Lauren Bacall, Dead at 89


The good guys are losing hard this week. Lauren Bacall (The Big Sleep, Key Largo, To Have and Have Not), the ultimate femme fatale, has died at 89. I would like to believe Humphrey Bogart is waiting for her, a cig in the corner of his mouth.

Despite her lengthy resume and becoming a staple of cine noir, Lauren Bacall was only nominated to an Academy Award once, for the forgettable Barbra Streisand vehicle The Mirror Has Two Faces. She lost to Juliette Binoche. Eventually she got an honorary one.

No matter. Very few actresses get to define a genre and out-cool the coolest cats in Hollywood. She even did a Lars Von Trier movie! Here is looking at you, Bacall.

Author: Jorge Ignacio Castillo

Journalist, film critic, documentary filmmaker, and sometimes nice guy. Member of the Vancouver Film Critics Circle. Like horror flicks, long walks on the beach and candlelight dinners. Allergic to cats.

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  1. In the wake of Lauren Bacall’s death a photo has been making the rounds showing her and Humphrey Bogart leading a march in Washington, DC in 1947 to protest an investigation that the House Un-American Activities Committees was embarking on to ferret out communists and communist sympathizers in Hollywood.

    This investigation ultimately morphed into a witch hunt under senator Joe McCarthy in the 1950s that resulted in dozens of writers, actors, directors and other Hollywood professionals being black-listed as part of the Cold War paranoia that swept the U.S. and its western allies.

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