Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Aug 13, 2014
August 13, 2014
R.I.P.: Yes, another one...
Hollywood legend LAUREN BACALL died yesterday morning at her home in New York City following a massive stroke. The 89-year-old actress was a cover model for Harper's Bazaar when she was 19, in 1943. Born as BETTY JOAN PERSKE, Bacall was first discovered by the wife of film director HOWARD HAWKS after she appeared on the cover.As a teen, she modeled to earn extra money. Hawks later gave her the name Lauren. Her last name, Bacall, came from her mother's maiden name.
She was signed by Warner Brothers and earned international fame in 1944 with her first film, the classic "To Have and Have Not," which she made with future husband HUMPHREY BOGART. They married in 1945 (after he divorced his third wife), had two children and went on to make a string of more classic films together, including "The Big Sleep" in 1946, "Dark Passage" in 1947 and "Key Largo" in 1948, a film which would be the subject of BERTIE HIGGINS' song about "Bogie and Bacall" in 1981. Bogart died in 1957 of esophageal cancer. She and FRANK SINATRA reportedly had an affair, and a marriage to actor JASON ROBARDS that ended in divorce produced another child, actor SAM ROBARDS.
In her last major film, "The Mirror Has Two Faces," in 1996, she played BARBRA STREISAND's meddling mother, in the process getting her only Academy Award nomination as supporting actress. She lost out to JULIETTE BINOCHE for "The English Patient." Bacall, who was renowned for her husky voice and her sultry and confident expression was even given the nickname "The Look." Her first autobiography, Lauren Bacall: By Myself, won the National Book Award in 1980. By Myself and Then Some, her updated autobiography, was published in 2005. (Bartha)
100 years ago today, the first Greyhound bus opened its doors to take on its first passengers (1914). It first began as a bus service in Minnesota where CARL EICKMAN, a Swedish immigrant, transported iron ore miners from Hibbing to Alice at 15 cents a ride in a 1914 Hupmobile.
Money Talks --but celebrities don't:
Celebrities endorsing charities "does little" to promote active involvement in the cause, tending to promote engagement with the star rather than the charity. In two surveys of more than three thousand people, the Universities of Manchester and Sussex found that 75 percent claimed not to have responded "in any way" to celebrity advocacy. Two in three couldn't name a single celebrity linked with high-profile charities, while just sevn percent could name more than two. (Kaye)
JENNIFER LAWRENCE is back on the market. According to Star magazine, the actress was dumped by boyfriend NICHOLAS HOULT because he was tired of her always needing him. His career is starting to take off and Jen was feeling left behind and started to treat him like a doormat. (Myers)
Movies that will suck:
Yes, Virginia, there will be a film called "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies."
Deadline says British actors LILY JAMES, SAM RILEY, Australia's BELLA HEATHCOTE and "Boardwalk Empire" actor JACK HUSTON will star in the mashup of the 1813 JANE AUSTEN classic, "Pride And Prejudice" with the walking dead.
If you can't make it to the GOO GOO DOLLS concert at the Susquehanna Bank Center outside Philadelphia this Sunday, no worries. Live Nation and Yahoo will live stream the show for free. Just go to the Live Nation Channel on Yahoo Screen at 9 pm (Eastern) on August 17th. (Marino)
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