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14 October 2009 @ 09:54 pm
Hollywood's Golden Couple: Bogie & Bacall  

The term "Hollywood's Golden Couple" is thrown around far too frivolously around nowadays. Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall's love story on a Hollywood set is now a classic act among celebrities, but when it comes to being a real 'Golden Couple', both Bogie & Bacall still reign supreme because few couples can hold their own on-screen, as well as maintain a sizzling hot chemistry with just dialogue.

Humphrey Bogart met Lauren Bacall when she was just a teenager--- she was 19 and he was 45. He was unhappily married in his 3rd marriage and she had been brought up to not to have nothing to do with married men--- "I was brought up to not have anything to do with married men, of course, I didn't pay a lot of attention to that, did I?" Lauren laughs.

Bogart nicknamed Bacall "Baby," and that name stuck with her for life. She had been a model since she was sixteen and had acted in two failed plays. Howard Hawks, the director of To Have and Have Not called in Bacall after seeing her on the cover of Harper's Bazaar. Reportedly he said, “I just saw your test. We’ll have a lot of fun together”. Bogart initiated a romance some weeks into the filming and this marked Bogart's first on-screen romance with a leading lady.

Bogie & Bacall: The Golden Years

When Americans first saw Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall together, they knew the two were made for each other. "He was very apprehensive about the age difference. But it didn't bother me. I thought we suited one another perfectly." Lauren says in an interview with CBS.

"You know you don't have to act with me, Steve.
You don't have to say anything, and you don't have to do anything. Not a thing. Oh, maybe just whistle.

You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together and... blow."

"You know Steve, you're not very hard to figure, only at times. Sometimes I know exactly what you're going to say. Most of the time. The other times... the other times, you're just a stinker."

- To Have and Have Not (1944)

The Wedding

Bogart and Bacall were married on a farm in Lucas, Ohio on May 21, 1945 three months after his divorce from Methot became final.
The May 21 wedding, held at novelist Louis Bromfield's Mansfield, Ohio, farm, then a hideaway for Hollywood's smart set, was one of 1945's romantic high points.

Bacall, wearing a pale pink suit, delayed her entrance down the grand staircase for one last trip to the john as a single woman. Bogie, who joked that he was her ''something old,'' fortified himself with a martini. They became man and wife while tears streamed down the groom's face and a boxer dog named Prince sat on the marrying judge's feet. After kissing his bride at the altar, Bogie, still choked up, blurted out, ''Hello, Baby.'' Years later Bacall said, ''I hugged him and was reported to have said, 'Oh goody.' Hard to believe, but maybe I did.'' (paragraph taken from Entertainment Weekly)

Mr. and Mrs. Bogart

Bogie & Bacall starred in 4 films together--- To Have and Have Not, Dark Passage, Key Largo and The Big Sleep, and on-screen, went their separate ways in the '50s as Lauren went on to do films such as the comedies How to Marry a Millionaire with Marilyn Monroe and Bogart went on to do his Oscar-winning role in The African Queen with Kate Hepburn. Off-screen, their marriage was a happy one in spite of their differences.


Steven Humphrey Bogart was born in 1949, Steven was named after Bogart's character in To Have and Have Not. Daughter Leslie Howard Bogart was born in 1952, named after British actor Leslie Howard who was responsible for Bogart's first big break in Hollywood.

Their life together eventually came to a bittersweet end after 13 years of marriage. As Lauren worked on Designing Women with Gregory Peck, she had to cope with Bogart's failing health, who was struggling with throat cancer. He died in 1957, leaving Bacall--- "Baby" a widow at 32.

My Favorite Bogie and Bacall pictures

"The man had an incredible personality. …He was a great reader of books…and -- wherever he was, people were laughing, always. …He had every quality that…I never thought of before in any man. I adored him and I had a great life with him."
- Lauren Bacall, on Humphrey Bogart

Buried with Humphrey Bogart is a small golden whistle, which he had given to Lauren before they were married. On it was inscribed: "If you want anything, just whistle" as a reference to the film that brought them together.

