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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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