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'
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.”
UFC Light Heavyweight champ Kyle Kingsbury made a statement before his last fight on Saturday – he stripped off his shorts at weigh-in revealing a pair of pink "Legalize Gay" underpants.
Alas, Kingsbury lost the fight to opponent Patrick Cummins and retired from fighting.
The Ft. Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival will expand to seven days in 2014, running from Oct. 10-12 and 16-29, with screenings at the Classic Gateway Theatre and Cinema Paradiso.
Here's the news release:
The 6th Annual Ft. Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (FLGLFF) is doubling the number of films it will present and extending the schedule to seven days this year, announced Mark Gilbert, board chair and interim festival director. The expansion comes following a hugely successful FLGLFF in 2013 that saw record attendance and ticket sales. Dates for the 2014 event will be Friday, October 10th through Sunday, October 12th, picking up again the following weekend, Thursday, October 16th with the Centerpiece film and party and continuing through Sunday, October 19th, 2014.
“Absolutely, last year was the best Ft. Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival ever,” said Gilbert. “Moviegoers truly embraced our line-up of films, our parties and the special guests who came to town. Clearly, the Ft. Lauderdale community supports the film festival and we are thrilled to show our appreciation by bringing more films and more parties to this year’s event.
“As FLGLFF continues to emerge as a significant, stand-alone festival, it’s critical that we bring the best, newest films available to our audiences,” Gilbert continued. “While we will show a couple of the favorite films from last May in Miami, the Ft. Lauderdale festival will definitely not be ‘Miami, the Sequel’. It will be its own, unique experience.”
To bring that unique experience to FLGLFF, Gilbert has hired noted film festival programmer Joe Bilancio from the Rehoboth Beach and Miami gay and lesbian film festivals as programmer for FLGLFF 2014.
Along with a new programmer and the expansion of FLGLFF films, a new venue has been added this year. Films will now be shown at The Classic Gateway Theatre, 1820 East Sunrise Boulevard, and Cinema Paradiso, 503 SE 6th Street.
As screenings and special events are finalized, Gilbert says filmgoers should check the website frequently and sign up for e-mail announcements at www.flglff.com. Follow FLGLFF on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FLGLFilmFest, on Twitter @FLGLFF, and on www.Instagram.com/FLGLFF.
July 25, 2014 in Arts, Bisexual, Business, Current Affairs, Florida, Fort Lauderdale & Broward County, Gay, Lesbian, LGBT, Media, Miami & Miami-Dade County, Miami Beach, Palm Beach County, Politics, Religion, South Florida, Television, Theater, Transgender, Weblogs, Wilton Manors, Workplace, Youth | Permalink | Comments (0)
Watch: Steve Rothaus, Myriam Marquez, Katy Sorenson discuss Keys gay-marriage ruling on 'This Week in South Florida'
Sunday, July 20, I appeared on Channel 10's This Week in South Florida hosted by Michael Putney and Glenna Milberg.
We discussed topics including Thursday's ruling by Monroe County Chief Circuit Judge Luis Garcia that overturned the state's 2008 Constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has filed an appeal in the case. Garcia's ruling, only official in the Keys, has been put on hold, at least for now.
Also on the program: Key West gay-marriage plaintiffs Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones, their lawyers Bernadette Restivo and Elena Vigil-Fariñas
July 20, 2014 in Bisexual, Business, Current Affairs, Florida, Fort Lauderdale & Broward County, Gay, Key West & Monroe County, Lesbian, LGBT, Marriage, Media, Miami & Miami-Dade County, Miami Beach, Politics, Religion, South Florida, Television, Transgender, Weblogs, Wilton Manors, Workplace, Youth | Permalink | Comments (0)
Naked Politics: Rick Scott’s gay marriage-question dodge: 'Let’s talk about jobs!' (with Local 10 video)
What used to be well-known only to political print reporters in Florida is now seeping into local TV news across the state: Rick Scott won’t directly answer questions about most topics of the day.
The most-recent example: Gay marriage and the decision Thursday by a Florida Keys judge to declare the 2008 voter-approved same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. On Friday at two events, the governor wouldn’t really say what he thought of the ruling or Florida Attorney Pam Bondi's appeal.
“Nobody wants discrimination in our state,” Scott said in Bonita Springs, adding that he believes “in traditional marriage” and citizens’ access to the courts.
Gay-rights groups say the same-sex marriage ban discriminates against them, but the ban’s backers say their votes are being discriminated against by judicial activism.
So what discrimination is Scott against? Scott won’t say.
“Aren’t you trying to have it both ways?” WPLG’s Michael Putney asked Scott Friday in Miami. (Skip to 1:17 to watch the video above.)
“People have different view about it our state,” Scott replied. “But in 2008, the voters decided that this state would be a traditional marriage state. It’s going through the court system. But what’s important to me is I don’t want anybody discriminated against.”
Putney: Aren’t gays being discriminated against?
Scott: “I’m against any discrimination. But in 2008, the voters decided this would be a traditional marriage state.”
Putney: “Are you…”
Scott (cutting him off): “Let’s talk about jobs – 37,000 jobs in a month!
July 19, 2014 in Bisexual, Business, Current Affairs, Florida, Fort Lauderdale & Broward County, Gay, Key West & Monroe County, Lesbian, LGBT, Marriage, Media, Miami & Miami-Dade County, Miami Beach, Palm Beach County, Politics, Religion, Television, Transgender, Weblogs, Wilton Manors, Workplace, Youth | Permalink | Comments (0)
BY STEVE ROTHAUS
Neil Goldberg, founder and artistic director of Pompano Beach-based Cirque Dreams, grew up in an Orthodox Jewish household and never quite fit in.
