Fond farewells to a leading light of the golden era
Readers will, of course, be aware that two great Hollywood stars died in very different circumstances this week. Robin Williams, who is reported to have committed suicide at the age of 63, was still very much at the front of the Hollywood pack.
Lauren Bacall, who passed away from a stroke at 89, had, for many years, been a sort of unofficial ambassador from Hollywood’s golden era. Barbra Streisand, who starred alongside Bacall in
The Mirror has Two Faces, was one of many giving tribute.
“First Robin who was a genius and now Lauren. It was my privilege to have known her, to have acted with her, and to have directed her,” she said. “And, most of all, to have had her as a wise and loving friend. She was an original. Even with all those great films we can visit again and again, she will be missed.”
James Caan, who had a scene with Bacall in Misery, also stepped up to give tribute. “She was a great, uplifting lady who was full of talent and fun. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with her. I will miss her dearly,” he said. Seth MacFarlane offered up movie trivia fans a prize nugget in his comments. “I am told her last performance was on Family Guy,” the animation impresario said. “For that we are forever honoured and privileged. Thank you, Lauren, for teaching us all how to whistle.”
Lauren Bacall with Bogie in To Have and To Have Not