Lauren Bacall
American actress
Lauren Bacall
Lauren Bacall is an American film and stage actress and model, known for her distinctive husky voice and sultry looks. She first emerged as leading lady in the Humphrey Bogart film To Have And Have Not and continued on in the film noir genre, with appearances in Bogart movies The Big Sleep (1946), Dark Passage (1947), and Key Largo (1948), as well as a comedienne in How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) with Marilyn Monroe and Designing Woman (1957) with Gregory Peck.
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Celebrities Remember Zsa Zsa Gabor With Touching Notes On Social Media
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On Sunday, actress and glamour icon Zsa Zsa Gabor died at age 99. Upon hearing the sad news, celebrities flocked to Twitter to share their condolences and words of remembrance. Stars including Miley Cyrus, Larry King and Paris Hilton, whose great-grandfather Conrad Hilton was once married to Gabor, all shared touching notes online. “Sad to hear the news of Zsa Zsa Gabor’s passing. My great grandfather and her made such a beautiful couple. May she rest in peace,” wrote Paris, while King posted, “There will only be one Zsa Zsa Gabor. And, I liked her a lot. Rest In Peace, my dear.”  See more celebrity reactions below:  Zsa Zsa!!!!! What a LONG & beautiful life! I have been beyond inspired by your style & grace! We LOVE & MISS YOU! #99 #ZsaZsa pic.twitter.com/TfTAAy7S3v — Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) December 19, 2016 #ZsaZsa #RIP — Andy Cohen (@Andy) December 18, 2016 Goodbye Zsa Zsa https://t.co/jcFFWO43ME via @ ...
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An "Essential" Filmography of Humphrey Bogart
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I became aware of Dr. Constantine Santas' writings through his book "Aristotelis Valaoritis," a biography of the great Greek epic poet from the island of Lefkada. Throughout the years, however, Dr. Constantine Santas, professor emeritus and former chair of the Department of Literature at Flagler College in Florida, has authored many titles such as "Responding to Film," "The Epic in Film: From Mythos to Blockbuster," and "The Epic Films of David Lean," as well as co-authoring "The Encyclopedia of Epic Films." Dr. Santas has long been a keen observer and reviewer of world cinematography which remains the main object of his research. Recently, he returned to the written world with a notable effort dedicated to the famed American actor, Humphrey Bogart. Entitled "The Essential Humphrey Bogart," it is published by Rowman and Littlefield. In his new book, Dr. Santas covers the evolution of the legendary American actor and his hypocritical art, presenting reviews and details of the m ...
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Peggy and Nancy, the most Weird and Wonderfully Dynamic Duo of All Time, Either Living or Dead
Huffington Post - 8 months
Last week formerly deceased songbird, Peggy “Lazarus” Lee, joined the pantheon of resuscitated megastars, or reasonable facsimiles thereof, in the cabaret catacombs at the rear of Don’t Tell Mama, a mostly female haven, where (in alphabetical order) Lauren Bacall, Fanny Brice, Marlene Dietrich, Judy Garland, Madeline Kahn and Sophie Tucker now abide, while Liza with no need for a last name and Carole Channing wait in the wings.   Ms. Nancy Witter, a Nick at Nite’s Funniest Mom in America Finalist, accompanied Ms. Lee back from the afterlife. The disembodied voice of comedian Ted McElroy portrayed a bored booking agent who stumbled on the Eureka! idea of matching up a semi-discombobulated, intermittently drug-addled, 96 years young, not quite living legend and a half-her-age very Cath-o-holic Mom, had them become acquainted via songs, stories, limericks and befuddled memories before taking their has been/wannabe act to hot destinations like Terre Haute IN and Cedar Rapids IO, be ...
