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A Girl Like I: An autobiography

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The author wickedly remembers and delectably recounts the scandals, gossip and glorious intimacies of the golden age of Hollywood.
Hardcover, 275 pages
Published November 12th 1975 by Viking Press (first published 1966)
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Luke Devenish
Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
I've made two great author discoveries this year; authors I'd long heard of and occasionally even fondled, but never actually read; authors I'll now have as friends for years. The first is Iain M Banks, about whom I have raved elsewhere. And the second, in an almost complete contrast to to all that sci-fi insanity, is Anita Loos. The sum total of my Loos experience up until now was my enthusiasm for the Monroe/Russell pairing in the 50s movie version of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. More fool me. Ma ...more
Laurel Beth
Jul 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: from-the-library, rpl
Read from August 03 to 27, 2011
When I go to get the book from the library it isn't on the shelves, but in the basement stacks. It's a first edition, '66, and there's 40 years of book glue cracked and peeling off the spine.

A man rosy with gin blossoms is at the desk giving shit to the reference sexagenarian. She knows her milky eyes are always popped out, but the man tells her to go to her eye doctor immediately. She doesn't even look up and says, I go every year. Not rude but not inviting either
Kit Fox
Dec 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Anita Loos: gifted storyteller, natural raconteur, first-hand participant in the birth of Hollywood, cool as cool gets. She drops names with reckless abandon, from Houdini to (her much-venerated) D.W. Griffith and H.L. Mencken, dishes dirt, and gives several glimpses into the people—and circumstances—that gave rise to Dorothy and Lorelei Lee. And yeah, her socio-political views are taken with mad grains of salt, but either way, she seems like one of the awesomest scribes to ever pen picture show ...more
Feb 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I tracked down a hardcover, 1966 Viking first edition of this book, which is loaded with photos (don't know about the paperback). Utterly fascinating... a must-read for anyone interested in the 1920s, fashion, Hollywood history, Broadway, Gertrude Stein, H.L. Mencken, D.W. Griffith, Sherwood Anderson, Douglas Fairbanks or any number of other famous players in this Zelig-like life story. She was at the right place at the right time, all the time. Loos is an irresistible narrator -- funny, iconocl ...more
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I must have forgotten that I read this book when I bought it at a book sale! The reread is as fresh as the first time I read this…I sure did forget a lot. Anita still feels current day to me. She was way ahead of her time, writing and selling her work from a grammar school age and enjoying it. She knew exactly what she wanted to do. Write!

Anita was lucky enough never to have dealt with gender issues in her line of work. Wonder how that happened? She even chopped her hair before it was the fashi
Jul 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
The common statement made about this book is that since Ms. Loos wrote this in the 1960s about her life 40 years or more prior that the accounts she gives are most likely embellished and the truth grayed by the passing of time. But what autobio is without embellishment, really? "A Girl Like I" not only provides an insight into Anita's beginnings but also the beginnings of the movie industry (and first hand accounts of "Dougie" Fairbanks' start as well as his relationship with Mary Pickford among ...more
Mark Vieira
Mar 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
A Girl Like I was written by the author of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Anita Loos is deservedly famous, a deft writer who covers a fascinating range of milieus in this autobiographical view of pre-1925 San Francisco, Hollywood, New York, and Europe.

However, to fit in all the personalities she met in her lifetime, she telescopes years and gets dates wrong. Her anachronisms are glaring, not to mention misspellings of celebrities' name: actress Margalo Gilmore. playwright John Colton, to name just tw
Katherine Kreuter
Aug 28, 2017 rated it liked it
I found a paperback version of this autobiography in a used bookshop on a summer holiday. Perfect choice for an easy read. She's one of my favourite writers, so finding out more about her early life was fascinating. It's probably embellished in part, and some of the anecdotes have the high gloss that comes from frequent retelling. But if those things had happened to me, I'd tell and re-tell. Her occasional comments on the world of the 1960s and how it differed to the 1920s were also curious, par ...more
Apr 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: four-stars
A week after I watched The Women, which was by Anita Loos, I read a mention of this book on This Recording. I found a copy on Amazon Marketplace and plowed through the book once I received it. Anita's life story is so entertaining, and to have it told by a writer as engaging as herself is great. My only complaint is that the book just kinda ends, and does so right before all the goodness of any of her movies I have actually seen. But if you see a copy of this book, or are interested in old Holly ...more
Oct 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Would give it 2.5 stars. Her first autobiography. Covers her life up to about 1926, when Gentlemen Prefer Blondes came out. But also includes commentary on the world from perspective of the 1960s. She was self-absorbed, but has interesting comments on the silent movie era and its stars. Good if you already know something about what she's talking about.
Aug 15, 2012 rated it liked it
A very selective memoir but still the reader gets a sense of what a remarkable life Loos had. She started her career writing for DW Griffith and was successful and well-paid at a time when most women didn't work outside the home. She traveled the world and lived among some of the most famous writers of the 20th century.
Muffy Kroha
Nov 17, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Bio lovers
Interesting and fun. Anita Loos' ( Gentlemen Prefer Blondes) autobigraphy. She was a plucky little lady indeed.
Nov 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Not the best Hollywood autobiography. The fact she states that women have never written anything important is both self-defeating and sad. Plus she thought it was endearing her jealous husband wanted to take credit for her work. Blah.
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
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Anita Loos (April 26, 1889 – August 18, 1981) was an American screenwriter, playwright and author, best known for her blockbuster comic novel, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
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