It was on this day, May 21, 1945, Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart were married. Legend has it that the couple fell in love in 1943 during making of the film, “To Have and Have Not”.
Their wedding and honeymoon took place at Malabar Farm, Lucas, Ohio. It was the country home of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Louis Bromfield, a close friend of Bogart. The wedding was held in the Big House. Bacall was 20 and Bogart was 45. They remained married until Bogart’s death from esophageal cancer in 1957.
Bogart usually called Bacall “Baby,” even when referring to her in conversations with other people. During the filming of The African Queen (1951), Bacall and Bogart became friends of Bogart’s co-star Katharine Hepburn and her partner Spencer Tracy.
Theirs would become one of Hollywood’s most enduring marriages.