She enrolled at the Alvienne School of Drama, got work in summer stock and modeling and started calling herself Elizabeth Scott. Critics began calling Scott “Wallis’s Lauren Bacall,” and the comparison damaged the unique image Scott sought for herself. For the duration of his career, Rock Hudson was an American heartthrob. I’ve spoken to some Lauren Bacall pages over on Instagram, and a ton of them did acknowledge that both had similar physical features, but then they’d argue that Bacall was, inherently, the better actor of the two. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. "My greatest ambition is to be the whoppingest best actress in Hollywood. Her father, who she said was a lifelong Republican, was influential in her political beliefs and capitalistic views. The fact that only a bit of her life is publicly documented makes it so much harder for me, as an amateur researcher, to find credible and valid sources, and magazines like these should be taken with a grain of salt. Call me out for being biased, but Lauren may have been the most successful out of the two, in terms of overall career, but then I would have to say Liz was unique in her own right too. Bogart, in “Dead Reckoning,” put it this way: “I didn’t want any part of her, but I kept smelling that jasmine in her hair, and I wanted her in my arms. The scandal, however, was nearly ruinous. She, too, allegedly spent some intimate nights with Mercedes de Acosta as well as Greta Garbo, Hope Williams, and Barbara Stanwyck. Generally speaking, Lauren was one of the most profiled actresses of the 40s and 50s, and while she did value her right to privacy, and kept her apprehension towards the public attitude of a star (something she shared with Scott), I really don’t think she minded having a ton of her photographs taken. Known for playing the title role in the 1925 version of Ben-Hur, Ramon Novarro was a mainstay of the silent film era. She’s the Threat, to the Body, the Voice, and the Look”. The use without permission, or use in an attempt to duplicate is prohibited without permission from the writer of the site. But she was called back to the show to fill in for an ailing Gladys George, who had replaced Hopkins. Yeah. Here’s the transcript from the 1996 interview she did with Carole Langer explaining why that is so: CL: I don’t see you having that twenty-four hour a day thing, working, showing up at this premiere. Lizabeth Scott, 1945; Lauren Bacall, 1945; Lauren, christened as Betty Joan Perske, was born on the 16th of September 1924 in the Bronx, New York City, and was the only child of Natalie Weinstein, an emigrant from Romania and William Perske, whose origins have been traced in the European country of present-day Belarus. She was born Emma Matzo on Sept. 29, 1922, in Scranton, Pa., one of six children of Ukrainian immigrants. Unable to come to terms with his homosexuality, Novarro took to hiring hustlers in secret to stave off his loneliness. With a devilishly handsome smile and a towering height of 6'3", Cesar Romero was poised for leading man status. Reblogged this on Crawfordgold's Blog and commented: ( Log Out / But when Confidential magazine threatened to expose his homosexuality, his career took a backseat. Thank you for sharing with everybody . Liz, herself, did talk about Bacall, but only in brief passing, and it was just to say that “Lauren Bacall came in a few years before I did”, and similar variations of the quote. The whole ordeal about this supposed “rivalry” is something I found to be very common in Hollywood, for the sake of publicity. Her co-stars were Humphrey Bogart, Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster and other tough gents, and her movies’ titles were lurid stuff: “The Strange Love of Martha Ivers,” “Dead Reckoning,” “Pitfall,” “Dark City,” “I Walk Alone” and “Bad for Each Other.”, "When you say ambition to me, that’s when you get me started!" Cedars-Sinai Medical Center confirmed the death, but did not give a cause. Never has there been a bad exchange between these two, perhaps because neither of them ever met the other in person, which was, in itself, a shame. A former model, her beauty captivated America during the war years, which proved to be incredibly useful to her genre of film noir, wherein she made success after success through the likes of The Big Sleep (1946), Dark Passage (1947), and Key Largo (1948). In contrast, Lauren had steadily cruised along the film industry, having had at least one film released since the 1940s, with the only “large” break taking place from 1981 – 1988 (Bacall’s last screen appearance was in 2012, two years prior her death). 1996 interview she did with Carole Langer. Tallulah Bankhead was a theater actress, film star, and life-of-the-party socialite who enjoyed pushing the envelope as much as humanly possible. LS: Well, as I said to you earlier, I’m, you know, I still am, but was a severe introvert. Lizabeth Scott in 2007, at a Barbara Stanwyck tribute. Apparently, their similarities existed long before both came to be in Hollywood. Here are just a few of the biggest names. But, of course, we’re getting way ahead of ourselves. Since privacy was something Liz valued over most things that related to Hollywood, I’ve come to the realization that Liz’s reputation has been badly misdirected by gossip columns and tabloids. He remained in the closet to the public for the entirety of his career, but was out to friends and colleagues in the industry. Lizabeth Scott, a sultry blonde with a come-hither voice cut out for the seething romantic and homicidal passions of her Hollywood film noir roles in the late 1940s and early ’50s, died on Jan. 31 in Los Angeles. She regularly donned pants and tuxes on the silver screen at a time when it was unfashionable to do so and changed the the way women thought about pants forever. The article noted that she had never married, quoted her as saying that she “always wore male colognes, slept in men’s pajamas and positively hated frilly feminine dresses,” and said that she had been “taking up almost exclusively with Hollywood’s weird society of baritone babes.”