
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gideonslife | 10 outras críticas | Jan 5, 2023 |
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. 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.… (mais)
MrsLee | 4 outras críticas | Oct 4, 2021 |
I feel really mean giving only 2 stars so have another 3/4. I enjoyed the beginning best and got a bit bored in the middle and by the end found myself skipping over pages. I picked up the book to spend some time with a lovely bright women - and she really is that - a wonderful person to spend time with, even if only via the printed word. Perhaps just too long for me - or perhaps most of the book is about people who I just don't connect with - she tells us what was going on, but does not fire my imagination to care myself about any of them except the family she came from. Enjoyed those parts the best.… (mais)
Ma_Washigeri | 10 outras críticas | Jan 23, 2021 |
I'm not sure what I was expecting, but the eulogistic structure of the latter half of the book was a little unfortunate. I wish we had a little more on LB's feelings and personal life, especially post-Bogie, and a little less on her later projects and deceased friends (I liked hearing about them, but less so when framed so sadly).

In any case, a great lady. The old lady in me agrees with her that something is shitty about the world that didn't used to be so shitty.
beautifulshell | 10 outras críticas | Aug 27, 2020 |


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