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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Remembering Lauren Bacall 1924 - 2014

Actress Lauren Bacall, who died Tuesday at age 89, received two Tony Awards for Best Actress in a Musical for Applause (1970) and Woman of the Year (1981). She made her acting debut at age 17 in the Broadway ensemble of the 1942 melodrama, Johnny 2 X 4, and she also starred in Goodbye, Charlie (1959), Cactus Flower (1965) and Waiting in the Wings (1999).

Bacall received an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Barbra Streisand's mother in The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996). Her other film credits include To Have and Have Not (1944), The Big Sleep (1946), Key Largo (1948), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953), Written on the Wind (1956), Designing Woman (1957), Sex and the Single Girl (1964), Harper (1966), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), The Shootist (1976), Health (1980), The Fan (1981), Ready to Wear (Prêt-à-Porter) (1994), My Fellow Americans (1996), Birth (2004) and The Walker (2007).

The actress also received a 1980 National Book Award for her wonderful 1978 autobiography, Lauren Bacall by Myself.

Below I've selected some videos to celebrate the life and career of Ms. Bacall.

Her first film, To Have and Have Not (1944), with Humphrey Bogart, whom she was married to from 1945 until his death in 1957. They had two children, Stephen and Leslie.

The Big Sleep (1946)

How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)

A 1960s television commercial for Instant Maxwell House Coffee featuring her and her second husband, actor Jason Robards, whom she was married to from 1961 to 1969. They had one son, actor Sam Robards.

She was the Mystery Guest on the game show, What's My Line?, on December 19, 1965.

She was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for the 1973 CBS television adaptation of the musical, Applause. Below you can watch her perform "But Alive" as well as "Welcome to the Theatre" and "Applause" (on the 1970 Tony Awards).

She performed "One of the Boys" from Woman of the Year on the 1981 Tony Awards. Bacall also enjoyed an offstage romance with her leading man, Harry Guardino.

The Fan (1981)

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson on September 3, 1987.

Merv Griffin's NBC special, Secrets Women Never Share, on December 14, 1987.

In 1988 she performed at Leonard Bernstein's 70th birthday, which was celebrated with a televised gala at Tanglewood.

The Dame Edna Experience on December 9, 1989

Late Night with David Letterman on December 12, 1989

The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996) and her acceptance speech at the 1997 Golden Globes after winning Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture.

She received an Honorary Oscar on November 14, 2009, "in recognition of her central place in the Golden Age of motion pictures."


Lance said...

Wow. Two awesome talents in two days. How very sad. Rest in peace Ms. Bacall.

joel65913 said...

Nice tribute Marc. It's a shame to see a legendary performer like her leave us but she had a huge, event packed life and it's doubtful she missed anything she wanted to do. I haven't had a chance to work through all the clips, the Dame Edna one I'm sure is a treat but I'll have to find 40 mins free to watch. However the Carson one is interesting and I absolutely adore all the What's My Line? mystery guest clips and this one didn't disappoint.

It's nice to think as she was the last of the Rat Pack, and the one who came up with the name, that they're all having a great big reunion today to celebrate her arrival with Frank, Dean, Judy and the whole gang singing to welcome her, with Jason Robards joining in, he seems like the type who would have fit right in.

Marc Harshbarger said...

Thanks, Joel - and I agree that it's doubtful she missed anything in life that she wanted to do.