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Old 08-13-2009, 08:08 AM
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Best title for an (auto)biography?

I like:

Things I Did and Things I Think I Did, by filmmaker Jean Negulesco
I, Shithead, by punk rocker Joey Keithley
The Kid Stays in the Picture, by producer/former child star Robert Evans
Old 08-13-2009, 08:32 AM
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I've never read any of these books, but I like the titles:


"Please Don't Shoot My Dog, Mister" by former child star Jackie Cooper

"Leading With My Chin" by Jay Leno

"I Can't Wait Until Tomorrow, Cause I Get Better Looking Every Day" by Joe Namath
Old 08-13-2009, 08:59 AM
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Me by Katharine Hepburn.
Old 08-13-2009, 09:09 AM
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Leonard Nimoy's two autobiographies, I Am Not Spock and the followup, I Am Spock.
Old 08-13-2009, 09:32 AM
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"I'm Fuckin' In, You're Fuckin' Out" by Kenny Powers.
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This is Me, Jack Vance! by Jack Vance.
It's subtitled (Or, More Properly, This is 'I')
Old 08-13-2009, 09:41 AM
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Born Standing Up - by Steve Martin. And the book is a very thoughtful look at how he started of with, in his mind, no real talent for standup and just willed his act into creation - so title has layers to it...
Old 08-13-2009, 09:43 AM
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"If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor" - Bruce Campbell.

"Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea" - Chelsea Handler

Haven't read the second one, so I can only assume that it is an autobiography. Both are great titles, anyway......TRM
Old 08-13-2009, 09:44 AM
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My name escapes me. by Sir Alec Guiness. ( not really a bio, but very charming.)
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"Surprised by Joy"- C.S. Lewis
Old 08-13-2009, 10:18 AM
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Not really an AB...but the title would work!

Everyone is Entitled to My Opinion (David Brinkley)
Old 08-13-2009, 10:28 AM
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Things the Grandchildren Should Know, by Mark Oliver Everett, better known as E from the Eels.
Old 08-13-2009, 10:29 AM
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For a biography, I like the title of Fawn Brodie's book about Joseph Smith (founder of the Mormons): No Man Knows My History.

Since she was a woman, I guess there's no problem there.
Old 08-13-2009, 10:52 AM
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Moab Is My Washpot, by Stephen Fry (a Psalmic reference to, I believe, how the early events of Fry's life, during which he was rather naughty, helped shape him into a more upstanding person) -- a very enjoyable book.
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I haven't read it, but I always liked the title Starving for Attention, which was Cherry Boone's (Pat's daughter) memoir about her anorexia/bulimia.
Old 08-13-2009, 11:33 AM
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The working title for Pete Townshend's autobiography is "Who He?"
Old 08-13-2009, 11:50 AM
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A guy I work with wants to name his Acquaintances: People I Couldn't Avoid. I like it.
Old 08-13-2009, 12:07 PM
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I still like Fawn Brody's bio of Mormon prophet Joseph Smith: No Man Knows my History -- the title is a quote from one of Smith's speeches*



Fawn Brody, of course, is a woman.









*Yes, a Speech. Not a sermon, IIRC.
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I still like Fawn Brody's bio of Mormon prophet Joseph Smith: No Man Knows my History -- the title is a quote from one of Smith's speeches*



Fawn Brody, of course, is a woman.









*Yes, a Speech. Not a sermon, IIRC.
Heh. Beat you to both the cite and the joke.
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"Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea" - Chelsea Handler
Great title, but it's actually a book of humorous essays.
Old 08-13-2009, 12:32 PM
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Isaac Asimov: In Memory Still Green
Old 08-13-2009, 12:35 PM
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Leonard Nimoy's two autobiographies, I Am Not Spock and the followup, I Am Spock.
Too bad he didn't actually complete the cycle with I am also Scotty
Old 08-13-2009, 12:38 PM
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Fred Pohl: The Way the Future Was
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I was always tickled by Isaac Asimov's last autobiography: I.Asimov: A Memoir. I read his earlier autobiographies, but this last one was particularly poignant since he knew the end was near.
Old 08-13-2009, 12:53 PM
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David Niven's various autobiographical books all have excellent titles:
Bring on the Empty Horses
Go Slowly, Come Back Quickly
The Moon's a Balloon
(All referring to various incidents on movie sets.)

