Recalling Betty Bacall, a.k.a Lauren Bacall

Here is a link to Women’s Voices for Change about the life Lauren Bacall: There is a good video that reviews her career and of course, focuses on the love of her life, Humphrey Bogart.

Having grown up in the 40s and 50s when movies were a major form of entertainment, I remember Lauren Bacall as a sexy, sophisticated young woman. In her autobiography, By Myself, she downplays this and reminds us her real name is Betty, not Lauren, and she is just a Jewish broad for NY. ( I see she has another called By Myself, and Then Some. Will have to get that from the library.)

I always thought that Bacall deserved more accolades than she received. She never gave a bad performance and was very talented, as Ben Mankiewicz notes in the video. Her death at 89 is sad because we won’t see her lovely face in person anymore. Thank goodness for Turner Classic Movies, because we can watch her again & again!

Rest in Peace.

This photo of her Oscar reminded me of a clip I saw yesteday on the TV in which she says, “At last, a man!”

6 thoughts on “Recalling Betty Bacall, a.k.a Lauren Bacall

  1. I too think of Lauren Bacall as a “class act,” she was perhaps dwarfed by her association with
    Humphrey Bogart. Interestingly enough “Me” TV has a two part series on the Rockford Files
    with James Garner, who recently died as well, and Lauren Bacall, playing a sophisticated role
    adjacent to a British “Princess,” who gets really down to earth when Rockford starts to treat her
    as though she were special. The second part of the series is on today at 12:00 on “Me TV,”
    Channel two.
    I think it is this quality which she outlined herself that makes her a stand-out from many other
    women performers, who refused to reveal their true identity. Of course, given her success, she was confident enough to let it “down” for the public. By the way, let’s not dismiss James Garner’s contributions of making so many “older” stars stay current. He was as Tom Selleck says, “A really great guy, who gave him his first break.

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