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By Myself and Then Some

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The epitome of grace, independence, and wit, Lauren Bacall continues to project an audacious spirit and pursue on-screen excellence. The product of an extraordinary mother and a loving extended family, she produced, with Humphrey Bogart, some of the most electric and memorable scenes in movie history. After tragically losing Bogart, she returned to New York and a brilliant ...more
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Published October 31st 2006 by It Books (first published 2005)
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Lori
Aug 26, 2014 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
I would give this a 4.5. this is actually a book that Lauren Bacall combined. the first part of the book was written in 1978 called "By Myself" in 2005 she added on to this book to update the last 27 years and called it "And Then Some". this is a good memoir. Ms. Bacall has written and honest recall of her life. I felt like I was sitting down just having a conversation with her. She speaks lovingly about her mother and grandmother who raised her alone. Heading out to Los Angeles and the beginnin ...more
Tracey
Dec 19, 2007 Tracey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: libraryread
Other than having been married to Humphrey Bogart, I didn't know a lot about Lauren Bacall. This autobiography introduced me to a charming and headstrong woman who has faced many trials and come out the other side, trumphant.

A "nice, Jewish girl", and granddaughter of immigrants, Lauren's (nee Betty Bacal) parents divorced when she was quite young. Her mother worked quite hard to support the two of them, with the help of an extended family. Lauren's dreams of performing onstage were encouraged b
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Judy
Apr 02, 2012 Judy rated it really liked it
Lauren Bacall tells the story of her life and the people who have been important to her over the years. Writing in a candid, chatty style, Bacall is honest about her innocence and insecurities as she moved to Los Angeles when she was eighteen. Telling stories about her early movies, life with Humphrey Bogart, his tragic death, her return to the stage in New York, and remarriage to Jason Robarts, it is almost as though you are sitting with Bacall over a cup of tea or taking a peek into her diary. ...more
Judy
Nov 01, 2008 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this all but impossible to put down. Bacall writes in a very immediate style, full of personality - her prose apparently untouched by ghost writers. The most interesting part of the book is, inevitably, the description of her youth, covering her amazingly swift rise to fame and marriage to Bogart.

However, the later sections about her career after Bogart's death, her broken engagement to Frank Sinatra and failed second marriage to Jason Robards, are also just as readable.
There's an extra
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Trixie Fontaine
Oct 17, 2009 Trixie Fontaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
The only other celebrity autobiography I can recall reading was Larry Flynt's (AWESOME, FYI). I don't know how to rate these kinds of books so the four stars is entirely based on what I wanted to get out of it as a Lauren Bacall fan. It was moving to me, reading about her relationship to Bogie and loss of him, and just interesting in general to read about historical events and movies as a backdrop to someone's life. Also interesting to me from the perspective of someone in Al-Anon because it tot ...more
Katie
Apr 27, 2016 Katie added it
Shelves: memoir
When Humphrey Bogart died Lauren Bacall asked for donations to the cancer charities in lieu of flowers and on the day of his funeral received a telegram from the American Floral Association which read "Do we say don't go to see Lauren Bacall movies?" Anyway the American Floral Association is comprised of dicks, thought you should know.
Mike
Aug 02, 2009 Mike rated it it was ok
Shelves: memoirs
I enjoyed her talking about show business, her start in it, and her doubts / fears before auditions etc. It was also nice learning more about Bogart through her. But, towards the end, particularly what she added after the first version of the book was ridiculous... modern world type stuff, why she likes her little dog etc. Some editor needed to get a spine.
Gideon
Nov 07, 2015 Gideon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recommended, library
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 man
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Becca
Apr 22, 2015 Becca rated it it was amazing
Lauren Bacall has always been my favorite "Old Hollywood" glam girl. I loved her when I first noticed her in The Mirror Has Two Faces, but of course nothing tops her on-screen performances with Bogie.

I picked this up mostly because I love Bogie & Bacall, and I wanted to read about their romance straight from her. I worried that once I was past that, that I would lose interest, but I never really did--her voice and tone are so engaging that I feel I could read her life-telling in the most bor
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Bloodorange
Nov 23, 2014 Bloodorange rated it really liked it
Shelves: us, non-fiction
I added this in the week following Bacall's death in August - I finally wanted to learn more about this last actress of the Golden Era, a woman who seemed relatable and fun - judging by the interviews, quotations, snippets from TV shows she seemed to be one strong and humorous lady. The book consists of two parts - the first one, written in late seventies, and the second one, written over a quarter of a century later.

