Deadly Inspiration: Lauren Bacall
The style of Deadly is the Female is very much inspired by many of the old Hollywood starlets. There are so many incredible women from this era that we adore, we wanted to share with you their stories and signature looks…
On today’s blog we will be looking back at one of top 100 movie stars of all time, the screen siren Lauren Bacall!
Lauren Bacall was born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924, in New York City. As a school girl, Lauren always dreamt of becoming a dancer however she became enthralled with acting and new where her heart belonged. After high school Lauren studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. This opened up performing opportunities for Lauren to perform in off-broadway productions.
Because of her stunning beauty, Lauren took part in modelling jobs and even appeared on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar, one of the most popular magazines in the US. The wife of famed director Howard Hawks spotted the picture in the publication and arranged with her husband to have Lauren take a screen test. Lauren’s acting aspirations were about to take off as she was given the part of Marie Browning in To Have and Have Not (1944), a thriller opposite the great Humphrey Bogart, when she was just 19 years old. A love story blossomed between Bacall and Bogart, this Hollywood couple went on to marry in 1945 and would become a one of Hollywood’s greatest teams.
With her intoxicating voice and glamorous look, Lauren went on to become a huge acting success. She acted in at least one film a year, with each film highly anticipated by her adoring public. In 1953, Lauren appeared in her first comedy as Schatze Page in How to Marry a Millionaire (1953). The film, with co-stars Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable, was a smash hit all across the theaters of America and even today this film is considered a classic loved by so many.
After the passing of her husband in 1957, Lauren returned to New York to perform in several Broadway productions. She adored performing in front of a live audience who in return adored her. After a 5 year break, Lauren returned to the silver screen. Her final full screen debut came in 1996 for the television film My Fellow Americans. Lauren did make a small-scale comeback in the English-language dub of Hayao Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) as the Witch of the Waste but sadly due to ill health she had to step away from acting. Lauren Bacall died on 12th August 2014, just 5 weeks from her 90th birthday.
“I am not a has been. I am a will be.” – Lauren Bacall