"My son tells me, ‘Do you realize you are the last one? The last person who was an eyewitness to the golden age?’ Young people, even in Hollywood, ask me, ‘Were you really married to Humphrey Bogart?’ ‘Well, yes, I think I was,’ I reply. You realize yourself when you start reflecting — because I don’t live in the past, although your past is so much a part of what you are — that you can’t ignore it. But I don’t look at scrapbooks. I could show you some, but I’d have to climb ladders, and I can’t climb,"
“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.”
Lauren Bacall (September 16, 1924 ~ August 12, 2014)
Slim darling, you came along and into my arms and into my heart and all the real true love I have is yours – and now I’m afraid you won’t understand and that you’ll become impatient and that I’ll lose you – but even if that happened, I wouldn’t stop loving you for you are my last love and all the rest of my life I shall love you and watch you and be ready to help you should you ever need help.
All the nice things I do each day would be so much sweeter and so much gayer if you were with me. I find myself saying a hundred times a day, ‘If Slim could only see that’ or ‘I wish Slim could hear this.’ I want to make a new life with you – I want all the friends I’ve lost to meet you and know you and love you as I do – and live again with you, for the past years have been terribly tough, damn near drove me crazy. You’ll soon be here, Baby, and when you come you’ll bring everything that’s important to me in this world with you.
“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.”
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.