Jan. 18, 1957

GOOD MORNING: Bogart would have approved the simple, honest services at All Saints Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills yesterday which closed the final chapter of his life … The glass-enclosed model of his Santana at the rail of the pulpit took the place of his body which was being cremated at Forest Lawn simultaneously with the services … All his old buddies and associates were there, the studio toppers whom he loved to needle, and the leading ladies he loved to shock … Spencer Tracy sat in a back row … Joan Blondell, with makeup, rushed in from 20th-Fox … Dick Powell, Errol Flynn and others from the old Warners gang were among those who sat in rapt silence as John Huston delivered a moving, frank and eloquent eulogy which told of Bogie’s last days, with Bogie never giving up his belief that he would recover … “No one who sat in his presence,” said Huston, “during the final weeks would ever forget his display of sheer animal courage. As Bogart was brave, his wife was gallant. He gave no thought to death. She knew it was there. Out of the power of her love, she was able to hide her grief. We have no reason to feel any sorrow for him, only for ourselves for having lost him. He is quite irreplaceable. There will never be another like him” … (2007 update: Noting the 50th anniversary of Bogie’s death — Jan.14, 1957 — I spoke with his widow Lauren Bacall who noted of the passage of time, “I can’t believe it. But he’s still alive — we’ll never get away from him. I think of him all the time — and of course we see him all the time on television.”)

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