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Learning to Live Out Loud

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Written by Piper LaurieAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Piper Laurie

  • Format: eBook, 368 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype
  • On Sale: November 1, 2011
  • Price: $12.99
  • ISBN: 978-0-8230-2677-7 (0-8230-2677-9)

One evening I received a new script from Universal. My last movie had been Ain’t Misbehavin’, in which I’d been horribly miscast. I was told the reviews were punishing. Many times through the years, my agents and I had tried to change the structure of my contract, giving me some freedom to do other things. But they would not budge. Still, I was ever hopeful. 

I read the new script. This one wasn’t even a B western. It was a C western. The male star would be Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier of World War II. He was a genuine hero, had a likable natural presence on the screen, and had become a Universal movie star, playing the lead in many movies. The woman’s part was a prop and just barely that, possibly the worst part they had ever handed me. I suddenly felt so deeply insulted, so unappreciated, so mortally wounded. This time they had gone too far. I calmly got up, walked over to the fireplace, and dropped their script into the flames. With it went a little of the humiliation I had endured in the last five years. Something was coming alive in me. 

—From Chapter 8, “Burning the Contract”

From the Hardcover edition.

Excerpted from Learning to Live Out Loud by Piper Laurie Copyright © 2011 by Piper Laurie. Excerpted by permission of Crown Archetype, a division of Random House LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.