Lauren Bacall: The Last ‘Eyewitness to the Golden Age’

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“My son tells me, ‘Do you realize you are the last one? The last person who was an eyewitness to the golden age?’ Young people, even in Hollywood, ask me, ‘Were you really married to Humphrey Bogart?’ ‘Well, yes, I think I was,’ I reply. You realize yourself when you start reflecting—because I don’t live in the past, although your past is so much a part of what you are—that you can’t ignore it. But I don’t look at scrapbooks. I could show you some, but I’d have to climb ladders, and I can’t climb.”

— From Matt Tyrnauer’s Vanity Fair profile of the then 86-year-old Lauren Bacall in 2011. Bacall passed away today at the age of 89.

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