For me, no other Hollywood couple will ever match the charm, chemistry, intensity and story that was Bogie & Bacall. They were 2 of the most fearless actors I've ever seen, and on-screen, their chemistry was beyond. In a film about mystery and murder that had gone tragically convoluted, both Bogie & Bacall managed to salvage it by turning the film into The Bogie & Bacall Show. Although they were married for a short-lived 13 years, it is my belief that those were the best of both of their lives.
Beck: Jim and Pam Niagra Fallsmintenergy on October 14th, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow. This is incredible. I loved these two from the moment I saw "To Have and Have Not" on PBS almost a decade ago. I watched all of their movies together after that-I thought they were the most amazing thing. I haven't thought of them in years... and then I saw this picspam and it all came rushing back. I think you chose an excellent subject and did a fantastic job. Thank you so much for sharing!
Nataliefairchilds on October 14th, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC)
After I watched "To Have and Have Not" I HAD to watch all their films immediately and their chemistry is mind-blowing.

Thank you so much!
I had fun once and it was awfulvisiblemarket on October 14th, 2009 03:31 pm (UTC)
This was wonderful, they both look so comfortable and happy with each other, it's adorable.
Natalie: & glee: everything's going to be amazingfairchilds on October 14th, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
Kirstenfreak4theater on October 14th, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
Absolutely awesome. I love Bogie and Bacall and these pictures are fabulous!
Natalie: & harry potter: magical triofairchilds on October 14th, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!
ur mom: bogie&bettyindy788 on October 14th, 2009 03:51 pm (UTC)
I adore them. This is beautiful
Natalie: & bacallfairchilds on October 14th, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
thank you!!!
Farting Hero: emmasugarskyhigh on October 14th, 2009 04:37 pm (UTC)
That quote. I was always reading that everywhere, and I'm like, "That's beautiful". I need to watch this ASAP.

The pictures! Beautiful. The black and white makes it seem so intense. <3

Old Hollywood sounds so golden. I wish I was born then. I need to watch these classic movies more!
Nataliefairchilds on October 14th, 2009 05:05 pm (UTC)
To Have and Have Not, their first film, is the best, but I sat through all the other films despite the silly plots because they were so incredible as a couple that they really didn't need a plot.

thank you bb!
little birdpredire on October 14th, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
This is so beautiful! I love it :)
Nataliefairchilds on October 15th, 2009 02:35 pm (UTC)
thank you!
blonde high heeled feminist: [?tw] cigarettes and cheap perfumenotashamed on October 14th, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
this is so wonderful - i must bring my husband to this picspam for he just adores these two.
Natalie: & OTP: bogie and bacallfairchilds on October 15th, 2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
thank you so much!
Cecil: Audrey Hepburn: Lady in Redbiscottis on October 14th, 2009 06:46 pm (UTC)
FABULOUS, FABULOUS POST ♥ It's really rare to see an entry dedicated to old hollywood <3
Natalie: & audreyfairchilds on October 15th, 2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
Then I've achieved my goal, thank you!!
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Nataliefairchilds on October 15th, 2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
thank you!!
margottenenbaum: Audrey backmargottenenbaum on October 14th, 2009 09:22 pm (UTC)
This is beautiful. They looked so happy together. It's so sad that their time together was so short.
Natalie: & bacallfairchilds on October 15th, 2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
It really is. Thank you!
katienatkatienat on October 14th, 2009 09:27 pm (UTC)
Oh my God, I love you for this! They make me DIE seriously, such a gorgeous couple. I love reading about their romance in Lauren Bacall's autobiography...amazing job!
Natalie: & bacallfairchilds on October 15th, 2009 02:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I've yet to check out her autobiography but I'm dying to.
liz lemon.everyforever on October 14th, 2009 09:29 pm (UTC)
oh, gosh, i love them ♥ i'm so glad you did this!! it's so beautiful!!
Natalie: & tswiftfairchilds on October 15th, 2009 02:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
madeelly: kate black whitemadeelly on October 14th, 2009 10:21 pm (UTC)
This is amazing. I love them so much, always have. Thank you so much for making this picspam!
Nataliefairchilds on October 15th, 2009 02:38 pm (UTC)
thank you so much !!!
Laura ☂: trueblood: askars bwstarryeyedmagic on October 14th, 2009 10:37 pm (UTC)
Oh gosh this is simply wonderful. I feel the urge to re-watch one of the films they did together this weekend!
Nataliefairchilds on October 15th, 2009 02:44 pm (UTC)
The chemistry they possess is ADDICTIVE. And thank you!
Meredith: movies; inglourious basterds (2)la_belle_ange on October 14th, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
Greatest couple ever. Fantastic picspam. ♥
Nataliefairchilds on October 15th, 2009 02:47 pm (UTC)
thank you!
i'm an ocean; far too shallow, much too deepcarvedinsand on October 14th, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC)
omg, how pretty are they? *doesn't compute* i kind of really wish that kind of old hollywood glamour was still here, there's something so magical about it.

