I was so sad to hear that at age 89, Lauren Bacall passed away. She was born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924.
At age 19 she had launched a very successful modeling career. She was discovered after a photo shoot with Harper’s Bazaar magazine. As Betty became Lauren, her acting career took off! She was cast in the 1944 classic, “To Have and Have Not”, based on an Ernest Hemingway story. Bacall was the sexy and insolent woman of mystery. The movie was a hit and served as a wonderful springboard for not only her acting career, but her love life as well. America was enthralled as Bogie and Bacall fell in love on-screen and ultimately, off-screen.
Humphrey Bogart referred to Lauren Bacall as “steel with curves”. The most memorable scene was as she prepares to leave Steve’s hotel room. She tells him, in that deep, sultry voice, “You know you don’t have to act with me, Steve. You don’t have to say anything, and you don’t have to do anything. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.”
Bogie and Bacall starred in 3 more movies together in the 1940’s. The rest is Hollywood history! The stars of the 1940’s were truly gracious and classic. Lauren Bacall was one of the best. Rest in Peace, Ms. Bacall. ❤