Learning to Live Out Loud: A Memoir
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At about 11 years of age I 'fell' for this actress, and then and later as a professional actor and acting student I'd instinctively known that she was a much better actress than her UI roles alowed her to show. So, eventually I was gratified with her performances in 'UNTIL THEY SAIL' and 'THE HUSTLER', and puzzled by vague rumours of her leaving the business for many years whilst she disappeared from movies - then startled with 'Carrie' and happy to see her again in occasional 'mature' supporting roles. Now this book fills in ALL the gaps, and I'm happy to find that she had a much more productive later career than was evident from the odd items of film/TV work which we've seen screened in this country. Somewhere another writer criticisizes the description of her (very) personal association with Reagan. Maybe the lady does now 'kiss and tell' a great deal about affairs with men, who are mostly now deceased, and might well have skipped some of these details. However, they actually throw light on her character and how her early upbringing may well have been resposible for psychological 'needs.Read more ›
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In her memoir, Piper Laurie describes the process of the implements being sent down a string in slow-motion and how humorous it was. (In the movie it was anything but humorous to me!) As the knives and forks hit her, Miss Laurie has to moan in ecstasy, her longed-for redemption through destruction complete, pinned to the wall like the stations of the cross.
It was inspired casting to put Piper Laurie in this role because it was one that could easily have gone over the top and been completely unconvincing. Miss Laurie did go over the top in this performance, as it was called for in the script, but she found the truth of the character, connected with it, and expressed it to us in a way that scared the crap out of us.
Brian de Palma, the director, made a a shrewd decision to hire a seasoned actress like Miss Laurie for this part. The integrity she brought to the film gave him even more credibility in Hollywood, and made him a very rich man.
What a crowd Miss Laurie hung out with during her career! She knew everybody and everybody knew, and respected, her. She has many interesting stories to tell and she comes across as a genuinely nice person who has overcome the trials of her earlier years.
When it comes to acting, Piper Laurie is one of the few remaining stars from the 50s who rose from the studio system to become a remarkable (and employable) character actress. Her accounts and reminiscences of the roles she played is wonderfully englightening and insightful.
5 Stars! Great read!