I'm Over All That by Shirley MacLaine
And Other Confessions

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5 Critic Reviews

A stale, disjointed collection of observations from a Hollywood legend.
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Synopsis

“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 mass destruction”).

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, and costars.

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 seriously.

Shirley MacLaine may be over all that, but this irresistible book ensures that we will never get over her.
 

About Shirley MacLaine

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Shirley MacLaine has appeared in more than fifty films, has been nominated by an Academy Award six times, and received the Oscar for Best Actress in 1984 for Terms of Endearment. A longtime outspoken advocate for civil rights and liberties, she is the author of ten international bestsellers. She lives in Malibu, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
 
Published April 5, 2011 by Atria Books. 226 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality, Humor & Entertainment, Self Help. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on Apr 05 2011

In offering her heartfelt and sometimes sharp-tongued opinions to civilians living their ordinary lives far from the limelight that has never left her, MacLaine can’t fail but to be worthy, at least, of our fascination.

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Kirkus

Below average
on Apr 05 2011

A stale, disjointed collection of observations from a Hollywood legend.

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Blog Critics

Good
on May 22 2011

I am sure that one day Hollywood will come knocking for a movie about her intriguing life filled with love and adventure.

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Examiner

Below average
on May 10 2011

...her dogmatic statements about spirituality can be off-putting. She's not a scholar, and her self-directed studies are skewed.

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Suite 101

Good
on Dec 17 2012

It’s always fun to read about MacLaine in her own words.

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