Lauren Bacall, the legendary film and stage actress who was known for her distinctive husky voice and sultry looks, died on August 12, 2014, at the age of 89 in a New York City hospital of an apparent stroke, noted ABC7News. The announcement came from the Humphrey Bogart estate.
Bacall's death followed by a day the passing of Robin Williams, whose middle name is McLaurin.
Director Howard Hawks gave Bacall the first name "Lauren" during her screen test for To Have or Have Not (1944). In that film, with Humphrey Bogart (whom she would later marry), when she uttered the one of the most famous lines in Hollywood history: "You don't have to say anything, and you don't have to do anything. Not a thing. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow."
Her last name was created from her mother's maiden name. Lauren Bacall was born Betty Joan Perske in the Bronx, the daughter of Jewish immigrants. Her parents divorced when Betty was 8, and the mother took part of her family name, Bacal. Betty added the extra L when she became an actress.
When I conveyed the news that Lauren Bacall had died on a Fortean forum last night, one wag came back with the sarcastic retort, "Alas, no trident."
The individual should have known better. Forteans are skeptically openminded, but we are no fools. The person, a friend actually, should have known that if ones looks, probably a discovery would be made.
In this period of history, it does appear that tridents are in evidence all around, literally and/or metaphorically, in deaths and disasters. Synchronicity works that way. Coincidences too. Read Jung. Or Charles Fort.
Lauren Bacall, it turns out, was the headliner for Maserati's re-thrust into the American market.
Please note, Maserati used the phrase "no coincidence," I didn't.
Maseratis are getting in the news, as I write. See here.