Sunday, August 31, 2008

Lauren Bacall

I have always loved Bogart and Bacall movies.
Mostly I like Lauren Bacall. She is just so much fun to watch.
And that Look...what can you say.
Anyhoo....after looking at some youtubes clips of her movies, I thought I would put up a little blog about her and my fave Bogart and Bacall movies.

Below I have some basic Lauren Bacall statistics.
After that I have clips from To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep and a vid of clips from various movies.

Lauren Bacall
Born: Betty Joan Perske in the Bronx, New York, 16 September 1924.

Education: Attended Julia Richman High School; American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York.

Family: Married 1) the actor Humphrey Bogart, 1945 (died 1957), children: Stephen Humphrey and Leslie Howard; 2) the actor Jason Robards, 1961 (divorced 1973), son: Sam Prideaux.

Career: Began modeling, also theater-related odd jobs, early 1940s;
made New York stage debut as walk-on in Johnny Two-by-Four, 1942;
appeared on Harper's Bazaar cover and attracted attention of director Howard Hawks; signed personal contract with Hawks who changed her name to Lauren Bacall, 1943;
made film debut in Hawks's To Have and Have Not with Humphrey Bogart, 1944;
contract sold to Warners, mid-1940s;
protested against HUAC in Washington with Bogart and other celebrities, 1947;
fined and suspended by Warners for failing to accept roles, late 1940s;
had first Broadway starring role in Goodbye Charlie, 1959;
accepted periodic film roles while making highly successful Broadway appearances, from 1960s.

Awards: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Golden Globe,
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role Screen Actors Guild Award, for The Mirror Has Two Faces, 1996.

Films as Actress (that I personally care about):
1944 To Have and Have Not (Hawks) (as Marie Browning)

1946 The Big Sleep (Hawks) (as Vivian Sternwood Rutledge)

1947 The Dark Passage (Daves) (as Irene Jansen)

1948 Key Largo (Huston) (as Nora Temple)

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