Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The Same Old Story...
...and it really was a tale of love and glory. Four was the charm for Bogie, and 20-year-old Betty Perske found herself, at 20, embarked on a marriage that completed her transition into Lauren Bacall. They were two radically different people, at totally different times in their lives, but they made something that for many - in terms of intensity, devotion, and sheer charisma - stands as one of the marriages against which others can be measured.
For them, the old trope about Astaire and Rogers ("he gave her class; she gave him sex") morphs into something like "he gave her wry; she gave him warm." Together, whenever we see them together, they give us a particularly potent form of star power.
And it all happened today, May 21, in 1945. I'm glad the bride is still with us, and I hope she knows, no matter what the future brings, just what she meant and means, as time goes by.