1957: Bacall preparing to return to the screen

From The Army Archerd Archive

Feb. 6, 1957

GOOD MORNING: Metro paged Lauren Bacall for a pic ready to start, but she turned it down. However, she’ll return to work in a month. “I’m not going to be in a closet,” says Bacall, “but I need a little time to get things straightened up. The amount of mail is positively fantastic — from people not in the industry.” … Bacall also has to regain a little weight before returning to the cameras. But she sounds well, and strong — the way Bogart knew she’d be. (Bogart died Jan. 14, 1957) … Douglas Fairbanks Jr. is back here for the first time in four years to prepare the future filming here of one of the four features he’ll produce. Fairbanks doesn’t plan to appear in any of the pix. “I guess,” he says, “I no longer have the zest to get up at 5 ayem” … Among the many parties planned for Doug and Mary Lee during this one week visit is one at the Sam Goldwyns last p.m. … (2006 update: In N.Y., Lauren Bacall tells me, “He (Bogart) is still alive — on TV all the time and on all the ‘favorites’ lists. I think it’s great for him, his children and his grandchildren — and for me. I remember every minute.” Earlier this year, Bacall wound “The Walker” in London with Woody Harrelson, Lily Tomlin and Kristin Scott Thomas; Paul Schrader scripted-directed. Says Bacall, “I loved working in England. If I were younger I’d move there.” P.S. she adds, “I’m constantly looking for work.” On Sept. 11 she will be special guest at “Monday Nights With Oscar’s” screening of “How to Marry a Millionaire” at the Academy’s theater at Lighthouse International in Gotham.)

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