Lauren Bacall is turning 87 today. One of the most lasting stars of the classic Hollywood era, and a true testament to what it means to be a star, she had the good fortune to have made her first appearance on film opposite someone who knew how to act and mentor her–her future husband, Humphrey Bogart–and then embarked on one of the most famous and lasting relationships in Hollywood history. Known for her lanky figure and low, sultry voice, she had great success in film noir in the 1940’s, and branched out to Broadway in her later career. She seems to be still going strong today, and I certainly hope that we will be celebrating many more of her birthdays in the future. She is one of our precious few left, and I am so glad that she is still with us, healthy and happy living at her apartment in New York.
Called “Betty” by her friends throughout her life, I am posting a small tribute to her in honor of her birthday. Happy birthday Betty Bacall!!
On the cover of Harper’s Bazaar, the pose that helped turn her modeling career into film.
Her first moment on film, opposite Humphrey Bogart in To Have and Have Not.
Singing “How Little We Know” in To Have and Have Not.
On her wedding day to Humphrey Bogart.
With Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable in How to Marry a Millionaire.
With Bogart and their son Stephen.
In the Broadway show Applause.