Lauren Bacall, by Myself (Coronet Books) Paperback – 1 May 1980
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PAPERBACK - Carefully read. Fairly clean, showing signs of having been read with usual spine and light cover creasing, etc.. . ** Meanwhile, it's just sitting on the shelf getting bored and waiting for a loving buyer! ** Sent within 1 working day by UK seller, available by email for queries. ** in stock in Wales. Please note this is not covered by Prime.
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Most people will probably pick up this book to read about (of course) her romance and marriage to screen legend Humphrey Bogart. Ms. Bacall doesn't disappoint. She writes frankly of their meeting, romance and courtship, and the near-scandal created by the divorce from his abusive, alcoholic wife to marry Betty/Lauren. Their marriage, extraordinary for a Hollywood that routinely chewed up marriages even in the early 20th century, was one of incredible devotion made all the more poignant because of its ending by Bogart's tragic death from cancer.
Ms. Bacall went doesn't flinch away from her passionate affair with Frank Sinatra or her disastrous second marriage to Jason Robards. She is diplomatic with her descriptions of life with Robards, attributing their divorce to his addiction to liquor, but still makes it plain that marriage was abusive. She relates her political activism during the shameful McCarthy era and her work for close friend Adlai Stevenson. Bacall speaks proudly of her children - two from the Bogart marriage and one with Robards - and their achievements.
Fans of Ms. Bacall, Mr. Bogart, followers of Hollywood fixtures and the film industry will delight in this deeply personal and historic autobiography. She and Bogart were founding members of the legendary "Rat Pack" and the mark they left on the motion picture industry hasn't, and won't, fade in times to come.