Larry Hagman Licked Lauren Bacall

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But I'm sure she ended up licking him, as she does with any perceived opponent.

Here's the deal.

In a New York Times Magazine interview, Larry Hagman -- Mary Martin's son and a star in his own right from I Dream of Jeannie and, later, Dallas -- remembers co-starring with Bacall in the 1973 TV movie of Applause, the musical update of All About Eve.

He had rehearsed for two weeks with her stand-in (Bacall already knew the part, having done it for ages on Broadway) and was told not to touch or kiss his leading lady.

When he finally got to meet Bacall in her dressing room, says Hagman, "She presented her hand kind of like the Dowager Empress Maria Theresa of the Austro-Hungarian empire would offer her hand.

"I just couldn't resist it.

"I licked her from her hand up to her elbow."

So much for the no-touching rule.

"She held it in check very well," adds Hagman, "though I do think it may have colored our relationship."

Did they become close after that?

No, says Hagman, "I don't think you could become close with Lauren."

Especially if you approach her with your tongue out.


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Charlie
Charlie

I saw "Applause" on Broadway with the original cast.  It was such a great play.  Lauren Bacall always seemed to be sort of a snob to me, good for Larry licking her hehehe!  My fave song from Applause was by Penny Fuller?.."That Halloween" I think was the name of it.  Geez, Bonnie Franklin won best new performer Tony for that show I think..she was so young..me too haha!

Gertrude SclYnski
Gertrude SclYnski

There is no such Tony award as Best New Performer. What are you smoking?

Charlie
Charlie

Is it featured performer?  Didn't Melba Moore get it for Purlie also?

Ethel Merman
Ethel Merman

Well, given his mom's rumored proclivities, maybe Larry was just trying to maintain a family tradition!

Savannah Montgomery
Savannah Montgomery

That was the first show I got to see bare heines...onstage!  Larry coulda licked any of them.

"She's no longer a gypsy"

Ick
Ick

No one licks Betty Bacall and gets away with it.

Wings
Wings

What does he think Bacall was supposed to do? Bow and scrape before him? "Oh, acclaimed star of I Dream of Jeannie, I greet you."

Movielover
Movielover

Though Betty Bacall was so good in a lot of things, always so leggy and classy, why does everyone think she was such a beyotch?  Sometimes I think great beauties have a very tough time getting old and not having the clout they had when they really had the goods.  Also their images get way bigger than they really are and they hide behind a facade of Cunt.

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