"As Lauren, she could be haughty, grand, intimidating – not to us, fellow professionals – but to managers, producers, any who might profit from her presence. I remember a demanded easy chair for her dressing-room – many presented, many rejected, until one from Harrods was finally purchased at great cost, doors and wall part-removed (subsequently rebuilt) for installation – and that too finally rejected. She could be mischievous. As Betty, in rehearsals, she was jokey, generous and always professional.
Above all she looked for realism – a real woman, a real situation, not expressionism, circus tricks or any other “ism”. “The truth, Terry. The truth.” Her technique was essentially that of the cinema – detailed, naturalistic, believable. She knew what it was to be a millionairess [as her character in The Visit was] – she wanted to explore revenge. It was a brave performance, against the prevailing fashion, quietly menacing. She used Lauren, but was Betty.
She was never late, never dropped a line and seemed impervious to the demands of vanity or stardom. Famously she resisted cosmetic improvement throughout her life. She was not outgoing in the “let’s go to the pub” tradition but cautiously friendly to us all. I remember her laughter. “ — Terry Hands on Lauren Bacall #laurenbacall #actress #icon #vintage #classic #classichollywood #oldhollywood #photooftheday