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14 Intimate Shots Of Famous Italian Hotels
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TREMEZZINA, LAKE COMO: A ROOM WITH A VIEW Having just celebrated 105 years, the Grand Hotel Tremezzo gotits start as a luxury stop on the Grand Tour. It has maintained a suite dedicated to Greta Garbo, who stayed there and who recalled the hotel as “that happy, sunny place” in the 1932 film, Grand Hotel. Carefully restored, the hotel features large luxurious halls and fabulous lakeside suites (grandhoteltremezzo.com). VENICE LIDO: ART NOUVEAU NIGHTS The Grande Albergo Ausonia & Hungaria on the Venice Lido has the largest multicolored majolica facade in Europe, a masterpiece of Italian Art Nouveau, by Luigi Fabris. Its three floors have been masterfully renovated with parquet floors, frescoes and original furniture from the early twentieth century (hungaria.it). PORTOFINO: A ROMANTIC GETAWAY The Belmond Splendido, facing the bay of Portofino, has been the backdrop for some of the most celebrated love stories of the ...
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Read This: The Beautiful, Glamorous, Brutal, Legendary Life of Frank Sinatra
Huffington Post - about 1 year
This article first appeared in The National Book Review By Adam Cohen Sinatra: The Chairman By James Kaplan Doubleday 992 pp. $35 In 1960, Frank Sinatra had an unexpected guest on his ABC television special: Elvis Presley. Sinatra, the consummate old-school crooner, had called rock-and-roll a "rancid smelling aphrodisiac" that was "sung, played and written for the most part by cretinous goons." But by 1960, it was clear that rock was the future, and Sinatra was shrewd enough to forge an alliance with one of the hottest goons. The joint appearance was a rousing success, and the Chairman of the Board and the King even joined in an unlikely cross-genre duet, with Sinatra singing a jazz version of "Love Me Tender," while Elvis answered with a rockabilly version of the Sinatra classic "Witchcraft." That prime-time TV testament to Sinatra's entertainment skills, talent for self-creation, and general charm is one of a landslide of high-wattage stories in Sinatra: The Chairma ...
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Μy Childhood Christmas
Huffington Post - about 1 year
We grew up on the island of Lefkada, not only with our families from the remote villages of Englouvi and Syvros, but also with our Mother's cherished girlfriends. Yes, mom was surrounded by many dear friends that displayed a unique Christian love and adoration towards her children. They would often congregate at our house to engage in endless discussions about everything and I, envious of their snickering and secret conversations, would dream of the day that I, too, would have beautiful, smiling and loving girlfriends like Mom's. Her best friend, until the end, was Koulitsa. She was our Koulitsa, the Koulitsa of all the children of the family. The Koulitsa of love and altruism, the Koulitsa of giving and Christian generosity, the Koulitsa who learned from the Gospel to "love one another." Koulitsa, whose real name was Vassiliki Karydi, was also my own personal favorite. She had a beautiful face with very expressive green eyes and bright red cheeks that reminded you of so ...
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Denim Exhibit Proves The Place of Blue Jeans In High Fashion
Huffington Post - about 1 year
As if you didn't already know the timelessness of denim, first popularized by Bavarian designer Levi Strauss, who made blue jeans the outfit du jour for gold rush miners of the 1890s, there's a new exhibit that explains how 125 years later, you'll find denim on runways around the world. The Museum at FIT, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums as the only museum in New York City dedicated solely to the art of fashion opens an exhibit to celebrate denim, and its relationship to couture. Dec. 1, Denim: Fashion's Frontieropens at The Museum at FIT with curator Emma McClendon's book by the same title expected in April of 2016 . The exhibit explores the curious relationship denim has with high fashion, since its inception in the nineteenth century. By the early twentieth century, cowboys and ranchers from Reno to Arizona were wearing dungarees. Denim was the fabric of nonconformity, and because it was cheap and easy to clean, blue jeans became especially popular with kids (an ...
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Big Ticket: Lauren Bacall’s Dakota Apartment Sold for $21 Million
NYTimes - over 1 year
The grand three-bedroom at the landmark Upper West Side co-op building was the sale of the week.
