Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Lauren Bacall - a Dark Passage to The Big Sleep

One of the great actresses of all time, Lauren Bacall (aka: Mrs. Humphrey Bogart), has been lost to us (source). She will be mourned and missed by anyone familiar with her work and I must say I will miss her dearly.


Not only was she a native New Yorker (thus I have an affinity for her), she also was one of the best, most beautiful and most sultry actresses I have ever seen. She was repeatedly considered one of the most beautiful women ever, not only by fans but by organizations such as Harper's Bazaar (a very well know magazine back in the day), Empire Magazine and People magazine. In fact, her appearance in Harper's Bazaar quickly led to a screen test and she was given a starring role, in 1944, next to Humphrey Bogart in To Have and Have Not (also starring Walter Brennan).  It was her very first film and there she was with Bogart and Brennan!

She starred in other true classics such as: The Big Sleep, Dark Passage (both beside Bogart) and in Key Largo (with both Bogart and Edward G. Robinson). Bogart was enamored with her from the beginning. They were married in 1945 and remained married until Bogart's death in 1957. She also acted beside the likes of: Gary Cooper in Bright Leaf, Betty Grable and Marilyn Monroe in How To Marry A Millionaire, Tony Curtis, Henry Fonda and Natalie Wood in Sex And The Single Girl, Albert Finney and Ingrid Bergman in Murder On The Orient Express, John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart in The Shootist, Jack Lemmon, James Garner and Dan Akroid in My Fellow Americans and as a voice of one of the cartoon characters in - Family Guy's - 'Moms The Word' episode as recently as this year. It was rumored she was working on a film in production at the time of her death. There were many more films and Broadway productions to her credit. Thus her acting career spanned the better part of 70 years! (Besides my personal knowledge of her films, the source for almost everything else in this paragraph was http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000002/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1.)

She was an amazingly beautiful, wonderfully productive and legendary actress who could act better than any today!

They say that actors/actresses die in threes and sadly it seems all too often to be true. With the passing of Robin Williams yesterday and Lauren Bacall today - I can only wonder whom we will lose and mourn next!

All the best,
Glenn B

She Thought Obama Was An Arsehat...

...then appeared to support him completely once he made her part of his cabinet (even to the point of outrageousness on Benghazi). She is now back to her normal politicizing self and to her seeming habit of placing blame on everyone else (even her former boss) and has now gone for Obama's carotid artery with claws fully extended as she prepares to make a run for the presidency. Who else but Hillary! See: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/08/10/clinton-critical-obama-foreign-policy-says-failure-to-act-in-syria-created/

All the best,
GB
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