thank you for a beautiful picspam!
Nataliefairchilds on October 15th, 2009 07:38 pm (UTC)

thank you bb!
Jenniferlittlemisstexas on October 15th, 2009 12:38 am (UTC)
Amazing picspam, such a lovely couple. : ) ♥
Nataliefairchilds on October 15th, 2009 07:38 pm (UTC)
thank you!
And the night over London lay: blissshaney on October 15th, 2009 03:15 am (UTC)
The gorgeous pictures you pick and your commentary made me tear up. They are my absolute favourite couple. Individually, they light up in the screen in their own wonderful ways, and together, on and off screen, such a formidable couple. I also do believe the 13 years they had with each other were the best years of their lives <333
Nataliefairchilds on October 15th, 2009 07:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!

Exactly! They were the best. We always talk about how certain people/aspects of Old Hollywood is untouchable and I think their couple is one of those things.
b(ryana)morningslugger on October 15th, 2009 03:47 am (UTC)

They are so beyond perfect and this picspam is flawless!
Nataliefairchilds on October 15th, 2009 07:40 pm (UTC)

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Natalie: & diannafairchilds on October 15th, 2009 07:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! And so he did! I never knew that either!
narnialovers on October 15th, 2009 09:59 am (UTC)
omg i love you. i adore these two so.effing.much, it's not even funny *____*

wonderful &hearts
Natalie: & trueblood: jessicafairchilds on October 15th, 2009 07:41 pm (UTC)
thank you so much!!
appletini_85: Bogie & Bacallappletini_85 on October 15th, 2009 03:06 pm (UTC)
Two of my favorite actors and my favorite couple of all time! They had such amazing chemistry together and seemed so perfect together. Lauren's biography was such a tearjerker but made me love the two of them even more. Great job.
Nataliefairchilds on October 15th, 2009 07:41 pm (UTC)

and thank you!
do I dare to eat a peach?stop_theworld on October 15th, 2009 11:09 pm (UTC)
This is absolutely gorgeous. ♥
Nataliefairchilds on October 17th, 2009 02:50 am (UTC)
thank you!
ni l'un ni l'autre: Johnnyla_petite_singe on October 16th, 2009 12:35 am (UTC)
This is completely marvelous. I love them, and you included such wonderful photos & quotes & details! Excellent, excellent choice. (You know I gotta support any couple that's 25 years apart, since I and my love are in the same situation.) ;)
Natalie: & johnnyfairchilds on October 17th, 2009 02:49 am (UTC)

and thank you. :)
that's a bingo!jennalice on October 17th, 2009 02:30 am (UTC)
They really were a golden couple.
Nataliefairchilds on October 17th, 2009 02:51 am (UTC)

♥ ♥