Picks and Pans Review: Cybill Disobedience

updated 05/01/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/01/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Cybill Shepherd

Shepherd has been accused of many things—wrecking director Peter Bogdanovich's marriage, lousy performances and acting the prima donna on her TV series Cybill—but never of being human. So it's a delightful surprise to discover that the actress with the ice-princess reputation has thoroughly thawed out in her new book. Mixing irreverence with self-reflection, Shepherd (with Aimee Lee Ball) delivers not only one of the most hilarious kiss-and-tell memoirs to come out of Hollywood in years but also a moving account of her journey of self-discovery. It's vintage Cybill. Who else could own up to a wild past ("I saw, I wanted, I took") that includes Elvis Presley (no King in bed), confide her true thoughts at losing an Emmy ("Die, die, bitch") or confess that at 50 she still hasn't a clue about what makes a healthy relationship? Such unflinching honesty makes for one juicy book. (HarperCollins, $26)

Bottom Line: Wickedly candid journey

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