Let’s talk about Lauren Bacall.
The golden screen legend died this week leaving behind a legacy of incredible films, scandalous love affairs and quotes dripping in sarcasm and glamour. Thanks to Twitter, thousands are being introduced to her phenomenal career, beauty and wit.
I first discovered Bacall as a young girl obsessed with old movies. I loved the glamour, the clothes and the feisty female leads, so much that from the age of five I refused to wear anything but dresses, in the hope that I could look half as glamorous and smart as Hollywood’s leading ladies.
Garland was my absolute favourite but as I grew older I became more drawn to the smoky voice and feline looks of Lauren Bacall. I liked her fire cracking wit and indisputable allure, something she became renowned for on screen as well as off. That woman knew how to how to make an impact; whether it was packing a punch as the ultimate femme fatal in films like the Big Sleep or How to Marry a Millionaire, dating the likes of Humphrey Bogart and Frank Sinatra or saying the F-word multiple times in a interview with Vanity Fair at the age of 86. If anyone has any doubt as to her charm and charisma, you have to watch this Youtube video clip. Thanks for teaching us how to whistle Bacall, you were some lady.
Stardom isn’t a profession, it’s an accident.
I am not a has-been. I am a will be.
I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that.
I wish Frank Sinatra would just shut up and sing.
You can’t always be a leading lady.
What is the point of working all your life and then stopping?
I fought for that part [in Designing Woman]; I wanted it badly. I took a lower salary, I did everything. Grace Kelly said, ‘I’ll never forgive you for playing that part. It was written for me.’ She got the prince, I got the part.
In Hollywood, an equitable divorce settlement means each party getting 50% of publicity.
I remember my oldest son, Steve, saying to me once, ‘I don’t ever remember seeing you with an apron on.’ And I thought, that’s right, honey, you did not. That was his concept of what a mother should be.
It’s inappropriate and vulgar and absolutely unacceptable to use your private life to sell anything commercially.
Find me a man who’s interesting enough to have dinner with and I’ll be happy.
Here is a test to find out whether your mission in life is complete. If you’re alive, it isn’t.