Lauren Bacall on Writing: The Most Complete Experience I’ve Ever Had
Bacall and Bogart risked their careers in 1947 by going to DC and opposing Joe McCarthy’s Red Scare Senate hearings: pic.twitter.com/D39MdiO6th
Actress Lauren Bacall, who died Tuesday at age 89, decided to tell her own story in not one but three memoirs: “By Myself” in 1978, “Now” in 1994, and “By Myself and Then Some” in 2005.
When the first book was published, it swiftly became a bestseller. Bacall, who by then was living in New York, came back to Los Angeles for a book signing in early 1979. The line of fans waiting for her wrapped around the block at Pickwick Books — she had to go in a side door and climb over a fire escape.
“Writing a book is the most complete experience I’ve ever had,” she told The Times. Bacall spent three years writing “By Myself” in longhand on yellow legal pads. “I’m happily stunned with the results and astonished by the reaction.”