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Cybill Disobedience

2.97 of 5 stars 2.97  ·  rating details  ·  806 ratings  ·  114 reviews
'How I survived beauty pageants, Elvis, sex, Bruce Willis, lies, marriage, motherhood, Hollywood, and the irrepressible urge to say what you think.'

From wholesome beauty queen to saucy cover girl, from heartbreaking movie star (THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, TAXI DRIVER) to one of television's most loved comediennes (MOONLIGHTING, CYBILL), Cybill Shepherd is renowned as sassy, sho...more
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published by River Siren Productions, Inc. (first published April 4th 2000)
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Kathleen
This book lacks any literary quality, and I feel a mild guilty pleasure for having read it... I will assuage my guilt by recommending it as summertime reading.

It's what I imagine it may be like if I were to wind up at a nice restaurant with Cybil Shepherd and over a long meal with _a lot_ of drinks, she talked about herself endlessly, and I egged her on the whole time while typing everything she said and buying us both more drinks.

So relax in your sand chair and listen to Cybil, but don't take...more
Ellie
I love celebrity bios-and auto bios. And I have watched (and enjoyed) Cybill Shepherd since her breakout success in The Last Picture Show. Plus I adore Bruce Willis. So how could I not love Cybill Disobedience : How I Survived Beauty Pageants, Elvis, Sex, Bruce Willis, Lies, Marriage, Motherhood, Hollywood, and the Irrepressible Urge to Say What I Think?

Less than pedestrian writing and often too much information-both in the sense of too much intimate detail and in the sense of just more than wa...more
Tabitha Ormiston-Smith
I am so glad this book was a free download. If not, I don't think I would ever have recovered from my rage at paying money for it. I bought it because I am always fascinated by other people's work and I thought it would be all about what it's like being a television actor. Instead, it started with a blow-by-blow of Ms Shepherd's teenage backseat fumblings and progressed to the main part of the book which was chiefly concerned with her congratulating herself on wrecking people's marriages. I must...more
Madelon
I don't read a lot of biography, and I don't read a lot of celebrity biography, but this was really a hard book to put down. I found it to be refreshingly honest, and that from a woman who describes herself as the consummate liar throughout her life.

I didn't know that Cybill Shepard was a singer. Now I do. I've checked out her voice in Amazon music and iTunes. I may be acquiring some of this music, bluesy, blowsy, Memphis music in the very near future.

I think the impetus to reading this comes fr...more
David Jay
This has happened to me before. I pick up a celebrity autobiography, the celebrity in question being someone that I've always liked for one reason or another. With Cybill Shepherd, she has always seems very smart, and funny, and politically aware and savvy. (But I've had this exact same thing happen with Rosie O'Donnell, Patti Lupone, the list goes on and on). I read the book and discover, ok, this person (let's say Cybill) may in fact be smart and funny and politically aware, but WOW, she is an...more
Kitty
I wouldn't call myself a HUGE Cybill Shepherd fan, but I did watch and enjoy Moonlighting, and I was mildly curious about her life. Cybill's story is certainly interesting, and from the looks of it, she certainly didn't "play it safe" with this book. She shares the good, the bad, and the ugly - about herself, and everyone else. There are a few references to people that she doesn't give names to, but there are plenty that she does name: including Peter Bogdanovich, Bruce Willis, Christine Baransk...more
Rebecca
This was not a happy read. I was really disappointed. I found her to be bratty and self absorbed. Just not likable at all. And the bits on sex were embarrassing in that she seemed so desperate to come off as sexy. I never believed the hype surrounding her that she was a bitch to work with, since it seems that is the “story” on almost all successful actresses, but after reading her side… I actually believe she really was impossible to work with.
Israel Yanez
This was free at the Kindle store... don't judge. Well, the prologue seemed to promise an amusing read, but after that I couldn't get past a couple more chapters. The stories of sexual escapade were as boring as they were self-absorbed. Good thing this was a free e-book I could simply delete from my iPad. Goodreads needs an option for "didn't finish because it stank"
Sally Smith
Someone needed to tell this woman that she didn't need to sleep with every man she met. Wow, did this woman live a life of sexual escapades! Yes, she is very self-absorbed, and my previous admiration for her has been lowered a notch or two. However, I do believe she really unmasks the good-old-boy network that rules Hollywood. When she complained that characters she was playing were saying things and doing things that she knows they would never say and do, she was screamed and yelled at and over...more
Aliree Paul
I thought it would be fascinating to learn more about Cybill especially her time on Moonlighting because I am a big Bruce Willis fan. This book was very disappointing.
I found it hard to keep reading but willed myself to finish the book. Cybill often comes often as long winded explaining things in boring detail that really don't need to be explained. She talks some about her co-stars on different movies and television shows but doesn't really reveal anything surprising about them.
She seems whin...more
Lisa
Love her or hate her... Cybill apparently doesn't care, as she lets it all hang out in this memoir. I admire her frankness while being put off by her total self-absorption. Pretty sure she earned that rep for being hard to work with.