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Why I Felt Like a Failure When I Didn't Make It on Broadway
Huffington Post - over 1 year
In 1963, I made my last stab at being a hit on Broadway. I bought the rights to Ken Kesey's book, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. It was a first novel, not yet the bestseller it would eventually become. I was crazy about the book -- maybe not the best phrase to use given the subject matter. I hired Dale Wasserman to write the play. Dale wrote the first draft of my film,The Vikings; but, like me, his first love was theatre. Later, he wrote Man of La Mancha. That was a huge hit, much more successful than the movie. Cuckoo's Nest on Broadway was not the smash I anticipated after receiving rave reviews in New Haven. I did, however, keep it running for six months. On the other hand, the film version won a number of Oscars -- for Jack Nicholson, for Louise Fletcher, and for a young producer named Michael Douglas. I wanted to be an actor since I stepped in front of an audience to recite The Red Robin of Spring when I was in kindergarten. Something happened when I heard applause. I lov ...
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Why I Felt Like a Failure When I Didn't Make It on Broadway
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In 1963, I made my last stab at being a hit on Broadway. I bought the rights to Ken Kesey's book, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. It was a first novel, not yet the bestseller it would eventually become. I was crazy about the book -- maybe not the best phrase to use given the subject matter. I hired Dale Wasserman to write the play. Dale wrote the first draft of my film,The Vikings; but, like me, his first love was theatre. Later, he wrote Man of La Mancha. That was a huge hit, much more successful than the movie. Cuckoo's Nest on Broadway was not the smash I anticipated after receiving rave reviews in New Haven. I did, however, keep it running for six months. On the other hand, the film version won a number of Oscars -- for Jack Nicholson, for Louise Fletcher, and for a young producer named Michael Douglas. I wanted to be an actor since I stepped in front of an audience to recite The Red Robin of Spring when I was in kindergarten. Something happened when I heard applause. I lov ...
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Movie Review: <i>Spectre</i> -- Bond Does It Again
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Wit, non-stop action, and a liberated heroine make Spectre -- that is breaking records in the UK -- a blockbuster delight. Spectre a criminal spy organization is masterminded by Christoph Waltz, the champion of naughty. Daniel Craig as Monsieur Bond charms as you from Mexico City, to Tunisia, Rome, Austria and, of course, London. Bond searches half way around the world for Waltz (Django Unchained) who plays the sinister Oberheiser determined to torture and to kill Bond. Craig does not let you down nor does the script which has pistol-like one liners that will guarantee your laughing out loud -- sometimes at the most inappropriate moments. And this is part of the charm of Spectre. Surprise. Laughter at the sinister. And yet two scenes were predictable, but one can forgive this faux pas because the rest of Spectre flies like confetti. Bond's love interest is offered in the form of Lea Seydoux as Madelaine Swann who has a Lauren Bacall quality that is refreshing. Her independence makes her ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lauren Bacall
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2014
    Age 89
    The Swedish Film Institute in Gärdet, Östermalm in Stockholm honored her with a special evening event three months after her death on November 12, 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Life magazine published a special edition about her life. And Turner Classic Movies (TCM) produced two televised tributes to her, one narrated by Kelsey Grammer and another narrated by Gregory Peck, a friend of hers since she was seventeen.
    Her final role was in 2014: a guest vocal appearance in the twelfth season Family Guy episode "Mom's the Word".
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  • 2013
    Age 88
    In July 2013, Bacall expressed interest in taking the starring role in the film Trouble Is My Business.
    More Details Hide Details In November, she joined the English dub voice cast for StudioCanal's animated film Ernest & Celestine.
  • 2009
    Age 84
    She finished her role in The Forger in 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Bacall was selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to receive an Honorary Academy Award. The award was presented at the inaugural Governors Awards on November 14, 2009.
  • 2007
    Age 82
    She gave an address at the memorial service of Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. at the Reform Club in London in June 2007.
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  • 2006
    Age 81
    In September 2006, Bacall was awarded the first Katharine Hepburn Medal, which recognizes "women whose lives, work and contributions embody the intelligence, drive and independence of the four-time-Oscar-winning actress", by Bryn Mawr College's Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center.
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    She made a cameo appearance as herself on The Sopranos, in the April 2006 episode, "Luxury Lounge", during which she was mugged by Chris Moltisanti (played by Michael Imperioli).
