"He was too old for me, he’d had three wives, he drank, he was an actor and he was goyim," Bacall wrote in her autobiography of her prime passion. All that meant nothing to the slinky 19-year-old model who met the 44-year-old star while filming To Have and Have Not. They wed in 1945 (Bogie coolly muttered "hello, baby" at the end of the ceremony), and the two embarked on several delirious years running late with the Hollywood Rat Pack, saving time for two children. "Bogie and I were ridiculous, holding hands like teenagers….we mooned and swooned, we really loved," Bacall has said. The honeymoon ended in January 1957 when Bogart died of cancer. Wrote Bacall: "No one has written a romance better than we lived it." —People magazine
And our tears flowed like wine…
Lauren Bacall, you’ll be remembered.
On this day in 1906, a screen legend was born…paying tribute to one of the great auteurs of Classic Hollywood, Mr. Billy Wilder! (June 22, 1906 - March 27, 2002)
I supposed you could say he was a bit of a college boy. But he was highly professional. Worked like hell, never late, knew his lines. Had I said, “We’ll start the day with you standing on your head under that tree,” he’d say, “Oh, I see. Okay.” And he’d do it. If you asked some of the English actors to do much less, they’d start to argue. Trouble was, he was the biggest box office star in the world when he did Kwai. He was so good-looking and so accomplished that people kind of smiled – “Dear old Bill Holden, yes, very good” - and dismissed his talent. He had a huge talent and because it was apparently effortless, Bill never got the credit he deserved. - David Lean
I couldn’t agree more.