Fond farewells to a lead­ing light of the golden era

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - NEWS - By Don­ald Clarke

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

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