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Lauren Bacall on writing: The most complete experience I've ever had
Lauren Bacall on writing: The most complete experience I've ever had

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...

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