Look, The

Nickname bestowed on actress Lauren Bacall for her screen debut, in Howard Hawks film To Have and Have Not (1944) co-starring opposite Humphrey Bogart. In the role as Marie “Slim” Browning, Bacall’s sultry delivery of such lines as “If you want anything, just whistle…” earned her a place in film history.


According to one biography, Bacall’s “Look” was the result of nervously walking around with her chin pressed against her collarbone to keep from shaking during filming. As a result, she had to glance upward every time she spoke, thus creating the sexual air about her performance.

Born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924 in New York City, Lauren Bacall’s film credits included Key Largo (1948), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953), Sex and the Single Girl (1964), The Shootist (1976), the TV miniseries Too Rich, the Secret Life of Doris Duke (1999) and narrator of the made-for TV movie Greta Garbo: The Lone Star (2001).

Lauren Bacall died on August 12, 2014 in New York City, New York. She was 89.

See also – “The Face


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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