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'
South Beach On Heels, a locally produced film starring Palace drag queens Tiffany Fantasia and Noel Leon, won best feature documentary at the recent 2014 Madrid International Film Festival.
"We got the Best Feature Documentary 2014 Award!!! So happy since we competed with amazing documentaries and won!!!" writes filmmaker Dmitry Zhitov of Miami Beach.
Zhitov attended the screening with his partner, Jose Canto.
You'll soon have another chance to see South Beach On Heels in South Florida. It will be screened in October at the Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Stay tuned for details.
Jose Antonio Vargas, the Pulitzer-winning journalist who came out as undocumented, has just been arrested in McAllen, Texas, going through airport security, according to the immigration group United We Dream.
McALLEN, Texas -- A prominent immigration activist and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has lived and worked in the U.S. without legal documentation for years has been detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents at a South Texas airport.
Border Patrol spokesman Omar Zamora says Jose Antonio Vargas was in custody Tuesday morning, but he had no other details.
Vargas had been in the border city of McAllen for several days as part of a vigil drawing attention to the plight of unaccompanied immigrant children and families coming into the U.S. illegally.
On Tuesday morning, Vargas tweeted: "About to go thru security at McAllen Airport. I don't know what's going to happen."
At the McAllen airport, Border Patrol agents stand beside Transportation Security Administration agents checking documentation, even for domestic flights.
Vargas recently screened his new documentary, Documented, in Miami Shores. He’s been traveling the United States promoting the film.
Broadway’s The Nance starring Nathan Lane as a gay vaudevillian will be screened Friday through Sunday at Coral Gables Cinema.
From the theater:
Don't miss two-time Tony Award-winning actor Nathan Lane in the Broadway production of "The Nance" coming to the Gables Cinema this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 11 to July 13, at 1:00 pm each day. In the 1930s, burlesque impresarios welcomed the hilarious comics and musical parodies of vaudeville to their decidedly lowbrow niche. Douglas Carter Beane’s "The Nance" recreates the naughty, raucous world of burlesque’s heyday and tells the backstage story of Chauncey Miles (a gay man in his personal life) playing a headliner called “the nance,” a stereotypically camp gay man and master of comic double entendre – usually played by a straight man, and his fellow performers. At a time when it was easy to play gay and dangerous to be gay, Chauncey’s uproarious antics on the stage stand out in marked contrast to his offstage life. When the mayor of New York tries to end burlesque, Chauncey must fight in court for his freedom of expression. Performances are captured live and presented in high quality 2K Digital Cinema Projection that brings Broadway to the Gables. The New York Times calls the show, "A nearly perfect work of dramatic art, whose power derives from its equitable compassion and its unromantic view of myth.” Tickets are $20 and under and are available in advance through the Cinema’s website www.gablescinema.com and in person at the box office during regular screening hours. Call 786-385-9689 or visit the website for more info and online ticket purchases. The Cinema is located at 260 Aragon Avenue, directly across from Books & Books, in downtown Coral Gables.
Remember Danilo, who posed last year for the centerfold of Spanish-language tabloid, Caliente?
"I support the gay community and this song expresses just that give it a listen!" wrote Reynier, in a Facebook message to me.
Reynier says Somos Iguales is produced by Latin Grammy winner Lenny Medina.
In case you need reminding, here's Reynier's Caliente centerfold from October 2013:
Saturday and Sunday: The first LGBTQ independent Chinese film festival in Miami.
The festival will include screenings and discussions at The Chill Concept, an art space at 114 NE 20th Terr., Miami.
Here's the news release, with details:
The Chill Concept presents the First LGBTQ Chinese Film Festival in Miami
“Queer China Meets Miami” will be the first survey of contemporary independent LGBTQ films from China at The Chill Concept during Gay Pride Month. Screenings and discussions will take place at the Chill Concept on Saturday, June 28th through Sunday, June 29th. All films with English subtitles.
The two-day screening, curated by Jane V Hsu will feature live discussions with the four most preeminent directors of LGBTQ filmmaking, who live and work in Beijing: Cui Zi’en, He Xiaopei, Fan Popo, and Yuan Yuan. There will also be a performance P.M.S Bar by Miami artist Nina Dotti, based on a previously censored work performed in Shanghai.
Queer Chinese independent film directors will screen and discuss their recent work on LGBTQ rights in China, as well as how the social landscape has changed in the last 20 years. Censorship of Chinese independent film has certain been an issue. “Queer China Meets Miami” will offer the directors an opportunity to publicly screen and discuss their work with a Miami audience.
Jane V Hsu has been working as a curator and juror of independent film festivals in China, and has recently been held under house arrest in Beijing for her participation with Chinese independent films.
About the directors of the films:
Mr. Cui Zi’en, pioneer in Chinese gay activism and first to make LGBT award-winning film and documentaries since the 1990’s in China. This will be a world premiere of his experimental film on alien men meeting human men, The Narrow Path. The director is also the co-founder of the Queer Film Festival in China. This summer will screen festival films on a moving bus in order to avoid censorship by the local authorities.
