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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From the Archives: Humphrey Bogart returns to L.A. with young bride Lauren Bacall
LATimes - 5 months
Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall met during filming of 1944’s “To Have and Have Not.” They were married May 21, 1945, at the home of Bogart’s close friend Louis Bromfield near Lucas, Ohio. Journalists greeted the couple upon their return by train to Pasadena. This image by photographer L. Maxine...
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Celebrities Remember Zsa Zsa Gabor With Touching Notes On Social Media
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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
Huffington Post - over 1 year
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 ...
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Peggy and Nancy, the most Weird and Wonderfully Dynamic Duo of All Time, Either Living or Dead
Huffington Post - over 1 year
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, b...
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14 Intimate Shots Of Famous Italian Hotels
Huffington Post - about 2 years
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 2 years
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 Chairm...
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Μy Childhood Christmas
Huffington Post - about 2 years
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 s...
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Denim Exhibit Proves The Place of Blue Jeans In High Fashion
Huffington Post - about 2 years
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 (a...
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Big Ticket: Lauren Bacall’s Dakota Apartment Sold for $21 Million
NYTimes - about 2 years
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 2 years
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 lo...
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Why I Felt Like a Failure When I Didn't Make It on Broadway
Huffington Post - over 2 years
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 lo...
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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.
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    Her final role was in 2014: a guest vocal appearance in the twelfth season Family Guy episode "Mom's the Word".
  • 2013
    Age 88
    In July 2013, Bacall expressed interest in taking the starring role in the film Trouble Is My Business.
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  • 2009
    Age 84
    She finished her role in The Forger in 2009.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
    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).
    In March 2006, Bacall was seen at the 78th Annual Academy Awards introducing a film montage dedicated to film noir.
  • 1999
    Age 74
    In 1999 Bacall starred on Broadway in a revival of Noël Coward's Waiting in the Wings.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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  • 1990
    Age 65
    In 1990, she had a small role in Misery, which starred Kathy Bates and James Caan.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1976
    Age 51
    In 1976 she co-starred with John Wayne in his last picture, The Shootist.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1972
    Age 47
    For her work in the Chicago theatre, Bacall won the Sarah Siddons Award in 1972, and again in 1984.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • 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).
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  • 1957
    Age 32
    Shortly after Bogart's death in 1957, Bacall had a relationship with singer and actor Frank Sinatra.
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    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.
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  • 1955
    Age 30
    In 1955 Bacall starred in two feature films, The Cobweb and Blood Alley.
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    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.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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    In 1952, she gave campaign speeches for Democratic Presidential contender Adlai Stevenson.
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  • 1951
    Age 26
    During 1951–1952, Bacall co-starred with Bogart in the syndicated action-adventure radio series Bold Venture.
  • 1948
    Age 23
    And, in 1948, she was in John Huston's melodramatic suspense film Key Largo with Bogart and Edward G. Robinson.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 1942
    Age 17
    By then, she lived with her mother on Bank Street, Greenwich Village, and in 1942 she was crowned Miss Greenwich Village.
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    She made her acting debut on Broadway in 1942, at age 17, as a walk-on in Johnny 2 X 4.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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