Lauren Bacall passed away today at the age of 89.
She was one the last of the greats of Old Hollywood.
In a time when female roles were either the vixen or the innocent damsel in distress, Ms. Bacall was the opposite. Smart and sexy, she defied the stereotypes of what it was to be not just a woman, but to be a woman in the golden age of Hollywood.
She was the only child of Romanian Jewish immigrants. Despite the whitewashing of ethnicity that was extremely common in those days, Bacall never forgot where she came from.
Her marriage to Humphrey Bogart was legendary. Despite the 25 years age difference, their 11 year marriage produced three films and two children.
My favorite Lauren Bacall movie is naturally her first, To Have And Have Not. She and Bogart have this magnetic, electric chemistry. Their chemistry is sexual without any clothing being shed.