“They wanted me to be a lawyer. I come from that typical Jewish family. Four siblings. My older brother is a doctor, my younger brother is in finance. My sister married a successful entrepreneur. And I came out singing and dancing and painting and producing,” he says. “That was my thing.”
On Tuesday, Goldberg gets to do his thing at home: Cirque Dreams, an international entertainment brand with 13 companies, settles into the Broward Center for the Performing Arts for a six-day run. Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy has been performed more than 2,000 times since 2007, including a monthlong run at the Broadway Theatre in New York.
It’s an elaborate production, to say the least. “There are 25 cast members on stage; obviously another dozen technical managers behind the scenes,” Goldberg says. “The unique thing people will find with the show: These 25 artists in two hours perform 16 acts. It’s quite a thing for people to see visually.”
The Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy website describes the show as a “theatrical, acrobatic and musical adventure” featuring aerialists, contortionists, acrobats, jugglers and musicians.
Goldberg, 60, says his own acrobatic days are mostly behind him. “I feel like I’m 30, but sometimes my bones remind me, when I’m on my hands and knees and bouncing on a trampoline, my bones remind me. At night it’s Aleve and hot baths.”
After he graduated from college about 40 years ago, Goldberg moved from his native New York to South Florida.
“Most people know me by my former company, Parties by Neil,” Goldberg says. “In the 1980s, I produced, besides thousands of bar mitzvahs and weddings, openings of Bloomingdales and the original Joe Robbie Stadium.” He also created “hospitality villages” for two Super Bowls in Miami.
He drifted further from his Orthodox Jewish roots, working most Friday nights and Saturdays and serving non-kosher food at parties and events.
“I had to come to terms with my own inner beliefs and my aspirations,” he says.
By the early 1990s, Goldberg had “a lot of corporate clients.”
“IBM hired me to produce an international entertainment show for one of the high-end conferences at the Breakers in Palm Beach,” he says.
To cast the show, Goldberg says, he traveled the world searching for talent. The result: Cirque Du Monde, his first acrobatic extravaganza, which he describes as “a blending of circus, theater and imagination.”
Goldberg then launched his first touring show, Cirque Ingenieux. Cirque du Soleil, the Montreal-based show-business Goliath, sued him in 1996, claiming trademark infringement.
“That battle lasted six years. I prevailed,” Goldberg says. “What most people don’t know today, there are so many companies that use the word ‘Cirque’ in their titles. It’s only the result of my sustaining that lawsuit and prevailing. Everyone else ran for the hills or disappeared. No one wanted to take on the battle. It’s a generic word. The French for ‘circus.’ It would be like someone trying to copywrite the word ‘circus.’”
Cirque Dreams is a privately owned “global brand that has sold multimillion dollars worth of tickets throughout the world,” Goldberg says.
His Dream Studios in Pompano Beach is a 25,000-square-foot complex with 30 full-time employees, including seamstresses, designers and a full costume and wardrobe plant. There is a 10,000-square-foot stage where performers “rehearse and tech the shows,” he says.
“We have full-time coaches and choreographers. All of our administration is done in the complex. We are our own in-house travel agency. Besides acquiring visas from 20 different countries on a yearly basis, we’re moving hundreds of people a week. We also employ full-time sales people in charge of business development and brand partnerships.”
Cirque Dreams & Dinner has become a permanent show aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Epic and Breakaway ships. This summer, Cirque Dreams Splashtastic is being performed at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in San Francisco.
Goldberg, who is single with a grown son and daughter and two young granddaughters, started the Neil Goldberg Dream Foundation in 2009. “We look for artistic, youthful organizations around the country that need financial support,” he says.
Last week, 36 Florida children ages 10 through 15 participated in the Cirque Dreams Kid Time two-day camp at the Broward Center.
“There are eight different teachers giving about a dozen master classes, including the state school of contortion in Mongolia and the Moscow Circus,” Goldberg says. “It’s quite immersive. Last night, when they left they looked like wrung-out hand cloths. They were dripping wet. It was very cute to see them all.”
Kalli Rogers, 15, a 10th grader at Cooper City High, said she had “an amazing experience” at camp. “I got to meet the Contortion Sisters.”
The Contortion Sisters of Mongolia, (Erdensuvd Dunn and Buyankhishig Ganbaatar) are longtime performers of Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy who in June competed on NBC’s America’s Got Talent.
“It looks so cool, said Sophia McDonald, 9, a fourth-grader at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church & School who learned to juggle and hula hoop at camp.
Kellie Kessling, 11, of Davie, won a competition to perform this week in Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy at Broward Center.
“I’m going to be performing as a grasshopper,” says Kellie, a sixth grader at Franklin Academy in Cooper City.
Kellie says her postive attitude helped with the competition. “I used to say all the time I can’t, but my dance teacher told me not to and it helps me get better and better every day.”
Goldberg, who led the camp auditions, says he knew almost immediately Kellie would be the chosen performer.
“In the first day of the camp, within the first couple of hours, her spirit captured my attention,” Goldberg says. “By the end of the program, this kid was like a dynamo. Her stage presence, Her personality. When she spoke at the end, that was a director’s dream.”
Goldberg, who divides time between homes in Pompano Beach, Fort Myers and Manhattan, said he has no regrets not being on stage himself.
“I really have no desire to do it. I’m shy. I know it doesn’t come across that way because of the empire I built,” he says. “Performing for the sake of performing for people to clap or be entertained, that really isn’t my thing.”
IF YOU GO
What: “Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy”
Where: Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale
When: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
Cost: Tickets $34.50 to $74.50. www.browardcenter.org or 954-462-0222
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.