This is your basic guilty pleasure trashy read. Quick and dirty. If you got it free on Kindle, as I did, more power to ya.
Adi
Interesanta pentru cei carora le-a placut Moonlighting - detaliaza cariera ei de model si actrita. Nu stiam ca a jucat in Taxi Driver.
Joy
Feb 18, 2013 Joy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Cybill
This is a great, dishy celeb memoir from one of my favorite actresses.
Todd Cannon
I got the Kindle edition of this book free about a year ago. I had fun reading it. I am not a huge Cybill Shepherd fan so I learned a lot about her life that I did not know. One interesting thing; she was named after both of her grandfathers Cy and Bill. That is why her name has such a unique spelling. She names a lot of names in this book and obviously had a lot of famous friends and movie/TV associates. Some of these people do good things and some do bad things, including Cybill. To give her c...more
Kristine
Cybill Disobedience by Cybill Shepherd, a Kindle book I started reading on April 8nd. I chose to read this book due to being a big fan of Moonlighting (or perhaps watching my sister watch Moonlighting, then watching it later when I was her age and being able to grasp the vintage humor and the push & tug steamy relationship between David and Maddy).

Issues, issues, and more issues. Granted Cybill is alot more fluent and in-depth than she may seem on the surface, but she had a hell of alot of m...more
Mary
This was an impulse free purchase. I discovered it whilst hunting around for free/very cheap Kindle books. I was very surprised to find it for free. I've always quite liked Cybill Shepherd and thought her autobiography would be popular. Especially due to the Elvis bits. Then I began to wonder if she'd missed out all the juicy bits and that's why it was free....

Well, I couldn't have been more wrong really. This seems to be a no holds barred account of the way she sees her life. Unless she's led a...more
Rachel
I remember hearing that Cybill Shepherd's autobiography was a major tell-all when it was released back in 2000. I love celebrity gossip but somehow never got around to reading it so when it was offered as a free Kindle book last year I snagged it.

Cybill definitely tells all about her sexual escapades but didn't tell very much about anything else. I would have liked to know more about the more personal aspects of her life. This book was basically, "Here is the project I worked on and who I slept...more
Lauren
Aug 23, 2012 Lauren rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one.
I try not to read reviews prior to reading a book (or seeing a movie) because they tend to bias me but, now that I’ve read the book, I’m not surprised that so many people were disappointed. I’ve always liked Cybill Shepherd (or thought I did) and the title seemed a witty enticement. But with the exception of the first and last chapters, which provided an intro and then a summary, the book reads like dry statistics. These aren’t amusing reminisces but lists of events that fall into either of two...more
Karen
Autobiographys are just grandstanding and grandiosing about a boring life.

Cybill's was anything but boring. A woman who spoke her mind, didn't live by the conventions of her upbringing and made it through sheer determination.

Cybill Shepherd is a woman I have always admired because of her willingness to call a spade a spade and not sugar coat it. She confronted woman's issues on her popular Cybill show. It was a shame that she happened to annoy the wrong person - that was ultimately the demise -...more
Mediaman
Cybill Shepherd deserves the grief she gets from everyone--this book proves that she has her nose in the air at all times, trying to portray herself as innocent and well-meaning while making destructive decisions and comments. The worst part of the book is that she tries to use her life as a role model for women's liberation, yet in truth she's a complete hypocrite. While she condemns controlling, lying, cheating men, she herself acts the same way...and often worse.

