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To Have and Have Not: Lauren Bacall, 1924-2014

Film and stage actress Lauren Bacall, who died on Tuesday 12 August, set the tone for the noir atmospherics of post–World War II American movies. With her sultry looks and husky voice, she captivated audiences in her debut role as Marie “Slim” Browning, playing opposite Humphrey Bogart in the 1944 film adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s To Have and Have Not.

Born Betty Jean Perske in the Bronx, she was working as a model when she was discovered by director Howard Hawks, who cast her in To Have and Have Not and suggested Lauren as a stage name. (Bacall was a variant spelling of her mother’s birth name.) During the filming of the movie, Bogart initiated an affair with the then-nineteen-year-old Bacall, and the two married the following year.

Bacall went on to star in several classic movies with Bogart, including Dark Passage (1947) and Key Largo (1948). Other notable roles for Bacall included those in Young Man with a Horn (1950), Written on the Wind (1956), and Harper (1966).

In addition to a 2009 Academy Honorary Award in recognition of her distinguished film career, Bacall also won two Tony awards for her stage work in the early 1970s, and she received a National Book Award in 1980 for her first autobiography, Lauren Bacall: By Myself (later revised as By Myself and Then Some).

Check out the following movies from Richland Library’s collection to see what made Lauren Bacall such a legendary screen presence. (To learn more about her life, read the autobiographies By Myself and Then Some and Now.)


To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
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Dark Passage by David Goodis
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Amazon Says: A hurricane swells outside, but it's nothing compared to the storm within the hotel at Key Largo. There, sadistic mobster Johnny Rocco (Edward G. Robinson) holes up - and holds at gunpoint hotel owner Nora Temple (Lauren Bacall), her invalid father-in-law (Lionel Barrymore) and ex-GI Frank McCloud (Humphrey Bogart). McCloud's the one man capable of standing up against the belligerent Rocco. But the postwar world's realities may have taken all the fight out of him. John Huston co-wrote and compellingly directs this film of Maxwell Anderson's 1939 play with a searing Academy Award-winning* performance by Claire Trevor as Rocco's gold-hearted, boozy moll. In Huston's hands, it becomes a powerful, sweltering classic. less...
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Amazon Says: Bathed in lurid Technicolor, melodrama maestro Douglas Sirk's Written on the Wind is the stylishly debauched tale of a Texas oil magnate brought down by the excesses of his sp more...
Amazon Says: Bathed in lurid Technicolor, melodrama maestro Douglas Sirk's Written on the Wind is the stylishly debauched tale of a Texas oil magnate brought down by the excesses of his spoiled offspring. Features an all-star quartet that includes Robert Stack as a pistol-packin' alcoholic playboy; Lauren Bacall as his long-suffering wife; Rock Hudson as his earthy best friend; and Dorothy Malone (who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar© for her performance) as his nymphomaniac sister. less...
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Amazon Says: A merchant marine captain, rescued from the Chinese Communists by local visitors, winds up transporting an entire Chinese village to Hong Kong on an ancient paddle steamer. more...
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Amazon Says: They're three beautiful models, looking for the man and the money of their dreams! Almost broke, they pool their funds to rent a posh Manhattan penthouse in which they plan t more...
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Amazon Says: Gary Cooper stars as a man who is driven to rewrite the past in this tale of love and revenge in tobacco country. Michael Curtiz ("Casablanca") directs this story by Robert Wi more...
Amazon Says: Gary Cooper stars as a man who is driven to rewrite the past in this tale of love and revenge in tobacco country. Michael Curtiz ("Casablanca") directs this story by Robert Wilder ("Flamingo Road"). Featuring an all-star supporting cast, including Oscar-nominee Lauren Bacall ("The Big Sleep," "The Mirror Has Two Faces") and Academy Award-winner Patricia Neal.This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. Amazon.com's standard return policy will apply. less...
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Amazon Says: Step inside "the Castle," a large private psychiatric facility. Here, Dr. Stewart McIver (Richard Widmark) devotes night and day to his profession while neglecting his pining, more...
Amazon Says: Step inside "the Castle," a large private psychiatric facility. Here, Dr. Stewart McIver (Richard Widmark) devotes night and day to his profession while neglecting his pining, voluptuous wife (Gloria Grahame). A colleague (Charles Boyer) with a fondness for booze and a pretty face seeks to comfort the wife. Now add Lauren Bacall, Lillian Gish, John Kerr, Susan Strasberg, Oscar Levant and subplots of love, life and derangement and you have the entanglements of The Cobweb. Some critics gleefully skewered the film's labored storyline about patient involvement in the choice of library draperies, but pay no heed. With its top cast and Vincente Minnelli's command of color and melodrama, this film is popcorn for fans of soaps.This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. Amazon.com's standard return policy will apply. less...
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By Myself and Then Some by Lauren Bacall
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Amazon Says: The epitome of grace, independence, and wit, Lauren Bacall continues to astound generations with her audacious spirit and on-screen excellence. Together with Humphrey Bogart she produced some of the most electric scenes in movie history, and their romance on and off screen made them Hollywood's most celebrated couple.But when Bogart died of cancer in 1957, Bacall and their children had to take everything he had taught them and grow up fast. In a time of postwar communism, Hollywood blacklisting, and revolutionary politics, she mixed with the legends: Hemingway, the Oliviers, Katharine Hepburn, Bobby Kennedy, and Gregory Peck. She was engaged to Frank Sinatra and had a turbulent second marriage to Jason Robards. But Bacall never lost sight of the strength that made her a superstar, and she never lost sight of Bogie.Now, on the silver anniversary of its original publication, Bacall brings her inspiring memoir up to date, chronicling the events of the past twenty-five years, including her recent films and Broadway runs, and her fond memories of many close lifelong friendships. As one of the greatest actresses of all time turns eighty, By Myself and Then Some reveals the legend in her own beautiful frank words -- encapsulating a story that even Hollywood would struggle to reproduce. less...
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Amazon Says: "CANDID AND HONEST...A philosophical looking-backward and forward--an inquiry into the question 'Is that all there is?' " --Liz Smith New York Newsday "FRANK AND AMUSING...[A more...
Amazon Says: "CANDID AND HONEST...A philosophical looking-backward and forward--an inquiry into the question 'Is that all there is?' " --Liz Smith New York Newsday "FRANK AND AMUSING...[AND] BRIMMING WITH CONFESSIONS...Part career memoir and part meditation on what it's like to be a single woman of lingering glamour, enduring vitality and advancing age...The book has the Bacall voice behind it. Her writing echoes her deep, sardonic, no-nonsense timbre and jazzy tempo....Bacall is at her best when talking about friends she has loved and watched die. Bernstein, she says, was more than a little seductive; Huston, more than a little remote; Olivier, a survivor to the end." --Chicago Sun-Times "HER PROSE IS SPARE AND HONEST....A kaleidoscope of thoughts and ideas on loneliness, aging, and above all, surviving...There are also poignant reminiscences of the golden years of Hollywood and many of its leading creators." --The Washington Post Book World "SHE REMINDS US OF SOME FAMILIAR TRUTHS WORTH ATTENDING TO. . . .What she's writing about, Ms. Bacall explains, is 'life' and indeed her musings about getting older, about intimations of mortality, about living solo, about letting go of one's children will resonate with women who, like her, are of a certain age." --The New York Times Book Review "ENGROSSING. . .POIGNANT." --People From the Paperback edition. less...
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