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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • VINTAGE MIAMI: c. 1960s

Baby: 1924-2014

Baby: 1924-2014

        Lauren Bacall, the smoky-voiced movie legend who taught Humphrey Bogart how to whistle in "To Have and Have Not," died today in New York at the age of 89.

-- Los Angeles Times

1944. "Actress Lauren Bacall, three-quarters portrait, in houndstooth-check jacket." Warner Bros. publicity still for To Have and Have Not. View full size.

 

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What a broad!

Or as Bogie referred to her, "steel with curves."

Somewhere

up in the heavens above, Bogie is smiling right now.

Wasn't, Isn't, Won't be ...

... another like her; even in this simple photo, she conveys so much.

She'll be sorely missed.

19 years old

Her age in this photo. Girls were women a lot earlier in those days. (And Bogart was 44 at the time.)

Total Class

Hollywood has lost another very class act.

Just her voice could make me go weak in the knees. I'm sorry to say it but the actresses of today will never match the combination of class, beauty and sophistication they had in the Golden Age of Hollywood.

And now we Have Not

"Class" is right, and Betty Perske, born in the Bronx and raised by a mother struggling after the father left when Betty was just 6, proved that class has nothing to do with birthright or money.

Whenever notable actresses have passed, I've always thought, "At least we still have the very best". The stars shine notably less bright tonight.

I'm grateful for the legacy left behind in still and motion film.

Turning Out

To be a very bad week.

Class Act Indeed

Dave - You nailed it.

Betty Bacall could hold her own in any company; indeed, shine in any company.

A Class Act

There's "pretty," there's "beautiful," and then there's Lauren Bacall, sui generis. She will be missed.

Smokin'.

Smart enough to go to head-to-head with Bogart (on screen and off), sexy enough to win leading lady roles for three decades, cool enough to get a front row seat for the Beatles' 1964 Carnegie Hall performance. She cannot be over-appreciated.

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