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My ‘somewhat’ encounter with Lauren Bacall

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

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My ‘somewhat’ encounter with Lauren Bacall

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By Allan R. Ellenberger

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The recent death of Lauren Bacall brought back a memory of my only time seeing her in person. I call it a ‘somewhat’ encounter because I was a bystander to this event, but I was there—I was a witness. I guess you could say I was part of a three-way meet, but had no direct interaction with the actress myself. This story could be subtitled Bangley & Bacall—and me.

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The year was 1998, and I was at the Bel Air Hotel with my late friend, film historian and bon vivant, Jimmy Bangley. He was the guest of a close friend who made yearly visits to Los Angeles and always rented him a room at the posh, celebrity ridden, hotel. Anyone that knew or remembers Jimmy, knows that he was a huge Barbra Streisand fan—what am I saying, a huge fan? A humongous fan. Anyway, Bacall had recently made a film with Streisand called The Mirror Had Two Faces and was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress award, and won a Golden Globe.

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One day I was visiting Jimmy at the Bel Air, and we walked out to the swimming pool, looking around hoping for a star sighting. We were not disappointed for there, sitting at a table was Lauren Bacall, her hair wet, and she was wearing a white cotton Bel Air robe. She was in the middle of a card game with two kids; we assumed they were her grandchildren.

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Never shy, Jimmy sees her and rushes over, breathless, and before she can flee or make any defensive moves, he blurts out, “Oh Miss Bacall, I just loved you in The Prince of Tides.” Bacall just stared at this flamboyant and obviously confused man standing before her, and then she shot a glance at me. I tried to duck. If it wasn’t for the chatter of a couple dozen people sitting around us, we would have heard the crickets sing. It took a second but Jimmy realized his goof and that he had the wrong Streisand film. “Oh, I’m sorry Miss Bacall, I meant The Mirror…”

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“Yes, I know what you meant,” Bacall said icily, not letting him continue. She returned to her card game without saying anything more, giving us our cue to leave. We walked slowly back to his room and eventually had a good laugh about it. Needless to say, as he recounted the encounter later, Jimmy came up with some of his famous quips at Lauren Bacall’s expense. Thanks for the memory Ms Bacall and say hi to Bogie for me.

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Lauren Bacall Obituary

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

OBITUARY

Lauren Bacall, who taught Humphrey Bogart how to whistle, dies at 89

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By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
August 12, 2014

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At 19, Lauren Bacall was living every red-blooded American woman’s dream: Humphrey Bogart was standing inches from her, waiting for her to speak.

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They were shooting a crucial scene in director Howard Hawks’ 1944 wartime drama “To Have and Have Not,” but her head was shaking, as was her hand and the cigarette she was holding. And trembling was not in the script.

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So Bacall tipped her head down so that her chin almost touched her chest. It was the only way she could steady herself. From that stance she gazed upward at Bogart.

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In that moment “the look” was born — the one that would make the sultry-voiced actress a screen legend and redefine sexuality for generations to follow.

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Click here to continue reading the Los Angeles Times obituary for Lauren Bacall

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Academy Announces Governors Awards

Friday, September 11th, 2009

ACADEMY NEWS

Bacall, Corman, Calley and Willis: Newest Oscar recipients a diverse bunch

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The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences knows you can’t keep a secret in this town, so it  announced the honorees of its first-ever Governors Awards event as soon as voting by the board of governors was finished about 11 p.m. Thursday.

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Three deserving people, Lauren Bacall, cinematographer Gordon Willis and producer Roger Corman, were selected to receive honorary awards, meaning the Oscar statuette that has eluded each of them for a lifetime. Producer and veteran studio executive John Calley will receive the Irving G. Thalberg award, which is presented for excellence in producing and was last given to Dino De Laurentiis in 2001. No Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award will be presented — Jerry Lewis got it in February.

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Hollywood at Home…

Friday, October 17th, 2008

 Architectural Digest

 

  

‘HOLLYWOOD AT HOME’ ISSUE

 

Everyone knows the best distraction for the real problems of the world is celebrity culture, and rather than go check to see how the stock market is doing, let’s thumb through Architectural Digest, which has just published its Hollywood At Home issue. A shot of the still-on the market Cecil DeMille estate (chopped and now listed at $23.95 million) is available, while here’s the backstory on Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall’s old Benedict Canyon home:

 

“Previously owned by Hedy Lamarr, it consisted of eight rooms, stood on six and a half acres, and had a pool, a picket fence and eight coops, where the Bogarts kept an ever-expanding population of chickens, roosters and ducks. With the help of decorator Bill Yates, Bacall did most of what Movieland called the “interior planning” in a mixture of Dutch, Early American and French provincial furniture.”

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