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Remarkable Remembrances

Carlisle_kittyLauren Bacall and husband Humphrey Bogart had been friends with Kitty Carlisle and husband Moss Hart. “Betty” (Lauren) reminisced today about the friendship dating back to the ’50s. “We would get together with them as soon as we’d get to New York,” she recalls. “Both men would compare notes on becoming fathers at 40,” she sadly added. “And they never had a chance to see their children grow up.” Bacall and Carlisle remained friends throughout their respective, continuing careers. “And I’m aiming for 96 myself,” said Bacall, who completed filming “The Walker” last year and is in negotiations for another movie this year. “I remember when I was touring ‘Applause’ in Toronto and she was appearing there, too. We’d get together after our shows and talk. She had tremendous confidence in herself. I don’t. I envied her. She was totally remarkable — a woman of many unusual qualities including a great wit. She’d jump in with both feet in whatever she became involved. She was so great as a leader of the N.Y. State Council of the Arts for so many years. I was involved with her.” Bacall recalls visiting her recently — in the same apartment in which Carlisle and Hart had originally lived. “She was — as always in good humor. ‘Just look at me, I’m 96!’ she exclaimed,” Bacall recalled of her positive good humor. “And she was great with her two children — Catherine and Christopher.” Bacall was at Carlisle’s Feinstein’s appearance last September and reminds, “You had to pay attention when she was on stage. Her club act was the story of life in the theater. She had a history of her own with those whose songs she sang.. She was extraordinary in every way. I saw her after the show and she told me she was planning to take a week off and then go on another tour, but she never did that tour. I consider myself fortunate to have known her.”

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