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Learning to Live Out Loud: A Memoir

3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  63 ratings  ·  11 reviews
An intimate memoir by three-time Oscar nominee Piper Laurie, one of Hollywood's most gifted and respected actresses

At the age of seventeen, in the glory days of movie-making, Piper Laurie was living every little girl’sdream. Having been selected by Universal Studiosto be a contract star, Piper was removed from heracting class and provided with stylists, chaperones,leading
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Crown Archetype (first published January 1st 2011)
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It's hard for film stars to hit the right balance between 'TMI' and stinginess when they turn to their memoirs. I was very disappointed in Diane Keaton's scant recent bio for that reason. But Piper Laurie really hits it out of the park in a memoir up there with Lauren Bacall and David Niven's, in my opinion some of the best Hollywood tell-alls. Although Laurie describes suffering from severe anxiety and issues with speech articulation, her writing style is so relaxed and natural from the opening ...more
Piper Laurie's autobiography was an absolute pleasure to read. Her writing style takes some getting used to but once you dive in you don't want to put the book down. Laurie's narrative is very charming and while she remembers a lot of specifics there are some failings of memory that are natural for someone who has had such a long and interesting life as she had.

Laurie writes a lot about her experiences shooting different films. I enjoyed reading about The Hustler (1961), Until They Sail (1957)
Carl Rollyson
In 1997, the American Film Institute named Humphrey Bogart the “Greatest Male Star” in cinema history. The same year, Entertainment Weekly christened him the “Number One Movie Legend” of all time. He is on a postage stamp. Woody Allen produced a hit play and film, “Play it Again, Sam” (1972), based on the Bogart mystique, and Albert Camus — no less — was flattered when told of his resemblance to Hollywood’s king.

Stefan Kanfer acknowledges these accolades as well as recent biographies by David Th
I've become really interested in old Hollywood actresses and love reading more about them so when I found this when I was away I knew I had to read it. Thought it was slow going at times but finished it before I came home so was enjoyable to read by the pool.
Mind-boggling revelations-I highly recommend this book! I had absolutely no idea! I have the movie Grass Harp and a couple of others, but like wow! what a history and life! Her ups & down, unanswered quandaries, and (you'd better believe) nothing is left to the imagination! Ronald Reagan, Christopher Plummer, Roddy McDowall, Tony Curtis, Mel Gibson...this woman is the quintessential Femme Fatale! A well-put-together book with photos and detailed cross reference index. Her career is far from ...more
Pipler Laurie isn't a great writer, but she's led an interesting life and done some remarkably good work. She tends to skip over some of the tougher parts of her life ("And then I decided to give up a 20-year addiction to amphetamines and did that overnight...") and to dwell too much on some other stuff (like losing her virginity to Ronald Reagan - yuck). The best parts are talking about the work - everything from her days as a pinup for Universal Studios to her turn as a Japanese businessman in ...more
This was my first library "ebook" checkout, chosen more or less as a test for whether I could bear to read a book on a device. I was looking under "biographies" and this was available. A fairly comprehensive yet easily read journal of her life, Piper Laurie started in the studio system, performed in live television dramas, and has continued acting on stage and in film. Interesting read, enough personal info (love affairs, etc.) to spice it up, but very much based on her work and the people who h ...more
I have loved Piper Laurie since seeing her in "Dream A Little Dream" back in the 1980's. I even found out by reading the book that Piper played the mother in the original movie "Carrie", which I didn't realize when I saw the movie. I felt horrible for the childhood that Rosetta "Piper" experienced. She managed to rise above the sadness she endured. Piper is truly a beautiful person inside and out. I love the fact that Piper has played so many diverse roles in her career and would love to see her ...more

Having loved movies of the 40s as a child of the 60s; I came to know Piper Laurie. Her career continued in to more recent times; but I knew virtually nothing of her life. Her autobiography was informative, surprising (her revelations of Ronald Reagan's deflowering her, to name a few), and relationship with director, John Frankenhiemer; and family life held my attention.
It has been an incredibly long time since I have got through a book so quickly. There's nothing special about the style of Piper Laurie's writing but she tells a compelling story and for me, an inspiring one, on overcoming crippling shyness and not being trapped by compromise - it touched a nerve with me.
You know kids, it's not every day you loose your virginity to Ronald Reagan.

Just saying.

Really good book. I can absolutely tell she wrote it herself. Has a particular cadence and voice.

After reading this, I feel like she's my spiritual sister. And I'm not even Jewish.

I'm being flip, but I loved this book.
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