Lauren Bacall And Humphrey Bogart's Love Story: From Instant Attraction To An Affair That Led To A Wonderful Marriage


Lauren Bacall And Humphrey Bogart's Love Story: From Instant Attraction To An Affair That Led To A Wonderful Marriage



The award-winning actress who was known for her sultry and sexy voice had one of the best romance stories Hollywood has ever seen, not to mention a great marriage too.

Love begins: their instant attraction led to a scandalous affair.

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Lauren Bacall, who was 19, met Humphrey Bogart, 45, at the set of the movie To have and have not in 1944. Despite the 25-year gap between them, the pair was instantly attracted to each other.


Although they had an undeniable chemistry between them, they had to cross a few hurdles. Lauren was raised Jewish while Bogart was raised an Episcopal, but their major hurdle was that Bogart was still married to his then third wife.

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In Bacall’s memoir, she recalls how it all started. According to her, Bogart came to her trailer one night, kissed her and asked her to write her number on a matchbox. Although Bogart never got involved with the women he worked with, Bacall was an exception.


The affair progressed pretty much from there. The movie director, Howard Hawks, tried to stop the affair by threatening to ruin Lauren’s career but that didn’t stop the couple. In January 1945, after the premiere of their movie, Bogart got divorced and in May that same year, he got married to Bacall at Louis Bromfield’s farm home in Lucas Ohio.


Bacall: life after Bogart’s death.

Bacall who was 32 when Bogart died, got engaged to Frank Sinatra shortly after. But Sinatra later broke off the engagement. In 1961, Lauren got married to actor Jason Robards but it seems she never got over Humphrey as Jason referred to her as ‘the widow Bogart’. The couple had one son together and they got divorced in 1969.

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Bacall’s quote and legacy.

To Lauren, her marriage to Bogart was her one great marriage. She died from a massive stroke in 2014, survived by three children and four grandchildren. Before her death, she released two memoirs: Lauren Bacall By Myself (1978) and Now (1994).

Here are some of her quotes:

Imagination is the highest kite one can fly.

And about bad experiences, she says:

You learn to rise above a lot of bad things that happen in your life. And you have to keep going.

A woman isn’t complete without a man. But where do you find a man – a real man – these days? -#LaurenBacall

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And about her kind of man, she says:

Find me a man who’s interesting enough to have dinner with and I’ll be happy.

Lauren Bacall is gone but her love story with Bogart definitely left a mark in the history of Hollywood Romance.

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