Lauren Bacall: The Look and the Life [WATCH VIDEO]

By Ambika Thakur | 3 years ago
Lauren Bacall: The Look and the Life [WATCH VIDEO]
Screenshot of Lauren Bacall from the trailer for the film w:en:Written on the Wind/Aylaross

Hollywood actress Lauren Bacall, who was known for her moniker as “The Look,” has died at the age of 89. She was one of the most celebrated actresses during the post-war era and lived as one of the last living legends of classic Hollywood. Before she died, Bacall led a great life with the inimitable splendor and grandeur of a classic star. Click here to see her life in pictures. Read on to learn more about this story.

She was born on Sept. 16, 1924 in New York City and  died on Aug. 12, 2014 at 89. Bacall was a fashion magazine cover model. Then she debuted in Hollywood in the movie “To Have and Have Not,” co-starring with Humphrey Bogart, whom she spent 12 years of happy married life. They were together until his death in 1957 because of lung cancer. Bacall was confounded. Then she had a brief and grievous fling with Frank Sinatra. She got married again to Jason Robards Jr.  The couple soon had a son named Sam. She and Robards were divorced in 1969.

In 1978, Bacall penned down her first memoir, entitled “By Myself.” The memoir won a National Book Award. In 1994, the second part entitled “Now” was published. Both parts of the memoirs candidly conversed complicated element of her life, including the alcoholism of both of her husbands and also discussed some very controversial topics.

During Bacall’s decades-long career, she has played influential roles in movies that included “Key Largo,”  “A Woman’s World,”  “Murder on the Orient Express,”   “The Fan,”  “The Portrait” and “The Mirror Has Two Faces.”  Hot, chic and charismatic — Lauren Bacall’s one and only face have made her one of Hollywood’s most remarkable actresses. Bacall was undoubtedly the best person to offer her judgment on relationships and romance.  She’s been both intensely in love and frantically frustrated with the relationships in her life. So with her prominent prudence, we at MNG have compiled Bacall’s best quotes on romance and life.

On man-woman relationship:

“A woman isn’t complete without a man. But where do you find a man — a real man — these days?”

On the notion of “having it all”:

“I put my career in second place throughout both my marriages and it suffered. I don’t regret it. You make choices. If you want a good marriage, you must pay attention to that. If you want to be independent, go ahead. You can’t have it all.”

On what she expect her man to have:

“Find me a man who’s interesting enough to have dinner with and I’ll be happy.”

On singlehood:

“I don’t sit around thinking that I’d like to have another husband; only another man would make me think that way.”

On manly desires:

“Men need to feel important. They feel better when they’re with younger girls or unknown girls.”

On Humphrey Bogart:

“Just looking at him could make me tremble. When he took my hand in his, the feeling caught me in the pit of my stomach — his hand was warm, protecting, and full of love. When he saw me at the beginning of the day and when he called me on the telephone, his first words were always, ‘Hello, Baby.’”

“I was a complete virgin when I met him. He was my mentor, my teacher and the love of my life. I remember every word he ever said to me, but I will never see him again.”

“I fairly often have thought how lucky I was. I knew everybody because I was married to Bogie, and that 25-year difference was the most fantastic thing for me to have in my life.”

On Frank Sinatra:

“Well, his attention span was not long, shall we say.”

“I wish Frank Sinatra would just shut up and sing.”

“He was… a womaniser; he wanted to be in the sack with everybody.”

On surviving hardship:

“At the time of [Humphery Bogart’s] death, all I wanted, I think, was to believe that my life would continue. Everyone’s a survivor. Everyone wants to stay alive. What’s the alternative? See, I prefer to prevail.”

On the constitution of marriage:

“I never believed marriage was a lasting institution… I thought that to be married for five years was to be married forever.”

And that’s the news on Lauren Bacall. For more entertainment news coming up, stay tuned here on  Movie News Guide (MNG).

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