Robin Williams’ made his debut at Holy City Zoo in San Francisco—and he didn’t start out in the spotlight. He began by bar tending, and worked his way to the stage in the 70s. He traveled to Los Angeles where, in 1977 at a performance in a nightclub, he was discovered by George Schlatter. A TV producer, Schlatter offered Williams a chance to appear on a revival of Laugh-In. It was his first TV appearance, and it launched his career.
Born Betty Joan Perske, Lauren Bacall started out as a model, and shined on the cover of magazines like Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. She was graceful and admired for her sizzling sex appeal with her blond hair, green-blue eyes, and deep, seductive voice. She attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1941, and debuted on Broadway the next year.
Director Howard Hawks, urged by his wife Nancy, agreed to let Bacall do a screen test for To Have and Have Not. Due to a misunderstanding with his secretary, the young actress was actually flown to Hollywood for a live audition. Bacall was anxious during her screen tests, and to prevent herself from shaking, she pressed her chin into her chest, directing her eyes upward and creating her signature “Look”. Lauren Bacall married costar Humphrey Bogart, and starred in many movies with him.
On this Movie Friday, we celebrate two lives well lived. Here are just a few of our favorite movies (accompanied by some awesome fan art) starring screen legends Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall.
Robin Williams as Alan Parrish
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Lauren Bacall as Marie “Slim” Browning
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Robin Williams as Genie
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Lauren Bacall as Vivian Rutledge
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Robin Williams as Daniel Hallard / Mrs. Doubtfire
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Lauren Bacall as Nora Temple
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Robin Williams as Teddy Roosevelt
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Lauren Bacall as Mrs. Hubbard
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