Although Errol Flynn's My Wicked Wicked Ways may win some kind of award for honesty.
Old 08-13-2009, 01:04 PM
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A Liar's Autobiography (Volume VI) by Graham Chapman (also a hilarious book)

I Never Played the Game- Howard Cosell

It's Always Something- Gilda Radner (though you'd have to know who she was, Roseanne Rosannadanna, and about her cancer battle to understand why it was a great title)
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I was always tickled by Isaac Asimov's last autobiography: I.Asimov: A Memoir. I read his earlier autobiographies, but this last one was particularly poignant since he knew the end was near.
Since we have the first and third installments mentioned, I'll just chime in with the second installment of Asimov's autobiography: In Joy Still Felt. Oh, and by the way, the title of the first book is actually In Memory Yet Green.
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Some older ones.

Mae West

Goodness Had Nothing to Do With It

Oscar Levant

A Smattering of Ignorance
The Memoirs of an Amnesiac [maybe the best ever]
The Unimportance of Being Oscar


Alexander King:

May This House Be Safe from Tigers
Mine Enemy Grows Older
I Should Have Kissed Her More
Is There a Life After Birth
Old 08-13-2009, 07:04 PM
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Isaac Deutcher's three-volume biography of Trotsky:
The Prophet Armed
The Prophet Unarmed
The Prophet Outcast
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Getting It Through My Thick Skull, by Mary Jo Buttafuoco
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Old 08-13-2009, 09:21 PM
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I always liked Desi Arnaz's A Book. He was working on Another Book, but he never finished it.
Old 08-13-2009, 09:41 PM
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Heh. Beat you to both the cite and the joke.
Damn!

Sorry about that -- I scanned the thread, but missed that one.

It;'s my favorite -- I've brought it up often enough on this Board.
Old 08-13-2009, 09:43 PM
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"Surprised by Joy"- C.S. Lewis
Perhaps the greatest piece of irony in literature, considering he wrote it before meeting his wife!
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Although Errol Flynn's My Wicked Wicked Ways may win some kind of award for honesty.
Ah, one of my favorite autobiographies of all time.
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A Young Man's Passage, by Julian Clary.
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British comic Vic Reeves: Me Moir (memoir, geddit?) His real name being Jim Moir...
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The Man in the Rubber Mask by Robert Llewellyn, who played "Kryten" on Red Dwarf. Hilarious book, by the way.
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A Young Man's Passage, by Julian Clary.
I was going to post that one, for sheer smutty aptness.
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Too bad he didn't actually complete the cycle with I am also Scotty
And his planned fourth volume, And So's My Wife.
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Julian Lloyd Webber's Travels with my Cello
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I'm Still Hungry, by Carnie Wilson
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I've always liked Carrie Fisher's "Wishful Drinking"
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"An unseemly man" Larry Flynt
"No Irish, no Blacks, no Dogs" John Lydon = (Johnny Rotten)

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Old 08-14-2009, 07:50 PM
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A good autobiography title: It's All About Me.

Don't know anyone worth reading about who actually used the title, though.
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It would be a great title for an autobiography, but it was actually used as the title for a best-of album (maybe that's like a band's autobiography): The Replacements' Don't You Know Who I Think I Was?

Also the title was later ripped off by Fall Out Boy.

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Charles Grodin's autobiography is titled It Would Be So Nice If You Weren't Here. It was supposedly something someone once said to Grodin at a party and he said it was said so politely it took him a few minutes to realize he was being asked to leave.
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