Thursday, August 14, 2014

Lauren Bacall 1924-2014

The great Lauren Bacall nee Betty Joan Perske passed away at age 89 on Tuesday. Ms. Bacall was nothing but class (at least onscreen), one of the last of the golden age of American cinema.

She was 19 years old when she appeared in To Have and Have Not with the great Humphrey Bogart. Bogey and Bacall went on to get married and make some of the most memorable films in history. Their onscreen chemistry was simply amazing.

This is the famous "You know how to whistle, don't you Steve? You just put your lips together and blow" scene from To Have and Have Not released in 1944, when again, Lauren Bacall was 19 years old.

"Slim" was Bogart's nickname for her on and off screen.

Here are some clips and photos:

Again from To Have and Have Not (1944)

The Big Sleep (1946)

Dark Passage (1947)

Key Largo (1948)

Ms. Bacall is quoted as saying: "I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that."

More quotes:
Actors today go into TV, which I don't consider has a lot to do with acting. They only think of stardom. If you photograph well, that's enough. I have a terrible time distinguishing one from another. Girls wear their hair the same, and are much too anorexic-looking.
We live in an age of mediocrity. Stars today are not the same stature as Bogie, James Cagney, Spencer Tracy, Henry Fonda and Jimmy Stewart.
A legend involves the past. I don't like categories. This one is great and that one is great. The word "great" stands for something. When you talk about a great actor, you're not talking about Tom Cruise. His whole behavior is so shocking. It's inappropriate and vulgar and absolutely unacceptable to use your private life to sell anything commercially, but I think it's kind of a sickness.

RIP Lauren Bacall. As my late great dad used to say "They don't make 'em like they used to."

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