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    In March 2006, Bacall was seen at the 78th Annual Academy Awards introducing a film montage dedicated to film noir.
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  • 1999
    Age 74
    In 1999 Bacall starred on Broadway in a revival of Noël Coward's Waiting in the Wings.
    More Details Hide Details Her commercial ventures in the 2000s included being a spokesperson for the Tuesday Morning discount chain (commercials showed her in a limousine waiting for the store to open at the beginning of one of their sales events), and producing a jewelry line with the Weinman Brothers company. She had been a celebrity spokesperson for High Point (coffee) and Fancy Feast cat food.
  • 1997
    Age 72
    Bacall received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1997, and in 1999, she was voted one of the 25 most significant female movie stars in history by the American Film Institute.
    More Details Hide Details Her movie career saw something of a renaissance, and she attracted respectful notices for her performances in high-profile projects such as Dogville (2003), Birth (2004), both with Nicole Kidman, and in Howl's Moving Castle (2004), as the Witch of the Waste. She was a leading actor in Paul Schrader's The Walker (2007).
    In 1997 Bacall was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her role in The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996), her first nomination after a career span of more than fifty years.
    More Details Hide Details Bacall had already won a Golden Globe and was widely expected to win the Oscar, but lost in an upset to Juliette Binoche for The English Patient.
  • 1996
    Age 71
    In a 1996 interview Bacall, reflecting on her life, told the interviewer that she had been lucky: “I had one great marriage, I have three great children and four grandchildren.
    More Details Hide Details I am still alive. I still can function. I still can work,” adding, “You just learn to cope with whatever you have to cope with. I spent my childhood in New York, riding on subways and buses. And you know what you learn if you’re a New Yorker? The world doesn’t owe you a damn thing.” Nominations In 1991, Bacall was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1724 Vine Street. In 1997, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to her. In 1998, Bacall was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.
  • 1990
    Age 65
    In 1990, she had a small role in Misery, which starred Kathy Bates and James Caan.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1976
    Age 51
    In 1976 she co-starred with John Wayne in his last picture, The Shootist.
    More Details Hide Details The two became friends, despite significant political differences between them. They had also worked together in Blood Alley (1955). During the 1980s, Bacall appeared in the poorly received star vehicle The Fan (1981), as well as some star-studded features such as Robert Altman's Health (1980) and Michael Winner's Appointment with Death (1988).
  • FORTIES
  • 1972
    Age 47
    For her work in the Chicago theatre, Bacall won the Sarah Siddons Award in 1972, and again in 1984.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1964
    Age 39
    In 1964 she appeared in two episodes of Craig Stevens's Mr. Broadway: first in "Take a Walk Through a Cemetery", with then husband, Jason Robards, Jr., and later as Barbara Lake in the episode "Something to Sing About", co-starring future co-star Balsam.
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  • 1961
    Age 36
    Bacall later met actor Jason Robards. Their marriage was originally scheduled to take place in Vienna, Austria on June 16, 1961; however, the plans were shelved after Austrian authorities refused to grant the pair a marriage license. They were also refused a marriage in Las Vegas, Nevada. On July 4, 1961, the couple drove all the way to Ensenada, Mexico, where they wed. The couple divorced in 1969.
    More Details Hide Details According to Bacall's autobiography, she divorced Robards mainly because of his alcoholism. Bacall had two children with Bogart and one with Robards. Son Stephen Humphrey Bogart (born January 6, 1949) is a news producer, documentary film maker, and author named after Bogart’s character in “To Have and Have Not.” Her daughter Leslie Howard Bogart (born August 23, 1952) is named for actor Leslie Howard. A nurse and yoga instructor, she is married to Erich Schiffmann. In his 1995 memoir, Stephen Bogart wrote, “My mother was a lapsed Jew, and my father was a lapsed Episcopalian,” and that he and his sister were raised Episcopalian “because my mother felt that would make life easier for Leslie and me during those post-World War II years.” Sam Robards (born December 16, 1961), Bacall's son with Robards, is an actor.
