Lauren Bacall, Sultry Movie Star, Dies at 89

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08...dies-at-89.html?_r=0

 

 

At least, she passed away in the fullness of time, unlike Robin Williams.

 

In the parlance of her day, she was a stand up broad.  In Las Vegas, when introduced to Sinatra and the gang, someone referred to them as cool cats. Ms.Bacall said they looked like a pack of rats -- the name stuck.  When I saw her first film, To Have and Have Not, I was astounded that not only was it her first film, but that she was 18 -19. 

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One of my favorite westerns and my favorite [most in character] John Wayne film was "The Shootist,"  It portrayed an old gunfighter dying of cancer played by the Duke who was dying of cancer.  It was JW playing himself as he had in numerous westerns and as was he medical condition.  Seemed it was he way to got out.

 

Unlike JW, it was unknowingly the last film as well for several members of the leading cast:  James Stewart, Richard Boone, Harry Morgan, John Carradine, Sheree North, Scatman Crothers.

 

And now Miss Lauren.

 

Only Hugh O'Brien survives as a member of that generation.

 

Richard Boone, {Paladin from "Have Gun Will Travel"} arriving at the scene of the final showdown in a tiller driven steam driven car,  Electrification.  All indicators of an end of a time.  As if their imminent passing was anticipated.

 

And Miss Lauren's angered passion toward JW.  Knowing  he was really dying, it appeared to me her emotions as well as Henry Morgan;s were genuine although the words were pulled out of a script. I but I wonder how many words were spontaneous.  I had a feeling they all had something to day.  Even by way of metaphor.  Ron Howard character wanting JW character how to "teach him" the nuances of his career.  

 

 I wonder what those production days were like after hours...reflecting on their career.

"The Shootist" is a keeper.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shootist

 

BTW, chronically,by the early 1900s around when this movie is portrayed, my cowboy grandpaw would have been headed back to Lawrence Co with a few head of Texas horses.

 

Loved The Shootist, Ms. Bacall kept her looks for years past that of most ladies.  Hope your granddad's horses were properly branded. 

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I don't remember her movies, but I liked her voice. OK, who's next? I've been thinking Bob Newhart since I saw him on Big Bang.

I guess I would say "How To Marry a Millionaire" is my favorite of hers (light-hearted fun with Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable starring as well). I also love "Dark Passage" where she helps hide Bogart after a prison escape. I'm a big classic movie buff but I haven't seen "To Have and Have Not" (her debut with Bogart) and some of her others. She wasn't a favorite of mine - I always thought she was rather course and "hard" but she certainly had presence and was unique. I remember reading her autobiography and it was excellent.

Originally Posted by David L.:

I guess I would say "How To Marry a Millionaire" is my favorite of hers (light-hearted fun with Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable starring as well). I also love "Dark Passage" where she helps hide Bogart after a prison escape. I'm a big classic movie buff but I haven't seen "To Have and Have Not" (her debut with Bogart) and some of her others. She wasn't a favorite of mine - I always thought she was rather course and "hard" but she certainly had presence and was unique. I remember reading her autobiography and it was excellent.

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What's not to like about How to Marry a Millionaire!  A great musical, with three gorgeous women.  `That hardness and courseness was part of her on screen persona -- as the orphaned salon singer, grafter in To Have and Have Not, or the worldly poor little rich girl in The Big Sleep with Bogart.,

 

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