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It’s always sad when we lose an actor, and last week we lost two. Both Robin Williams (1951-2014) and Lauren Bacall (1924-2014) were extremely talented, and became iconic for their performances.

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.

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Robin Williams took the role of Mork in Happy Days, and reprized the role in the spinoff Mork and Mindy. He made his first film appearance in 1977. Overall, he acted in more than 60 films!

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.

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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

screen legends  jumanji robin williamsImage via Josh Rocklage

To Have and Have Not

Lauren Bacall as Marie “Slim” Browning

screen legends lauren bacallImage via Bogie and Baby


Robin Williams as Genie

screen legends robin williams genie aladdinImage via Eduardo Ribeiro

The Big Sleep

Lauren Bacall as Vivian Rutledge

screen legends lauren bacall the big sleepImage via Bunny Dojo

Mrs. Doubtfire

Robin Williams as Daniel Hallard / Mrs. Doubtfire

screen legends  robin williams mrs doubtfireImage via Alberto Arzeni

Key Largo

Lauren Bacall as Nora Temple

screen legends  lauren bacall key largoImage via spookyspittle

Night at the Museum

Robin Williams as Teddy Roosevelt

screen legends robin williams night at the museumImage via clauderains1979

Murder on the Orient Express

Lauren Bacall as Mrs. Hubbard

screen legends  lauren bacall mrs hubbardImage via DameOdessa

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