Thursday, June 25, 2009

Model Lauren Bacall

Hollywood superstar Lauren Bacall was a model before she became an actress. She worked part time for Bazaar magazine while taking acting lessons. Here are some photos from the February 1943 issue of Harper's Bazaar.

lauren bacall, 1943 bazaar, claire mccardellBacall poses as a woman engaged in wartime evening activities: listening to the radio while darning socks. She wears lounging pajamas in grey wool/rayon by Claire McCardell.

lauren bacall, bazaar 1943Bacall poses in a white crepe blouse with a ruffle at the neckline, which was available at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Bacall was lucky enough to land the cover of Bazaar the following month in March 1943. Howard Hawks's wife Nancy spotted her and urged her husband to give Bacall a screen test for his new film To Have and Have Not. Bacall's performance in that film is widely acclaimed as one of the strongest debut performances in the history of film.

9 comments:

Sal said...

Huh, I didn't know a thing about Bacall .. certainly not that her debut was so widely acclaimed. Thanks for another great history lesson!

casey said...

Lauren Bacall is one of my top favorites--thanks for posting these images! :)

Poke Salad Annie said...

so beautiful :)

Darla: Retro Ways said...

Such stunning photos of Miss Lauren Bacall that I have never seen. Thanks for sharing, lovely post. ♥

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Isn't she gorgeous??? Glad you enjoyed them!

Catherine_Sr said...

I love those publicity photos of glamorous stars engaged in "everyday" activities... the one of Bacall darning socks reminds me of a photo of Katharine Hepburn sitting cross-legged on a ledge and knitting.

Gladys said...

I love Bacall

I read her autobiography some years ago and that made me love her more.

Bonjour Madame said...

She is so pretty. My favorite movie of hers is Designing Woman. The clothes are amazing!

Berry said...

These pictures are amazing! Lauren Bacall was simply fantastic.

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