Page 68

TRUE STAR POWER

A never-before-published interview with the late, great New York legend, Lauren Bacall by Gregory

Speck

ong before her death in August at age 89, Lauren Bacall was often branded as unpleasant, abrasive, impolite and caustic. But when I interviewed her in spring 1987 as part of a series on movie legends, the hardened actress displayed her sensitive side. As these excerpts from that interview reveal, Bacall, uncensored, was a fiercely intelligent woman with decisive opinions and a constitution of stainless steel.

✰ On her reputation

I don’t consider myself to be formidable. . . . It’s not my favorite adjective. . . . I just don’t like being put into a category of being “tough,” which is something the press has done to me consistently over the years. It’s not true, and it’s not me. . . . It has nothing to do with me. . . . Strength is not toughness; it is strength. And I am strong. I tell the truth, which has gotten me into a lot of trouble, but that’s the way I am. I say exactly what I think. That’s how I’ve dealt with my life. I’m not about to change now . . . . I was trained by a master, [my husband] Humphrey Bogart, who dealt with the press pretty much the way I do, except that he was a man, so he got away with it.

66 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • OCTOBER 2014

Profile for AVENUE Magazine

AVENUE October 2014  

Founded in 1976, AVENUE is a must-read among the city’s most discerning, stylish and savvy audiences. As Manhattan’s oldest society magazine...

AVENUE October 2014  

Founded in 1976, AVENUE is a must-read among the city’s most discerning, stylish and savvy audiences. As Manhattan’s oldest society magazine...