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When Lauren Bacall filmed in the Isle of Man

Lauren Bacall (AP Photo/Vince Bucci, FIle)

Lauren Bacall (AP Photo/Vince Bucci, FIle)

  • by Dave Kneale
 

One of the leaders of the Manx film industry has paid tribute to screen icon Lauren Bacall, who died this week aged 89.

Steve Christian, director of Isle of Man Film, had the chance to work with her in 2006 when the movie The Walker was partially filmed in the island.

He said: ‘Lauren Bacall was a wonderful actress. She filmed “The Walker” here a number of years ago with Woody Harrelson and she was a true professional.

‘It was one of those rare honours to sit in Douglas listening to a Hollywood legend recall the days of Bogart and Sinatra.’

Born in 1924, Bacall shot to fame starring alongside Humhrey Bogart, who went on to become her real-life husband, in a string of movies during the 1940s.

Her smouldering performance in the 1946 film noir classic The Big Sleep set her up as one of the most iconic femme fatales in the history of cinema.

Mr Christian lamented the loss of two screen icons in one week: ‘People like Lauren Bacall and Robin Williams were true A listers, in every sense, real and unique movie stars.’

In her later years Bacall played a series of grand matriarchal figures, such as the Washington social grandee Natalie Van Miter in The Walker alongside Kristin Scott Thomas.

Bacall’s career, which spanned 60 years, was recognised with an honorary Academy Award in 2009.

 

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