Here’s Looking At You!

Lauren Bacall
 

Lauren Bacall.

She died last week at the age of 89.

And with everything else that happened–the death of Robin Williams, the horrible riots in Missouri, I thought we would take a moment and look back on a few of the highlights from the life of this beautiful actress.

Lauren Bacall became synonymous with the likes of Katherine Hepburn and Audrey Hepburn. Although unlike Katherine Hepburn who brought trousers to the forefront, or Audrey Hepburn, who gave us the little black dress, Lauren Bacall’s allure had nothing to do with fashion, but the use of her face. An irony since she started her career as a teenage fashion model who graced the covers of both Harper’s Bazaar as well as Vogue magazine.

It was the cover of Harper’s Bazaar that got her noticed for her first motion picture, even though she had already taken acting classes with Kirk Douglas and performed on the Broadway stage.

The picture?

“To Have and Have Not.”

It is said that during the screen test she was nervous—so nervous that her head would quiver. So in order to quell the shaking, she created the effect that has now became known as “The Look.”

You know, “The Look.”

That infamous pout, framed by high cheekbones and a long reaching delicate nose, with gothic arched eyebrows that framed the hood of her eyelids and the downcast edge of her lashes.

A “Look” that became her trademark and caught the eye of her co-star, Humphrey Bogart.

It is incredible to think that she was only nineteen when she made her extraordinary debut in that movie, acting opposite Humphrey Bogart in such a way that she appeared to be ten years older — the same age as Bogart, or perhaps even older.

Lauren Bacall was smart and sexy with a certain iconic toughness that was a contradiction which helped to shape a career that would span over 50 years. Yet, she confessed, however sarcastic and cool she appeared, she shook with nerves on set and suffered from stage fright for the rest of her life.

Her films included:

To Have and Have Not
The Big Sleep
Key Largo
How to Marry a Millionaire
Blood Alley
Written on the Wind
Designing Woman
The Gift of Love
The Shootist
The Mirror Has Two Faces

And there were numerous Broadway stage and guest vocal appearances in her later years

Lauren Bacall is quoted as saying, “I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that.”

So perhaps, rather than her “Look”, maybe we should celebrate her willingness to age in public.

Here’s looking at you Lauren Bacall!


 

So what do you think? Do you like to watch old movies? What are your feelings about this famous actress? Have you seen any of her films? If so, which one is your favorite?
 

Cheers everyone! And as always, thank you so much for all your support and wonderful comments!
Karen

 
 

30 thoughts on “Here’s Looking At You!

    1. Karen Post author

      Hi Coleen! It has to take a strong person to overcome something that powerful, don’t you think? Lauren Bacall was quite an example! 🙂

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    1. Karen Post author

      So true Alarna. Although hiding one’s life on their face has skyrocketed into a multi-million dollar business, eh? But I don’t think that we, for the most part, have to buy into that. And there’s no need to fear if we want people to like who we truly are, right? 🙂

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    1. Karen Post author

      Thank you so much for saying that Kassandra! That’s exactly what happened. And she was too incredible of an actress and person to ignore. Glad you enjoyed the post. ((Hugs!)) 🙂

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    1. Karen Post author

      Yay! Another Bacall fan! Just another thing we have in common Pat! Love that! Uh, you know, as time goes by, we all are sharing more of our life’s experiences on our face. You are in good company Pat, you gorgeous woman, you! You bet it’s okay. ((Hugs!)) 🙂

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    1. Karen Post author

      Thank you August! That quote says so much about her, doesn’t it? Yeah, it’s a personal fav of mine too. Although most of Lauren Bacall’s movies are older, you might have seen a Mirror Has Two Faces. If you haven’t, I cannot recommend it more. You and the hubby will enjoy it. Snuggle up and get the popcorn out! 🙂

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  1. KM Huber

    I believe I have seen all of Bacall’s early work. I checked Netflix and found some late films–in particular A Foreign Field and Ready to Wear–that I enjoyed watching. As others have noted, her grace and fabulous face had such chemistry with the camera. And that voice of hers! Thanks, Karen, for remembering her in such a thoughtful post.
    Karen
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    1. Karen Post author

      Karen, I had read that in order for Ms. Bacall to sound more mature for her part for To Have and Have Not, she purposely smoked tons of cigarettes to lower her voice and it stuck. Not a habit I would have suggested, but it got her recognition. I’m so glad we share an admiration for Lauren Bacall and the classics! Thank you for sharing your thoughts! 🙂

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    1. Karen Post author

      Diane, thank you so much for coming by today! I am slapping my hand against my head. Hello! I had forgotten that To Have and Have Not was a Hemingway story. Dah. I need a brain transplant. lol. No, you cannot go wrong with Hemingway. Thanks for mentioning that Diane. ((Hugs!))

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  2. Joanna Aislinn

    Thank you, Karen, for such a nice tribute to Lauren. I’ve only seen “How to Marry a Millionaire”. Interesting how her fear resulted in her trademark. And I love the quote re the kiss.

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    1. Karen Post author

      Hi Joanna! “How to Marry a Millionaire” was a classic. So glad you enjoyed it. Lauren Bacall was quite an actress. I think all that knew her will miss “the Look.” Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts! 🙂

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    1. Karen Post author

      Hi Denise! I hope that you have the opportunity to watch a Lauren Bacall movie. “To Have and Have Not” or “How to Marry a Millionaire” are both fantastic films. Have you ever watched A Mirror Has Two Faces? Excellent acting, along with Barbara Streisand and Jeff Bridges. That’s a do not miss film. But there are so many amazing classics to choose from. Enjoy! 🙂

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    1. Karen Post author

      Julia, our expressions are part of our beauty. You have a wonderful smile that lights up your whole face. You wear it well my friend! 🙂

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  3. Amy

    Laren Bacall…how I wanted to have her “the look.” I know that doesn’t sound grammatically correct, I don’t care. It seems I was always watching old movies (Karen, we didn’t have a color TV until 1975), and I loved Humphrie Bogart and Lauren Bacall and when my mom told me they loved each other in real life, I was done for. Thanks for the post!

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    1. Karen Post author

      Amy, let’s throw caution to the wind. I am not part of the grammar police. Nor will I report you. lol. How can anyone be a true Lauren Bacall fan if they don’t want her “the look”? I too watched all the old movies, (who needed a color TV when they were all black and white?), especially Bogart and Bacall. They’re real life attraction sizzled on the screen. Done for is right! Well said my friend! 🙂

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    1. Karen Post author

      Hi Julie! You are so right. Lauren Bacall was a classy lady. So glad to hear that you enjoy her movies. Me too. She really had presence on the screen. She will be missed for sure. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! 🙂

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  4. Patricia

    I LOVE that kiss part. “What’d ya do that for.”
    “I wanted to see if I’d like it.”
    “What’s the verdict?”
    “I don’t know yet.”
    And then the kicker – “It’s even better when you help.”

    That’s good stuff right there.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt
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    1. Karen Post author

      Good stuff is right, Patricia! “It’s even better when you help. Love it! I think sometimes that it pays to study some of the old classics for dialogue ideas. There was some good writing that has been long forgotten. 🙂

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    1. Karen Post author

      Pru, my family was the last on the block to get a color TV, so every movie looked old. lol. But yes, Ms. Bacall was a beauty! 🙂

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    1. Karen Post author

      Hi Jennette! With all the positive accolades and experience, it is hard to believe Lauren Bacall has such stage fright. But maybe that’s more common than we think, eh? 🙂

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