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Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable and Lauren Bacall in How to Marry a Millionaire trailer 2

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Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable and Lauren Bacall in How to Marry a Millionaire trailer 2

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Cropped screenshot of Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable and Lauren Bacall in the trailer for the film How to Marry a Millionaire

Lauren Bacall (1924–2014), American actress known for her portrayals of provocative women who hid their soft core underneath a layer of hard-edged pragmatism. Bacall started modeling in 1941 and supplemented her income with jobs as a theatre usher and as a hostess at the Stage Door Canteen, which kept her next to the Broadway theatre scene that she loved. In 1942 she appeared as an ingénue in the George S. Kaufman-directed Franklin Street, but the play closed before reaching New York. Bacall’s photo on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar in 1943 caught the attention of the wife of film director Howard Hawks. Cast in Hawks’s To Have and Have Not (1944) as the leggy sardonic beauty who gives Humphrey Bogart a famous lesson in whistling, the 19-year-old Bacall was an overnight sensation. Nervous throughout the shooting, Bacall kept her head low to keep it from shaking; this, combined with her bedroom eyes and husky voice, resulted in a sultry aura that was touted in promotional campaigns as “The Look.” She and Bogart fell in love during the filming and were married in 1945; they subsequently costarred in the successful thrillers The Big Sleep (1946), Dark Passage (1947), and Key Largo (1948). Bacall’s other successful films include Young Man with a Horn (1950), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953), and Designing Woman (1957).

Betty Grable was born on 18 December 1916 in St. Louis, Missouri. She began her career as a chorus girl in the 1920s and made her film debut in 1929. However, it was not until the 1930s that she began to gain recognition for her work in films such as "Whoopee! (1930) and "The Gay Divorcee" (1934). In the 1940s, Grable became one of the most popular pin-up girls of World War II, with her iconic image appearing on countless posters and in magazines. She was known for her signature pose, showing off her famously long legs. Grable continued to act in films throughout the 1940s and 1950s, starring in such hits as How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) and Three for the Show (1955). She was one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood at the time. In addition to her acting career, Grable was also a talented singer and dancer. She recorded several albums and starred in musicals such as Mother Wore Tights (1947) and My Blue Heaven (1950). Grable retired from acting in the late 1950s and died on 2 July 1973 at the age of 56. She remains a beloved icon of Hollywood's Golden Age.

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