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Bogart returns with bride Lauren Bacall

Bogart returns with bride Lauren Bacall

May 25, 1945: Newlyweds Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart return from their wedding in Ohio. Bacall, known for her whistling, gives a hoot on a gold whistle.

This photo by Times photographer L. Maxine Reams was published on The Times’ Metro section front the next morning. The accompanying non-byline story reported:

With four cartons of cigarettes under one arm and Lauren Bacall, the gal who revived whistling, clinging to the other, Humphrey Bogart stepped off the Santa Fe Chief at Pasadena yesterday convinced that married life is just what the doctor ordered.

Bogey called her “darling” and Bacall called him “honey.”…

Each was wearing a gold link wedding band, which they exchanged at Louis Bromfield’s Ohio farm last Monday not long after the actor’s third wife, Mayo Methot, scuttled their stormy romance in a Las Vegas divorce court.

The tough guy abandoned his lissome 20-year-old bride to the mercy of photographers and reporters only long enough to make sure that the perspiring redcap didn’t drop the package of imported Scotch cough syrup Bogey had brought along on the trip to treat snake bites, etc.

Their romance began when they were making a movie in which Bacall suggests to Bogart that in case he feels like a cold bottle of beer or a midnight snack all he has to do is whistle.

Symbolic of this touching idyll was a tiny gold whistle attached to a gold slave bracelet that Bacall was wearing on her right wrist yesterday.

“Blow it,” requested an inspired photographer.

“Shall I, honey?” said Bacall, turning to her husband.

“Oh, that’s Van Johnson stuff,” snapped Bogart, “but go ahead and blow it.”

She blew it.

Bogart tugged her arm and said, “Come on, mamma, let’s go home.”


  1. December 12, 2011, 7:43 am

    1977 I ask Lauren Bacall sitting at chase lounge at Beverly Hills Hotel Sand and Pool Club if she would care for a glass of Champagne. Lauren Barked at me,not understanding 32 years later I'm watching Desining women film with Lauren and Gregory Peck starring.Lauren is young gorgeous laying at same chase lounge about to seduce Gregory Peck a sports writer and it hit me like a rock…Lauren was reminicing how being old had nothing in common with being young and oh was she right.I was a nusance.Lauren was and is such a special talent.As the saying goes. " Youth was wasted on the young"

  2. December 7, 2012, 8:15 am



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