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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: 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...
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 to lure their victims. But the gold digger's plans suddenly go awry when two of them fall for men who appear to be poor! Trying to stop each other from marrying the wrong guy, Monroe, Grable, Bacall deliver the finest comedic performances of their careers. And they learn that a rich man is actually worthless- unless you're in love with him! less...
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By Myself and Then Some by Lauren Bacall
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 s more...
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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Now by Lauren Bacall
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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