Lauren Bacall (1924-2014) In Memorium

Lauren Bacall

September 16, 1924 – August 12, 2014.  She passed from a stroke on August 12, 2014 at her apartment in The Dakota in Manhattan. Married to Humphrey Bogart in 1945 until his death in 1957. Bacall had a relationship with Frank Sinatra after Bogart’s death.  Remarried to Jason Robards in 1961, and divorced in 1969. Bacall had two children with Bogart (son Stephen Humphrey Bogart & daughter Leslie Howard Bogart) and one with Robards (son Sam Robards).

Applause Broadway 33rpm Vinyl Record CoverRIP. Star of stars. Hollywood/Broadway.  One of the reasons I was inspired to get into showbiz.

She was known for her distinctive voice and sultry looks throughout the golden age of Hollywood and Broadway.

As a young boy growing up in Australia, my mother purchased a vinyl 33rpm record of Applause, which I listened to intently and repeatedly imagining the action on stage during the songs — I directed and designed the show in my head while listening.

Lauren Bacall Applause Broadway montage

After Hello, Dolly!, this musical further inspired my career, and my adoration of Lauren Bacall skyrocketed.  I was lucky to work on a Queensland Theatre Company production of Applause starring the sensational Australian icon Noeline Brown, and from the wings, I always imagined Lauren Bacall.

My dream to meet her was fulfilled when she was seated my table at the Broadway opening night of Victor/Victoria, & again Death of a Salesman party guest and again at the Carnegie Hall Man for All Seasons tribute to Dudley Moore with her.

Victor/Victoria

VictorVictoria Broadway Opening Night Lauren Bacall
My dinner companion, Lauren Bacall at opening night of Victor/Victoria

Death of a Salesman