It has been a very sad week in Hollywood. Though the major focus has been on Robin Williams I would like to take this opportunity to speak briefly about Lauren Bacall. I am forgoing my usual ‘Fairy Tale Friday’ post in honor of an homage to Bacall.
In 1999 she was voted one of the 25 most significant female movie stars in history, by the American Film Institute. Bacall very famously and openly identified herself as a Democratic Liberal, once stating “Being a liberal is the best thing on earth you can be. You are welcoming to everyone when you’re a liberal.” Well that sounds like good people in my book!
It is also no secret that Lauren Bacall was married to Humphrey Bogart in May of 1945 after meeting and subsequently falling in love on the set of To Have and Have Not, she 20 and he 45. Bogart subsequently called Bacall ‘Baby’ and they were known to all as ‘Bogie & Bacall’ far before the days of the now famous Hollywood melded names.
In September of 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”.
Bacall’s career spanned from 1944 to 2014 with her final role as a voice over in Family Guy. She once also made a guest appearance in a 2006 episode of The Sopranos named “Luxury Lounge”, I had no idea!
Barbara Streisand released this statement upon Bacall’s passing “…..[and] most of all, to have had her as a wise and loving friend. She was an original. Even with those great films we can visit again and again, she will be missed.” Beautifully said.