Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart

Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart

Lauren Bacall and Humphrey BogartLauren Bacall was an unknown 19 year old, and Humphrey Bogart was a 45 year old movie star when they met in Hollywood in 1944, during the filming of To Have and Have Not (Bacall's film debut). Bogart was instantly smitten with the gorgeous newcomer, while she was grateful that the vetern actor was so kind to her, and their romance began to blossom. Their physical and emotional rapport was very strong from the start, and the age difference and different acting experience created the additional dimension of a mentor-student relationship.

Life is better with dogs! Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart with their boxer.

Their road to the altar had its share of bumps. Bogart was still married to his volatile third wife, Mayo Methot, whose drunken brawls with him earned them the title ''The Battling Bogarts." Bogie and Bacall held their clandestine trysts at her apartment in Beverly Hills and on his boat. They both suffered through his several attempts at reconciliation with Methot, their separations bridged by ardent love letters. Bacall and Bogart finally married in 1945, shortly after his divorce from Mayo Methot was final.

Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart

Their marriage was by all accounts a happy one. Bogart usually called Bacall "Baby," even when referring to her in conversations with other people. They had two children together, a son named Stephen, and a daughter, Leslie.

Both were liberal Democrats. During the height of McCarthyism, they spoke out against the House Un-American Activities Committee's harassment of Hollywood screenwriters and actors. Lauren Bacall has been quoted as saying "being a liberal is the best thing on earth you can be. You are welcoming to everyone when you're a liberal. You do not have a small mind."

They appeared together in a total of 4 films, in addition to To Have And Have Not, they starred in The Big Sleep, Dark Passage, and Key Largo. While their films are classics and still widely watched, a lesser known collaboration was a syndicated radio program that ran from 1951-1952 called Bold Venture which was produced by Bogart, and starred Bogart and Bacall.

Humphrey Bogart was only 57 years old when he passed away from esophageal cancer in early 1957. Though he'd had previous marriages, and she went on to have other relationships after Bogie's passing, they were each the great love of the other's life, and they stand as one of Hollywood's greatest and most enduring love stories.

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