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Thursday, 5 January 2012

Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall was born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924.

She became an overnight star when cast by Howard Hawks opposite Humphrey Bogart in To Have and Have Not (1944). She and Bogart married a year later.

An early mention of  Lauren “Betty" Bacall came in the May 19, 1943 edition of Variety, with an item suggesting that director Howard Hawks scooped the model off the street in midtown Manhattan. “Could actress Betty Bacall be slated for screen stardom. Howard Hawks nabbed her for fast buildup, right off 44th Street, too.”

Bacall on the March 1943 cover of Harper's Bazaar

Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart married in a three minute ceremony on May 21, 1945. The wedding took place at the Pleasant Valley area of Richland County, Ohio home of Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Louis Bromfield, Malabar Farm (now within the township of Lucas, Ohio). The home is now an Ohio State Park.

At 5' 8 1/2", Bogart was almost exactly the same height as Lauren Bacall.

Shortly after the death of  Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall announced her engagement to Frank Sinatra to the press. Mr. Sinatra promptly backed out.

Bacall was a cousin of Israeli President Shimon Peres.

Lauren Bacall was staying in the same New York apartment building as John Lennon when he was shot (and later died on 8th December in the Roosevelt Hospital) in 1980. Bacall later recalled she had heard the gunshot but assumed that it was a car tire bursting or a vehicle backfiring.

She had a hobby of collecting beer mugs.

Photo of Lauren Bacall in 1945.

Speaking on National Public radio in 2009, Andy Williams confirmed that in To Have and Have Not, his young teenage voice was used to dub Lauren Bacall. The song was “How Little We Know.”

Lauren Bacall was the last surviving legendary actor or actress mentioned in Madonna's hit song Vogue. Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Joe DiMaggio (the only non actor mentioned), Marlon Brando, Gene Kelly, Ginger Rogers, Katharine Hepburn, and Lana Turner all previously passed away.

Lauren Bacall died on August 12, 2014 aged 89, after suffering a stroke at home.

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