The first part - the majority of the book, luckily - is fast-paced, constructed
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Niklas Pivic
From the beginning of this autobiography:

Mother bought me a canary and I named him Petie. He was my first pet. I would talk to him – he would tweet to me. I’d close the windows and let him fly around the room. It was hell catching him, but I felt he was entitled to some freedom. One ghastly day when I suppose I thought he was well trained enough, and attached to me enough, I must have been a bit careless about a window, because he got out. He flew away – I never saw him again. I cried so. Mother
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Chris
Jun 25, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it
I was predisposed to like this book because I like Lauren Bacall. Which is strange, because up until I read this, all I had seen her in was the movie, "How to Marry a Millionaire," where she rocked. Everything else? Hadn't a clue.

Even knowing so little, I was able to hear Ms. Bacall's voice in my head while reading this. Her voice is what comes through the most strongly. And if anyone should be known for her voice, it is Lauren Bacall. She writes like I always imagined she talks.

There were all k
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Katherine Coble
Oct 07, 2012 Katherine Coble rated it really liked it
I read the initial biography in the mid-80s. Back then it had been groundbreaking stuff; memoirs were not as common as they are now. Bacall's _By Myself_ was one of the books that ushered in the wave of memoir. It also set the standard for Celebrity Memoir and has what is perhaps the heaviest, most impressive collection of dropped names Ive ever read. By the end of the book Bacall feels like someone you have known all your life. She does an outstanding job of zipping the reader into her skin and ...more
Amy
CD: the first three disks are about her life getting into the business and her life with Bogart. The parts about cancer treatments in the 50's were interesting. She was very naive.
She wrote this when she was in her late forties and divorcing Jason Robards.
Then Lauren lived another 25 years and wrote the second part. The next three disks were done after 2003. Even her voice has changed. She goes through the deaths of her good friends, some you know, some you won't. Rodney McDowell, Sir John Gil
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Soozblooz
Jan 09, 2016 Soozblooz rated it liked it
The first part (By Myself) is eminently readable and interesting; the second part, and thankfully much much smaller, is a litany of loss and whininess about living alone--one wonders why she felt compelled to write it. It also includes a screed against President Bush that is graceless and unnecessary as well as an unfortunate incident with Katharine Hepburn when Ms. Hepburn clearly was becoming irrationally paranoid, as sometimes the very elderly become.

At one point, Ms. Bacall indicates some m
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CS
Aug 20, 2014 CS rated it it was amazing
I first read "By Myself" years and years ago, and Bacall became an instant heroine of mine. Her voice is so frank, so honest, full of earthy humor and stark assessments, the reader can't help but fall in love with her. You feel her enormous pride, genuine thankfulness and all-out love for Bogart and their life together - but also the sadness and not a little anger that, in the eyes of 99% of the world, the best part of her life was over before she turned 33. (Not that it means anything, but Baca ...more
Steven
May 31, 2014 Steven rated it liked it
Shelves: biography, 2014-read
I have mixed feelings about this book. I enjoyed reading about Ms. Bacall's life, but the death of Bogie, and Kate were just so heartbreaking. While I enjoyed her style of brief, sketchy reminisces, I also found the brevity sometimes daunting when important details were omitted. On a couple of occasions, I could not understand what she wrote as an essential piece of information was omitted--careful editing could have caught these errors. The word "He" was written instead of "The," another piece ...more
Kara
Mar 06, 2014 Kara rated it really liked it
I couldn't put it down. Lauren Bacall's story has always fascinated me (she is one of the reasons why my daughter is named Lauren), so it was a real treat to read this very personal account of her life. As charmed as her life has seemed, she has put up with a lot of crap from men. She seemed to want to keep up the image of the fairy tale story while almost making excuses for Bogart's drinking and really acting like a prick in many instances. I had no idea about the Frank Sinatra story - he basic ...more
Em
Jul 20, 2014 Em rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this a lot, but midway through found myself feeling more sad for her than admiring, when she fell into her second relationship with a complete alcoholic. Bogart loved her truly and made an effort to slow down the drinking because he really wanted the family they'd made together. jason Robards warned her before the marriage, via a friend, that he didn't feel that strongly but by her own admission, she plowed on getting in deeper. The last part, added twenty-five years later is rich in r ...more
Rachel
This wasn't bad and I still really like Lauren Bacall. It was just too long and I don't think the writing was all that great, I wished a lot of the time that she would get into more specifics rather than making blanket statements about her life. But she still was always an amazing actress, beauty and talent, and I will never forget seeing the back of her head at Hugh Jackman's one-man show.
Becky
Aug 21, 2014 Becky rated it liked it
Came across this e book a week after Bacall died, it was inexpensive and since I had read her first book I wanted to see what more she had to offer. The first part of the book was so interesting, the last third a bit over the top with her narrow viewpoints. But it was her book, her story, so if she chose it as a forum for her opinions it was understandable. Written in a talkative, breezy style, you could almost hear her husky, cigarette fueled voice telling all these stories of her early life, h ...more
HBalikov
Mar 26, 2014 HBalikov rated it liked it
I was recently watching To Have and To Have Not on TCM. I again realized that Bacall was a star before 20, married to Bogart shortly thereafter and then I didn't remember much. So I saw this autobiography and decided to catch up.

