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Learning to Live Out Loud: A Memoir

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (CA) (30 Oct. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307955133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307955135
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,250,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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GO ON - BUY IT! As with recently-read 'Unsinkable' (Debbie Reynolds follow-on autobiography to 'Debbie.') I found this to be a 'page-turner.'
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.
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Brilliant memoir..outstandingly, assumingly truthful and honest! great read. in-dept about the workings of an actress from the 1950s through good times and bad!
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great book great insight into hollywood of days gone by
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a very readable book
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt and real 11 Nov. 2011
By J. Perry - Published on Amazon.com
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Piper Laurie has always been one of my favorite character actors and now I learn how she developed into a craftsperson and artist of the highest order. I wondered about her life, who she was, how she came to be "Piper Laurie" and reading her memoir gave me an intimate look into her psyche and the actual events in her life. She has had thus far a wonderful, challenging, spiritual journey and she continues to grow as an artist, moving into adapting written works into short films. She is an inspiration for many of us who have taken side paths away from film and theatre, at times out of choice and at times from necessity. Her description of her time with her daughter as a baby was terrific; I felt like I understood her deep sensitivity, her connectedness to oneness and her joy in life itself through what she revealed in these passages. And her beginnings: insecure, frightened, abandoned to a great degree shaped her strength and power on the screen. She gifted me with a glimpse into a true artist's soul. I can only say, "Thank you, Miss Laurie."
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It all makes sense now! 10 Jan. 2012
By Beatrice Varias - Published on Amazon.com
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She was such a cutie when she started, she had an enviable contract and a routine niche on the cover of "Photoplay" magazine and she made more money every week than my Dad did in a year. Why did she quit? She produced the most admired performance of the 1960's with "Hustler". Why did she retire? I'd always wondered. And then she favored us with this book. It is terrific fun for any movie historian, no matter how amateur, to read answers from her own pen.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Eve was weak. Say it! Eve was weak!" 9 Jun. 2012
By Jonster - Published on Amazon.com
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Poor Sissy Spacek. Tortured by her God-fearing maniacal mother, in her film debut, Spacek finally kills her by causing a batch of kitchen implements to pin her to the wall.

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!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing memoir 9 Dec. 2011
By Daryl Chin - Published on Amazon.com
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Piper Laurie's career has been one of the more unusual in the annals of Hollywood, because, starting as a contract player for Universal in the 1950s, she fought to become a respected actor in the era of live television in the late 1950s, culminating in her acclaimed performance in the film THE HUSTLER (1961); from there, her acting career went on hiatus as she pursued other interests including sculpture; she married and adopted a child. The period from THE HUSTLER to CARRIE (1976) represents one of the longest "interruptions" in any major show business career. Yet once she restarted her career, she continued with many highlights, including her amazing stint working with David Lynch on the series TWIN PEAKS. And now this book recounts her remarkable trajectory with intelligence, humor and great feeling, hallmarks of her acting which shine through in her writing.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional book 18 Dec. 2012
By Frank C. Taglieri - Published on Amazon.com
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This has got to be one of the best auto biographies that I've ever read. And I've read many many bios. First of all, it's got humor, pathos, honesty, and very well written. And I'm afraid that I've fallen in love with her all over again. She just pulls you in to her life. I wanted to send her personal congratulations, but I'm at a loss to make contact with her. Anyway, she looks terrific, and I'm very happy for her success. And I most certainly recommend this book to everyone who enjoys reading bios. Frank Taglieri
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