More Proof That Lauren Bacall Can Be Deeply Unpleasant

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I've always admired Lauren Bacall--from a distance.

Because truth be told, I'm a little bit afraid a huh.

Enter David Rothenberg, who produced Fortune and Men's Eyes, among other plays, and who also formed the Fortune Society, an advocacy and service organization for the formerly incarcerated.

In his imminent memoir Fortune In My Eyes, Rothenberg writes about his diverse experiences, including his lifelong dealing with various great divas.

And it turns out one of his least favorites was Lauren Bacall.

He worked with the grand diva in the 1999 Alexander Cohen-produced revival of Noel Coward's Waiting in the Wings, about a group of retired actresses living in a nursing home.

Writes Rothenberg:


"The luminous Rosemary Harris was chosen as one of the leading women, but a marquee name was essential for the play to succeed...

"Lauren Bacall agreed to do it.

"Like Bette Davis and Peggy Lee, she arrived with an avalanche of warnings from people in the business.

"She was a tough cookie, one guy told me.

"I wasn't concerned. I was familiar with divas. They all just needed a professional team and they'd be fine.

"Bacall proved to be the exception. She baffled me. She had lived a charmed life but was angry at everyone...

"I never understood from where the bitterness and meanness emanated.

"Everyone walked on eggshells around her.

"I told Alex that when Waiting in the Wings drew its final curtain, so would I.

"He and I both said that working with Lauren Bacall would be sufficient reason for anyone to retire."



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Mischi
Mischi

The Look has never been average. She seems to exude an dash of street savvy, a wise-to-you attutide and worldliness in her life and roles. There is an undercurrent of urban self-confidence, and swagg in her photo. There seems to have always been a womaness vs. little lost girl about her. She never claimed divahood, it was gifted by the media. 

vincente
vincente

They all get nasty as they get older, but I agree with the other comments - she's had a charmed

life, so why act so bitter, and mean. She probably did lose the Oscar because of all those who have worked with her, and put up with, and know her behavior. Suprisingly, I  met the ultimate

Diva , Bab's Streisand once, and she could not have been nicer. I was a stranger to her, but she was sweet, and kind. So you never know. I've just heard too many Bacall stories thru the years, to think she'd be anything but a horror show at this point.

michaelsingh11
michaelsingh11

I have heard she is mean as a rattlesnake as was Bogart. Also Katherine Hepburn. I like 'How to Marry a Millionaire' and that one were she played a lesbian 'Young man with a Horn'.  Loved it when she did not get the oscar same as Eddie Murphy serves them right for being assholes.

SouthernDave
SouthernDave

Oh, please! Do we really want a sweet Lauren Bacall? I personally want a ballsy Bacall like Bette Davis.

 

I've never met Ms. Bacall, but I have met Bette Davis and Peggy Lee, cited above. Bette Davis was a bitch, a harpy right out of one of her films. But oh, what a good story it made! Peggy Lee talked to me intermittently during a rehearsal, but when I pushed her "Walt Disney" button, she went to town. She had been suing Disney for years over royalties she claimed were owed  for her "Lady and the Tramp" songs.

 

Ms. Bacall dealt with Bogie, Sinatra, Jack Warner and Jason Robards during his heavy-drinking days. Perhaps she's grown a hard shell for protection. Maybe she saves a better Bacall for her family, Robert Osborne on TCM and her book-readers.

get64
get64

@mikeymusto As opposed to you, the circus clown of New York?

troofire
troofire

Was her not winning the Oscar for that atrocious Streisand film her payback?

pegmedlock
pegmedlock

@mikeymusto So she's a diva.BFD.Get over it.SHE'S EARNED IT!!!

TheAngryGayGuy
TheAngryGayGuy

@mikeymusto I had to speak to her in a former life/career. She was unpleasant. Her personal assistant was an absolute doll.

BobbyRiversTV
BobbyRiversTV

@mikeymusto She's a notorious re-gifter. I heard from extremely reliable sources.

ladybug9
ladybug9

Ouch, But I'm afraid a huh too.

mikeymusto
mikeymusto

@get64 I'm extremely pleasant to people who are nice.

exackerly
exackerly

 @troofire Maybe Juliet Binoche's winning performance in The English Patient had something to do with it? People forget there are five nominees every year, it's never a referendum on one person.

mikeymusto
mikeymusto

@pegmedlock No one's earned the right to be horrible. Most celebs that I meet are pretty charming.

mikeymusto
mikeymusto

@TheAngryGayGuy It's a reversal of the horrible-publicist/nice-celeb thing.

strbuk
strbuk

@BobbyRiversTV @mikeymusto So I'm thinking the making of The Mirror has two Faces with Streisand must have been " turbulent". :)

mikeymusto
mikeymusto

@BobbyRiversTV No way does she regift more than I do!

troofire
troofire

 @exackerly Yes, but Bacall was overhwelmingly the favorite, and the look on her face when that "French trollop" won was devastating.  To think, she almost had it in her hand!

TheAngryGayGuy
TheAngryGayGuy

@mikeymusto I would no sooner speak to a publicist than I would eat a cow pie!

mikeymusto
mikeymusto

@strbuk @BobbyRiversTV Can you imagine?

BobbyRiversTV
BobbyRiversTV

@mikeymusto Dear Betty. I know Broadway veterans who have her bit on 'The Sopranos' on a loop reel as feel-good entertainment.

exackerly
exackerly

 @troofire It's true a lot of people thought Bacall was a shoo-in, but she really had too many strikes against her. She'd never before given a performance that the Academy thought was worth nominating. She lived in NY and there was about 20 years there where she didn't even make any movies. Also, Binoche was in the BP winner for the year, which is always a big plus.

strbuk
strbuk

@mikeymusto @BobbyRiversTV Duck!!Incoming!! ;)

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