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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.)


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Amazon Says: To Have and Have Not (Humphrey Bogart Collection) (DVD)"You know how to whistle, don't you?" Lauren Bacall as Marie Browning Academy Award winner Humphrey Bogart stars with Lauren Bacall in this classic film loosely based on Nobel Prize winner Ernest Hemingway's novel, To Have and Have Not. World War II. On the Caribbean island of Martinique, Harry Morgan (Bogart) captains a charter boat and maintains a policy of strict neutrality toward the war and Vichy France, which controls the island. But everything changes when Morgan meets young, American cabaret singer Marie Browning (Bacall--in her screen debut) and a fugitive leader of the French Resistance who both need a way off the island.]]> less...
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Amazon Says: Dark Passage (Humphrey Bogart Collection) (DVD)Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall star in this noir thriller set in San Francisco about a man wrongly convicted of his wife's mu more...
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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: 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...
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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, 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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