Two years ago, I interviewed her son, Stephen Bogart, now of Naples, Fl.
He reminisced about his parents on the 70th anniversary of Bogart's classic, Casablanca.
Here's the article from March 2012:
On 70th anniversary of 'Casablanca,' son Stephen Bogart recalls great romance of Bogie and Bacall
BY STEVE ROTHAUS
Time’s gone by: Casablanca, one of the world’s best-loved films is 70, Humphrey Bogart has been dead more than a half-century and his young widow, movie star Lauren Bacall, is now 87.
“It was one of the greatest romances of the 20th century,” said their son Stephen Bogart, now 63 and selling real estate in Naples, Fla. “He died so young. But they found each other and many people don’t.”
Bogie married Bacall in 1945, three years after he starred opposite Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca, which will screen Wednesday night in movie theaters nationally and be re-issued March 27 in a special edition Blu-ray/DVD combo set (Warner Home Video).
Bacall made her first film in 1944 starring opposite Bogart in To Have and Have Not.
Bogart was 25 years older than Bacall — 19 when they made the movie. “That would have gone over well today,” Stephen jokes.
But Bacall was more than a match for Bogart. “She was an old soul,” Stephen says. “They had just done To Have and Have Not. [Their romance] evolved that way because of what happened on the screen. He was the highest-paid actor of his time. No. 1. You saw him fall in love on the screen. It was Bogie and Bacall.”
The couple had stellar movie careers in the ‘40s and ‘50s. He starred in The Maltese Falcon (1941), The African Queen (1951), The Caine Mutiny and Sabrina (both 1954; she in Young Man With a Horn (1950), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) and Designing Woman (1957). Together, they also made The Big Sleep (1946), Dark Passage (1947) and Key Largo (1948).
Stephen and his sister, Leslie, now 59, were youngsters when their father, 57, died of cancer in 1957.
Bacall, then 32, famously stood by her husband in his final days. “She was tough,” Stephen Bogart says. “She did take care of him. It was too bad it ended the way it did. It almost ruined her.”
She later fell in love with and married Oscar-winning actor Jason Robards. The couple had a son, Sam, now an actor and film director. Bacall and Robards were wed from 1961-69.
After their divorce, Bacall made a career comeback, this time on Broadway in two Tony-winning musical star vehicles: Applause (1970) and Woman of the Year (1981).
Stephen Bogart has three grown children, including son Richard, a University of Miami law student.
The son of Bogie and Bacall — whose gravelly voice is just like dad's — has mostly avoided show business. “I was in a play in high school,” Stephen Bogart says. “I wasn’t very good. I was not a good actor. It’s not easy to be good. I could have been a bad actor.”
Instead, he opted for a career in TV news, working at ESPN, NBC and Court TV.
Now, he co-manages Humphrey Bogart’s name and likeness. His father’s estate receives no residuals from the old films. “If we owned the rights to Casablanca, that would be lovely,” Stephen Bogart says.
Ex-GLAAD exec: 'In spite of living in closet, Shepard Smith has temerity to call Robin Williams a coward'
Elaine Lancaster is having a very busy month.
Monday night, she will be honored with the Elaine Lancaster Stellar Award at the 37th annual female impersonators' Miss Florida Pageant, recognized for "two decades of charitable, social & philanthropic works and having a blast along the way."
The pageant begins 8 p.m. at the Deauville Beach Resort, 6701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Click here to buy tickets, which range from $50 to $100 each.
On Saturday, Aug. 16, Elaine will host the 16th anniversary Score, this year at its new location, 1437 Washington Ave., Miami Beach.
Elaine says she hosted Score's original opening on Lincoln Road, "16 years when she was "the New Fresh Face in town."
On Aug. 22 at 10 p.m., she'll celebrate her birthday (Aug. 27) at Score.
And on Aug. 29, The Forge at 432 W. 41st St., Miami Beach, will throw a "Veuve Clicquot Champagne Fete fit for a Queen," Elaine says.
Holzinger attended with his husband, psychotherapist David Kessler.
Excelsior Wines provided refreshments.
Click here to view a gallery from the event. Photos by Steve Rothaus / Miami Herald Staff.
BY STEVE ROTHAUS
Vance on Friday photographed Elliott, who is readying her first album.
"I've been doing photos of Dionne since 1982 and now her granddaughter has recorded her first CD," Vance says.
Vance shares with us an outtake from the photo session, a portrait of Grammy and granddaughter.
Vance, who's also famous for photographing beautiful men, describes Friday's Miami session as "a great shoot."
"Cheyenne is one stunning and charming 19 year old. Very sweet," he says. "We were were having such a good time before I knew it it was after 6 pm. It's always great to see Dionne, after 30 years, when she's here it's like a relative is visiting."
