Piper Laurie recently published her memoirs “Learning To Live Out Loud: A Memoir“. The book covers her entire career and is a great read! There is also a great article on the new book over at WordandFilm.com that has quotes from the book about her experiences on the set of Twin Peaks. Also, you can check out a great review from AP here.
She will also be doing some book signings in Texas and Florida.
Nov 8 at 6: Cinema Paradiso in Ft. Lauderdale, the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival
Nov 9 at 7: Books and Books (the most beautiful bookstore in America) in Coral Gables
In Ft. Worth:
Nov 11 at 8.30 at the Ft. Worth Film Festival, at the AMC Theatres
About the book:
An intimate memoir by three-time Oscar nominee Piper Laurie, one of Hollywood’s most gifted and respected actresses
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 She started life as a withdrawn, mute child who couldn’t find her voice and was transformed into a woman who learned to live out loud by her own rules.