It was very sad news to hear that actress, Lauren Bacall, had passed away today at the age of 89.
As a little girl of relatively older parents, growing up in the 1960’s, my mum and dad would watch the films from the golden era of Hollywood and tell me all about the actors and actresses that they had grown up with in the 1930’s & 1940’s. Lauren Bacall with her husky voice and sultry look was a name and face I was very familiar with and I loved her films with husband Humphrey Bogart, such as The Big Sleep and Key Largo, where their on screen chemistry was palpable even to me then, at a young age. Bacall later went on to say he was her great love and their relationship, was always something that she was famous for throughout her life.
When I married Mr B, who was a crazy movie buff, we spent many a rainy weekend watching old black & white films and 2 years into our romance, in 1985, he surprised me with theatre tickets to see Lauren Bacall in “Sweet Bird of Youth” a play by Tennessee Williams, directed by Harold Pinter. It was a night I’ll never forget, seeing a legendary actress such as Bacall up close and personal and still with that amazing presence, inimitable voice and perfect delivery of her lines, ever the professional. She was incredible and I feel so honoured to have seen her during her career.
So it is with genuine sadness that I say Ms Bacall RIP, you were one of the last greats and we will never forget you.