The book is filled with her st...more
Krista Ashe
Was surprised to find this as a free download. I'm a big fan of biographies, so I thought, why not. When everyone my age was watching 90210, the old soul in me was watching Murphy Brown, Cheers as well as Cybil Shepherd's show, Cybil. I was too young for her days in Moonlighting, but I had seen Taxi Driver.

One could say Cybil's a dislikeble person for acknowledging her constant sleeping with married men--including taking married director Peter Bogdonovich away from his wife. Or you could say sh...more
CuteBadger
I got this as a free book for my Kindle around the time I bought it in 2011, but hadn't got round to reading it after 2 years. I was looking for something light to read so started this and finished it quite quickly.

I'm not a huge fan of Cybill Shepherd (never watched Moonlighting for example) but I did enjoy her eponymous sitcom so was quite interested in finding out more about her life. The only person who really comes out of her portrayal of her life well is herself, which paradoxically means...more
Mia
I didn't know much about Cybill Shepherd before starting this book, but it was a free Kindle download and I'm a sucker for a bio, so...

It was an enjoyable read. Although she does seem a little "fuzzy" on why EVERYONE around her thinks she's pushy. At the end, she kind of backtracks a bit and says that she realizes that it's a case of not seeing herself properly and that if everyone else has a problem, maybe the problem is her. Good to see that she at least acknowledges the mistakes that she's ma...more
Kathryn
I was a fan of Moonlighting back in the day, and loved Cybill's self-titled show - it's probably the closest thing the US will ever get to an Americanized AbFab. Seeing this memoir free at the Kindle store proved too tempting to resist. Overall, it's a decent book - it didn't seem to flow as easily as other celeb bios I've read. Given the actress's knack for openness, though, I was surprised to find the Moonlighting gossip so lacking. I came away with the feeling there's more to tell there aside...more
Mainon
Dec 20, 2010 Mainon rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of celeb tell-alls
As celebrity autobios go, I think this one is pretty excellent. I didn't know much about Cybill Shepherd before reading it, but I liked the pun in the title. I'm now quite anxious to check out "Moonlighting," the TV show she did with an all-but-unheard-of Bruce Willis, and a few of her movies. The book itself was thoughtful and amusing, managing to drop plenty of names without seeming to do so gratuitously.

Also, I had no idea she was rather an outspoken feminist activist, and I found myself une...more
Shannon
Well written and a nice historical documentation of Ms. Shepherd's rise to Hollywood actress - I definitely don't agree with her views on most moral/political things since she is really dyed-in-the-wool Hollywood but that's what makes life go round - different opinions and perspectives. I did get the feeling throughout that, while she would throw in a line here and there taking a little bit of responsibility for when things went bad or she needed to justify having affairs, she really just wants...more
Stella
It feels weird giving this 5 stars when I just recently rated Isaacson's Einstein biography 5 stars, but i do rate books on how much I enjoyed and related to their characters and how much I couldn't wait to go back to reading them.

I never really knew much about Cybill Shepherd except that I remember watching her in Moonlighting when I was a kid. I now love her! She seemed so completely honest in this biography and we found out some juicy details about other celebrities. Who knew Dustin Hoffman i...more
Kathaileen
Enjoyable. She was very open about the things she has done and was so candid I wonder about what she didn't write about.
A true feminist, she has paved the way for many who will follow her. She also paid a high price many times for standing up for herself and her ideas about content of roles and lines to be said.
All good books have lines that you find yourself quoting. When Cybill's mother talked about people who think too highly of themselves, she called them "Such a Much" - isn't that perfect...more
Stacye
If you like Cybill Shepherd and want to keep on liking her, I don't recommend reading this book. On the other hand, if you really enjoy a good kiss-and-tell, have I got a book for you! This book is entertaining and I did feel as though I was getting an inside look at all things Hollywood. However, (and it's a big "however" for me) 3/4 of the way through I began to recognize a thread that ran through all of Shepherd's relationships. By the end it's pretty clear that, questionable morals aside, Ms...more
Phyla
Self serving and many complaints how she's misunderstood and why it's so difficult to be beautiful. Push-leeze.
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