And Other Confessions
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“IN THIS THIRD ACT OF MY LIFE, MUCH HAS BECOME CLEARER. SO
MUCH IS OVER, AND I AM OVER SO MUCH . . .”
At a certain time in life, we all come to realize what is
truly important to us and what just doesn’t matter. For
Shirley MacLaine, that time is now. In this wise, witty, and
fearless collection of small observations and big-picture
questions, she shares with readers all those things that she
is over dealing with in life, in love, at home, and in the
larger world . . . as well as the things she will never get
over, no matter how long she lives.
Among the things that Shirley is over: people who repeat
themselves (“when you didn’t care what they said the first
time”); conservatives and liberals; ill-mannered young
people; the poison of celebrity (“Why do so many people want
to be famous when they see how it can destroy your life?”);
being polite to boring people (“If they won’t stop talking,
I go into a trance and meditate”); getting older in
Hollywood (“How peaceful it is not to have to look
particularly pretty anymore or to wear a size 6”).
In the opposite camp, there are some things Shirley will
never get over: good lighting (“Marlene Dietrich taught me
how to light myself”); gorgeous costars (“The vanity of male
actors is an impossible wall to scale”); performing live
(“Yes, it is better than sex”); and above all, brave people
with curious minds (“Fear is the most powerful weapon of
Along the way, she recalls stories of some of the true
greats she has known—Alfred Hitchcock, Elizabeth Taylor,
Frank Sinatra, the two Jacks (Lemmon and Nicholson)—and
ruminates on the state of Hollywood past and present. She
recollects her relationships and romances with politicians
(including two prime ministers), scientists, journalists,
An unabashed seeker of truth and unrepentant free spirit,
Shirley looks squarely at a world that can irritate,
confuse, and provoke her, but that can also delight her with
its beauty, humor, and future promise. Reading I’m Over All
That will make you feel you have been reunited with an old
friend who tells it like it is but never takes herself too
Shirley MacLaine may be over all that, but this irresistible
book ensures that we will never get over her.
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