  • 1959
    Age 34
    She starred on Broadway in Goodbye, Charlie in 1959, and went on to have a successful on-stage career in Cactus Flower (1965), Applause (1970), and Woman of the Year (1981).
    More Details Hide Details She won Tony Awards for her performances in the latter two. Applause was a musical version of the film All About Eve, in which Bette Davis had starred as stage diva Margo Channing. According to Bacall's autobiography, she and a girlfriend won an opportunity in 1940 to meet her idol Bette Davis at Davis' hotel. Years later, Davis visited Bacall backstage to congratulate her on her performance in Applause. Davis told Bacall, "You're the only one who could have played the part." The few films Bacall made during this period were all-star vehicles such as Sex and the Single Girl (1964) with Henry Fonda, Tony Curtis, and Natalie Wood; Harper (1966) with Paul Newman, Shelley Winters, Julie Harris, Robert Wagner, and Janet Leigh; and Murder on the Orient Express (1974), with Ingrid Bergman, Albert Finney, Vanessa Redgrave, Martin Balsam, and Sean Connery.
  • 1957
    Age 32
    Shortly after Bogart's death in 1957, Bacall had a relationship with singer and actor Frank Sinatra.
    More Details Hide Details During an interview with Turner Classic Movies's Robert Osborne, Bacall stated that she had ended the romance but in her autobiography, she wrote that Sinatra abruptly ended the relationship after becoming angry that the story of his proposal to Bacall had reached the press. When Bacall was out with her friend Irving Paul Lazar, they ran into the gossip columnist Louella Parsons, to whom Lazar revealed the details of the proposal.
    While struggling at home with Bogart's battle with esophageal cancer, Bacall starred with Gregory Peck in Designing Woman to solid reviews. The musical comedy was her second feature with director Vincente Minnelli and was released in New York on May 16, 1957, four months after Bogart's death on January 14.
    More Details Hide Details Bacall appeared in two more films in the 1950s: the Jean Negulesco-directed melodrama The Gift of Love (1958), which co-starred Robert Stack; and the adventure film North West Frontier (1959), which was a box office hit. Bacall's movie career waned in the 1960s, and she was seen in only a handful of films.
  • 1955
    Age 30
    In 1955 Bacall starred in two feature films, The Cobweb and Blood Alley.
    More Details Hide Details Directed by Vincente Minnelli, The Cobweb takes place at a mental institution in which Bacall's character works as a therapist. It was her second collaboration with Charles Boyer and also starred Richard Widmark and Lillian Gish. "In the only two really sympathetic roles, Mr. Widmark is excellent and Miss Bacall shrewdly underplays", wrote The New York Times. Many film scholars consider Written on the Wind, directed by Douglas Sirk in 1956, to be a landmark work in the melodrama genre. Appearing with Rock Hudson, Dorothy Malone and Robert Stack, Bacall played a career woman whose life is unexpectedly turned around by a family of oil magnates. Bacall wrote in her autobiography that she did not think much of the role, but reviews were favorable. Wrote Variety, "Bacall registers strongly as a sensible girl swept into the madness of the oil family".
    In the late 1990s, Bacall donated the only known kinescope of the 1955 performance to The Museum Of Television & Radio (now the Paley Center for Media), where it remains archived for viewing in New York City and Los Angeles.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1953
    Age 28
    In 1953 she starred in the CinemaScope comedy How to Marry a Millionaire, a runaway hit among critics and at the box office.
    More Details Hide Details Directed by Jean Negulesco and co-starring Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable, Bacall got positive notices for her turn as the witty gold-digger, Schatze Page. "First honors in spreading mirth go to Miss Bacall", wrote Alton Cook in The New York World-Telegram & Sun. "The most intelligent and predatory of the trio, she takes complete control of every scene with her acid delivery of viciously witty lines." After the success of How to Marry a Millionaire, she was offered, but declined, with Bogart's support, the coveted invitation from Grauman's Chinese Theatre to press her hand- and footprints in the theatre's cemented forecourt. But she felt at the time that "anyone with a picture opening could be represented there, standards had been so lowered." She didn't feel she had yet achieved the status of a major star, and was thereby unworthy of the honor: "I want to feel I've earned my place with the best my business has produced."
