Thursday, July 24, 2008

Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall is an actress whose career began in the theater in the 1940s and continued into movies. She is known for her husky voice and sultry looks, which she used to advantage in many movies. Her first feature was 1944's "To Have and Have Not", in which she costarred with Humphrey Bogart, who would become her husband the following year and they would remain married until his death in 1957.

In 1980, I sent Ms. Bacall two photos, to her residence at the famed New York City Dakota Apartments. She signed both and returned them to me within one week. The photos can be seen here and here. It appears to me that she may have signed the photos hastily, as on the first one, she incorrectly spelled my last name, though it's a common error. On the second, while she spelled it correctly, her pen must have been running out of ink and she wrote over her own signature with a 'new' pen.

Here's a video of clips from "To Have and Have Not".

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