. In the late sixties, Novarro’s life met a brutal end after he hired two young brothers to come to his home. While a big part of her heritage was Jewish, she said in a 1979 interview (credits to mslaurenbacall on Instagram), that she was often not thought of as a Jew, since she did not look like the public’s perception of what a Jew should look like. There were rumors in the 1960s that she might marry Hal B. Wallis, the producer who discovered her, but she remained single. A pioneer in comparing Bacall and Scott, he set off a detrimental trend of marginalizing Scott and promoting Bacall to be the more favourable of the two. In her ensuing mystery-thrillers — “I Walk Alone” and “Pitfall” in 1948, “Too Late for Tears” in 1949, “Paid in Full” in 1950 — she joined the classic pantheon of film noir: beautiful schemers caught in maelstroms of jealousy, greed, betrayal and murder, but irresistible. Although Scott sued the magazine, she was never able to recover from this perceived stain on her reputation and her career reportedly waned because of it. The biggest factor which attributed to their different paths can be the attitude each actress possessed during her stay in Hollywood. Renowned for his good looks and acting talent, Cary Grant quickly rose to stardom in the 1930’s. Starting with Lauren, photographs which have circulated the internet have shown how much she enjoyed the thriving Hollywood scene: movie premieres, interviews, award shows, home videos, etc. Nevertheless, I feel incredibly privileged to have had seen these two in their respective films, comparison and all. I loved this, so informational! ( Log Out / I want to have my talents respected, not only by the public but by myself.". Her film career was further damaged, perhaps fatally, by an innuendo-laced 1954 article in Confidential magazine suggesting that she was a lesbian. Antoine Sire — 10 février 2015 à 16h55. Maybe we would never fully know what went on between these two actresses, but I hope people would stop comparing them to each other (seriously, just let their works speak for themselves!). As a kind of farewell, I’ll leave you with two of my favourite photographs of Liz and Lauren (Liz’s photo took place in 2010; Lauren’s took place in 2013), since they both passed within five months of each other: Lauren in August 2014, Liz in January 2015, and these were the closest to those dates as I was able to go! Compared to Bacall, whose career never plummeted, Liz’s career was significantly ruined after this trial. After a brief ordeal in terms of jurisdiction (the magazine was published in New York, and Scott was a resident of California, where she filed the lawsuit, so initially this went nowhere), Liz’s lawyer, Jerry Giesler, refiled the case in New York. ... Paramount wanted to promote her as simply The Threat, specifically to Lauren Bacall, who was given the nickname The Face by Warner Brothers, the rival studio of Paramount. On the flip side, Liz, born Emma Matzo, was the oldest child of John Matzo and Mary Pennock. She attended Marywood College, but quit to move to New York City. Liz was someone I found recently, a few months ago to be precise. Parts of the site’s entries can be used, though giving proper credit should be a mandatory afterthought. Mr. Wallis noticed her. I didn’t really get as far as I would have liked in terms of this topic, but I did have a ton of fun writing my thoughts! The film historian Karen Burroughs Hannsberry, in “Femme Noir: Bad Girls of Film” (1998), called Ms. Scott “a unique product of Hollywood’s Golden Age” and “one of film noir’s archetypal femmes.”. Just a few years post-divorce, in 1962, Hudson met stockbroker Lee Garlington with whom he shared a lengthy, intimate relationship. Despite this, she made a name for herself in 1944, which only grew in magnitude once she tied the knot with co-star Humphrey Bogart. Once considered the most beautiful woman in the world, Greta Garbo was legendary for her expressive face, her need for privacy, and her sexuality. She was a sultry blonde bombshell with a smoky voice and stellar acting skills, much like the legendary Bacall herself. She had the goods: the luminous eyes and moist lips that belied a heart of stone, the slinky figure, the sculptured cheekbones, the cascading hair and husky voice suitable for torch songs or seductive close-ups. He wooed audiences with his good looks and impressive performances, and worked hard to keep his private life out of the tabloids. She reportedly played a bit of lover’s ping-pong with Mercedes de Acosta who would flee into Marlene Dietrich’s arms whenever Garbo discarded her. Firstly a stage actress, Matzo changed her name after reading Mary of Scotland, a play written by Maxwell Anderson. Overall, the constant comparison between the two is inevitable, since they both bore massive similarities pre-Hollywood, which carried on throughout their careers as contemporaries. Carroll’s, the night club in question, was also partly owned by M arlene Dietrich. The Cuban-American actor appeared on the silver screen alongside Marlene Dietrich and Carole Lombard, was a lifelong best friend to actress Joan Crawford, and became a living legend after playing The Joker in the original film version of Batman. If you didn’t guess, then the particular actress often compared to Lizzie is none other than the great Lauren “The Look” Bacall, the sultry femme fatale who left her mark on the world in the 1944 film To Have and Have Not, alongside future husband Humphrey Bogart. Later in 1945, Charles Feldman, a film agent, signed Liz after seeing her on a photo spread; coincidentally, Feldman was also the one who signed Bacall in 1944. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. She was a sultry blonde bombshell with a smoky voice and stellar acting skills, much like the legendary Bacall herself. Before everything blew up, she went to film The Weapon, released in 1956; a year later she participated in Loving You, opposite Elvis Presley. For one thing, she was someone who didn’t like attending movie premieres, or anything that had to do with seeing fans.
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