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Lauren Bacall , born Betty Joan Perske – Lauren started her career as a fashion model in her teens where she made quite a splash w/ her “cat-like grace, tawny blonde hair and blue-green eyes”. While working as a model, director Howard Hawk’s wife spotted her on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar magazine and urged Hawks to have her take a screen test for his new film To Have and Have Not. Hawks had asked his secretary to find out more about her, but the secretary misunderstood and sent her a ticket to Hollywood for the audition. During screen tests, Bacall was nervous. To minimize her quivering, she pressed her chin against her chest and to face the camera, tilted her eyes upward. This effect became known as “The Look”, and became Bacall’s trademark. The rest is, as they say, history.
Bacall would marry her To Have and Have Not co-star, Humprey Bogart, 37 years her senior (she was 19, he 56 – way to go Bogie!), they would remain together until his death in 1957. She would star in such films as The Big Sleep, Key Largo (w/ Bogie), Dark Passage, How to Marry a Millionaire and Written on the Wind, to name just a few. She would continue to act well into the 2000’s, appearing in among other things, The Sopranos and receive an honorary Academy Award in 2009 at the age of 84. Her final role was in 2014: a guest vocal appearance in the twelfth season of Family Guy.
Bacall died of a stroke on August 12, 2014, at her home in The Dakota, NYC. She was 89.
As you can see by the title, I’ve posted a number of these before. These are hand painted large scale fabric posters used to promote traveling cinema throughout Ghana. The films will be shown anywhere available; a town center or on a barn wall, usually off the back of a truck. All you need is the film, a projector and a few of these beautiful posters and you’re in business. It would seem the people of Ghana go for the horror movie most of all. They’re violent, weird and beautiful. Most of the films are American with a sprinkling of home grown and Nigerian imports.
Klaus Kinski (born Klaus Gunther Nakszynski; 18 October 1926 – 23 November 1991) Klaus Kinski may be somewhat forgotten now, but in the 70’s and 80’s he had a wildly popular run of films with German director Werner Herzog; Aguirre, Wrath of God (1972), Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979), Woyzek (1979), (1982) and Cobra Verde (1987), making him a hugely popular international star.
In 1946, after serving in World War 2 (on the German side) and being captured and imprisoned by the English he gravitated toward acting, appearing in a number of plays in the Berlin theater. He was fired 1 year later for his ‘erratic and volitile’ behavior. Other companies followed, but his unconventional and emotionally volatile behavior regularly got him into trouble. In 1950, Kinski stayed in a psychiatric hospital for three days; medical records from the period listed a diagnosis of schizophrenia. He became unable to secure film roles, and in 1955 Kinski twice tried to commit suicide as he watched his career continue to falter. He slowly rebuilt his career and started appearing in minor roles in German films. His big break came in 1965 with a role in the blockbuster, Dr. Zhavago. In the 70’s he began his great streak of films with Werner Herzog and even turned down a role in Raiders of the Lost Ark claiming the script was “moronically shitty”.
Klaus’s fame slowed in the 80’s, having some hits – (Fitzgaraldo 1982) but tending toward cheap American horror (Crawlspace – 1986) and budget crap (Cammando Leopard – 1985). The fame of the Kinski name would be taken over around this time by his daughter Nastassja (Cat People) , who would later sue him for libel after the publication of his autobiography All I Need is Love (which is quite a read, btw).
Klaus would die of a heart attack in 1991, less than famous but still remembered as the crazy German son-of-a-bitch who made a handful of great movies and a few shitty ones.