  • 1952
    Age 27
    Bacall campaigned for Democratic candidate Adlai Stevenson in the 1952 presidential election, accompanying him on motorcades along with Bogart, and flying east to help in the final laps of Stevenson's campaign in New York and Chicago.
    More Details Hide Details She also campaigned for Robert Kennedy in his 1964 run for the U.S. Senate. In a 2005 interview with Larry King, Bacall described herself as "anti-Republican... A liberal. The L-word." She added that "being a liberal is the best thing on earth you can be. You are welcoming to everyone when you're a liberal. You do not have a small mind."
    In 1952, she gave campaign speeches for Democratic Presidential contender Adlai Stevenson.
    More Details Hide Details Along with other Hollywood figures, Bacall was a staunch opponent of McCarthyism.
  • 1951
    Age 26
    During 1951–1952, Bacall co-starred with Bogart in the syndicated action-adventure radio series Bold Venture.
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  • 1948
    Age 23
    And, in 1948, she was in John Huston's melodramatic suspense film Key Largo with Bogart and Edward G. Robinson.
    More Details Hide Details In the film, according to film critic Jessica Kiang, "Bacall brings an edge of ambivalence and independence to the role that makes her character much more interesting than was written." Bacall turned down scripts she did not find interesting, and thereby earned a reputation for being difficult. Despite this, she further solidified her star status in the 1950s by appearing as the leading lady in a string of films that won favorable reviews. Bacall was cast opposite Gary Cooper in Bright Leaf (1950). In the same year, she played a two-faced femme fatale in Young Man with a Horn (1950), a jazz musical co-starring Kirk Douglas, Doris Day, and Hoagy Carmichael.
  • 1945
    Age 20
    On May 21, 1945, Bacall married actor Humphrey Bogart. Their wedding and honeymoon took place at Malabar Farm, Lucas, Ohio, the country home of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Louis Bromfield, a close friend of Bogart. The wedding was held in the Big House. They remained married until Bogart's death from esophageal cancer in 1957.
    More Details Hide Details Pressed by interviewer Michael Parkinson to talk about her marriage to Bogart, and asked about her notable reluctance to do so, she replied that "being a widow is not a profession". During the filming of The African Queen (1951), Bacall and Bogart became friends of Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. She began to mix in non-acting circles, becoming friends with the historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. and the journalist Alistair Cooke.
    Warner Bros. launched an extensive marketing campaign to promote the picture and to establish Bacall as a movie star. As part of the public relations push, Bacall made a visit to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on February 10, 1945.
    More Details Hide Details It was there that Bacall's press agent, chief of publicity at Warner Bros. Charlie Enfield, asked the 20-year-old Bacall to sit on the piano while U.S. Vice President Harry S. Truman played. After To Have and Have Not, Bacall was seen opposite Charles Boyer in Confidential Agent (1945), which was poorly received by critics. By her own estimation, it could have caused considerable damage to her career, had her performance as the mysterious, acid-tongued Vivian Rutledge in Hawks's film noir The Big Sleep (1946), co-starring Bogart, not provided a quick career resurgence. The Big Sleep laid the foundation for her status as an icon of film noir. She would be strongly associated with the genre for the rest of her career, and would often be cast as variations of the independent and sultry femme fatale character of Vivian she played in the movie. As described by film scholar Joe McElhaney, "Vivian displays an almost total command of movement and gesture. She never crawls."
  • TEENAGE
  • 1944
    Age 19
    Bacall began her career as a model, before making her debut as a leading lady with Humphrey Bogart in the film To Have and Have Not in 1944.
