*Includes pictures.*Includes Bacall's own quotes about her life and career.*Includes a bibliography for further reading.*Includes a table of contents. “Imagination is the highest kite that can fly.” – Lauren Bacall A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history’s most influential... show more
*Includes pictures.*Includes Bacall's own quotes about her life and career.*Includes a bibliography for further reading.*Includes a table of contents. “Imagination is the highest kite that can fly.” – Lauren Bacall A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history’s most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors’ American Legends series, readers can get caught up to speed on the lives of America’s most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known. It is exceedingly difficult to think about Lauren Bacall without also thinking of her famous husband, Humphrey Bogart. After all, it is no accident that Bacall was entirely unknown before starring at just 20 years old with her future husband in Howard Hawks’ famous film To Have and Have Not in 1944. And of course, Bogart’s infatuation with the young actress helped ensure she would continue to be cast in movies with him moving forward. “Bogie and Bacall” are just one of a number of legendary romantic screen duos in film history, and there have been other famous screen couples who made headlines off the set as well, but few compare in terms of success. In the wake of their first film together, Bacall and Bogart captivated audiences in other films during the decade, including The Big Sleep (1946), Dark Victory (1947), and finally, Key Largo (1948). Even though they did not appear in a large number of films together, the popularity and cultural significance of these films solidified the status of “Bogie and Bacall” as one of the premier romantic couples in film history. When Bogart died in 1957, Bacall was still in her 30s, yet from 1957 onward her name scarcely surfaces in popular culture, as though Bacall was simply wiped away with her late husband. In fact, it often comes as a great surprise to people that Bacall is still alive and well as she nears her 90th birthday. For her part, Bacall has remained at least partially in the public eye through her own meticulous documentation of her life, captured through two detailed memoirs (the first published in the late 1970s, the second published in 2005.) It is true that Bacall never reached anything close to the heights of the fame she enjoyed with Bogart, but she appeared in many movies in the years after his death and was even involved in a second high-profile marriage with actor Jason Robards from 1961-1969. She has remained active well into old age and never officially retired; in fact, she held a starring role in the 2012 film The Forger. American Legends: The Life of Lauren Bacall examines each period of Bacall’s life, addressing her life before, during, and after her relationship with Humphrey Bogart. In particular, Bacall’s career is a case study in how to age gracefully on film and television. Her life and career illuminate many pertinent areas of cinema and American culture, and the role of women in film and society. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about Lauren Bacall like never before, in no time at all.