For anyone who has been living under a rock these past few days, we’ve experienced a loss of some wonderful talented actors. The passing of Lauren Bacall had me thinking about how potentially a few people my age don’t know who this woman is or have had the great joy of watching her movies. I’m a fan of classic films, Audrey Hepburn is one of my favorite actresses and I count Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Arsenic and Old Lace as two of my top favorite movies, so Lauren Bacall was not a stranger to my radar. I won’t pretend I’ve seen all of her movies, I believe only three or four, but in my opinion she is one of the most underrated actresses of her time.
I don’t think she was a good girl as Audrey Hepburn or Debbie Reynolds (or how the studios wanted you to think she was), or as sex goddess as Marilyn Monroe or Elizabeth Taylor, but she had a sex appeal and mystery to her. She was a dark beauty with striking features and a deep slightly raspy voice that had men falling in love. Something that I’ve found amiss with her is that she didn’t stand out as a style icon. Bacall rocked suits and menswear:
She could do it all, not be put in a category, and still go on rocking it like it was her job. I nominate Lauren Bacall to be the every girl style icon. The girl who likes wearing menswear and womenswear style clothing. Who wants to be glamorous and laid-back at the same time.
She was a champ. An underrated style icon and fabulous actress who will be celebrated even in death. I suggest you go and watch The Big Sleep, To Have and To Have Not, and How To Marry a Millionaire, to enjoy yourself some great Bacall.