    More Details Hide Details She continued in the film noir genre with appearances with Bogart in The Big Sleep (1946), Dark Passage (1947), and Key Largo (1948), and starred in the romantic comedies How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) with Marilyn Monroe and Designing Woman (1957) with Gregory Peck. She co-starred with John Wayne in his final film, The Shootist (1976). Bacall also worked on Broadway in musicals, earning Tony Awards for Applause (1970) and Woman of the Year (1981). Her performance in The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996) earned her a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination. A month before her 90th birthday, Bacall died in New York City after a stroke.
  • 1943
    Age 18
    He then turned over his find to Vreeland, who arranged for Louise Dahl-Wolfe to shoot Bacall in Kodachrome for the March 1943 cover.
    More Details Hide Details The Harper's Bazaar cover caught the attention of Hollywood producer and director Howard Hawks' wife Slim, who urged Hawks to have Bacall take a screen test for To Have and Have Not. Hawks asked his secretary to find out more about her, but the secretary misunderstood and sent Bacall a ticket to come to Hollywood for the audition. After meeting Bacall in Hollywood, Hawks immediately signed her to a seven-year contract with a weekly salary of US$100, and personally began to manage her career. He changed her first name to Lauren, and she chose "Bacall" (a variant of her mother's maiden name) as her screen surname. Slim Hawks also took Bacall under her wing, dressing Bacall stylishly and guiding her in matters of elegance, manners and taste. At Hawks' suggestion, Bacall was also trained to make her voice lower and deeper instead of her normal high-pitched, nasal voice. Hawks had her, under the tutelage of a voice coach, lower the pitch of her voice. As part of her training, she was required to shout verses of Shakespeare for hours every day. Her 5 feet, 8½ inches, height, unusual among young female actors in filmmaking in the 1940s and 1950s also helped her stand out. Her voice was characterized as a "smoky, sexual growl" by most critics, and a "throaty purr".
  • 1942
    Age 17
    By then, she lived with her mother on Bank Street, Greenwich Village, and in 1942 she was crowned Miss Greenwich Village.
    More Details Hide Details As a teenage fashion model she appeared on the cover of Harper's Bazaar (the cover has since been described as 'iconic'), as well as in magazines such as Vogue. She was noted for her "cat-like grace, tawny blonde hair and blue-green eyes". Though Diana Vreeland is often credited with discovering Bacall for Harper's Bazaar, it was in fact Nicolas de Gunzburg who introduced the 18-year-old to Vreeland. He had first met Bacall at Tony's, a club in the East 50s. De Gunzburg suggested that Bacall stop by his Bazaar office the next day.
    She made her acting debut on Broadway in 1942, at age 17, as a walk-on in Johnny 2 X 4.
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  • 1941
    Age 16
    In 1941 Bacall took lessons at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where she was classmates with Kirk Douglas, while working as a theatre usher at the St. James Theatre and fashion model.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1924
    Born
    Bacall was born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924, in The Bronx, New York, the only child of Natalie, née Weinstein-Bacal (1901 - 1977), a secretary who later legally changed her surname to Bacall, and William Perske, who worked in sales.
    More Details Hide Details Both her parents were Jewish. According to Bacall, her mother immigrated from the Kingdom of Romania through Ellis Island, and her father was born in New Jersey, to parents who were born in an area of present day Belarus near the significant center of Jewish life in Valozhyn, then in the Russian Empire. Soon after her birth, Bacall's family moved to Brooklyn's Ocean Parkway. She was educated with the financial support of her wealthy uncles at a private boarding school founded by philanthropist Eugene Heitler Lehman, named The Highland Manor Boarding School for Girls, in Tarrytown, New York, and at Julia Richman High School in Manhattan. Through her father, she was a relative of Shimon Peres (born Szymon Perski), the ninth President of Israel. Peres has stated, "In 1952 or 1953 I came to New York... Lauren Bacall called me, said that she wanted to meet, and we did. We sat and talked about where our families came from, and discovered that we were from the same family... but I'm not exactly sure what our relation is... It was she who later said that she was my cousin, I didn't say that". Her parents divorced when she was five; she later took the Romanian form of her mother's last name, Bacall. She no longer saw her father and formed a very close bond with her mother, who remarried to Lee Goldberg and came to live in California after Bacall became a movie star.
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