When I read an autobiography, I want candor, but if it is a famous person, I am also looking for who that person knows and what they think of them. Bacall is candid in many ways about her family, growing up and her early fame. There is plenty about her time with Bogart.
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Elizabeth
Aug 05, 2015 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
A charming, well-written memoir. I knew little of Ms. Bacall besides her marriage to Humphrey Bogart. This book paints an excellent portrait of a strong ambitious woman who falls deeply in love at a young age. Her voice comes alive on the page – readers will not be surprised to learn she also was a writer at time, it’s evident from her writing style.

My biggest complaint was that at times she didn’t go into details and just made grand pronouncements on life. However, more detail would have made
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Abra
Dec 15, 2009 Abra rated it it was amazing
Lauren Bacall is such an amazing woman. I enjoyed her book very much and found it hard to put down. The way she describes her love for Humphrey Bogart is just beautiful. It was truly heartbreaking reading about her life after his death. She is a survivor!
TeaButterfly
Feb 23, 2008 TeaButterfly rated it it was amazing
I'm no fan of biographies, but I couldn't miss this one. Betty has such a great personality and she lived in the most glamorous of all eras, the 1940's ! Call it a guilty pleasure, but a pleasure it was to read that book, from cover to cover.
Kelly Schafer
Jan 02, 2016 Kelly Schafer rated it really liked it
Lauren Bacall is one of my favorites of the Golden Era of Hollywood. One reason is because I always thought she seemed to have a great personality off screen--I was not disappointed. I think this biography is very real and honest. It details everything you ever wanted to know about her and Bogie. I was surprised that she touched on some of her amazing friends as well--Katherine Hepburn (also a favorite of mine). She shares her triumphs and mistakes, her good days and bad. I will definitely be re ...more
 Gigi Ann
Aug 21, 2014 Gigi Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

My Thoughts...

On Tuesday, August 12, 2014 Lauren Bacall died. Not knowing a lot about her I decided to read her autobiography "By Myself and Then Some" All I mostly knew about her was that she had been the wife of Humphrey Bogart and later Jason Robard.

I found this a very interesting read, especially if you are a fan of Bacall or Bogart. The back story of Bogie and Bacall is just one of the many reasons to read this book. I always felt that Bacall was one of a kind...A class act!

This week I wa
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Ellie
Bacall has an engaging voice and an interesting life to share, especially if you are interested in the film and theater world of the last 50 years (as I am). The last pages are, however, an addition to the original book in which Bacall basically lists her friends who have died. This is especially sad given her recent death but not especially fun reading. If you've read By Myself, I would not recommend reading By Myself and Then Some for the additional information. If you haven't read By Myself, ...more
Andrea
Feb 08, 2014 Andrea rated it really liked it
Lauren Bacall has certainly led an interesting life! I didn't know much about her and I'm glad I decided to pick up this book and read it cover to cover. The most moving moments are when she speaks of Bogie. I was moved to tears by her honestly about their loving relationship. Although she remarried years after Bogie's death, the marriage didn't last and it makes you really feel for her. Every Lauren Bacall fan should read this book. The only thing I didn't really care for was the "And Then Some ...more
Kerri
Nov 20, 2014 Kerri rated it liked it
I was torn on this book. Bacall dragged this book out with a lot of ramblings and unneeded information. The beginning chapters were rather dull, however I was glad I held on.

Her section about her relationship with Bogie and his death was interesting and, for me, the whole reason to read the book.

In fact I went on to read more about Bogie and started wondering what he ever saw in this obnoxious woman. By the end of the book I did not like Bacall at all, but liked Bogie very much!

This book is wo
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Betty Joan Perske, better known as Lauren Bacall, is a Golden Globe– and Tony Award–winning, as well as Academy Award–nominated, American film and stage actress and model. Known for her husky voice and sultry looks, she became a fashion icon in the 1940s and has continued acting to the present day.

She is perhaps best known for being a film noir leading lady in films such as The Big Sleep (1946) an
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