Thursday, August 14, 2014

Lauren Bacall Dead at 89

Lauren Bacall was my third girlfriend. She followed Sophia Loren and Gina Lollabrigida. I was more mature then, about ten. Never understood what she saw in Bogart, and why she did not leave him for me.  

[From article]
Lauren Bacall, the smoky-voiced movie legend who taught Humphrey Bogart how to whistle in "To Have and Have Not," has died at the age of 89, according to her family.
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Bacall launched her career with "To Have and Have Not," the 1944 film that turned "Bogie and Bacall" into one of Hollywood's legendary couples on screen and off.
She was born Betty Joan Perske on Sept. 16, 1924, in New York.
Bacall was a fledgling New York stage actress and a model whose pictures in Harper's Bazaar came to the attention of director Howard Hawks,
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Bogart and Bacall, who married in 1945 and were together until his death 12 years later, were teamed up in three more Warner Bros. movies, "The Big Sleep," "Dark Passage" and "Key Largo."
She also costarred with many of the era's biggest names, Kirk Douglas in "Young Man With a Horn", Gary Cooper in "Bright Leaf," Betty Grable and Marilyn Monroe in "How to Marry a Millionaire," John Wayne in "Blood Alley," Rock Hudson in "Written on the Wind" and Gregory Peck in "Designing Woman."
In 1961, she married the actor Jason Robards. The couple, who divorced in 1969, had a son,
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"Listen, I never went into this business thinking of winning anything," she said. "I went into it because I loved it and I wanted to be good at it. It was a form of expression for me. I love to hide behind characters. So [any recognition] I get is a perk. It's just an extra. Just the fact that all that happened to me last year, it is -- well -- fabulous."

Lauren Bacall, legendary actress, dies at 89
Dennis McLellan
August 12, 2014, 9:25 p.m.

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[From article]
Bacall was born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924, in The Bronx to Natalie Weinstein-Bacall, a Romanian Jewish immigrant, and William Perske, who was born in New Jersey.
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Leaving Bogart's hotel room in the film's most memorable scene, she murmured:
‘You don't have to say anything, and you don't have to do anything. Not a thing. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.’
She was less than half Bogart's age, yet as wise and as jaded as him. Her sly glance, with chin down and eyes raised, added to her fame.
The leading man, who was 25 years older than his seductive co-star and married at the time, divorced his wife a short time after the movie's release and married Bacall in Ohio in 1945.

BREAKING NEWS: Actress Lauren Bacall, star of the golden age of Hollywood movies, has died aged 89
Lauren Bacall passed away at home in New York from a massive stroke
Bacall had been married to actors Humphrey Bogart and Jason Robards; she is survived by three grown children from her two marriages
The Bronx-born daughter of Jewish immigrants got her start in 1944 when Howard Hawks cast her in To Have and Have Not apposite Bogart
Mrs Bacall appeared in dozens of films over the course of her career spanning six decades
A supporting role in The Mirror Has Two Faces in 1996 earned Bacall her first Oscar nod; she received an honorary Academy Award in 2009
PUBLISHED: 18:57 EST, 12 August 2014 | UPDATED: 22:11 EST, 12 August 2014

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