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Sunday, 6 January 2013

Humphrey Bogart

Humphrey Bogart was born on December 25, 1899 in New York City. He used to joke that he was cheated out of a present every year because of his birth date.

For many years it was rumored that Humphrey Bogart’s birthday had been moved by 336 days, from January 23rd to Christmas Day, because Warner Brothers thought it more ‘romantic’ for their leading man. When he died, it was discovered that December 25th was his birthday after all.

As a boy, Humphrey Bogart was teased for his curls, his tidiness, the "cute" pictures his mother had him pose for, the Little Lord Faunteloy clothes she dressed him in—and the name "Humphrey."

Humphrey Bogart enlisted in the Us Navy in 1918 and spent much of his service ferrying troops back home from the Western Front.

Humphrey Bogart repeatedly clashed with  his studio chief Jack Warner. He said that when he refused to appear on set, he would receive a letter from Jack, "saying that if I didn’t report, he’d cut my throat. He’d sign it 'Love to Betty'." [Bogart’s wife, Lauren Bacall].

Casablanca, the movie starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, premiered in New York City on November 6, 1942. Contrary to common belief, Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) never said “Play it again, Sam” in Casablanca. 

Greenstreet and Bogart

Humphrey Bogart played chess by mail with GIs during World War II.

Though a poor student, Bogart was a lifelong reader. He could quote Plato, Pope, Ralph Waldo Emerson and over a thousand lines of Shakespeare. He admired writers, and some of his best friends were screenwriters.

Humphrey Bogart “I came out here with one suit and everybody said I looked like a bum. Twenty years later Marlon Brando came out with only a sweatshirt and the town drooled over him. That shows how much Hollywood has progressed."

In 1956, while still in the prime of his career, Bogart was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Surgery failed to remove the cancerous growth and he died of esophageal cancer in Los Angeles on January 14, 1957.  Humphrey Bogart was 57 years old. His attributed last words were "I should never have switched from scotch to martinis."

Humphrey Bogart is buried with a silver whistle bearing the legend "If you need anything just whistle," a constant reminder of the first film he made with his wife, Lauren BacallTo Have and Have Not.

Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall

Humphrey Bogart was related to Princess Diana.

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