Lauren Bacall’s contribution to the cinema cannot be overstated. She lived and worked during the Golden Age of motion pictures where women were just as strong as men despite society’s norms at the time.
Early Work as a Model
As a teenage fashion model she appeared on the iconic cover of Harper’s Bazaar in March 1943. She also earned herself a Vogue cover as well. Her grace, beautiful, blonde hair and blue-green eyes were several of the characteristics that bolstered her modeling career.
In 1944, Lauren Bacall was cast and filmed her first movie To Have and Have Not. She was so nervous during each take of her scenes that she pressed her chin against her chest to minimize her quivering. When she faced the camera, she tilted her eyes upward. Who knew this would be the start of “The Look” that would make Bacall so famous? Along with her sultry voice, these would become Lauren Bacall’s trademarks. On the set of To Have and Have Not (1944) is where she filmed her first motion picture with future husband Humphrey Bogart.
In 1953, Ms. Bacall starred opposite Marilyn Monroe in the hit romantic comedy How to Marry a Millionaire.
Lauren Bacall went on to make many more movies, including several with husband Humphrey Bogart. Most notably, the 1996 film The Mirror Has Two Faces earned Ms. Bacall a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination.
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Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart were married in 1945 – she was 20, he was 45 – as such, she was nicknamed “Baby”. Their marriage lasted until his death from cancer in 1957. She had a son and daughter with Bogart and also a son with short-time husband actor Jason Robards.
As for her political views, she was a staunch liberal Democrat. She gave speeches for Democratic Presidential contender Adlai Stevenson. Along with many of her fellow Hollywood colleagues, she was a steadfast opponent of McCarthyism. In a 2005 interview with Larry King, Ms. Bacall is quoted as saying “being a liberal is the best thing on earth you can be. You are welcoming to everyone when you’re a liberal. You do not have a small mind.”