Marilyn Monroe and Lauren Bacall attend the premier of How to Marry a Millionaire, 1953
“The next play I saw, some years after Hamlet, was The Philadelphia Story, starring my other favorite, Katharine Hepburn. There was the excitement of seeing a movie star in the flesh - live - onstage. And because the play was billed as a comedy, the audience entered the theatre with different attitudes. Katharine Hepburn was mysterious, wonderful - offereing her considerable self and her incredible personaity that was so good and funny. Hepburn’s clothes were floating, graceful - her hair was shoulder length and shining - she was glorious - the theatre was filled with laughter.
To be able to give such joy!
Would I ever be able to do that? I thought. It was one thing to make people in a room laugh, espicially relatives. But to do the same for stragers was quite another.
Katharine Hepburn that afternoon made me glad to be alive- and sure that being an actress was the only goal in life.”
Famous Film Partnerships: Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart (1944 - 1948)
Billed as “the most exciting star team on the screen”, the Bacall - Bogart partnership produced performances that were charged with the pair’s electric chemistry. Though the onscreen partnership was brief, lasting only four films, it was legendary.
I´m not ashamed of what I am—of how I pass through this life. What I am has given me the strength to do it. At my lowest ebb I have never contemplated suicide. I value what is here too much. I have a contribution to make. I am not just take up space in this life. I can add something to the lives I touch. I don´t like everything I know about myself, and I´ll never be satisfied, but nobody´s perfect. I’m not sure where the next years will take me —what they will hold—but I´m open to suggestions.
Humphrey Bogart gave Lauren Bacall a whistle engraved with the words “If you need anything, just whistle”, in reference To Have and Have Not, the first movie they did together and where they met in 1946. When Bogie died Bacall placed the silver whistle in the urn containing the ashes of her husband.