Quotes by: Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall
Bacall in March 1945
Born Betty Joan Perske
(1924-09-16)September 16, 1924
The Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
Died August 12, 2014(2014-08-12) (aged 89)
Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.
Cause of death Stroke
Resting place Forest Lawn Memorial Park,
Glendale, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1942–2014
Height 5 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1.74 m)[1]
Political party Democratic
Humphrey Bogart (1945–57; his death) Jason Robards (1961–69; divorced)
Children Stephen H. Bogart
Leslie Bogart
Sam Robards

I used to tremble from nerves so badly that the only way I could hold my head steady was to lower my chin practically to my chest and look up at Bogie. That was the beginning of The Look.
Lauren Bacall
In actual fact, I've never been one, even from childhood, to kind of analyze myself very much.
Lauren Bacall
I was always a little unsteady in my self-belief. Then there was the Jewish thing. I love being Jewish, I have no problem with it at all. But it did become like a scar, with all these people saying you don't look it.
Lauren Bacall
I remember my oldest son, Steve, saying to me once, 'I don't ever remember seeing you with an apron on.' And I thought, that's right, honey, you did not. That was his concept of what a mother should be.
Lauren Bacall
When a woman reaches twenty-six in America, she's on the slide. It's downhill all the way from then on. It doesn't give you a tremendous feeling of confidence and well-being.
Lauren Bacall
When a person who is very ill decides to treat it like a slight virus, you play that game. If you make a big scene, I think it is yourself you are doing it for, not the person who's ill.
Lauren Bacall
In Hollywood, an equitable divorce settlement means each party getting fifty percent of publicity.
Lauren Bacall
I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that.
Lauren Bacall
I adored 'Breaking The Waves,' so when Lars von Trier wanted me in 'Dogville,' I was beside myself with joy. He works in a way that nobody I've ever worked with works.
Lauren Bacall
I've always felt that work - learning from people who know more than I know - is what keeps you going.
Lauren Bacall
I'm not tough, and I never have been. I suppose over the years I've built up kind of a veneer to protect myself because I have functioned on my own for a long, long time, and I have never had a lot of flunkies preceding me to clear the way.
Lauren Bacall
You are welcoming to everyone when you're a liberal. You do not have a small mind.
Lauren Bacall
I loved reading Grimm's fairy tales and Hans Christian Andersen, and I loved to dream about other worlds and other lives. Maybe that has something to do with having an incomplete family, being an only child. All I know is I loved to pretend, and all that was in tandem with my wanting to be an actress.
Lauren Bacall
I was this kid, and I was scared to death of all these pros around me... My head would shake, and my hands would shake, and I discovered if I kept my head down and looked up, my head would not shake, so I started to do that when I could, when it was appropriate in a scene.
Lauren Bacall
I suppose there are times when I can't believe that I've lived the way that I have and done the things that I've done. Life's a joke anyway. It's all ridiculous. It's all so short.
Lauren Bacall
When you talk about a great actor, you're not talking about Tom Cruise. His whole behavior is so shocking. It's inappropriate and vulgar and absolutely unacceptable to use your private life to sell anything commercially, but I think it's kind of a sickness.
Lauren Bacall
I hope I'm thought of as not just a showbiz personality, but as someone who has lived a life and who has hopefully made a contribution to something along the way - someone who is a human being as well as an actress.
Lauren Bacall
A man's illness is his private territory and, no matter how much he loves you and how close you are, you stay an outsider. You are healthy.
Lauren Bacall

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