Fashion Icon Friday…featuring Lauren Bacall!

Lauren Bacall was born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924.

Bacall wanted to become a dancer after HS, but decided to pursue a career in acting. She attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York for 1 year after landing a few off-broadway roles. Unable to continue her schooling and pay her tution, she started modeling to help her mother with household costs. She started out as a covergirl on Harpers Bazar and caught the eye of Howard Hawks wife Slim. Slim encouraged her husband to bring Bacall in for a screen test for his film” To Have and Have Not.” She was only 19 when she landed the role opposite Humphrey Bogart. Bacall quickly changed her name from Betty to Lauren and added an extra L to her mother’s maiden name Bacal.

Bacall on cover of Harpers Bazaar

Bacall on cover of Harpers Bazaar…

Stunning looks...

Stunning looks…

To Have and Have Not...

To Have and Have Not…

Meeting Humphrey Bogart, who was many years her senior, and married at the time, she fell madly in love with him and he with her and the rest as they say is history. All she had to do was “whistle” for her Bogie.

Wedding Day...

Wedding Day…

 

Betty and Bogie with their kids...

Betty and Bogie with their kids…

They were married until Bogie’s untimely death from throat cancer, and had 2 children. According to her autobiography “Lauren Bacall, Myself” he remained the true one love of her life. She became a widow and single mom and she wasn’t even 40yrs old.

Bogie and Bacall....

Bogie and Bacall….

 

She went on to a brilliant stage and film career and was also married to actor Jason Robards with whom she had a son. That marriage ended in divorce. She was rumored to have had a torrid affair with Frank Sinatra after Bogart’s death.

Classic beauty...

Classic beauty…

Effortless and Chic...

Effortless and Chic…

Always head to toe chic...

Always head to toe chic…

And she's still got it...

And she’s still got it…

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She was then and still is a true Fashion Icon…

xo,

BDG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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