Famous Film Partnerships: Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart (1944 - 1948)
Billed as “the most exciting star team on the screen”, the Bacall - Bogart partnership produced performances that were charged with the pair’s electric chemistry. Though the onscreen partnership was brief, lasting only four films, it was legendary.
I don’t know how it happened – it was almost imperceptible. It was about three weeks into the picture – the end of the day – I had one more shot, was sitting at the dressing table in the portable dressing room combing my hair. Bogie came in to bid me good night. He was standing behind me – we were joking as usual – when suddenly he leaned over, put his hand under my chin, and kissed me. It was impulsive – he was a bit shy – no lunging wolf tactics. He took a worn out package of matches out of his pocket and asked me to put my number on the back. I did. – Lauren Bacall on how her relationship with Humphrey Bogart started
“And out the door. Into my car and around the corner to Rodeo Drive and Wilshire Boulevard. There was Bogie with Jimmy Gleason, whom he’d met at some bar. I ran up the street - arms open wide, hair flying - to Bogie’s smiling face and safe embrace. We sat in the car for a while - Gleason didn’t know or care what was going on - it was just that Bogie had to see his Baby. What it felt like to be so wanted, so adored! No one had ever felt like that about me. It was all so dramatic, too. Always in the wee small hours when it seemed to Bogie and me that the world was ours - that we were the world. At those times were were.”
— Lauren Bacall
Marilyn Monroe and Lauren Bacall attend the premier of How to Marry a Millionaire, 1953
Lionel Barrymore, Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart on the set of Key Largo (1948)