The actress recalls her long, rich, and varied career in Hollywood, on the stage, and as a political activist.
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Great actress, great person, great book.
I've been a big fan of Myrna Loy since my teenage years and I'm now retired. I loved this book when it came out in the mid 80s and am very glad it's finally out in audio. Loy lived a remarkable, energetic life and being a top movie star of the 30s and 40s was only part of it. She was a very productive member of society as a liberal advocate and fund-raiser for many causes. Most people will want to read this for the Hollywood info and there is plenty of that. She was good friends with almost all the stars of the Golden Age (and after -- she was very close with Montgomery Clift in the years before his early death) and has many good stories to share along with a lot of information on the making of movies in the studio 'star system'. This is not a kiss and tell type of book and she does not dish the dirt on what she knew about others --while acknowledging that there was some dirt going on in those days --but her philosophy was live and let live. She was also friends with many famous people outside of Hollywood, including Harry Truman, Adlai Stevenson, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jan Masaryk, Jackie Kennedy and many more.
All in all, a great book with superb narration by Holly Palance. Anyone who loves the Golden Age of Hollywood or is interested in how a woman born in the rural west of the early 1900s (she grew up a few blocks away from Gary Cooper) could become a movie star and an award-winning stage actress as well as a dedicated, hard-working woman supporting progressive causes in her later years will enjoy this book. Probably the best movie star autobiography I've ever read - and now, listened to.
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