FAREWELL, LAUREN BACALL

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Sad news of Lauren Bacall’s death yesterday. She was one of the legends of Hollywood, and primarily for 4 films that she made at the very start of her career almost consecutively – TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT,THE BIG SLEEP,DARK PASSAGE and KEY LARGO,from 1944 to 1948.

With Hoagy Carmichael

With Hoagy Carmichael

Those four  films were of course with her husband Humphrey Bogart whom she met on to Have And Have Not. She had been spotted by the wife of Howard Hawks when Lauren appeared on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar ( when she was 18).

The rest,as they say, is history.

I was lucky enough to have seen Lauren in person several times in London when she was starring in APPLAUSE ( the stage musical version of All About Eve). She was wonderful.

And I saw her in San Francisco in WOMAN OF THE YEAR, another successful stage musical version of a classic Hollywood film of the same name.

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Dark Passage

Dark Passage

Key Largo

Key Largo

The Big Sleep

The Big Sleep

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