Hollywood lost one of its last lions yesterday, as the legendary Lauren Bacall died at 89. She had a long and storied career, performing on film, radio, stage, and television, but America first knew her as the whisky-voiced marvel who taught Humphrey Bogart how to whistle. Bacall and Bogart were just one of the many Hollywood couples whose onscreen relationship became an off-screen one; let’s take a look at their famous pairing, and those of a few more great movie couples who kept their chemistry going off the set.
Lauren Bacall & Humphrey Bogart
“Bogie and Bacall” met on the set of the 1944 classic To Have and Have Not, where director Howard Hawks had cast the 19-year-old model-turned-actress opposite his 44-year-old leading man. Bogart was married at the time, but one look at Bacall, and he was sunk; they began seeing each other during the shoot, and their smoldering intensity all but wafts off the screen (particularly during the deservedly famous “You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve?” scene). They would marry in 1945 and remained together until his death a dozen years later, appearing together in three more films (The Big Sleep, Dark Passage, and Key Largo), as well as a TV presentation of Bogart’s breakthrough play The Petrified Forest.