Lauren Bacall

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By Myself and Then Some - signed first edition - 2005

Who is Lauren Bacall?

Lauren Bacall, born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924, in The Bronx, New York, was an iconic American actress and a Hollywood legend. Bacall's journey in the entertainment industry began in a rather unexpected way. While working as a model, she caught the attention of director Howard Hawks, who saw in her a unique combination of beauty and talent. Under Hawks' guidance, Bacall made her film debut at the age of 19 in the classic film To Have and Have Not (1944) alongside Humphrey Bogart, who would become her husband. The on-screen chemistry between Bacall and Bogart was undeniable, and the two would go on to star in several other films together, including The Big Sleep (1946) and Key Largo (1948). Their real-life romance blossomed during the filming of To Have and Have Not, and they were married in 1945. The Bogarts, as they came to be known, became one of Hollywood's most celebrated couples. Lauren Bacall's distinctive voice, sultry looks, and a sense of mystery earned her the nickname "The Look" and made her an enduring symbol of glamour. Her signature style, marked by her deep, husky voice and a sultry gaze, contributed to her status as a timeless femme fatale.

In addition to her acting career, Bacall was known for her involvement in political and social causes. She was an outspoken advocate for civil rights and actively supported various charitable organizations.

Throughout her career, Lauren Bacall received numerous accolades, including a Golden Globe Award for her role in The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996). In 2009, she was awarded an honorary Academy Award in recognition of her contributions to the film industry. Lauren Bacall's career spanned several decades, and she continued to work in film, television, and theater well into her later years. She remained an influential figure in the entertainment world until her passing on August 12, 2014, leaving behind a legacy that continues to captivate audiences and inspire aspiring actors. Her impact on the golden era of Hollywood endures, and she is remembered as a true icon of the silver screen.

By Myself and Then Some

Lauren Bacall was barely 20 when she made her Hollywood debut with Humphrey Bogart and became an overnight sex symbol. Their romance on and off screen made them Hollywood's most celebrated couple and together they produced some of the most electric scenes in movie history. But when Bogart died of cancer in 1957, Bacall had to find a way of living beyond the fairytale and ironic way she had evolved. In a time of post war communism, Hollywood blacklisting and revolutionary politics she moved with the legends: Hemingway, the Oliviers, Katharine Hepburn, Bobby Kennedy, an engagement to Frank Sinatra and a second turbulent marriage to Jason Robards. Now at 80, By Myself and Then Some brings her story up to date including her recent films and Broadway runs, fond memories of her children and many close lifelong friendships, not least the greatest love of her life, Humphrey Bogart.

Lauren Bacall quotes

"Imagination is the highest kite one can fly."
"I am not a has-been. I am a will be."
"Standing still is the fastest way of moving backwards in a rapidly changing world."
"You can't start worrying about what's going to happen. You get spastic enough worrying about what's happening now."
"I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that."
"A woman isn't complete without a man. But where do you find a man - a real man - these days?"
"I am essentially a loner."
"You can't always be a leading lady."
"I am not a has-been. I am a will be."
"Find me a man who's interesting enough to have dinner with and I'll be happy."

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