From the noted Hollywood biographer and author of The Contender comes this celebration of the great American love story—the romance between Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart—capturing its complexity, contradictions, and challenges as never before.
In Hollywood, The True Story: Bogie and Bacall, William Mann offers a deep and comprehensive look at Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, and the unlikely love they shared. Mann details their early years—Bogart’s effete upbringing in New York City; Bacall’s rise as a model and actress. He paints a vivid portrait of their courtship and twelve-year marriage: the fights, the reconciliations, the children, the affairs, Bogie’s illness and Bacall’s steadfastness until his death. He offers a sympathetic yet clear-eyed portrait of Bacall’s life after Bogie, exploring her relationships with Frank Sinatra and Jason Robards, who would become her second husband, and the identity crisis she faced.
Surpassing previous biographies, Mann digs deep into the celebrities’ personal lives and considers their relationship from surprising angles. Bacall was just nineteen when she started dating the thrice-married forty-five-year-old Bogart. How might that age gap have influenced their relationship? In addition to what she gained, what might Bacall have lost by marrying a Hollywood superstar more than twice her age? How did Bogart, a man of average looks, become one of the greatest movie stars of all time? Throughout, Mann explains the unparalleled successes of their individual careers as well as the extraordinary love between them and the legend that has endured.
Filled with entertaining details and thoughtful insights based on newly available records and correspondence, Bogie & Bacall offers a fresh look at this famous couple, their remarkable relationship, and their legacy.
William J. Mann is the author of ten books, including his most recent, Bogie and Bacall: The Surprising True Story of Hollywood’s Greatest Love Affair. He won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Fact Crime for Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood, and the Lambda Literary Award for Biography for Wisecracker: The Life and Times of William Haines. He is also the author of The Contender: The Story of Marlon Brando and Kate: The Woman Who Was Hepburn, named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times. He’s written for Architectural Digest, Vanity Fair, The New York Times, and many other publications. He’s appeared on CNN, Turner Movie Classics, the BBC, and various documentary series and films, including Scotty: The Secret History of Hollywood. His New York Times bestsellers include his books on Hepburn and Brando; How to Be a Movie Star: Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood; Hello Gorgeous: Becoming Barbra Streisand; and Tinseltown. For many years, Mann was an Assistant Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University. He lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Hollywood, The True Story: Bogie and Bacall
Author: William J. Mann
Narrator: William J. Mann
Item No: PL475
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