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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

RIP Lauren Bacall


I must confess that I can't recall ever seeing a Robin Williams movie although I'm sure, given the media coverage, he was a major star and due to the nature of his passing it is a story that will run and run.
By contrast, Lauren Bacall, who died August 12 aged 89, was a long time favourite of mine and I find it sad that the death of this icon has been overshadowed by that of Robin Williams.
The jazz content in her life?
Well there was the movie Young Man With a Horn with soundtrack by Harry James (it purported to tell the story of Bix but didn't). The Big Sleep where she croaked her way through And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine. To Have and to Have Not with Hoagy Carmichael singing Am I Blue? (it was claimed her voice was dubbed by Andy Williams!) and the famous line [to husband in real life Bogart] "You don't have to act with me, Steve. You don't have to say anything and you don't have to do anything. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together and... blow."
Sadly missed.
Obituary.
Lance.

5 comments :

Liz said...

yes agreed Lance, she was a real star of the first order

Russell said...

I've just taken Bacall's autobiography from the shelf to re-read. A class act.

Davey Sax (on f/b) said...

RIP Lauren Bacall. A true stellar star and the most beautiful woman to have walked this earth.

Russell said...

Davey, the most beautiful woman to have walked this earth has to be another of Bogie's co-stars - the one and only Ingrid Bergman.

Liz said...

well I think Ava Gardner would be a contender for this title...Frank thought so too !

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