Wednesday, 13 August 2014

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

  This morning as I was returning from bosoms with onions and potatoes in order to make a cottage pie, I bumped into the neighbour who yesterday morning had told me that Robbie Williams had just died . She tittered away that " she was a bit of a "one"" and in a way of getting some news right, ended our encounter with the sad news that Lauren Bacall had sadly passed away.

" she did that thing with the cigarettes" my neighbour twittered....and I told her just how Bacall perfected her famous " look" by putting her chin on her chest whilst raising her eyes upward. This wasn't a drama Queen-esque action of a diva.......but an effort by Bacall to stop herself shaking on film.....
I always liked Lauren Bacall.
She was sardonic, measured, assertive and sassy. From her famous whistle blowing scene in To Have And Have Not , she only went forward to  make a handful of quality films , but for seventy years, she remained a true Hollywood icon, a successful Broadway actress and a staunch liberal ......
"You are welcoming to everyone when you're a liberal." She had been quoted "You do not have a small mind."
Yes, I liked her image, and I suspect I would have liked her in person.
Hey ho..... Hollywood leading ladies........we only have Olivia deHavilland left

It's a bit of a film orientated blog today......later I am going to see the much praised Tom Hardy film "Locke" which finally has a showing here in Wales. I have been waiting an age for it, so will review it later....
Right.....off to finish my cottage pie




29 comments:

  1. Sad about Lauren Bacall isn't it. I heard it on this morning's News.
    But the next generation of icons is coming along nicely - Vanessa Redgrave, Judi Dench et al.
    Enjoy the cottage pie. We have a surfeit of mushrooms - soon intend to make a casserole to use some of them up.

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    1. Awwww you are such an optimist pat

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  2. Yes, 'sassy' is exactly the word I would have applied had you not beaten me to it. I'm not as sure as you that I could have liked her as a person as she did give off a somewhat forbidding, dominating persona with a put-down ready for any occasion, (no one would have dared tell her what she ought to think) but yes, certainly fascinating from a distance.
    So, two gone in two days. Let's hope this is one type of tragedy that doesn't 'come in threes.'

    Do enjoy 'Locke' - please ;-)

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    1. I remember you really loved it

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  3. I really liked Lauren Bacall too John …… and she looked beautiful up till the end…… and, I think that was because she hadn't had any ' work ' done or none that could be detected anyway…. very similar to Honor Blackman I always thought…… and, so sad about Robin Williams. He was such a favourite of mine and always made me laugh.
    Puts us all another rung up the ladder eh ? Hey ho !!!! XXXX

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    1. I saw honour Blackman up close once in Sheffield
      She is indeed a sexy, sassy lady

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  4. everyones dropping off the branch and im amazed im still here

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  5. Don't forget Maureen O'Hara.

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    1. Not as big but point taken cro

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    2. I didn't know about Maureen O'Hara. She was beautiful.

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  6. A class act. I heard an interesting article on the radio this morning from the person who was the last person to interview her for an article in The New York Times - he said that although she lived in a sumptious apartment in the Dakota Building, she also led a very lonely life since all her friends had long since passed and her walls were covered in photographs from the Golden Era. He got the impression that she had no enthusiasm for modern-day life going on outside the apartment. I thought that was very sad indeed and proof that having all the money and luxuries in the world don't immunise you from experiencing basic human emotions.I think she still looked beautiful even at the end. Nanu,nanu.x

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    1. I saw her interviewed too when she did say she hated the modern Hollywood world

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  7. It's the drink what did it for her.

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  8. So sad that two icons have left us on a two day span :(

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  9. Yes, she was an icon...a different era.

    Hope you enjoy Locke as much as we did...

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  10. Don 't forget we still have the legendary Angela Lansbury - the same age as Bacall and I saw her on stage just a few weeks ago. She was incredible.

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  11. Loved that she was such a strong woman...and defied the rules.
    Jane x

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  12. I wanted to be Lauren Bacall when I 'grew up'. I wanted to be married to Humphrey Bogart too!!!

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    1. I wanted to be lauren Balcall too

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  13. She was always the definition of "sultry" to me! Hi John, I'm visiting here from Jim's Ocean Breezes blog and I like what I see so I'm signing up!

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    1. Debra....welcome aboard....I write a pile of shite... But the photos of the dogs are usually lovely x

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  14. One by one, we are losing the true artists. So sad.

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  15. I didn't know about Lauren Bacall. That's sad, but I think she lived a very full life.

    Love,
    Janie

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  16. Marvelous actress. I admire Kathleen Turner as a more modern classy broad .. overcoming arthritis & still going on.

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  17. So many strong and classy women have been lost to us. I know now why my mother (near 90) says she's "ready to go when it comes, everyone else is about gone ... (her contemporaries)". So sad.

    Thank goodness Dame Edna is still hale and hearty!

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  18. I have always loved her 'smokey' voice and there was an aloofness about her that set her aside from the rest.

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