"I would rather shoot the gun and save the girl or save the guy or be hated than be cute, sweet and adorable and loved. It’s way more fun. It’s always more fun to play a badass. I always fight for those characters. I only make a few movies a year because for every one that I take, I’ve said no thanks to many romantic movies where I bat my eyelashes and catch the bouquet.”
"I could now see exactly why Mr.Sinatra was so obsessed with her. Super-gorgeous women weren’t like this one. The other film goddesses were narcissist, neurotic, concerned about no one except themselves. Ava was only concerned about others. Moreover she had that magic that made those others feel that, with her in their corner, anything on Earth was possible. She was a cross between Miss Universe, a girl-next-door, and a fairy Godmother who could give you your dearest wish. The only problem was, once you met her, your dearest wish was her."
- Sinatra’s valet
Pre-Code Hollywood refers to the era in the American film industry between the introduction of sound in the late 1920s and the enforcement of the Motion Picture Production Code (usually labeled, albeit inaccurately after 1934, as the “Hays Code”) censorship guidelines. Although the Code was adopted in 1930, oversight was poor and it did not become rigorously enforced until July 1, 1934. Before that date, movie content was restricted more by local laws, negotiations between the Studio Relations Committee (SRC) and the major studios, and popular opinion than strict adherence to the Hays Code, which was often ignored by Hollywood filmmakers.
As a result, films in the late 1920s and early 1930s included sexual innuendo, miscegenation, profanity, illegal drug use, promiscuity, prostitution, infidelity, abortion, intense violence and homosexuality.
"I’d like to be a fairy princess—a little golden doll with gossamer wings, in a voile dress, adorned with bright, shiny things. I see that as something totally pure and beautiful". - Sharon TatePhoto by © Milton Greene, 1966.
On the set of The Fearless Vampire Killers. | 1967.
I’m very unpredictable. Very, very impulsive. Extremely. Absolutely! Sometimes I don’t know what I want to do from one day to the next. I can’t enjoy anything premeditated; I just do it as I feel it. But whatever I do is motivated by honesty.
Sharon Marie Tate (January 23, 1943- August 9,1969)
Lauren Bacall | September 16th, 1924 ~ August 12, 2014
“She has a smoldering presence that is palpable, undeniable, and riveting.” — Kelsey Grammer on Lauren Bacall.
Rest in Peace, Lauren Bacall.
September 16, 1924 - August 12,2014
"I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that."
You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.
Rest in Peace, Lauren Bacall (September 16, 1924 – August 12, 2014)
Slim darling, you came along and into my arms and into my heart and all the real true love I have is yours – and now I’m afraid you won’t understand and that you’ll become impatient and that I’ll lose you – but even if that happened, I wouldn’t stop loving you for you are my last love and all the rest of my life I shall love you and watch you and be ready to help you should you ever need help.All the nice things I do each day would be so much sweeter and so much gayer if you were with me. I find myself saying a hundred times a day, ‘If Slim could only see that’ or ‘I wish Slim could hear this.’ I want to make a new life with you – I want all the friends I’ve lost to meet you and know you and love you as I do – and live again with you, for the past years have been terribly tough, damn near drove me crazy. You’ll soon be here, Baby, and when you come you’ll bring everything that’s important to me in this world with you.— Humphrey Bogart’s letter to Lauren Bacall
Lauren Bacall September 16, 1924 – August 12, 2014
"Imagination is the highest kite that can fly"
Lauren Bacall, Hollywood’s Icon of Cool, Dies at 89
Lauren Bacall, the willowy actress whose husky voice, sultry beauty and all-too-short May-December romance with Humphrey Bogart made her an everlasting icon of Hollywood, has died, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. She was 89. [x]
The world has lost one of its last and most iconic legends, we will never forget you. This is a darker place without you - Rest in Peace Betty Joan Perske (September 16, 1924 - August 12, 2014)
"So I’m not the most adored person on the face of the earth. You have to know this. There are a lot of people who don’t like me at all, I’m very sure of that. But I wasn’t put on earth to be liked. I have my own reasons for being and my own sense of what is important and what isn’t, and I’m not going to change that.”
RIP Betty Joan Perske aka Lauren Bacall, a legend, an inspiration, and a dame in every sense of the word.