Bacall and Bogie

Bacall and Bogie

Just wanted to stop in and say Happy 85th Birthday to the amazing Lauren Bacall

I first watched Bacall in How to Marry Millionaire with Marilyn Monroe several years ago and loved this quirky comedy. The story is, as the title suggests, about 3 women who rent an upscale New York apartment they can’t afford in hopes of snagging the rich men in their building.

Recently I watched Bacall in The Big Sleep, a fantastic thriller with she starred opposite her then-husband Humprey Bogart.

This movie is one you may need to watch more than once to catch everything going on. But the chemistry between Bacall and Bogart is unmistakable and it is clear why they ended making several more films together.

While of course I believe there are many great actors still making films today, a quote from Bacall sums up the majority of Hollywood:

“We live in an age of mediocrity. Stars today are not the same stature as Bogie (Humphrey Bogart), James Cagney, Spencer Tracy, Henry Fonda and Jimmy Stewart (James Stewart).”