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Lauren Bacall Having a Smoke
First off, I admit I made a mistake in posting a colorized photo yesterday in which I believed was Lauren Bacall. It was in fact, Grace Kelly and I had been misinformed by a few different sources….mybad.
This black and white photo of Lauren Bacall looking badass is one of the first three photos I ever colorized. Of course, looking back on my first work on this photo is a bit cringe-worthy, but it is kind of cool to see how much my work has improved.Rather than find a new photo of Lauren Bacall, I decided to re-colorize this photo.
Sadly, Lauren Bacall passed away at the age of 89 in her New York Apartment on Tuesday. Lauren Bacall was born Betty Joan Perske. She began as a model, but transitioned into acting after director Howard Hawks spotted her photo on the cover of Harpers Bazaar. This led to a role in Howard Hawks 1944 romantic-adventure film titled “To Have and Have Not.”. Lauren co-starred opposite of Humphrey Bogart in the film, whom she would eventually go on to marry and co-star in two other films with. After a period of mourning for the passing of Bogart in 1957, Lauren went on to be ronatically linked with Frank Sinatra.
After Frank broke it off with Bacall, she left Hollywood in 1958 and went on to do a critically panned Broadway play. On Broadway is where Lauren met her second husband Jason Robards Jr. He was similar to Bogart in that he was an accomplished actor, hard drinker — and married. After Robards was divorced from his second wife, he and Bacall married in 1961 but Robards’ drinking and extramarital affairs resulted in divorce in 1969.
In 1997, she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in The Mirror Has Two Faces, directed by Barbra Streisand. The Academy recognized her again in 2010 for her “central place in the Golden Age of motion pictures.”She is last credited with voicing the character of Evelyn in an episode of Seth MacFarlane’s animated TV comedy Family Guy.
Fans placed flowers on her star on the Walk of Fame, where crowds gathered as the lights were dimmed in honor of Bacall and Robin Williams, who was found dead in his Tiburon, California home Monday.
Below is my full size colorization as well as the original black and white photo. Feel free to share this colorization on your social network of choice or share your thoughts in the comment section below.