Happy Birthday Lauren Bacall-One of Hollywood’s Classiest Dames!

Lauren Bacall and her perfect pout c. 1940s

Lauren Bacall and her perfect pout c. 1940s

Today we celebrate the 89th birthday of the sultry Lauren Bacall.  She was born Betty Perske in New York City in 1924 and began modeling at an early age.  Her husky voice and smoldering good looks made her the perfect fit to play film noir femme fatales and she was whisked off to Hollywood in 1944 to start a career that would last decades.

Lauren Bacall's March 1943 Harper's Bazaar cover that launched her into fame.

Lauren Bacall’s March 1943 Harper’s Bazaar cover that launched her into fame.

Hollywood director Howard Hawks was looking for his next “it” girl when his wife spotted Lauren Bacall on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar – she suggested the young model to her husband.  Hawks’ was hooked and decided to take Bacall under his wing,  casting her as the starring female role in the 1944 “To Have and Have Not” opposite heart-throb Humphrey Bogart.  Bacall and Bogart (25 years her senior) fell in love on the set of the film and began an affair that would only end with Bogart’s death.  Their relationship would be considered one of the great Hollywood romances.

Lauren Bacall wearing a fabulous zebra blouse and pencil skirt.

Lauren Bacall wearing a fabulous zebra blouse and pencil skirt.

Bacall was so nervous on her first film that she couldn’t stop shaking. To steady her head – she would tuck her chin low and then cast her eyes up to meet Humphrey’s gaze.  Little did she know that this little trick would become her signature and dubbed “The Look”.  She also styled her own hair for the film and her shoulder-length waves became a popular look in the 1940s.

Lauren Bacall in a floral print summer suit. c. 1945

Lauren Bacall in a floral print summer suit giving “The Look”. c. 1945

Ms. Bacall  is a great example of a strong, confident women who still manages to exude femininity at the same time.  She is one of the last remaining stars from that golden era – what stories she must have!!  I’d love to sit down with her and get the old Hollywood scoop!  If you could ask Lauren one question – what would you ask?

Have a glamorous day!




By | 2016-05-25T20:07:54-04:00 September 16th, 2013|Celebrities, Fashion|2 Comments

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Hi, I'm Theresa, owner and chief classy dame at the Blue Velvet Vintage online boutique. Lover of mid century fashion and home decor, classic films, Old Hollywood, pretty dresses, red lipstick, swing dancing and retro culture in general. Between my ecommere site and vintage style blog my mission is to revive the eras of classy dressing and inspire women to add more glamour to their lives! So don't be shy! I love to hear from others who share my appreciation of the styles of the past.


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    Theresa September 16, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Thanks Jennifer. Love that Ageing Gracefully series. Great idea!

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    jennifer September 16, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    I love her such a strong and beautiful woman! I did a post on her not long ago too. Here is the link if you are interested in checking it out. It is in my Ageing Gracefully series. http://frocksandfrivolities.blogspot.com/2013/08/ageing-gracefully-lauren-bacall.html

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