Cybill Disobedience – Cybill Shepherd and Aimee Lee Ball

Cybill Disobedience : How I Survived Beauty Pageants, Elvis, Sex, Bruce Willis, Lies, Marriage, Motherhood,Hollywood, and the Irrepressible Urge to Say What I Think

ISBN 0060193506 (ISBN13: 9780060193508)

Autobiographys are just grandstanding and grandiosing about a boring life.  Celebrities crank them out to garner more attention in their flagging careers.  And this is my first thought when I heard about the book.  But then I like Cybill Shepherd too much to not take the opportunity to read it.

Cybill’s anything but boring.  A woman who speaks her mind, didn’t live by the conventions of her upbringing and made it through by sheer determination.  She is no saint, and she is the first to admit that!

Cybill Shepherd is a woman I have always admired because of her willingness to call a spade a spade and not sugar coat it.  She confronted woman’s issues on her popular Cybill show.  It was a shame that she happened to annoy the wrong person – that was ultimately the demise – along with her attitude!  Yes Cybill admits that she had some creative differences with people in her time.  Read that as a woman who doesn’t mind standing up for what she believes in, and you have a big problem in old boys school Hollywood.  If anything, this look into her life has made me all the more determined to stay away from people who want to be your friend, but only while the going is good.

Cybill does name drop in the book, but as a celebrity, why shouldn’t she.  What she doesn’t reveal (and because I don’t live in Hollywood, there is no way for me to know) are the names of those that she slept with, or refused to sleep with to protect their families and reputations.  Me, I would have probably just named and shamed them all, but while Cybill has a strange concept of morality, she does protect those that look after her (and those who could harm her career too).

Cybill shares briefly her pain, but she focuses on those areas in her life where people have called her difficult.  But when you have been in the business as long as she has, you would think that she would know a thing or two about the business and would be helpful.  Perhaps she knows enough to be dangerous but not enough to keep herself out of trouble.

I found this a very compelling and interesting read and finished it within 4 hours of reading, a first for me! Four out of 5 stars


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