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Overview for Lauren Bacall
Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall


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Also Known As: Died: August 12, 2014
Born: September 16, 1924 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: Cast ...


Inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1998

After seeing her in "To Have and Have Not," Billy Wilder referred to Bacall as "The girl with 'the look,'" and the phrase stuck. Bacall herself would later claim that one of the trademark features of "The Look," the chin held very low, practically against her chest so that her eyes would have to look up sharply, and seductively, was a way to keep her head from shaking from sheer nervousness during her earliest days of filming "To Have and Have Not" (1944).

Probably the most famous words ever written about Bacall are those of novelist, essayist and film critic James Agee, remarking on her debut in "To Have and Have Not" (1944)

"Lauren Bacall has cinema personality to burn and she burns both ends against an unusually little middle...She has a javelin-like vitality, a born dancer's eloquence of movement, a fierce female shrewdness, and a special sweet-sourness. With these faculties, plus a stone-crushing confidence and a trombone voice, she manages to get across the toughest girl a piously regenerate Hollywood has dreamed of in a long, long while."---film critic James Agee

Received an honorary degree from Columbia University in 1998.

"Yeah, once you pass the age of 25, you're in trouble. The preoccupation with youth and with endless trips to the plastic surgeon begining at age 18 is just horrific. But I'm very lucky. Believe me, I'm grateful every day for that fact that I'm still working, and I intend to keep working until I drop, Which I hope will not be today or tomorrow. [laughs] But I think the reason I've continued to work is that I've never stopped, and also that I've spent 20 years starring in plays and musicals and being in the public eye."---Bacall talks about aging in Hollywood to Interview Magazine April 2004

She acknowledges that updating her life sometimes proved to be painful, especially recalling the loss in a year's span of many close friends, "... each of them very important to me; it was like an epidemic." Among them: Roddy McDowall, songwriter Adolph Green, playwright Peter Stone, actors Alec Guinness, John Gielgud, Gregory Peck and Katharine Hepburn, and writer-director George Axelrod.

"The (losses) chip away at your own life, and the world gets smaller," Bacall on writing "By Myself and Then Some," a follow-up to her 1978 memoir, "By Myself", April 4, 2005.

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