Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Win a copy of Learning to Live Out Loud: A Memoir by Piper Laurie

UPDATE: Duane won and should have received an email from me.

Learning to Live Out Loud: A Memoir by Piper Laurie:

At the age of seventeen, in the glory days of movie-making, Piper Laurie was living every little girl’s dream. Having been selected by Universal Studios to be a contract star, Piper was removed from her acting class and provided with stylists, chaperones, leading roles, and handsome dates, and elevated to the heights of Hollywood. Her beauty was admired by the likes of Ronald Reagan, Howard Hughes, Paul Newman, Tony Curtis, as well as dozens of directors and legions of fans. Her name was emblazoned on marquees across America for hit movies of the fifties such as the The Prince Who Was a Thief, The Mississippi Gambler, and Ain’t Misbehavin’.

But Piper discovered early on that the little girl’s dream was not her own. Mortified by the shallowness of the roles and movies she was given, she longed for the freedom and fulfillment of her own artistic vision. After years in the studio system, shy Piper Laurie found her voice and the courage to burn her contract. It was only after she left the oppressive studio culture that she began to star in the TV shows, plays, and films that truly became the hallmarks of her career: The Glass Menagerie on Broadway, the original Days of Wine and Roses, The Hustler, the iconic Carrie, and Twin Peaks. She grew into a three-time Oscar-nominated actress, an accomplished sculptor, and a director.

This memoir is the inspiring tale of Piper’s perseverance to break from tradition and to practice her craft at the highest level. She started life as a withdrawn, mute child who couldn’t find her voice and was transformed into a woman who learned to live out loud by her own rules.
Available for preorder at Amazon.

I have one copy to give away. For a chance to win, comment on this post and include your email so I can contact you. One comment per person, and this contest is open only to USA residents. I'll pick the winner Sunday evening.


  1. I win! Thanks.

  2. One can only hope :)

  3. I lost. pantsu. that's what I get for sleeping in.


  4. "I can see your dirty stories. Everyone will."
    "Memoirs, Mama. They're called memoirs, and every actress writes them."


  5. I loved her in Hounddog. May have to buy it if I don't win it.


  6. Definitely agree... worth buying if I don't win!


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  8. I'm really down with her. She could play the hell out of mean spirited characters. Just watched "Carrie" the other night and Piper did a fantastic job a the religious crazy mother. But of course my favorite role of hers is Katherine Martel on Twin Peaks.

    It's awesome they provided you with a copy of the book to provide to a lucky reader

    my email is duanethomas@nostalgiafactor.com

  9. Memoirs always make good reads.

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  10. fabulous actress, would love to read her story!

  11. From decorative '50s B-movie starlet to enduring, respected three-time Oscar nominee, Piper's unconventional career promises to make this more than just another run-of-the-mill Hollywood memoir!


  12. Fab actress! Worth purchasing for sure.

  13. Such an interesting actress - should be a great read.