BOGEY'S BABY by Howard Greenberger


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Lauren Bacall married her toothsome film idol after her debut role in To Have and Have Not (""If you want me. . . whistle""), and stayed with him, very happily it says here, until his death some 15 years later. Since then, things have been slightly less than even--one boom-and-bust romance with family friend Frank Sinatra; several film and Broadway triumphs and tragedies; another ill-starred marriage to O'Neill interpreter Jason Robards, who (not altogether strangely) had trouble competing with the Bogart mystique. Bogey-men will find this a treasure trove of press-release quotes on the sanctity of marriage Bogart style. The Bacall technique: ""Make it appear that you're not trying to hold him. . . invisible chains last longer."" Bogart: ""This marriage of ours is so right. The others were right, too--I mean, my previous marriages, all three of them--but things happened."" Anyone else will find this faintly over-analytical with too many references to A Star Is Born, which, the author seems to feel, parallels the Bogart/Bacall relationship.

Pub Date: March 22nd, 1978
Publisher: St. Martin's