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.
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.
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.
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!