Posted By Vicki McClure Davidson on November 15, 2009
Sultry, intelligent Lauren Bacall is one of my favorite actresses from the Golden Age of Hollywood. She made a number of films, but the best, in my opinion, were the film noir movies in which she co-starred with husband Humphrey Bogart (they first met and fell in love during the filming of To Have and Have Not). There had not ever been such a leading woman in films at that time, and the public went wild for her.
Sadly, I can’t think of any present-day film actress who can hold a candle to Bacall.
Bacall has finally been honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for her life’s work… about time.
From the Straits Times:
LOS ANGELES – HOLLYWOOD presented its first Oscars of the awards season late Saturday, honouring screen acting legend Lauren Bacall with a statuette for her life’s work in film.
‘I can’t believe it!’ Bacall gushed, as she was awarded the Governor’s Award at a ceremony that offered a foretaste of Oscar glitter and glamour.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences also honored director Roger Corman, cinematographer Gordon Willis and producer John Calley at the ceremony attended by an array of Hollywood luminaries – from George Lucas to Quentin Tarantino.
Bacall, one of the most successful screen sirens of the 1940s and 1950s made her screen debut in the classic film ‘To Have and Have Not’ in which she played the love interest of real-life future husband Humphrey Bogart, to whom she paid homage in her remarks.
‘He gave me a life and changed my life,’ she said of the ‘Casablanca’ screen hero to whom she was married from 1945 until his death in 1957.
Classic scene and famous line from the Bogart-Bacall film To Have and Have Not:
To Have and Have Not – “You Know How to Whistle, Don’t You?”
Great article on Hollywood and women, written by John Nolte at Big Hollywood: ‘Progressive’ Hollywood Fails Women Where Old Studio System Did Not.
Original Movie Trailer: To Have and Have Not
Original Movie Trailer: The Big Sleep
Original Movie Trailer: Key Largo
From Variety Fair: Bacall still sizzles with honorary Oscar:
Betty Joan Perske developed “The Look,” she said, out of first-day nervousness on the set of “To Have and Have Not.”
Said Perske, who became Lauren Bacall, “I realized that one way to hold my trembling head still was to keep it down, chin low, almost to my chest, and eyes up at Bogart.” A career and a great love were born that day. In the words of her memoir, “No one has ever written a romance better than we lived it.”
The Den Mother of the Rat Pack became a showbiz legend who keeps returning to the screen between theater engagements to give a new generation tantalizing tastes of what vintage Hollywood glamour really meant. (And she doesn’t coast. How many Golden Age divas would sign up to work for Lars von Trier? Twice!)
Good friend Kate Hepburn sagely summed up Lauren Bacall’s appeal: “All that pure simplicity, unguarded modesty and boyish courage, poured into a frame of leonine splendor.” All you have to do is think about her, and you can’t help but whistle. Just put your lips together and blow.”
“The Look” — A Tribute to Lauren Bacall
Los Angeles Times: Governors Awards presenters to include trio of Oscar winners:
Oscar champs Jonathan Demme (“The Silence of the Lambs”), Anjelica Huston (“Prizzi’s Honor”) and Quentin Tarantino (“Pulp Fiction”) as well as honorary Oscar winner Kirk Douglas are the first presenters announced for the inaugural Governors Awards on Nov. 14. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences event will fete Thalberg honoree studio exec John Calley and honorary Oscar recipients actress Lauren Bacall, producer Roger Corman and cinematographer Gordon Willis.
Douglas will no doubt salute Bacall, his onetime acting school classmate and co-star (“Young Man With a Horn”). Huston — daughter of director John Huston, who worked with Bacall and her husband Humphrey Bogart on “Key Largo” — could also be talking about Bacall’s talents. Expect Demme to sing the praises of Corman, who gave him his start as a director with “Caged Heat.” And perhaps Tarantino will also salute the pulp filmmaker.
Caged Heat Oscar-winning producer Bruce Cohen (“American Beauty”) is organizing the evening in collaboration with Emmy-winning director Don Mischer. As per the initial academy news release, the honorees “will also be acknowledged at the year’s Academy Awards ceremony.” That wording could mean that a highlight reel of the November night will be shown during the Oscar telecast, as is done now with the scientific and technical award winners. Or it could mean that the honorees are introduced in the audience of the Kodak Theatre.
Congratulations to Bacall — this was a well-deserved tribute by the film industry.
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