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Dance While You Can

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In a candid memoir, the Academy Award-winning actress reminisces about her forty years in Hollywood, her acting craft, her recovery from personal and professional crises, and her feelings about herself.
ebook, 400 pages
Published October 20th 2010 by Bantam (first published 1991)
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C Clack
Jul 07, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I love her as an actress, but just cannot get into the ongoing mumbo jumbo of her books. Not reading more from her pen.
Giddy Girlie
Another mindless thrift store grab. I love wacky Shirley Maclaine, although I think you have to LOVE her to get through this whole book.
Vicki lee Zell
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Shirley says it all and says it as it is. Honesty is the only policy we humans should aspire to. Her life certainly has been a fun filled ride. Kudos to a great lady and thanks for the memories.
Jun 20, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone torn between the spiritual world and the world they were raised in.
I pulled this book completely at random from this house that I am currently staying in on Martha's Vineyard. Everyone in the house was asleep and I was doing my best not to make noise even though all the walls are paper thin. I love dancing and have always loved the quote "dance like no one is watching" so I was drawn to the title. Sorry Shirley, but the cover of this book is horrendous, still I continued to open the book. It read 'Chapter 5: Sachi'. Sachi? That was the name of our first dog, me ...more
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book deals with two different times in Shirley's entertainment life. The book opens with her filming the movie "Postcards From The Edge". Shirley talks about knowing Debby Reynolds who her character is based on and during this half of the book, she looks back at her own relationship with her mother and also with her daughter Sachi. There is an over dramatized rendition of her using her "acting" skills to board a plane that was already pulling away from the gate so she could be at Sachi's si ...more
I inherited an old wizard's book collection and he has every single Shirley Maclaine book, so I've been slowly working my way through them all. This book is all about her time in Hollywood and it's full of gossip about the old stars of the 50's and 60's. She talks a lot about how the "Hollywood Star" machine has changed over the years and if that's your bag, this is a fascinating read. I really feel bad for her daughter Sachi. This book begins to touch on what an absent, narcissist, self-absorbe ...more
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Lots of boring, meandering blab about herself, but some interesting insights about the celebrity personality.
Aug 12, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Escrito por Shirley Maclaine. La autobiografía de una vida dedicada al espectáculo. Me encantó!
Mar 16, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
extremely boring and depressing..didnt have the heart to read till the end!
Има добри моменти, но цялостно книгата ми е отнесена...
May 31, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not really an acting book. But it did help me in my performing arts endevours. Made me realize to do things while I could and to not procrastinate.
May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: actors
Yeah, I know. But Shirley McClaine is just so darn entertaining.
Sue Kozlowski
Non-fiction. Her brother is Warren Beatty. Talks about how her parents and upbringing shaped her and her life.
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Shirley MacLaine is an Academy Award-winning American film and theatre actress, well-known not only for her acting, but for her devotion to her belief in reincarnation. She is also the writer of a large number of autobiographical works, many dealing with her new age beliefs, such as solipsism, as well as her Hollywood career. She is the older sister of Warren Beatty.

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“You think you have a handle on God, the Universe, and the Great White Light until you go home for Thanksgiving. In an hour, you realize how far you've got to go and who is the real turkey.” 3 likes
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