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Learning to live out loud : a memoir
Piper Laurie
Adult Nonfiction PN2287.L2853 A3 2011

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From Publishers' Weekly:

This riveting autobiography by the nearly 80-year-old Laurie tells of her experiences from childhood through her contract years at Universal, as well as the ups and downs of her independent film, television, and stage career. Known for her roles in The Hustler and Carrie, Laurie's empathy for others makes this book far more than a star's attempt to hype an image. Family members and entertainment personalities are fully drawn and treated with honesty and respect. She recalls Ronald Reagan, her first lover, as a 40-year-old actor not yet on a path to fame. A USO tour in Korea during the war was a huge eye-opener for the 19-year-old actress, who had always experienced difficulty in speaking out and laughing; in fact, she had to be taught to laugh. Her early angst persisted for some time, as she recalls when she and actor Roddy McDowall were cast in the play, Handful of Fire: "We were thrilled. No matter how much success you have, the having to prove yourself never ends." Later in life, Laurie conquered an addiction to amphetamines, and enthusiastically embraced the eccentricities of the cult TV series Twin Peaks. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

In her memoir, Laurie intimately describes her fascinating life. Born Rosetta Jacobs in Detroit, she moved to California in her late teens and quickly became one of Hollywood's most sought after young actresses. She worked with Ronald Reagan (whom she also dated) in Louisa, Rock Hudson in Has Anybody Seen My Gal?, and Tony Curtis in Son of Ali Baba and other movies. Laurie soon grew disenchanted with the work she was being offered and wanted to have more substantive roles as an actress. She turned the perceptions of her around and was eventually nominated for three Oscars (for The Hustler, Carrie, and Children of a Lesser God). She also found fulfillment in her role as a mother and in her other artistic endeavors. Verdict Laurie's narrative is compelling as she portrays her decades of changing creative direction as she strived to better herself. An enjoyable entertainment-world autobiography. [See Prepub Alert, 12/6/10.]-Sally Bryant, Pepperdine Univ. Lib., Malibu, CA (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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