Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Lauren Bacall

Born today (September 16) in New York City in 1924, sultry film and stage actress Lauren Bacall.

Bacall originally wanted to be a dancer but she soon became interested in acting. A modeling job put Lauren's face on the the cover of Harper's Bazaar, one of the most popular magazines in the US, where the wife of famed director Howard Hawks spotted the picture and arranged with her husband to have Lauren take a screen test. As a result, she was given the part of Marie Browning in To Have and Have Not (1944), a thriller opposite the great Humphrey Bogart, when she was just 19 years old. This not only set the tone for a fabulous career but also one of Hollywood's greatest love stories (she married Bogart in 1945). It was also the first of several Bogie-Bacall films.

After 1945's Confidential Agent (1945), Lauren received second billing in The Big Sleep (1946) with Bogart. The mystery, in the role of Vivian Sternwood Rutledge, was a resounding success. Although she was making one film a year, each production would be eagerly awaited by the public. In 1947, again with her husband, Lauren starred in the thriller Dark Passage (1947). The film kept movie patrons on the edge of their seats. The following year, she starred with Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, and Lionel Barrymore in Key Largo (1948). The crime drama was even more of a nail biter than her previous film. ..more/source

1945 Italian film poster for
Confidential Agent

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