By Myself and Then Some – Hardcover (2005) by Lauren Bacall

By Myself and Then Some – Hardcover (2005) by Lauren Bacall

Bacall at a signing of By Myself and Then Some (Image via CBS)

By Myself and Then Some

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  • Lauren Bacall was barely 20 when she made her Hollywood debut with Humphrey Bogart and became an overnight sex symbol.
    Their romance on and off screen made them Hollywood's most celebrated couple and together they produced some of the most electric scenes in movie history.
    But when Bogart died of cancer in 1957, Bacall had to find a way of living beyond the fairytale.
    In a time of post war communism, Hollywood blacklisting and revolutionary politics she moved with the legends: Hemingway, the Oliviers, Katharine Hepburn, Bobby Kennedy, an engagement to Frank Sinatra and a second turbulent marriage to Jason Robards.
    Now in her eighties, BY MYSELF AND THEN SOME brings her story up to date including her recent films and Broadway runs, fond memories of her many close lifelong friendships, not least the greatest love of her life, Humphrey Bogart.

    Next book on my “entertainment biography” shelf: By Myself and Then Some, by Lauren Bacall This is an expanded and updated version of Lauren Bacall’s first autobiography By Myself (excerpt here). We’ve got more photos (some really great ones), more…

  • There is no shortage of biographies or autobiographies (sometimes ghostwritten) of classic film stars — but Lauren Bacall’s By Myself, later updated and re-published as By Myself and Then Some, just might be the best of the bunch. Honest, candid, and thorough, both versions of the book are great reads for any fan of the actress. Bacall discusses the highs and lows of her life, celebrating the good times but not shying away from discussing the bad, either. The writing style is engaging and conversational, making the book a fun and entertaining read.

    There is no shortage of biographies or autobiographies (sometimes ghostwritten) of classic film stars — but Lauren Bacall’s By Myself, later updated and re-published as By Myself and Then Some, just might be the best of the bunch. Honest, candid, and thorough, both versions of the book are great reads for any fan of the actress. Bacall discusses the highs and lows of her life, celebrating the good times but not shying away from discussing the bad, either. The writing style is engaging and conversational, making the book a fun and entertaining read.

  • Now, on the silver anniversary of its original publication, Bacall brings her inspiring memoir up to date, chronicling the events of the past twenty-five years, including her recent films and Broadway runs, and fond memories of her many close lifelong friendships. As one of the greatest actresses of all time turns eighty, By Myself and Then Some reveals the legend in her own beautiful frank words -- encapsulating a story that even Hollywood would struggle to reproduce.

Bacall at a signing of By Myself and Then Some (Image via CBS)

Now, on the silver anniversary of its original publication, Bacall brings her inspiring memoir up to date, chronicling the events of the past twenty-five years, including her recent films and Broadway runs, and her fond memories of many close lifelong friendships. As one of the greatest actresses of all time turns eighty, By Myself and Then Some reveals the legend in her own beautiful frank words -- encapsulating a story that even Hollywood would struggle to reproduce.