Lauren Bacall: 1925-2014

LaurenLauren “Betty” Bacall died today, TMZ just confirmed. She was 89 years old, one of the last survivors of Hollywood’s film noir era, Bogie’s widow.

“You know how to whistle, don’t you?”

We do. “Key Largo,” “The Big Sleep,” “To Have and Have Not,” “The Mirror Has Two Faces,” and “Pret a Porter,” a  career that peaked with her years with Bogart, classics with John Huston, she was the very model of elegance, reason enough for Robert Altman to cast the ex-model and late-life TV pitch woman in his film about fashion.

I met her when that film came out, got her fashion advice (for the profile I wrote of her, mind you).

“First,” she intoned, in that regal, deliciously haughty voice she had later in life, “you DON’T want to scare the horses!”

She never did. What a doll.

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