Lauren Bacall sings

Lauren Bacall sings


norman lebrecht

August 13, 2014

In memoriam. Twice in films:

And, less famously, in The Big Sleep

Aged 70, looking good, a serenade to Leonard Bernstein:

She could hold a tune. And she was one helluva actress.


  • Ks. Christopher Robson says:

    Don’t forget that it was a young Andy Williams who supplied the singing voice for Lauren Bacall in “To have and have not”. Suited her down to the ground 🙂 What a wonderful sexy lady she was, and what a wonderful life she had and enjoyed with us all. Humphrey Bogart and Jason Robarts must both be very happy that she has finally joined them up in the Silver Screen Heaven in the Sky, wherever it might be. A loss for us, but nice for them 🙂

    • norman lebrecht says:

      Andy Williams…. who knew?

      • ronald bergan says:

        It has been common knowledge for decades. Also Rita Hayworth never sang.

        • Robert Fitzpatrick says:

          Hence the plot of Singin’ in the Rain, a typical Hollywood practice. Bacall’s lines with Bogart in “The Big Sleep” were sheer artistry.

      • Pete says:

        Andy Williams? Not according to this writer:

        …”But oh, what a debut. I watch To Have And Have Not every couple of years for pure pleasure. The you-know-how-to-whistle scene is great, but this is my personal favorite moment, with Hoagy Carmichael at the piano. There’s a persistent rumor that a young Andy Williams dubbed the teenage newcomer’s singing voice. So I asked Andy about it back in the Eighties. He said, “No, that’s Bacall singing.” A great song by Carmichael and Johnny Mercer:”
        –Mark Steyn

  • Olaugh Turchev says:

    Great homage to Bernstein.

    • Nick says:

      Great performance, great words, great Weill music and perfect little musical interjections! I wonder if Sondheim was involved in the lyrics.

      Since it was for Bernstein’s 70th, Bacall would have been 63. She looks fabulous as she always did.