Mr. Fan Popo comes from the new generation of gay documentary filmmakers, looking at how young people in China are coming out in Mama Rainbow and the multi-city production of The VaChina Monologues play adaptation in China.
Ms. He Xiaopei and Ms. Yuan Yuan founded PinkSpace, a NGO serving the only toll-free coming out hotline for gay men and women. Their film, Our Marriages, is about a gay manwho married a lesbian women in order to maintain the traditional Chinese family.
Ms. Jane V Hsu is an independent curator of moving image and performance. Her work focuses on gender, sexuality, HIV/AIDS awareness, and violence in China. She has been juryof numerous independent film festivals including the censored Beijing Independent Film Festival, where she was held under house arrest. Current projects include producing an experimental work film Barbara Hammer, film programmer at the UN Women’s Committee, and co-editing the first comprehensive catalog of post-2000 Chinese films in collaboration with the East Asian CV Starr Library at Columbia University.
About the performer artist
In 2009, Ms. Nina Dotti attempted to perform a one-woman work about menopause at the Mint bar in a westernized section of Shanghai. Before the performance could begin, she was censored by the China Government and told to stop and place all props in black garbage bags. THE HOTFLASHES BAR was a Nina Dotti’s performance installation happening since 2006. Inspire in the Oxygen Bars she creates a bar conceived for menopause education and reflection. Nina Dotti’s also performed the BLUE PILL BAR in 2008 in a bar in Old San Juan, talking with all males about Andropause (male menopause) inviting them to try Viagra for Erectile Dysfunction (ED).[u1]
Dotti’s will perform her HOTFLASHES BAR during Chinese Queer Festival with a new positive setting now re- name P.M.S Bar: Premium Menopause Satisfaction Bar. The P.M.S BAR will give the opportunity to many women to experience Menopause as a refreshing process of empowering life transition. Menopause is about a new attitude, a new flow of life.The artist, who is also the director and founder of the Chill Concept, was inspired again by the political advancements in feminist and LGBT related art events and China.
“Queer China Meets Miami” Screening and Discussion Schedule
Saturday June 28 - Queering China, Past and Present
6:00 pm Nina Dotti - Performance and discussion to preface historical context of feminism and LGBT rights in China
7:00 pm “Mama Rainbow” by Fan Popo, 30 min / discussion with director
7:45 pm Lecture, director Cui Zi’en, pioneer of gay activism and film in China
8:15 “pm Narrow Path” by Cui Zi’en, 73 min
Sunday, June 29 - VaChina Brunch
10:00 am “VaChina Monologues” by Fan Popo - 30 min / discussion with director
11:00 am “Our Marriages” by He Xiaopei and YuanYuan45 min
11:45-12:30 am Q&A with “Our Marriages” directors / Coming out as a lesbian in China
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BY JUAN CARLOS PÉREZ-DUTHIE
Whether it’s castanets, polka-dot dresses or the dour faces as dancers stomp their feet, there are certain elements that have always been associated with flamenco dance and music. But especially in a contemporary context, flamenco can be surprisingly rich, complex and more varied than those traditional clichés.
South Florida audiences will have the opportunity to discover as much when three Spanish artists bring to the United States for the first time their new piece, ToCaBa, during the fifth season of Out in the Tropics, an annual gay-and-lesbian-oriented performance festival presented by Miami’s FUNDarte, which runs Thursday through Sunday.
“Without abandoning the essence of what flamenco is, ToCaBa takes flamenco’s traditional manifestations in dance, music and song, deconstructs them a bit, and presents a more revolutionary vision of this art form,” says Ever Chávez, executive director and founder of FUNDarte.
“It plays a bit with gender as well, and that’s why we decided to program it as part of Out in the Tropics, which features artists from the GLBTQ community, or works that have that sensibility,” says the Cuban producer and promoter.
IF YOU GO
What: Out in the Tropics Festival
When: 7 p.m. Thursday – panel discussion and reception; Miami Beach LGBT Visitors’ Center, 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; free
8:30 p.m. Friday – Sean Dorsey Dance Company; Colony Theater, 1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; $20 to $25 at 305-434-7091 or colonytheatremiamibeach.com.
8:30 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday – “ToCaBa“; Miami-Dade County Auditorium On.Stage Black Box Theater, 2901 W. Flagler St., Miami; $25 to $30, or $50 VIP; 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com.
Info: (786) 343-1422 or fundarte.us.
June 26, 2014 in Arts, Bisexual, Business, Current Affairs, Fashion, Film, Florida, Fort Lauderdale & Broward County, Gay, Lesbian, LGBT, Media, Miami & Miami-Dade County, Miami Beach, Music, Politics, Religion, South Florida, Television, Theater, Transgender, Weblogs, Wilton Manors, Workplace, Youth | Permalink | Comments (0)
The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce has shared the video presentations made June 21 at its 2014 Emerald Gala.
This year’s honorees: Craig Smith, president of Source Events, a South Florida travel company for the LGBT community, became businessman of the year; Office Depot Foundation, Business of the Year; and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Nonprofit of the Year.
Videos by Bonnelly Films.