Bogie and Me: The Love Story of Humphrey Bogart and Verita Thompson

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  1. 6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Approach with skepticism…, January 3, 2007
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    Stargazer (Pensacola, FL) –

    This review is from: Bogie and Me: The Love Story of Humphrey Bogart and Verita Thompson (Hardcover)

    One approaches this book with an air of caution and curiosity as to the author’s motives. I stumbled upon this after reading Lauren Bacall’s wonderful autobiography which, incidentally, was published a few short years before Bogie & Me. I have to wonder if the attention given to Ms. Bacall’s bio was Ms. Thompson’s motivation for writing this memoir.

    Ms. Thompson actually explains that her motivation is that Bogie would love to see her shake everyone up with the information that he had a long-time mistress, since he loved shocking people. No doubt his wife and children were shaken up by the news.

    I had hoped to come away from this book believing that this woman is a con, but some of it rings true. That said, I think you could call this more of a collection of anecdotes rather than a thoughtful and introspective memoir. The author remains morally ambiguous throughout the text. At any rate, a lot can be learned from this book about Bogie’s personality.

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  2. 3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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    Very Fishy -and I’ll tell you why…, September 16, 2010
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    R. Smith
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    This review is from: Bogie and Me: The Love Story of Humphrey Bogart and Verita Thompson (Hardcover)

    I am always amazed at people who believe anything they read. Of course this woman knows Mr. Bogart’s makeup quite well from knowing him personally for as long as she did. But the “plot” is full of holes and poorly constructed, as might happen by making up stories rather than assembling chronology. For one thing, she says Bogart would have enjoyed this joke. On tensiltown, yes. But anyone who knew him will attest that he would have abhorred this kind of “joke” on Betty and the kids. Secondly, she says that he cut his tongue by biting a glass. This loudly avoids the fact that several of his teeth were knocked loose in the same accident. Thirdly, no global icon of Bogart’s stature could possibly hide an illicit affair from hotel staff, wife, family, friends, friends of friends, media, neighbors, etc etc etc for fifteen years in any country -the concept is ludicrous. I could go on with examples, but you get the point. I am left with no alternative but to believe this lonely old eccentric had a score to settle and took it out on Bogart’s surviving family.

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  3. 12 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    They hated phonies, February 11, 2003
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    This review is from: Bogie and Me: The Love Story of Humphrey Bogart and Verita Thompson (Hardcover)

    It’s actually hilarious when you consider Bacall’s memoirs (By Myself) and Bogie’s lectures to Bacall on the subject of marital fidelity and how much he hated phonies, to realize that he was having a fifteen year affair with his hairdresser, simultaneous with two of his marriages. But he was a high-functioning alcoholic and he actually had his life beautifully arranged; the girlfriend tended to him on the set and on publicity tours and the wife at home.
    The book is quite readable and enjoyable, if slight, and these are two people whose company you’d enjoy if you like to go out and drink a lot which apparently they spent a lot of time doing. I’m sure Thompson had no notion how revealing this book would be about their characters. They’re both quite amusing, quick with the wisecracks and were obviously good friends as well as lovers. She was apparently his primary enabler, but didn’t go over the edge herself. Since both of them were justly proud of their professional accomplishments, they managed to maintain the discipline they needed for professional purposes.
    Thompson also has a few entertaining stories to tell about him and their adventures together. The book is slight, but you do get a picture of the Hollywood they inhabited and some more insight into Bogie’s character, a man who enjoyed putting people on and practical jokes and was a world class chess player also. You can’t help liking them and admiring what they accomplished in their lives, although neither is someone you’d put on a pedestal.
    I just can’t stop shaking my head over the “phonies” thing. If you read it, you’ll see. Bogie had some act going. Well, he was a truly great actor. It shows.

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