Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Great On Screen Couples: Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall

From the first time they met, Bogie and Bacall were pure magic. When cast as Marie in her first film, To Have And Have Not (1944), the sparks she and Bogie created was something special. At the time Humphrey was married to his third wife, but once he met Bacall, he had found his true love. The two married a year later and following that, they teamed up for their second film, the noir classic The Big Sleep (one of my personal favorite films). By now Bogie and Bacall knew each other so well, they practically finished each other sentences. They would make two more films together: 1947's Dark Passage and 1948's Key Largo.
And while we no longer see their magic on screen again, Bacall did provide Bogie with something his first three wives never did: a son and a daughter. And they was able to enjoy being a family for a little bit before Bogie's death due to throat cancer. Bacall would later marry again to Jason Robards Jr but would divorce him in 9 years. Bacall herself stated that she never met a man to match her first love. Humphrey Bogart was cremeated and his ashes were interred at Forest Lawn in Los Angeles. Lauren Bacall is one Hollywood's last living legends and periodically makes a rare film appearance.

1 comment:

  1. Monty, I agree, can think of only two words... pure magic.


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