By Cybill Shepherd
The previous supermodel-turned-actress chronicles her thirty-year Hollywood profession, from her turbulent youth and modeling good fortune to her movie and tv stardom, detailing her romantic flings, motherhood, and private relationships alongside the way.
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Stewart Cowley tempered my victory with a dose of reality. ‘You’ll have to lose at least thirty pounds,” he announced and handed me a mimeographed copy of the grapefruit diet. I consumed two strips of bacon a day, plus meager portions of canned tuna and cucumbers, washed down with black coffee and Tab, each meal followed religiously by half a grapefruit (occasionally, for a hit of exotica, broiled). Perversely, during this starvation routine, I lay around the house reading cookbooks and a twentyfive cent booklet called “Count Your Calories” that detailed the difference between boiled pigs feet (185 calories) and pickled pigs feet (the way I liked them, at 230 calories).
Let’s try the right side,” he’d say each of the half dozen times we worked together, but his “cover tries” were never used because editors were unaccustomed to seeing me that way. Sometimes the photographs looked like another person altogether. By the time they’d been retouched, there were no flaws, asymmetry of any kind. Things you didn’t know you had were eliminated from your face. I’m still shocked at what Kodak did on the full-length cutout of me that stood in drugstores to introduce the first Instamatic camera—there wasn’t a dimple or ripple of flesh.
Involvement in Vietnam, but that meant extra time in Italy and my first exposure to its masterly painting, sculpture, and architecture. ” And the trip occasioned an epiphany. Looking up into the vaulted ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, I was overwhelmed by the power of those frescoes—the creation of Adam with God’s outstretched hand and the last judgment of Christ—but my eyes drifted to the image of a half-clothed female. ” “That is the Delphic Sibyl,” he answered. My name, a name I’d hated and heard mispronounced all my life, was known to Michelangelo (albeit with the spelling tweaked).
Cybill disobedience : how I survived beauty pageants, Elvis, sex, Bruce Willis, lies, marriage, motherhood, hollywood, and the irrepressible urge to say what I think by Cybill Shepherd