From Elliott's Facebook page:
Cheyenne Elliott was born into a world of song. Hailing from a family of musical royalty, which includes her grandmother - five-time Grammy Award winner Dionne Warwick, cousin - Whitney Houston, aunts - Dee Dee Warwick & Cissy Houston and uncle - Damon Elliott (hit music producer), it comes without question that Cheyenne would have an innate vocal talent herself. To bring it all full circle, her father - David Elliott - is an accomplished vocalist and songwriter, who is best known for penning Luther Vandross’ Grammy Award winning hit, “Here and Now.”
FLGLFF Kicks off the 6th Annual #954GLOW Screening Series with Award Winning Film "My Straight Son" Thursday August 7th @ 8:00 PM
The Ft. Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in association with TLA Releasing and Canteen Outlaws presents ... MY STRAIGHT SON
The 6th Annual Ft. Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival will take place Friday October 10th through Sunday October 12th and the following weekend, Thursday October 16th through Sunday October 19th 2014.
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Artist Marcelo Holzinger will present his latest work 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Omega Décor, 3300 N. Miami Ave. in the Midtown.
Here's the official announcement from his husband, David Kessler:
Artist Marcelo Holzinger is presenting the opening of his latest exhibit this coming Saturday, August 9th, from 7-11pm at Omega Décor in Midtown Miami. Holzinger uses his work to benefit many charitable causes (with a major focus on LGBT organizations), and this event is no different – once again, Holzinger is using his art to help those in need.
This inaugural Holzinger event will benefit two wonderful charitable organizations serving children and their families: The UCP Baby House Project - serving children and young adults challenged with Cerebral Palsy (www.ucpbabyhouseproject.com), and Gods Innocent Angels (The GIA Foundation) - working to help children and families impacted by RETT Syndrome (www.godsinnocentangels.org)
There is no admission charge, and a portion of all sales- Art, Furniture and Décor items will be donated directly to both of these great organizations! Exclusive Wines sponsored by Excelsior Wines - Concha y Toro / Devil's Collection. (www.excelsiorwines.com)
Braswell's Songbook debuts this Sunday in South Beach, for one night only. Come enjoy a fun musical revue filled with comedy and ballads from his prior shows. This one hour performance will include songs from Braswell's new musical entitled Cuban Courage, which brings to the stage the amazing story of Operation Pedro Pan. Vocalists will be Clay Cartland and EnVee, with music direction and accompaniment by Caryl Fantel. Aug. 3rd. 7:00 & 9:00 pm. Free admission. Cash bar. The Cabaret, 233 12th St., Miami Beach, FL. 305-763-8799.
News release from Pridelines Youth Services:
Pridelines Youth Services, South Florida’s oldest LGBTQ service agency, is proud to announce its annual gala to support the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning community. Pridelines’ Masquerade Ball, presented by Jim Tyrrell, Jay Richard DiBiaso and Roger Thomson, will take place Saturday, August 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the historic Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. Tickets are on sale now for $150 per guest or $1,500 for a table of 10.
“An evening of elegance and romance, reminiscent of Venice’s Carnival, ‘Pridelines' Masquerade Ball’ will undoubtedly be one of the community's most enjoyable events of the year,” said Victor Diaz-Herman, executive director of Pridelines. “Masquerade will feature a silent auction, cocktail reception, and a formal dining experience along with entertainment and dancing,” he added.
Performing at Masquerade will be Noel Leon, JesiMixx and DJ Sayho. Guests are encouraged to wear elaborately decorated masks in keeping with the Masquerade theme, Diaz-Herman said, adding that Beatnix in South Beach is offering a 20% discount on masks to customers who mention the Pridelines Masquerade Ball.
Proceeds benefit Pridelines Youth Services, South Florida’s oldest service agency dedicated to the lesbian,gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) community and their straight allies. Pridelines’ mission is to support education and empower South Florida’s LGBTQ youth in safe and diverse environments, and to promote social change through dialogue. Pridelines provides nightly programs, Youth Enrichment Activities, HIV testing and support groups, meals and snacks, a David Bohnett Cybercenter, and the only drop-in center in Miami-Dade County for the LGBTQ community. Most importantly, Pridelines provides referral services for youth who are at-risk of or dealing with issues such as suicidal ideation, substance abuse, physical abuse, as well as emotional abuse at home, in school or on the streets. Pridelines is also dedicated to providing wrap-around services, safe spaces, and affirming environments for Homeless LGBTQ youth.
Tickets are available at www.pridelinesmasquerade.com. Table host and sponsorship opportunities are also available on the website or by contacting Diaz-Herman email@example.com or 305-571-9601 ext. 3.