LAUREN BACALL: IN HER OWN WORDS

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Latest in the BBC2 TALKNG PICTURES series featured LAUREN BACALL who was always a good interviewee.

THE MICHAEL PARKINSON SHOW,1976:

“What can you do at 18 when you know nothing….have very limited acting experience,very little life experience. How sophisticated can you be for heavens sake.
But if you have a deep voice and HOWARD HAWKS writes your dialogue and directs you and lights you correctly – you can be anything.”

“There is nothing you can do to erase an image. Once you have made a hit in a certain kind of role, there is no way to lose that identity..people just see you that way.”

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Howard Hawks with Bacall


INTERVIEW WITH FILM CRITIC BARRY NORMAN 1975:

“Bogie never interfered in my career at all. He never tried to get me a part.”

TERRY WOGAN SHOW, 1986:

“Jack Warner felt we should do as we were told.Unfortunately he didn’t have a lot of taste in choosing parts in films,so if you wanted to do something better,you were in trouble.”

“Moss Hart, a fine playwright and director told me after TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT, ‘You understand of course you have nowhere to go but down!”

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INTERVIEW WITH MARK COUSINS 2000:

“Charles Boyer was such a sweet man,such a lovely man.
If I’d had the care from Hawks (who was furious I went off with Bogie), that movie (CONFIDENTIAL AGENT) never would have happened.”

The programme reminded us that at the age of 84, Lauren was awarded an honorary Oscar.

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